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Mitsubishi to supply systems infrastructure for the LRT East Line

When completed in 2028, the line will enable passengers to journey between the Border Gate, New Urban Zone A and Taipa by train.

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The government has placed an order with Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for major infrastructure needed to build the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) East Line, the Macau Daily Times reports

Mitsubishi has also won contracts for existing and under-construction LRT lines.

The latest order was for an Automated Guideway Transit system, which handles signalling, communications, power distribution, platform doors, fare collections and other functions. According to the Times, Mitsubishi has described such systems as practically everything “excluding construction of station buildings and civil engineering work” that goes into building a light rail line.

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

The 7.6 kilometre, 3.6 billion pataca East Line is scheduled to open in 2028 and will be an extension of the current Taipa line, connecting the Border Gate in northern Macao to the new Urban Zone and Taipa. The government is also considering adding an extra stop at Qingmao Port.

The new line will share cars that have already been delivered for the Taipa Line and Barra Extension Lines, the Times reports. Mitsubishi will also supply an Access Vehicle for firefighters that can be powered by a lithium-ion storage battery.

MHI has said it will be working with Top Builders Macau Co. Ltd. and Hou Chun Construction and Engineering Company Limited on the project, as it is on the Seac Pai Van Extension Line and Hengqin Extension Line.

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