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December 03, 2009

Macau launches light metro tender

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MACAU'S Bureau for Transport Infrastructure (GIT) has launched an international tender covering infrastructure systems and rolling stock for the first phase of the city's automatic light metro network. The turnkey contract covers the supply of trains together with the design and build elements of a project to adapt the Sai Van bridge for the metro. The contract includes options for up to 10 years' train maintenance and two additional batches of trains.

The initial Pataca 7.5 billion ($US 90 million) phase will run for 22km from Portas do Centro near the border with mainland China, to Lago da Barra and across the Sai Van bridge to the island of Taipa, where it will terminate at Macau International Airport.
A rubber-tyred system will be used with 30m-long trains accommodating around 200 passengers. The line will operate for 19 hours a day with a minimum headway of three minutes, giving a peak capacity of 4000 passengers per direction per hour.
The first 23-station phase of the network will open in 2014. Future extensions could include an east-west line across the Macao peninsula, and a Sai Van - Pac On Ferry Terminal line on Taipa island which would use part of Phase 1 to form a circle line.
Macau is the world's most densely-populated region, with 18,428 inhabitants per square-km.

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