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LRT passenger numbers remain subdued, latest figures show

Despite an economic rebound and a surge in visitor arrivals, the average daily number of rail passengers is nothing like its pre-pandemic highs.

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Despite an economic rebound and a surge in visitor arrivals, the average daily number of rail passengers is nothing like its pre-pandemic highs.

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UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:30 pm

Less than 6,000 people a day are riding Macao’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, according to its government-owned operator.

The Macao Light Rapid Transit Corporation said an average of 5,650 people a day used the trains in June. The total was more than the 5,500 in May but well below the 6,500 figure recorded in April, which was the highest post-pandemic tally, Macau Post Daily reports.

The LRT currently operates a 9.3-kilometre-long section connecting 11 stations in Taipa and Cotai.

[See more: Testing begins on the LRT’s Taipa to Barra section]

A number of extensions to the network are being tested or built, including the Taipa-Barra section, which the government hopes to open by the end of this year. 

A  2.2-kilometre-long section linking Cotai and Hengqin is under construction as well as the 1.6-kilometre-long Seac Pai Van section, connecting the LRT’s Taipa line to the Seac Pai Van estate in Coloane.

The LRT recorded its highest daily average of 33,000 passengers in December 2019, when rides were free.

 

UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:30 pm

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