Water taxi system to expand

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The creation of new stations in the capital’s water taxi system will be discussed by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in the beginning of next year, said ministry spokesman Va Simsorya.

The additional stations would help meet demand for transportation services between Kandal province and Phnom Penh, he added.

“We have a plan to build these stations, but because we are now at the end of the year, we will wait until next year so that we know our budget for the project,” Mr Simsorya said.

The ministry plans to expand the network of stations to Kandal’s Sa’ang and Kean Svay districts.

Launched in April this year, the water taxis connect Prek Pnov in northern Phnom Penh with Kandal’s Takhmao city.

There are now three boats in operation from 6am to 6pm, stopping at six stations along the waterway. The boats can carry a maximum of 60 passengers at a time, according to figures from the ministry.

Until the end of the year, the service is offered free-of charge. Starting next year, fares will vary depending on distance, with the cheapest ticket being 1,000 riel ($0.25), and the most expensive 8,000 riel ($2).

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