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Old February 2nd, 2008, 04:41 AM   #2241
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More women are being groped or sexually assaulted on public transport but only about one in four reports it to the police, a survey has revealed.

A survey conducted by Anti480 through the post and the internet found 45 percent of the respondents to have suffered some form of sexual assault on public transport.
I am not doubting that more women are being violated but since part of the survey was done through the internet, was it random? Because if it was not, then this survey may not be accurate enough to portray what is truly happening.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 05:14 PM   #2242
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Bad News, No more Tsz Wan Shan Station!

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Old February 2nd, 2008, 05:55 PM   #2243
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Having seen so many photos of HongKong here, i really wonder how they solve traffic problem? The subway is not so well developed for such a huge city where the most of the buildings have 40 storeys and more. As I also see, it should be very very difficult to get around on the surface.
What about passenger flow in HK metro? Is the system really functional? it seems to me HK should have more than 15 lines.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 06:14 PM   #2244
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Having seen so many photos of HongKong here, i really wonder how they solve traffic problem? The subway is not so well developed for such a huge city where the most of the buildings have 40 storeys and more. As I also see, it should be very very difficult to get around on the surface.
What about passenger flow in HK metro? Is the system really functional? it seems to me HK should have more than 15 lines.
Actually, traffic isn't so bad here at all since most people take public transit.

Only about 25% of Hong Kong's land area is developed. The other 75% is countryside, including hills and islands that don't need subway connection, hence from the look at the maps alone, it may seem coverage is low, but in fact, all the key population clusters are connected by rail.

In fact, for many of the new lines, the 40+ storey complexes sit right above the stations.

For December 2007, almost 104 million passengers took the MTR lines (including the former KCR lines), averaging about 3.5 million a day.

http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/investrelation/patronage.php
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Old February 4th, 2008, 10:05 AM   #2245
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Actually, traffic isn't so bad here at all since most people take public transit.

Only about 25% of Hong Kong's land area is developed. The other 75% is countryside, including hills and islands that don't need subway connection, hence from the look at the maps alone, it may seem coverage is low, but in fact, all the key population clusters are connected by rail.
Another factor is because of the intense development, most people can find what they need within a short distance...either by public transit or even walking.

But I would agree that an expansion of the existing rail line would be very useful...or perhaps converting some of the main line buses in Kowloon (like all of those nathan road buses), into a more organized "higher order" service....but overall, I dont think that would be popular....transfers are generally unpopular...my ex-gf used to take the 87D direct from Ma On Shan to Tsim Sha Tsui then cross the harbour using the ferry...never ever thought of taking the 87K to the University KCR station and taking the KCR train down...even after they extended it to TST. She only started using the KCR regularly after the MOS rail line came out to her home.

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Old February 4th, 2008, 10:13 AM   #2246
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I agree, on the whole many pax are lazy to xfer between mode, even if it offers discounts.
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point-to-point service is always more welcome and passenger-friendly than point-to-hub service; which doesn't necessarily mean it will help the traffic problem in a place like hong kong where has very low rate of car ownership. even with so many overlapped services, there is still such a demand to support everyone and still has a profit from it.

and time is money in hk. even the rail may offer discount, but if riding the bus faster and more convenience for only a few more dollars, most people are willing to pay for the extra cost.
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Old February 4th, 2008, 02:53 PM   #2248
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No more world deepest station in HK either.
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Old February 10th, 2008, 05:58 AM   #2249
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港鐵拒打救 七成店新年拉閘
落馬洲站人稀商戶零生意

10/02/2008





【專案組記者李嘉怡、馮溢華報道】農曆新年是出入境高峰期,但客流量稀疏的落馬洲支線依然未見起色,商場部分商戶更創下全日零生意額紀錄,約七成店舖索性在農曆新年期間「停業」,另又炮轟港鐵不肯寬減租金,等如見死不救。部分立法會議員直斥港鐵為昂坪360做盡救亡措施,卻拒絕為落馬洲支線的商戶施以援手,道義上說不通。

政府統計處資料顯示,去年十二月經落馬洲支線管制站出入境的人次有六十三萬,但比起毗鄰落馬洲管制站(皇巴士)的一百九十多萬和羅湖的四百一十多萬,落馬洲支線旅客流量明顯落後。

本報在年初二到落馬洲支線管制站了解,看見人流稀少,在商場約七成商店關門大吉,其中一間沒有營業的連鎖零食店,貨架更是空無一物。而一間時裝店的負責人彭小姐無奈道:「我覺得畀九鐵(現港鐵)呃畄,好似畀人賣豬仔咁!」她在去年八月開業至今,曾有多天都是「零生意額」,她說:「最好生意碹日都只係幾百蚊,連租都唔夠交!對面一間大型連鎖時裝店,兩個月前就索性關門。」

拉閘唔做要罰款
「我都想拉閘唔做,但租約規定要開門營業,否則罰款。」另一間零食店負責人王先生指出,九鐵(現港鐵)去年宣傳落馬洲站時,聲稱會有大量乘客從羅湖分流過來,故連租兩個舖位,豈料門堪羅雀,每月蝕約十萬元租金。

立法會議員王國興指出,昂坪360早前發生事故,港鐵也幫助昂坪市集商戶,故在道義上同樣有責任協助落馬洲支線管制站的商戶渡過難關。他認為港鐵應寬減商戶租金、加強宣傳及減票價。

港鐵表示,目前周日落馬洲支線的客量約維持二至三萬人次,已積極舉辦宣傳活動;至於商戶方面,港鐵亦會加強宣傳,並已因應個別商戶要求,讓其調整營業時間。
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No more world deepest station in HK either.
How deep was it planned to be? Arsenalna in Kiev is 102m (334ft)
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Old February 11th, 2008, 06:40 PM   #2251
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How deep was it planned to be? Arsenalna in Kiev is 102m (334ft)
From memory, it's like a hundred and teens.
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Old February 13th, 2008, 03:34 AM   #2252
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Former KCRC managers axed after MTRC takeover
Hong Kong Standard
Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The MTRC has started laying off long- serving senior staff of the former KCRC just two months after the two railways were merged, The Standard has learned.

The MTRC had assured the Legislative Council during meetings in November last year - and before the merger took place on December 2 - that staff of both railways would retain their jobs.

But according to one MTRC worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the company had placed a "generous offer" before former KCRC staff under which those leaving the company would get additional compensation amounting to one month's salary for every year of service. The offer is valid for three months.

"Three officials were told to accept the early retirement package on the eve of the Lunar New Year," the source said. "The three have worked for us for at least eight years and include a senior inspector and resident engineer who mainly oversees rail safety and monitors the progress of the contracted projects in the MTR Kowloon Southern Link project."

The source said at least seven people from the original team of 40, or 18 percent of senior management staff, had left their jobs since the merger.

The initial target is staff at grade eight, or senior management grade with a monthly salary of more than HK$40,000.

The Standard was also told the rail company had hired a human resources consultancy firm to set up interviews with the senior managers to assess whether they should continue to stay in their jobs.

Those found to be unnecessary, and who are not willing to accept the early retirement package, will be relocated to other departments.

To avoid complaints from staff, the source said the MTRC had paid extra compensation on top of the amount required under the law.

"The additional amount is determined by staff seniority. But it is demoralizing.

"People are worried the redundancy plan will be extended to workers at lower grades. I have prepared for the worst and have already started looking for a new job," the source said.

A spokesman for MTRC said yesterday the company did not have data on staff turnover rate since the merger.

KCRC officers' union chairwoman Rainbow Lau Choy-hung said she was not aware of the scheme but was prepared to help workers fight for continued and sincere talks with the company.
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From memory, it's like a hundred and teens.
How come it is so deep? Was it to be situated under a hill? How was the station to be accessed? If you know any of this, do tell!
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Due to the level constraint of the MTR DIH Station, the TWS
Station has to be located 100m below the ground level which is not easily accessible for the travelling public. In the event of emergency, evacuation of passengers will be difficult. Extensive investigation of the ground conditions confirmed the absence of competent rock suitable for the construction of a
station cavern. Thus, the Corporation does not consider it prudent to propose such a station.
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How come it is so deep? Was it to be situated under a hill? How was the station to be accessed? If you know any of this, do tell!
Yes, the station was planned to sit deep down under the hill. The tunnel was designed at an elevation to be under foundations, utilities etc. at the low elevation area like Kai Tak.

It's a combination of relatively deep tunnel plus the geography to make it more than 100m below ground surface.

The original access plan was simply sections of escalators and evaluators connecting the lobby and all access points.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 08:25 PM   #2258
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The West Island Line and South Island Line
Why not just make one South Island Line by combining the proposed WIL and SIL? Aberdeen and South Horizons are not that "unaligned" with each other, and could save some money.
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Why not just make one South Island Line by combining the proposed WIL and SIL? Aberdeen and South Horizons are not that "unaligned" with each other, and could save some money.
WIL is a heavy rail, an extension of existing Island using same rail system. SIL is a medium rail, using a smaller train for less demand from the Southern District.
The two has a different demand of services. That's why they aren't combined.

Combining SILE and SILW doesn't necessary save money. The cost of construction is still the full length of the system. It was determined it would be more beneficial to construct the SIL in stages cause of the construction cost.
SILE doesn't require to build stations under high mountain, which significantly simplifies the system and cost of construction. Plus, stations along SILE have a higher service demand than SILW.
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Noise from new rail line 'reduced'
11 February 2008
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Extra measures taken during construction of the Tseung Kwan O rail line extension will reduce noise and vibration for nearby - and future - residents, the MTR Corporation has said.

The measures included the laying of a ballast mat beneath the track that isolated the noise, MTR Corp construction manager Mark Cuzner said.

This measure would diminish the noise heard in residents' flats, he said. Rubber baseplates clipped to the track would also reduce vibration.

He did not say by how much the vibration and noise would be reduced by, but said these measures had been proven to be effective elsewhere in the MTR system.

Mr Cuzner said 60 per cent of the project, involving 3.5km of track works, had been completed.

The station was also made more accessible to the visually impaired, he said.

An MTR spokeswoman said the name of the new station had not been decided.

The station will initially have two exits, one leading to the Lohas Park property development and the other to a transport interchange.

The new station is expected to start operating next year.
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