Hanoi will pilot three bus routes using compressed natural gas (CNG) from August 1, according to the Vietnamese city’s Department of Transport.

The proposed routes are from My Dinh Bus Station to Son Tay Bus Station, Yen Nghia Bus Station to Dang Xa Urban Area and the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases to Times City. The three routes will be managed by Bao Yen Tourism, Construction and Services Co. Ltd.

Buses, which have a capacity of carrying 50 passengers, will run every 15-20 minutes with fares of 9,000 VND (38 US cents) on the first and second routes and 8,000 VND (0.34 US cents) on the third one.

According to the Hanoi Public Transport Management and Operation Centre, CNG has many advantages. It does not adversely affect human health or the environment and compared with other fuels CNG is cheaper so it can help reduce production costs.

There is currently only one CNG filling station in Hanoi at Bao Yen’s headquarters in Dong Anh district.