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Usage of the LRT more than doubled in December

The Light Rail Transit saw a daily average of almost 14,000 passengers last month, likely due to the new Taipa-Barra extension.

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UPDATED: 03 Jan 2024, 8:18 am

An average of more than 13,900 passengers travelled the Taipa Line of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system each day in December, TDM reports.

The figure – more than double November’s daily average of 6,500, and significantly more than the previous high of 9,150 in August – is likely an indication that the Taipa-Barra extension is a hit with commuters.

The LRT extension opened on 8 December, connecting Taipa and the peninsula for the first time. Hundreds of people queued to take its first train, which departed the newly built Barra Station at 6.30 am. 

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

The 3.4-kilometre extension boasts an enclosed track running beneath the San Van Bridge and takes about four minutes to transport passengers from Barra to Taipa’s Ocean Station. From there, they can continue on to the Taipa Ferry Terminal via the original Taipa Line.

Work on the 1.18 billion pataca extension project started in August 2018. Its opening marks the first expansion of the original system, which consisted of a single, 9.3-kilometre track. 

The 1.6-kilometre Seac Pai Van Line, which began construction in September 2021, will be the next addition, with its completion tentatively slated for next month. The new line will be made up of two stations, Seac Pai Van and Island Hospital Station, which connects to the Taipa Line’s Lotus Station. 

UPDATED: 03 Jan 2024, 8:18 am

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