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The Macau government plans to launch another feasibility study this year on the construction of a light-rail system.

Macau's Secretary for Public Works and Transport, Ao Man-long, told the Legislative Assembly the study would coincide with a public consultation exercise to gauge people's views on the development of Macau's public transport system.

The feasibility study and public consultation were expected to be completed early next year.
 

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Macau Lightrail Project News

Macao solicits public opinions on light rail building

Entrusted by the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government, the Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTR) said here Friday that it will conduct a public opinion survey on the building of an urban rail system in Macao.

Robin Wong, civil engineering manager of MTR said at a press conference here that technicians from the company carried out a field study in the first half year to collect data for an intensive research on building the light rail network.

The next step will be the consultation on the route, transportation mode and station building of the system, said Wong.

The company will send survey sheets to randomly selected local residents, students, tourists as well as to the transportation department, associations with the gaming and hotel industries and environmental specialists.

The Macao SAR government has brought the study of the urban light rail project into its work agenda this year. Secretary for Public Works and Transport Ao Man Long said earlier this year that the public consultation exercise should gauge citizens' views on the future development of Macao's public transportation system.

The possibility of building a light rail system to improve public transport condition was first brought forward in the 1980s.Entrusted by the Macao SAR government, MTR turned out an in-depth feasibility proposal on the project building last year.

Wong said that the company would take the result of the consultation into consideration to further improve the feasibility report in details. The result will be published for the second round of public consultation before it is handed over to the authorities next year.

According to the previous proposal, the light rail project is estimated at a cost of 2.7 billion patacas (338 million US dollars). It will address the demand of bustling traffic in Macao in 2006 by taking up a daily passenger handling of 43,000 with 90 percent of the passengers tourists.

With the present land coverage measured at just 26.8 square kilometers, Macao has a population of 450,000, which makes it a city of the world's highest population and vehicle density. Meanwhile, the small town hosted a record number of 11.88 million visitors in 2003. The light rail network is expected to expedite the traffic by linking up the Macao Peninsula with its Taipa and Coloane islands and hooking the city with the transportation network in south China's Guangdong Province.
 

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Macao Makes Initial Plan for Light Rail

The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government has mapped out an initial plan to build its first light rail line connecting the city's major ports and tourism spots, according to an exclusive report of Monday's Macao Daily News.

The line will run through Macao's third cross-sea bridge scheduled to open in early 2005 between the western parts of Macao Peninsular and Taipa Island.

And it will start at the Hong Kong-Macao Terminal and end at the Macao International Airport, passing by the famous Lisboa Hotel, the Macao Tower and the Lotus Bridge that links Macao with the neighboring city of Zhuhai, the report said.

The move is to address the demand of social and economic development in the future and bustling traffic expected at a time when Macao hosts the 2005 East Asian Games, the paper quoted government sources as saying.

It is also part of a cross-border fast rail line, tipped to join the rail network in the neighboring Guangdong Province.

Another source said that the Guangdong provincial government has already decided to build a rail line between Guangzhou and Zhuhai, linking major cities and towns on the western side of the Pearl River.

In Macao, those opposing the light rail project said on the cost side, the line entails massive investment and will levy a heavy fiscal burden on the SAR government, and it may become a luxuriant means of transport due to shortage of travelers and high fees. Instead, they called for greater efforts for urban renewal and improvement of the existing bus routes.

The Macao Daily News said the SAR government is resorting to various measures to lure investment for the project.
 

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The proposed route for the first phase of the project, subject to approval, will begin at the Macau Maritime Terminal (for TurboCat services to Hong Kong and the mainland), then going to NAPE (for the Macau Cultural Centre, Macao Science Center and the future hotel and casino complex built by the American company Galaxy), Hotel Lisboa, Macau Tower, and then through the third Macau-Taipa bridge to Ocean Garden (residence complex), crossing along the northwest of Taipa to the Macau Stadium, Cotai and will terminate at the Macau International Airport.

The proposed route for the first phase light rail system project. The points indicated does not denote stops or stations.

 

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Macao solicits public opinions on light rail building

MACAO, Sept. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Entrusted by the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government, the Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTR) said here Friday that it will conduct a public opinion survey on the building of an urban rail system in Macao.

Robin Wong, civil engineering manager of MTR said at a press conference here that technicians from the company carried out a field study in the first half year to collect data for an intensive research on building the light rail network.

The next step will be the consultation on the route, transportation mode and station building of the system, said Wong.

The company will send survey sheets to randomly selected local residents, students, tourists as well as to the transportation department, associations with the gaming and hotel industries and environmental specialists.

The Macao SAR government has brought the study of the urban light rail project into its work agenda this year. Secretary for Public Works and Transport Ao Man Long said earlier this year that the public consultation exercise should gauge citizens' views on the future development of Macao's public transportation system.

The possibility of building a light rail system to improve public transport condition was first brought forward in the 1980s.Entrusted by the Macao SAR government, MTR turned out an in-depth feasibility proposal on the project building last year.

Wong said that the company would take the result of the consultation into consideration to further improve the feasibility report in details. The result will be published for the second round of public consultation before it is handed over to the authorities next year.

According to the previous proposal, the light rail project is estimated at a cost of 2.7 billion patacas (338 million US dollars). It will address the demand of bustling traffic in Macao in 2006 by taking up a daily passenger handling of 43,000 with 90 percent of the passengers tourists.

With the present land coverage measured at just 26.8 square kilometers, Macao has a population of 450,000, which makes it a city of the world's highest population and vehicle density. Meanwhile, the small town hosted a record number of 11.88 million visitors in 2003. The light rail network is expected to expedite the traffic by linking up the Macao Peninsula with its Taipa and Coloane islands and hooking the city with the transportation network in south China's Guangdong Province. Enditem
 

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Macau Subway Project News

Proposal of two subway lines. The first line is surrounding the Macau Island and the second line will connect through to Taipa. Total length of both lines are 27 kilometers. The construction cost will be around 10.8 to 12 billion patacas (1.5 billion US). Most stations will build underground and it's close to the residential, tourist districts. The first phrase of the project will complete in 2009.

澳門擬建兩條軌道捷運線

澳門政府擬興建兩條共長27公里的「軌道捷運系統」,造價介乎108億至120億。

有關軌道捷運系統將結合架空及地底的方式,包括一條環繞澳門半島的「環島線」及連接離島的「澳線」。

有關路線將覆蓋大部份的住宅區以及商業旅遊區。初步估計整個軌道運輸系統每小時可以接載7700多人次,採取全自動運作,每隔2至6分鐘有一班車,票價就會現時的巴士收費相若,並且會採取分段收費的方式。工程最快明年招標,首期系統會在2009年投入服務。

負責研究的香港地鐵公司表示,路線的設立評估是以澳門人口及就業分布、旅客量的增長以及城市未來發展的交通需要預測等作為基礎,目前正開展第二階段的研究,預計最終的研究報告可以於今年中完成。
 

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澳建捷運需耗百二億

An extension line to the airport connect at the end of the second line. It takes up to 7700 passengers per hour. The trian will comes in every 2 minuates in peak time and 5-6 minutes during other hours. The first line is about 10 kilometers with 10 stations and the second line is 14 kilometers with 14 stations. The subway train will run automatically without drivers. Cost of the tickets is about the same as the bus.

特區政府聘請的顧問公司昨日公佈“澳門軌道捷運系統可行性硏究初步選線方案”,建議考慮能涵蓋澳門和氹仔各主要商、住和旅遊點,以地底為主的捷運系統。總投資約一百二十億,分八年完成。首段捷運系統最快可望於○九年落成啟用。顧問公司將就初步方案進行全面的公衆諮詢,以便制訂最適合澳門實際的捷運系統。

可行性硏究方案公佈

澳門特區政府成立以來,致力優化本澳交通運輸環境及配套設施。其中,政府聘請了香港地鐵公司作為顧問公司,就澳門引入軌道捷運系統的可行性進行探討,從長遠發展考慮,全面改善市內交通,提高澳門的旅遊接待能力,創造具效率及環保的交通運輸環境,滿足澳門社會和經濟可持續發展的交通需要,以及促進區域經濟的融合及旅遊合作。

顧問公司現已完成“澳門軌道捷運系統可行性硏究初步選線方案(中期報吿)”,並於昨日下午假建設發展辦公室舉行說明會。建設發展辦公室主任羅定邦,工務局公共建築廳代廳長鄭岳威,香港地鐵公司土木工程經理黃冠生、首席顧問阮升和顧問姚雪冰等出席,並介紹報吿的主要內容。

首段澳氹線○九落成

據介紹,經初步硏究,澳門軌道捷運系統總長度約為廿七公里,全程均為雙向行車軌道,各個車站服務範圍約三百至五百米,涵蓋澳門及氹仔現有和將來的各個口岸,以及澳門和氹仔大部分住宅、商業及旅遊區等。總投資約為一百二十億元,整個捷運系統興建約歷時八年。若各階段的諮詢和硏究工作順利進行,工程可望於明年公開招標,首段捷運系統(傾向於先建“澳氹線”的部分)最快可望於二○○九年落成啟用。  

澳門捷運系統將分為“環島線”(澳門半島)及“澳氹線”(南北走向)兩條主幹。“澳氹線”還將設分支“機場支線”,三條捷運線路將交匯接駁成為一體捷運網絡。“環島線”長約十公里,設十個站,車程約為十八分鐘。“澳氹線”長約十四公里,設十四個站,車程約廿三分鐘;其中明珠塡海區至澳門市中心的線路初步有四個建議方案,全部為南北走向。“機場支線”長約三公里,連接氹仔市中心、機場、北安新客運碼頭等地點,車程約五分鐘。

採地底架空結合方案

捷運系統設計長度客流量為每小時七千七百人次,繁忙時間列車每兩分鐘一班,非繁忙時間五至六分鐘一班。捷運系統為全自動運作(無駕駛員),日常將有工作人員作例行巡邏、監察、維修和保養等工作。  

考慮到澳門市區樓宇非常密集、城市景觀、路面交通等客觀因素,澳門軌道捷運系統建議採取地底及架空結合的方案。當中大部分線路及車站以地底為主;“環島線”北端外圍線路及“澳氹線”小部分則採取架空軌道。顧問公司相信,上述方案將最符合澳門可持續發展的長遠需要。  

列車方面,澳門捷運系統列車利用膠輪行走,每列車(兩卡)約可載客一百八十人,列車將來可因應需要擴展至每列四卡。捷運車站及地下軌道具備完善可靠的技術,地底環境充分考慮迅速疏散的需要,可提供完全、快捷、準時、可靠、方便、舒適的服務。車站的選點和設計,還將考慮與周邊地區和其他交通工具的接駁、轉乘。

初定線路車站須諮詢

按照初步硏究,捷運系統票務收費足以支持其營運費用。當局較為傾向於採用公、私合營模式經營(即政府和私人投資者共同投資和營運)。捷運系統收費將有能力與現有的公共交通工具競爭,收費及出、入閘系統建議採用類似香港地鐵的模式。

澳門政府代表重申,昨日公佈的線路、車站位置和系統為初步比選方案,當局將以公衆展覽和說明會,全面諮詢公衆對上述內容的意見,並樂於接受公衆對澳門捷運系統的任何建議。在完成公衆諮詢後,顧問公司將深化運輸規劃硏究、成本及財務分析、工程及營運硏究,以及有關法例的硏究,再擬定最終方案及提交最終硏究報吿。
 

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線路車站主要地下建造

Most of the stations will build underground.

澳門市區、特別是舊區的街道狹窄、樓宇非常密集,顧問公司(香港地鐵)建議,除“環島線”北端外圍線路及“澳氹線”小部分將採取架空軌道外,澳門軌道捷運系統線路和車站均會以地下為主,藉以節省佔用地面的空間,減少對城市景觀和路面交通等影響,也能符合澳門可持續發展的長遠需要。

顧問公司指出,該公司在開展工程技術的硏究期間,除全面搜集和硏究澳門地質結構和地底環境等資料外,還參考歐洲和日本同類技術資料和經驗。該公司認為,澳門捷運系統大部分行車隧道宜採用隧道鑽鑿方式建造,即利用專用的大型鑽挖機械在地底較深處施工,旣盡可能避免工程對現有地下管道網絡、電纜、光纖和建築物地基造成影響,也可減少工程對路面交通及其他活動構成的不便。

由於各區地質結構複雜,各類新舊樓宇地基結構不一,特別是一些受保護文物附近更應分外小心。顧問公司正不斷搜集相關資料,以便將來制訂更完善的施工方案。顧問公司指出,在施工期間如有必要,在鑽挖隧道期間須適時對周邊的地底泥層作灌漿或以其他技術加固,確保施工地點地面和附近建築物的結構安全。除了隧道鑽鑿外,部分條件許可線路的隧道,可採用即挖即塡的技術建造。

顧問公司承認,在澳門地底進行這類工程具難度較大,但從其他地區的經驗可見,各類複雜的問題均可以通過不同的技術方案解決。該公司相信,施工技術並不對工程造成嚴重的阻礙。
 

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Macau outlines plan for 27km rail system
Bidding to build three-line network is to open in 2006

Freda Wan in Macau
26 February 2005
South China Morning Post

Details of Macau's light-rail plans were unveiled yesterday, with the 27km system of underground and elevated tracks estimated to cost between $10.8 billion and $12 billion.

The plans are part of a preliminary feasibility study conducted by Hong Kong's MTR Corporation.

"This is a transit system designed to suit the needs of local residents as well as tourists, Macau's past heritage as well as future development," said MTR engineer Albert Yuen.

Macau's Lands, Public Works and Transport Bureau plans to invite bids to build the system next year, and hopes to complete the first phase by 2009, bureau engineer Chiang Ngoc-vai said. The entire railway will take eight years to complete.

The proposed network includes three lines.

A journey on the 10km Loop Line, encircling the Macau peninsula and including 10 stations, would take 18 minutes.

The first to be built would be the 14km Macau-Taipa Line, running from northeast Macau to the city centre and on to Taipa island across the Sai Van Bridge, finishing at Taipa's town centre. The journey would take 23 minutes, including stops at 14 stations.

The 3km Airport Shuttle Link, which branches off from the Macau-Taipa Line, is to carry passengers from Taipa town centre to the airport and the Pac On Ferry Terminal, to be built next year.

The system will have a passenger capacity of 7,700 per hour when completed.

The exact route of the Macau-Taipa Line is under public consultation. Brochures outlining four options are being distributed to residents.

Officials have yet to decide whether the construction cost should come entirely from government coffers. "We have not yet decided whether it should be publicly operated, or a public-private venture, or wholly owned by a private company," Mr Chiang said. "But we are tending towards a public-private venture."

Railway fares will be competitive with buses, Mr Chiang added.
 

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i believe the macau sar government will start the surveying again soon...but i do believe that the government has missed the best time to build it because the first proposal completed at the time when macau's economy was at its trough. the building cost would be much lower, and the project would resolve the high unemployment that time. moreover, the system might have been completed now, which helps resolve the heavy traffic problem that macau is now facing
 

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在qoos 看到一篇文章說
當時政府話要興建輕軌你地d 刁民話反對
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就等d 蟻民跪地求政府興建
到時政府就順應民意起輕軌,順便撈返畢
 

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Great news! The Light Rail is put on the consultation! :eek:kay:
You may read the press releases from the MSAR Gov't.

Traditional Chinese Version

Portuguese Version

English Version

An indetailed map from HK's Apple Daily:



More details from the MSAR press release and the Chinese newspapers reportings from HK and Macau:

--The first phase of the Light Rail length 22km with 26 stops. The Line is planned from the Portas do Cerco à Barra (Barrier Gate) on the Northern Macau Peninsula (connects with Zhuhai, China), via the eastern coastal Macau Peninsula like the Porto Exterior (Outer Harbour), Macau Tower, A-Ma Temple. Then the line goes on the Ponte de Sai Van (Sai Wan Bridge) to Taipa, Cotai and Macau International Airport.

--It would cost 4.2 billion Macao Patacas (MOP, around US$525 million, US$1=8 MOP) to build. It is planned to be opened on year 2010.

--The Light Rail would be built overhead and all the Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) would use rubber types for running.

--The system would run 19 hours a day with an average frequency of 3-6 minutes with an average serving area of 300-500 meters circular.

--Single Fare would be around 3 MOP on Macau Peninsula and 4 MOP to Taipa. There would also planned to have a one-day ticket for 20 MOP and monthly ticket for 240 MOP. Each LRV contains with 4 cars with a maximum capacity of 8000 passengers per hour on one flow.

--There would have three more suggested Light Rail lines: Macau Peninsula Circular (western line) from Porto Interior (Inner Harbour) via Ribeira de Patane to Portas do Cerco à Barra, East-West Line on the Macau Peninsula, and the Taipa Circular.
 

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Yeah, this would take some of the strain on the bus *having badmemories of overcrowding buses*
 
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