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Melco adds electric bus shuttles to fleet

Macau casino operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment has added a total of twenty electric buses to its shuttle fleet, transporting customers to, from and between its integrated resorts City of Dreams, Studio City and Altira Macau.

The zero-emission fleet includes eighteen tour coaches and two public bus style vehicles, and is scheduled to begin operations in May 2018. Initial plans for these e-buses are to operate the Macau border gate and Macau Ferry route.

Ms. Akiko Takahashi, executive vice president, chief officer of human resources and corporate social responsibility of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, said, “Together with the Macau SAR government, Melco is committed to a greener Macau. With the purchase and forthcoming operation of this zero-emission fleet, we hope to make the most effective use of resources and actively mitigate the impact of our operations on the environment.”

Melco added it is committed to introducing new energy and electric shuttle bus services and will continuing to support the government’s efforts in developing Macau into a world-class capital for green tourism.

One key criticism of Macau is a lack of infrastructure to support its tourism industry, including delays in building a mass transit rail system and an ageing and below par taxi fleet. Most of the operators use shuttle buses for their guests and have been in the process of greening their fleets.

The head of Macau's Transport Bureau, Lam Hin San, hopes that by the year 2023 the city's six casino operators will be exclusively using clean-energy vehicles.

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