Macau To Start Elevated Light Metro Project

The ELM project si back again! Let’s hope that they are serious this time as this project is a must to Macau’s future. The will need this ELM sytem to be in place for its success, as trips from the Macau Peninsula to will be cumbersome. Of course they meanwhile may have to provide a bus transport system, but that will only add to the traffic congestion woes that we already have today.

The government of the Macau Special Administrative Region plans to invest 4.2 billion patacas (US$525 million) in the construction of an elevated light metro (ELM), expected to start operating in 2010, local media reported today. The Macau Post Daily quoted Antonio Jose Castanheira Lourenco, director of the Office for Infrastructure Development, as saying that the ELM network will span some 22 km and cover 26 stations.

The first stage of the project will be a line beginning at Portas do Cerco, the border between Macau and the Chinese mainland, and end at the International Airport on Taipa island, with stations at the Sea Terminal, the Barra area, the Macau Stadium and Macau Dome.

This public infrastructure project is expected to take 48 months to be completed, the official told the newspaper. The idea of building a mass transit system in Macau could be dated back to the late 1980s.

Macau, covering 28.2 square kilometers, has a population of 503, 000 and records an average of 60,000 visitors every day. xinhua

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