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Old January 9th, 2014, 12:56 PM   #61
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I loathe rubber-tired metros. They are so uncomfortable and jerky, and the rolling resistance of the tires on the road is ridiculous.
I've never found it uncomfortable on the rubber-tired metros.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 04:39 AM   #62
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I've never found it uncomfortable on the rubber-tired metros.
The ones in Paris are. They are bumping left and right (I'm assuming against the guard rails), and the accelerating and braking is way too sudden and jerky.

It's like riding on a bus, but the bus driver is a maniac.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 08:36 PM   #63
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It seems to be pretty much the same system as the Yurikamome or Nippori-Toneri-Liner in Tokyo. The rubber tires allow sharper curves, steeper gradients and faster acceleration or braking than steel wheels. Riding these vehicles is certainly not as comfortable as a usual light rail or tram, but I would say it's acceptable and a reasonable solution given the fact that the line has a lot of sharp curves as we can see in the map.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 09:21 AM   #64
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Macau light rail trains (made by Mitsubishi)




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Old January 18th, 2015, 05:53 PM   #65
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PORTUGUESE SCHOLARS STUDY IMPACT OF LRT AND CASINO INDUSTRY




A delegation of researchers from the University of Coimbra (UC) is expected to visit Macau between Jan 19 and 26 in order to assess the impact of the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) project and, in a separate investigation, the effects of the casino industry’s expansion.

Both projects are being undertaken by UC’s Department of Architecture under the coordination of scholars Jorge Figueira and Nuno Grande.
According to a press release issued by the UC (the oldest Portuguese university), the research “constitutes a contribution made by the UC to the undergoing debate in Macau about urban and architectural transformation. That debate was generated by the building of new infrastructures, namely the LRT, the reclaimed parcels of land on the waterfront, and the policy of casino and gaming industry expansion.”

Jorge Figueira and Nuno Grande stress that recent statements made by Beijing authorities “point out that the [region’s] development from now on should be made in a more sustainable way in order to counter the disproportional weight of the gaming industry in the local economy and the excessive construction on the new reclaimed land.”

During their stay in Macau, the UC delegation will participate in a workshop organized in cooperation with the University of Saint Joseph and will share their architectural concepts with local institutions such as the Architects Association of Macau, the Center for Architecture and Urbanism, the Transportation Infrastructure Office, the Institute for European Studies, and the non-profit organization Docomomo Macau.

Regarding the LRT’s impact on the city’s waterfront, the UC researchers will reveal the results of an investigation analyzing the historical relationship between Macau and the water that surrounds it. The researchers will use models and computerized images to present solutions linking the water and the LRT. The researchers stress that their proposals follow the work done in Macau’s southern front by prominent Portuguese architects like Álvaro Siza Vieira and Manuel Vicente.

The study about the impact of the growing gaming industry in Macau aims at “analyzing the impact of casinos in the territory, particularly their architectonical features, without stylistic preconceptions,” Jorge Figueira comments. Some “case studies” of casinos in Macau’s peninsula and also in Cotai will be presented.

Both research studies are being undertaken as part of the “Macau-Coimbra Project” promoted by UC’s Department of Architecture. The project is part of a program of cooperation in the field of creative industries between Portugal and Macau, and is financed by the European Union. PB
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Old January 19th, 2015, 01:48 PM   #66
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I suppose this Macau light rail is completely elevated? Am I correct?
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Phase I Macau LRT



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Old February 26th, 2015, 06:08 AM   #68
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LRT Macau in Cotai by Azchael, on Flickr

LRT Macau in Cotai by Azchael, on Flickr

LRT outside of Galaxy by Azchael, on Flickr

LRT outside of Galaxy by Azchael, on Flickr

LRT Construction by Azchael, on Flickr

May 13th 2014 - LRT Progress close to City of Dreams by Azchael, on Flickr

Macau LRT Construction by Azchael, on Flickr
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Old February 26th, 2015, 09:40 PM   #69
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estimated opening date?
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Old February 26th, 2015, 11:19 PM   #70
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I read recently that the construction of this light rail system is heavily delayed. I believe it was supposed to open in 2016 but this delay may push the opening date back at least a year. Some even say it will open in 2018 or 2019.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 06:28 PM   #71
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Hope this one is more useful than its inspiration, the Las Vegas Monorail.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 07:04 PM   #72
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Hope this one is more useful than its inspiration, the Las Vegas Monorail.
Well for starters it actually reaches densely populated areas of macau.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 07:34 PM   #73
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Other than missing some east-west type of connections in Macau itself, it does connect many destinations in one of the most densely populated and most visited places on earth.

The Vegas Monorail is not in the same league.
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Old February 28th, 2015, 09:52 AM   #74
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What is the hold up?
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Old March 1st, 2015, 08:08 AM   #75
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Is there still a sizeable Portuguese population in Macao--or any Portuguese at all? Is Portuguese the primary language of any of the Chinese residents? If no to either, how long will it be before Portuguese will no longer be an official language (and eventually become extinct in the city, as it is hardly a major world language, the population of Brazil notwithstanding)? Is it even taught in the schools any longer?
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Old March 1st, 2015, 08:49 AM   #76
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Is there still a sizeable Portuguese population in Macao--or any Portuguese at all? Is Portuguese the primary language of any of the Chinese residents? If no to either, how long will it be before Portuguese will no longer be an official language (and eventually become extinct in the city, as it is hardly a major world language, the population of Brazil notwithstanding)? Is it even taught in the schools any longer?
The Portuguese community and language are virtually extinct in Macau. It is definitely not the primary language of any of the Chinese residents and i'm not sure if there are any schools that teach it as a compulsory language (there is probably an option to learn it as a 3rd language).
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In recent years, China loves to show how "multicultural" the country is, with signs and even media in languages that's not necessarily relevant in its environment.
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I suppose this Macau light rail is completely elevated? Am I correct?
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The Nam Van and Sai Van Section of Macao LRT is different from other sections in that it has only a limited part of viaduct. About 2.3 km of rail is built in under- lake tunnel. The Barra station uses the underground station model for construction; except for some electrical engineering equipment, the entire Sai Van Lake station is constructed under the water level; whereas the Nam Van Lake station will be constructed as an island on the Lake. This design takes into consideration the blending of the route and stations with the World Heritage structures as well as the Public Transport Interchange at Barra functions, paving the road for the construction of and connection with the underground route of of the LRT phase II, as well as the proposed underground pedestrian crossing between Zhuhai Wanzi and Macao lake bottom.

- http://www.git.gov.mo/en/news_detail.aspx?a_id=100220


A ride on a Mitsubishi Crystal Mover in Singapore:

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Old March 2nd, 2015, 01:40 PM   #79
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This youtube video was awesome.
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The video was awesome, but the ride seemed to be very slow. Was it a test ride?
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