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Old December 17th, 2008, 06:46 AM   #2501
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Old December 17th, 2008, 11:30 AM   #2502
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16 December 2008
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...The MTR is also not planning to connect Kowloon station with its neighbour Austin station, a stop on the extended West Rail line that is to open next year.

"If people want to change between West Rail and the Tung Chung line, they can do it in Nam Cheong," Mr Yeung said. "They do not need to use Austin station."
But the Airport Express Line remains unconnected to anything except on Tsing Yi island to the Tung Chung Line and HK island via a very long walkway to the Island Line and Tsuen Wan Line...
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Old December 17th, 2008, 06:37 PM   #2503
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Old December 18th, 2008, 09:29 AM   #2504
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Has it really been 10 years since it opened? Geez time flies.

When I was in HK last year, I was very impressed by the airport express. It might be 'in need' of a face-lift in someone's mind but it's certainly miles ahead of many other airport connections around the world.

It's clean, quick, efficient with an amazing view - you couldn't ask for much more.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 08:48 AM   #2505
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....Toronto has no rail connection to the city from airport and HK is already updating their trains. You guys are so spoiled.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #2506
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Old December 19th, 2008, 12:28 PM   #2507
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I'm not sure if Australian rail workers will live up to the employee standards that the MTR requires...
Too true. I am an Aussie staying in HK for Xmas, as we do every year. The work attitude in Australia goes something like this "She'll be right mate, near enough is good enough"
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Old December 20th, 2008, 07:18 PM   #2508
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MTR Press Release:
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Old December 21st, 2008, 07:54 PM   #2509
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Too true. I am an Aussie staying in HK for Xmas, as we do every year. The work attitude in Australia goes something like this "She'll be right mate, near enough is good enough"


Well it is lot better than the Indian attitude...."Sab Chalta Hai Boss....." (Anything goes....).
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 01:22 PM   #2510
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As some of the lines near 30 years old ... I wonder whether large-scale maintenance or replacement of infrastructure is needed. The train sets have been revitalized, but it seems quite a lot of breakdowns related to wires and signals lately.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 04:52 PM   #2511
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As some of the lines near 30 years old ... I wonder whether large-scale maintenance or replacement of infrastructure is needed. The train sets have been revitalized, but it seems quite a lot of breakdowns related to wires and signals lately.
All the hardware are subjected to be replaced routinely piece by piece on a daily basis overnight without interrupting the regular service. I doubt any non-structure equipments have been used for the whole life of MTR.

Although it may seem like the system seems to get more and more break down and service delay, but a lot of the minor delays and break downs were not required to report to the public and to the government immediately within minutes after the incident occurs or even afterward in the past. We are now getting reports on the service being disrupted for as little as like 5 to 10 minutes.

According to the MTR's Performance Achievements reports, the system operated at 99.7+% on time in the first three quarters of 2008. The percentage has maintained high for a long time, and where else in the world can you get this accuracy? I think the impression of the system were falling apart has a lot to do with the high transparency we have and massive media coverage.

MTR's Performance Achievements Reports:
1st Quarter of 2008 (Dec 2007-Mar 2008): http://mtr.com.hk/eng/publications/i...mance_08q1.pdf
2nd Quarter of 2008 (Apr-Jun): http://mtr.com.hk/eng/publications/i...mance_08q2.pdf
3rd Quarter of 2008 (Jul-Sep): http://mtr.com.hk/eng/publications/i...mance_08q3.pdf
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Old December 24th, 2008, 05:54 AM   #2512
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As some of the lines near 30 years old ... I wonder whether large-scale maintenance or replacement of infrastructure is needed. The train sets have been revitalized, but it seems quite a lot of breakdowns related to wires and signals lately.
It seemed that the electrical problem occured on the new section between Lam Tin and TKL last time, though. I noticed that they started to redo the tiles in some station, which is always nice since the tiles had been there since the stations opened. I guess their primary focus now is to renovate the stations along East Rail line first before commencing to other lines.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 05:00 PM   #2514
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MTR gives elderly $2 tickets to ride - Wednesdays only
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The good news for senior citizens is that theyll soon get to ride the MTR for just HK$2. The bad news V its only valid for Wednesdays and public holidays.

The HK$2 rides for seniors using an Elder Octopus card take effect on New Years Day and continue until August 31.

An MTR Corp spokeswoman would not say whether concessions will be extended after that date, saying only that the company will consider promotions according to future market and operating situations.

The new discount comes after mounting political pressure from the government and legislators following the expiration of a previous concession on December 1 that offered the HK$2 flat fare on holidays and Sundays.

The concession does not include the Airport Express, MTR buses, East Rail Line, first class journeys from Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations, or the Light Rail.

Coalition to Monitor Public Transport and Utilities spokesman Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong described the change from discounted Sunday rides to Wednesday rides as strange.

The elderly would prefer to have fares discounted on Sundays because thats when they are best able to see their families who are off from work and school.

The only reason we can think for the change is that they are trying to discourage the elderly from taking advantage of the discount.

The MTR said the new promotion is different from last years and should not be compared.

It added: Bus companies offer a concession on Sundays, so by offering a Wednesday discount we hope to provide an alternative and greater flexibility for elderly passengers.

The regular price for a senior MTR journey is half the price of an adult fare.

The MTR also announced a promotion that gives the elderly 50 percent off rides on Ngong Ping 360 when they take the MTR to the cable car through February 28.

Also yesterday, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the government will expedite its processing of the recent increases in Old Age Allowance to ensure the 480,000 senior citizens eligible will receive the new funds.

On January 1, the Normal Old Age Allowance and Higher Old Age Allowance will increase from HK$625 and HK$705, respectively, to HK$1,000.

The means tests for allowances will remain the same as before.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 12:04 PM   #2515
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Gov't Press Releases:
LCQ10: MTRCL property development projects

LCQ19: Day pass and monthly pass concessionary schemes offered by the MTR Corporation Limited
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Old January 8th, 2009, 09:36 AM   #2516
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Making train stations a draw for everyone
20 December 2008
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In Asia's world-class cities, such as Hong Kong, the efficient flow of people through stations is no longer the only benchmark that makes them stand out. Commercial value and lifestyle have become equally important, and architects must strive to achieve this.

"In our modern, competitive Asian cities our train stations need to be more than efficient people-movement systems," said Keith Griffiths, chairman of Aedas. "They will be places of beauty where people will enjoy spending time at shops, galleries and exhibitions {hellip} they will celebrate architecture and provide much-needed public space for the enjoyment of our people."

Stations of the future need to become fully integrated with other transport systems and retail, office and residential buildings, with the power to affect the immediate environment.

Of the stations Aedas has worked on, the company's director, Max Connop, said that the most significant lifestyle station design was the Sunny Bay above-ground station on Lantau Island. As a window to Disneyland, the station had to embody a sense of drama and expectation, he said.

This was achieved by adopting a large fabric canopy roof over the main interchange hall, carefully engineered to optimise its performance while promoting a sense of festivals and special occasions. This way of design was carried forward to the design of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car project.

Mr Connop said station design had become a discipline in its own right. "The complexity of services and design codes that define a safe and efficient design require a great amount of detailed knowledge and this in turn nurtures a very particular response in the design solution," he said.

While the company continues to strive towards excellence in this achievement, Mr Connop said: "The stations will act as catalysts for improvement and developments which will change the future way we use and appreciate Hong Kong, and that is an exciting prospect for everyone."
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Old January 14th, 2009, 01:56 PM   #2518
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No Happy Valley Station!

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Old January 14th, 2009, 05:48 PM   #2519
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Well, I guess HK Tramways and the bus companies and taxis will be happy about this.
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Old January 15th, 2009, 03:46 PM   #2520
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Very disappointed with the decision on opting out HV station.
Traffic problem won't be solved on horse racing days or nights, but at least the Southerners won't have to stuck with traffic and sat in the bus for a 25-min detours for a 2-min normal ride to the Aberdeen Tunnel. Oh well.
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