[기고] Expectations for the Han River River Bus

[기고] Expectations for the Han River River Bus


Mesopotamia, Indus, Egypt, and Yellow River these four places have something in common. It is the world’s first region where civilization developed, all along large rivers. Not only the world’s four major civilizations, but even today’s world’s largest cities have all taken advantage of rivers and seas to become competitive cities. They introduced water transportation using rivers to counter the limitations of land transportation due to industrial development and population growth. In particular, New York’s NYC ferry and London’s Uber boat are used by 6.3 million and 4.3 million people annually, respectively, and are representative examples of water transportation and tourism.

Although Seoul, the center of Korea, has the resource of the wide and excellent Han River, which divides the center of Gangnam and North Korea, it has not been able to utilize it at all as a means of water transportation. The banks of the Han River are envied as a world-class model for successful riverside development, but the water on the Han River is essentially an empty space with only water flowing and a few cruise ships passing by. Now is the time to explore the use of water space. With a transportation system that relies only on subways and buses, traffic congestion in the metropolitan area has reached its limit. In this situation, the introduction of a new water transportation method is inevitable in terms of time and age.

Heungju Yu, Special Professor, Suwon University

On the 1st, the city of Seoul announced that it would launch the ‘Hangang River Bus’, a water transportation method, on the Han River. It appears that problems related to water transportation have been adequately prepared for and supplemented during the project implementation process. However, the public perception of water transportation is still predominantly that it is only used for tourism or logistics. Just as water transportation in developed countries has become a successful means of transportation and tourism, the Han River River Bus also requires detailed preparation to kill two birds with one stone.

First, the accessibility issue must be resolved. The Han River is physically blocked by Gangbyeonbuk-ro and Olympic-daero. The city of Seoul is said to continue to improve accessibility by improving docks and installing interchanges and elevators. Accessibility issues will gradually be resolved when the Hangang River Bus is launched in October, when it is connected to land public transportation such as subways, buses, and bicycles. However, it is also worth considering the idea of ​​an innovative dock that provides direct access to city land transportation across the berm.

Second, citizens need access to transportation welfare services such as reasonable fares and transfer discounts in order to use them every day. According to an announcement from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the fare for the Han River River Bus was set at the same level as the metropolitan bus, and it was transferred to existing public transportation to minimize the burden on citizens. In addition, the River Bus is included in the Climate Companion Card, which has been sold in earnest since January, and is expected to contribute to revitalizing the River Bus operation. In addition, separate measures must be taken to consider and protect the socially vulnerable, such as the disabled.

Third, it is operated outside of commuting hours. If the convenience unique to river buses is highlighted and also serves as a tour bus, it will fully establish itself as a new means of water transportation. Convenience facilities that can only be enjoyed on the Han River River Bus, including individual seats and simple tables, cafeterias and restrooms on board, bicycles to carry, and panoramic windows to view the scenery, must be further developed.

The Hangang River Bus will provide a new experience that cannot be experienced in land public transportation and will enhance the quality of the Han River. Thinking about the opening of an era where people can enjoy the experience of commuting to work while eating coffee and sandwiches on a ship, something that was only possible in developed countries, and enjoying beautiful night views and scenery while moving, I hope to see the Han River River Bus as soon as possible. We hope that the Han River River Bus will become a water transportation and tourism resource comparable to that of other countries, helping Seoul to become a world-class city.

Heungju Yu, Special Professor, Suwon University

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