Opening of monorail extension to be delayed

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The completion of a construction project to extend the Okinawa Urban Monorail, commonly known as Yui Rail, from Shuri to Nishihara, is expected to be delayed.

According to officials in charge of the project, it’s almost certain the 4.1-kilometer extension is not going to open this summer as originally scheduled. How long the opening will be delayed is not clear yet.

According to Yui Rail officials, the builder of the project has had a difficulty of hiring enough workers for the project that started in 2013. For the same reason, some construction contracts for the project have had no bidders, and also negotiations with landowners to purchase the necessary land for the monorail have not gone as smoothly as expected.

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