|Construction of Macau's light-rail system set to start next summer|
Macau, China, 9 Sep - Construction of two main routes of the Macau's Light Rapid Transit (LRT) project is to begin in June next year, possibly in Taipa, Lei Chan Tong, director of the Transport Infrastructure Office (GIT), told the media Tuesday, The Macau Post Daily reported.
Lei Chan Tong, made the remark after officiating at the ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of the site formation works for the project's first-phase LRT depot near Macau International Airport in Cotai.
The director of the GIT also said his office would launch a public tender for rail carriage materials and the rail control system still this year, while construction of the tracks was scheduled to begin in June next year at the earliest.
Lei Chan Tong, said that construction of the two main tracks could start as early as next June, or later in the second half of next year.
"It's very possible that we start [constructing the tracks] in Taipa," he said, adding that the LRT depot would function as the main control centre of the driverless network.
According to The Macau Post Daily, construction of the first phase of the LRT system, which was given the green-light in October 2007 after four years of research, is estimated to cost at least 4.2 billion patacas and is scheduled to start operating at the end of 2011.
The "skytrain" system will connect the Macau Peninsula with Taipa over a 20 km-long track, complete with 23 stations.
According to the GIT, the system that is planned to operate 19 hours a day, will be able to carry up to 8,000 passengers per hour in either direction at peak periods.
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