The public tender for the construction of the Seac Pai Van section of the future Macau light railway will be launched in the first quarter of this year, the Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT) announced on Tuesday.
The new section will serve a social housing area located on the island of Coloane.
The GIT also noted that the light railway (LRT) on the island of Taipa, with 9.3 kilometres and 11 stations, is expected to start operating in the second half of this year.
The preparatory work for the construction of the line in Taipa began in 2008 and construction works in 2012, and should cost about 10 billion patacas (US$1.25 billion).
MTR Corporation Limited of Hong Kong, which manages the subway of the neighbouring Special Administrative Region, will manage the Macau LRT for five years after signing a contract with the Macau government estimated to be worth 5.88 billion patacas (US$725 million).
According to the GIT, construction of the Barra station has begun and is due to be completed in 2024. This station will allow the connection of the LRT between the Macau peninsula and the island of Taipa.
The LRT’s route on the Macau peninsula is still being studied. (macauhub)