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Passenger numbers slump on the LRT

After an initial burst of enthusiasm following the opening of the Barra extension, average daily passenger volumes have tailed off sharply
  • An average of just 11,800 passengers rode the LRT each day in May – the lowest so far this year

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Average passenger numbers of Macao’s Light Rapid Transit (LRT) system have been declining this year, hitting a low of 11,800 a day last month, according to data supplied by the train operator.

The figure compares to a high of 16,700 passengers a day in February, and daily averages of 12,000 and 12,200 in March and April respectively.

May’s average remains higher than any month last year except December, when 13,900 passengers daily were recorded. But the data suggests that the hoped for spike in passenger volume, following the opening of the Barra extension last December, has not been sustained beyond the initial enthusiasm.

[See more: What’s next for Macao’s LRT?]

The extension marked the first time that passengers were able to travel between Taipa and the peninsula by train.

Three more LRT lines are currently under construction: the Seac Pai Van Line, the Hengqin Line and the East Line. 

Testing on the Seac Pai Van Line was halted earlier this month after a collision between two carriages resulted in four drivers sustaining minor injuries. Human error was identified as the cause of the accident.

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