Macao’s much-delayed Light Rail Transit (LRT) system is now one step closer to being finished with the completion of the 1.178-billion-pataca Barra station.
It is hoped that the line connecting Barra and Taipa – via Sai Van Bridge – will come into service at the end of this year or the beginning of 2024, the Macau Post Daily reported.
China Construction and Engineering was commissioned to build Barra station in August 2018, with a projected completion date of last November, but the project was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic and adverse weather.
Two other LRT projects currently under construction are the 1.6-kilometre Seac Pai Van section, which should be finished next February, and the 2.2-kilometre Hengqin line, which is due to be completed in September 2024.
Construction crews are expected to break ground on the 7.7-kilometre LRT East Line in the second half of this year, and are due to finish in 2028.
In related news, the LRT logged 4,750 passengers daily in February, the most since the Covid-19 pandemic struck Macau in early 2020. However, ridership is still falling short of December 2019, when the daily average was 33,000.