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Light Rail Gates Not Yet Equipped with e-Payment Option
July 31, 2019
Macau Daily Times Excerpt

The Light Rapid Transit (LRT), more commonly known as the Light Rail, is not currently equipped with a tap-and-go payment for passage through gates.

The government explained that this is due to the contract provisions agreed upon earlier with the system’s manufacturer, Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industry.

In most modern urban railway systems such as the Metro in Taipei and Kaohsiung, as well as the MTR in Hong Kong, tap-and-go by e-payment has been in use for a long time. Hong Kong’s system has been in service for nearly 22 years.

In the meantime, a similar payment system in Macau, the Macau Pass, was introduced in March 1999.

Lawmakers were invited to visit the LRT depot on Monday and ride one of its trains.

Among the 22 visiting lawmakers, Wu Chou Kit asked the government why the gates were not equipped with e-payment facilities. The government explained that this function was not stated in the transaction contract with the Japanese manufacturer, and therefore could not be added.

More : https://macaudailytimes.com.mo/light-rail-gates-not-yet-equipped-with-e-payment-option.html
 

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LRT Company to Consider Extending Service Hours During Chinese New Year
Macau Daily Times Excerpt
Jan 9, 2020

A community advisory body in Macau has suggested extending the operating hours of the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) during the upcoming Spring Festival in order to accommodate an anticipated increase in the number of users.

Earlier this week, the Islands District Community Service Consultative Council had a meeting with two representatives of the LRT company. According to the coordinators of the council, the LRT company is considering extending LRT service hours during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, with the LRT to also operate trains more frequently.

The LRT company will soon announce the final decision on the extension.

The LRT commenced operations on December 10. Services have been extended once before on December 31, to accommodate the celebratory events in Cotai on New Year’s Eve.

As of December 31, the light rail had served more than 600,000 passengers, equivalent to about 28,000 journeys on a daily basis.

In its meeting with LRT company representatives, the council discussed topics, including the speed of trains, as well as incidents that led to brief suspensions last month.

Three incidents on the LRT network were recorded, including, most recently, a temporary service suspension due to an electricity supply malfunction.

More : https://macaudailytimes.com.mo/lrt-company-to-consider-extending-service-hours-during-chinese-new-year.html
 

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LRT to go underground to save land resources
Macau Daily Times Excerpt
Apr 22, 2020

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng has said he hopes new Light Rapid Transit (LRT) lines can be built underground in future so as to better allocate above-surface land resources.

Questioned by lawmaker Ho Ion Sang on the development of the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) project, which began operating briefly at the end of last year, the Chief Executive said that the underground alternative will also be less disruptive to traffic flows during the construction period.

“We will try to make an underground line to save our land resources,” said Ho during yesterday’s meeting with lawmakers. “We hope we can do it all underground and in this way also relieve the traffic pressure on that area.”

“We will prioritize the link to Seac Pai Van and also to Hengqin which will be done via an underwater tunnel. This link will be a fully underground line and that not only allows us to connect to the Hengqin border post but also to connect to the China railway system,” said Ho.

He also announced that he hopes that the future connection between Zone A and Zone E of the new landfills, as well as the continuation of the East Line that connects to the Border Gate, will also be made entirely underground.

More : Policy Address | LRT to go underground to save land resources
 

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Govt aims for LRT Hengqin section project to start this year: Rosário
Macau Post Excerpt
May 7, 2020

Secretary for Transport and Public Works Raimundo do Rosário said yesterday that the local government aims for a Light Rail Transit (LRT) section connecting Macau’s Cotai and Zhuhai’s Hengqin Island to get off the ground this year.

The policy secretary also said that as the LRT Cotai-Hengqin section is a cross-border project, it will be constructed by a mainland construction company.

Rosário also pledged that the government will invite bids this year for the construction of the LRT Seac Pai Van section, which will connect the still under-construction Cotai hospital complex – officially known as Cotai Healthcare Complex – and the sprawling Seac Pai Van public housing estate in Coloane. The policy secretary said that although the Seac Pai Van section will only have two stations, it will still be a large-scale project as it will be 1.6 kilometres long.

The government has said that the station outside the Cotai hospital complex of the Seac Pai Van section will have a footbridge connected to the Lotus Checkpoint station of the Taipa section for LRT passengers to walk between the two stations – to transfer between the Taipa section and the Seac Pai Van section.

Macau’s first LRT – the Taipa section – came into service on December 10 last year. The LRT Taipa section cost between 10.1 billion and 10.2 billion patacas.

The 9.3-kilometre-long Taipa section, which also covers Cotai, has 11 stations.

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Since that part belongs to Mainland China, I guess they will have to build some kind of Immigration / Border Control facility there, right?
 

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Proposal Would See Macau LRT Connected to Zhuhai Metro
Macau Daily Times Excerpt
May 27, 2020

Five Macau members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) have brought a joint proposal to Beijing, requesting that the government connect the railway networks of Macau and Zhuhai.

The five, including Sio Chi Wai, Ho Sut Heng, and Lau Ngai Leong, recommended connecting ‘Macau’s Light Rapid Transit (LRT) to the Zhuhai railway network (intercity) and to Zhuhai metro (within Zhuhai) as well.

Zhuhai Railway Station is the only major train station in that city. The services running from this facility transport passengers between Zhuhai and other mainland cities.

Zhuhai currently does not have a railway network within the city. It is expected that only in 2024 will Zhuhai have its own metro transit infrastructure.

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Since that part belongs to Mainland China, I guess they will have to build some kind of Immigration / Border Control facility there, right?
Yes, the article talked about the checkpoint.
 

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Is there going to be a train station near I-SQUARE Macau?
According to the latest planning on the eastern section of the Macau peninsula line, yes, there should be one (馬場東 - Hipódromo Leste). Note that this section has been controversial in the past since it is a heavily populated area, and there was a public survey to decide the routing, which didn't solve much. But since this line is not a priority and won't be built any time soon, I doubt they will take care of this problem now.
 

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^^^
I see.

Also, I think they are also planning a station near Red Market / Mercado Vermelho (紅街市大樓) as well, is that right?
 
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