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By the way, what is the supply and demand projection for this rail line? Will there be enough trains to cater to the riders? Or will demand be so high that passengers will be cramped and squeezed up like sardines?
 

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The Macau LRT is basically an extended people's mover system used in many airports. It must be frustrating that it is taking so long. While the civil and structural contractor may be slow, wonder how the train system supplier (Bombardier) is affected.

Is there a mechanism for liquidated damage for delay? Who is the overall contractor? Would this mechanism have set in to effect the changes? If the contractor is not delivering, is there a mechanism to replace it?
 

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https://macaudailytimes.com.mo/tender-for-lrt-barra-station-construction-project-opens.html

Tender for Barra Station construction project begins.

BTW, the govt cancelled a LRT train contract.

Earlier on Monday, GIT has announced the termination of a contract with Mitsuibishi Heavy Industries concerning the additional purchase of LRT trains.

“The Government and the LRT trains supplier have agreed on the termination of the contract for purchasing additional trains. The signed agreement primarily covers the settlement of the works that had been carried out, purchased materials, the processing and delivery of materials and components that had been already produced, advance payment and progress settlement. The amount involved is about MOP360 million,” the GIT announcement reads.

“The Government made this decision due to considering the current quantity of LRT trains purchased can already meet the needs of the development of the LRT network in [the] short to medium term. In this way, the termination of the contract can reduce the costs of train maintenance in the future, which comply with the general interests of the society,” the report continued.
 

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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-...ng-service-hours-during-chinese-new-year.html
 
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