The Macau Light Rail Transit (MLRT) was slated as the first rail transportation project in the SAR and a game changer in delivering an integrated, complementary and seamlessly connected transportation system. The MLRT commenced construction in 2012 and was the first LRT system in Macau. It was expected to improve transportation options and relieve traffic congestion on roads and bridges. The elevated LRT system utilises Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries system which is the same system as Singapore’s Sengkang and Punggol LRT. Phase 1 of the MLRT is about 9.3km in length with 8 typical stations, 3 non-typical stations and 1 depot. Revenue service began in 2019 with MTR(Macau) as its Operator.
The Transport Bureau of Macau (DSAT) had plans to establish a separate corporate entity under the DSAT to regulate the MLRT and was required to put in place the necessary organisational setup and regulations for the implementation and regulation of the MLRT. MSI Global was engaged to provide consultancy services and advice on the policy and regulatory aspects of operating a rail system, taking reference from Singapore’s rail operating model. MSI Global shared and advised on LTA’s structure and processes, regulatory setup and measures, safety audit frameworks and incident investigations/emergency planning, etc.