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Old October 13th, 2007, 04:45 AM   #2021
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So I know they've been talking about this for years, are they actually building anything in the near future (< 3 years)?
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Old October 15th, 2007, 07:20 AM   #2022
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WIL will be constructed underground with only a few access points. It takes a long time to drill tunnel underground with existing structure on top of it and limited access point. The construction has to take all the precautions to avoid damaging the at grade structure. Plus geologically, the project is going through some solid rock which make the project even tougher. 5 years from start til finish, it's quick.
Another thing I noticed, there is a University station. HKU is at a higher elevation compared to the other areas served by The Island Line.

5 years is still alot. For now, those going to the Western District might either take the bus, tram or cab.
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Old October 15th, 2007, 07:26 AM   #2023
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Another thing I noticed, there is a University station. HKU is at a higher elevation compared to the other areas served by The Island Line.
Actually, not just the University Station, Sai Ying Pun Station is also at a higher elevation. It is between the High St and the Second St, which is close to the King George V Memorial Park.

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5 years is still alot. For now, those going to the Western District might either take the bus, tram or cab.
You count one less, the minibus! But they still have to endure the traffic jams during the rush hours.
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Old October 15th, 2007, 07:36 AM   #2024
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Actually, not just the University Station, Sai Ying Pun Station is also at a higher elevation. It is between the High St and the Second St, which is close to the King George V Memorial Park.



You count one less, the minibus! But they still have to endure the traffic jams during the rush hours.
I didn't realized the Sai Ying Pun station is also at a higher elevation. I thought they would construct it within Des Veoux Rd. West.

Traffic can be a problem but there's the tram. Unfortunately its slow
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Old October 15th, 2007, 03:18 PM   #2025
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I didn't realized the Sai Ying Pun station is also at a higher elevation. I thought they would construct it within Des Veoux Rd. West.
If Sai Ying Pun station was construct under the Des Veoux Rd. West, then MTR trains had to climb steep slope to the University Station. That would consume a lot of electricity to climb and speeds up the wear and tear of the trains as trains could only climb the slope of a maximum 1:10 ratio, which flatter than buses of 1:5.
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Old October 15th, 2007, 05:13 PM   #2026
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What I'm expecting here are two things, one is the extention of The Island Line up to Kennedy Town and a line that goes through Ho Man Tin and Whampoa.

There are alot living within The Whampoa area including a friend of mine and it would be convenient if the MTR services this area.
Whampoa spur line from Yau Ma Tei has been proposed but the focus is on the Shatin-Central link. Whampoa residents are very close to the tunnel bus interchange so they can catch a whole array of cross-harbour tunnel buses + take the Star Ferry to HK Island. Nevertheless, it's an inconvenient part of town despite its seemingly central location.
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Old October 16th, 2007, 06:22 AM   #2027
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5 years is still alot. For now, those going to the Western District might either take the bus, tram or cab.
Compared with the new subway line in NYC, which will be 1/3 complete in 7 yrs with the rest of the line's future uncertain, I would say the WIL is not so bad.
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Old October 16th, 2007, 07:13 PM   #2028
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Cab is definitely out of question for the average commuter. Bus and tram are subject to significant traffic delays. The extension is long overdue. It takes longer to get to Central during rush hour than many parts of MTR-connected Kowloon.
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The West Island Line might end up like this





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Old October 17th, 2007, 09:46 AM   #2030
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The alignment maps are available on the MTR website.
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Old October 17th, 2007, 01:59 PM   #2031
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WANCH, you've better check the Official West Island Line Proposal to see where would be those stations located.
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Old October 18th, 2007, 01:14 PM   #2032
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HK Gov't Press Release:
Road Close between the Western Yau Ma Tei and Nam Cheong Station for the Kowloon Southern Link
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Old October 18th, 2007, 01:17 PM   #2033
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Old October 18th, 2007, 02:56 PM   #2034
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Wander what the KCR trains would look like in MTR livery?
Also will the new lines be electrified at 25kv AC or the 1.5kv DC?
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If Sai Ying Pun station was construct under the Des Veoux Rd. West, then MTR trains had to climb steep slope to the University Station. That would consume a lot of electricity to climb and speeds up the wear and tear of the trains as trains could only climb the slope of a maximum 1:10 ratio, which flatter than buses of 1:5.
The track and platforms are going to be at about the same elevation underground below sea level; and the stations' entrance/exit are just built above ground with different height of connection between the station lobby and outside.

And University entrance/exit up at Pokfulam will be one of the greatest differences between station lobby and outside in the world.

HK record for buses on slope is 1:3.... believe or not
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Old October 20th, 2007, 06:30 PM   #2036
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I just loved the way they designed the MTR. Different colours in each station, use of fonts, etc.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 06:50 AM   #2038
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I like the calligraphy on the Island line Stations
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 07:01 AM   #2039
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Not all the stations use traditional Chinese calligraphy though.
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I like the calligraphy on the Island line Stations
There are also common in other lines as well such as The Tsueng Kwan O Line.
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