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Old January 24th, 2009, 05:41 PM   #2541
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The following Press Release would even angers you!

Why the hot weather impacts our train network

-- They really need to replace the A/C for the trains!
OMG! From that page, Connex seems is not a mature operator.

Wht it cannot use better air-condition system with better train car insulation to overcome comfort problem?

Power supply and fire safety is major point~~
Use timber chair? How come when fire starts?

CAB signal instand of traffic lights signal can ensure safety train operation~~
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Old January 24th, 2009, 06:58 PM   #2542
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So under the contract, MTR gets profits, then what does the Stockholm Metro (SL) get?

I guess the MTR is too smart to expand into the U.S.=too much work would be needed to rehabilitate our systems...
I bet if MTR took over the NYC Transit, we will notice significant improvements in the subway AND still make a profit. The MTA is terrible at providing adequate services to its customers.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 04:26 AM   #2543
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The US market is probably one of the last transit system MTR will get into. Too much politic here to deal with. I can see MTA to have MTR as a consultant, but MTR is not going to be the operator.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 05:31 AM   #2544
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I bet if MTR took over the NYC Transit, we will notice significant improvements in the subway AND still make a profit. The MTA is terrible at providing adequate services to its customers.
Yup, definitely. MTR would probably be hailed as sent from the heavens if they make a profit here.

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The US market is probably one of the last transit system MTR will get into. Too much politic here to deal with. I can see MTA to have MTR as a consultant, but MTR is not going to be the operator.
Yeah, plus things get done slower here. MUCH slower. Just look at the Second Avenue Subway-expected completion date: 2020, but judging from its history and a lack of funding for the later parts of the line, I think 2020 is overestimating their abilities. No offense, but the work ethic here is to take your time...which translates into longer completion dates and increased costs, not to mention a greater inconvenience.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 05:57 AM   #2545
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Yeah, plus things get done slower here. MUCH slower. Just look at the Second Avenue Subway-expected completion date: 2020, but judging from its history and a lack of funding for the later parts of the line, I think 2020 is overestimating their abilities. No offense, but the work ethic here is to take your time...which translates into longer completion dates and increased costs, not to mention a greater inconvenience.
HKers are workaholic. The work attitude here should somewhat it should be for real; but the American attitude just drives HKers nut. It's just way too slow. And imagine MTR has to due with the American's union, forget it.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 07:35 AM   #2546
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Yup, definitely. MTR would probably be hailed as sent from the heavens if they make a profit here.



Yeah, plus things get done slower here. MUCH slower. Just look at the Second Avenue Subway-expected completion date: 2020, but judging from its history and a lack of funding for the later parts of the line, I think 2020 is overestimating their abilities. No offense, but the work ethic here is to take your time...which translates into longer completion dates and increased costs, not to mention a greater inconvenience.
How could Beijing increase its rail network three times the current size by that time and the MTA can't even build a single line that's not even 1/10 the length of Beijing's future rail network. Americans are way too slow!
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To be fair, I would have to say constructibility in Manhattan is far more difficult than in Beijing. And Beijing has endless number of low cost labour available that Manhattan doesn't.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 11:59 AM   #2548
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The following Press Release would even angers you!

Why the hot weather impacts our train network

-- They really need to replace the A/C for the trains!
Connex have had a lot of PR problems in the past few weeks as Summer has started to set in. There were a lot of train cancellations and delays during peak hour when the temperature went above 35*c. Of course, Connex blamed the Government and the Government blamed Connex.



Anyway, MTR Corp is in the running to take control of Melbourne's rail network, and anyone with more than one braincell will know that they're the best choice.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 12:42 PM   #2549
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Connex is usually doing a faily good job with its German subsidiaries.

NordWestBahn is one of the best private railways in Germany.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 04:23 PM   #2550
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Veolia appeals Stockholm metro contract to Hong Kong's MTR
30 January 2009
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A Swedish court has suspended a decision awarding the running of the Stockholm metro to Hong Kong company MTR after French rival Veolia appealed the decision, Veolia said on Friday.

"The Stockholm county administrative court has decided to approve Veolia Transport's appeal of Stockholm Public Transport's (SL) decision. This means that the tender offer is suspended," Veolia Transport Sweden said in a statement.

Veolia Transport, the current operator of Stockholm's subway, lost the 1.9-billion-euro (2.45-billion-dollar) eight-year contract to MTR on January 20.

The contract, which is due to start on November 2, includes a possible extension for an additional six years.

"There is always someone who tries to stop or delay the process but until now no one has succeeded in doing it, SL has always won in court," SL spokesman Bjoern Holmberg told AFP.

"This is a small delay for us but we thought this could happen and we had planned for it, so we can handle the date of November 2," he said.

Veolia Transport said meanwhile it was contesting SL's choice of MTR since its bid was the most expensive.

"It chose the most expensive of the bidders which will cost taxpayers in Stockholm 2.5 billion kronor and we think that this difference is not justified by the difference in quality with the other offers, including ours," Veolia chief executive Tomas Wallin told AFP.

In announcing its decision on January 20, SL said MTR "submitted the best bid from a quality standpoint and that was decisive in this procurement."
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 05:00 AM   #2552
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 05:03 AM   #2553
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It seems like a case of sour grapes. There's not much better than the MTR.
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Veolia (Connex) are starting to realise they'll loose their Melbourne contract as well, and they're not particularly happy about it according to media reports.

I just hope Connex go broke during the global downturn. What a pathetic company. Is there anywhere on Earth where Connex/Veolia runs a half decent PT system?

All hail MTR Corp.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 02:40 PM   #2555
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Converting suburban railways to subways is a very good idea. So, is the suburban railway network now fully converted to subway, i.e. are there no train? Only metro/light rail/tram/funicular in HOng Kong?

Is Hong Kong now renamed to Hung Hum?
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Converting suburban railways to subways is a very good idea. So, is the suburban railway network now fully converted to subway, i.e. are there no train? Only metro/light rail/tram/funicular in HOng Kong?

Is Hong Kong now renamed to Hung Hum?
In name it is all MTR, but the technical specifications have not changed. The rolling stock are still different.
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"It chose the most expensive of the bidders which will cost taxpayers in Stockholm 2.5 billion kronor and we think that this difference is not justified by the difference in quality with the other offers, including ours," Veolia chief executive Tomas Wallin told AFP.
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It seems like a case of sour grapes. There's not much better than the MTR.
For a competitor to b***h that SL must have been crazy to choose the more expensive contract, completely ignoring items like safety, reliability, and proven results is just childlike.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 10:35 AM   #2558
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Veolia (Connex) are starting to realise they'll loose their Melbourne contract as well, and they're not particularly happy about it according to media reports.

I just hope Connex go broke during the global downturn. What a pathetic company. Is there anywhere on Earth where Connex/Veolia runs a half decent PT system?

All hail MTR Corp.
Eh, try apportioning some of your blame to the State Government of Victoria. THEY OWN THE TRACK AND TRAINS. You could stick any bloody operator in there - the same problems will exist until some bright spark in Spring Street realises they need to modernise the system
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Old February 5th, 2009, 05:51 PM   #2559
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大連擬夥港鐵建地鐵
5 February 2009
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大連市市長夏德仁昨日表示,大連地鐵一號及二號綫建設,預算投資約二百億元。並希望與其他地區共同發展,此行來港會與港鐵(066)磋商,若條件適合,不排除雙方日後合作。

預算投資200億

對中央四萬億元(人民幣,下同)刺激經濟計畫非常有信心,大連亦已制定七千億元固定資產投資計畫作響應,本年固定資產投資約二千三百億元,較去年增長三成,投資項目包括地鐵、輕軌、機場建設等,主要以吸納社會資金推動計畫。

夏德仁指,金融危機影響下,當地出口活動出現下跌,市政府會改為積極吸引外資,他又相信,外國要克服金融海嘯的出路就是投資內地,大連在○八年不明朗的經濟環境下,仍取得地區生產總值增長百分之十六點五,故此對今年增長百分之十四非常有信心。

夏德仁表示,目前在大連進行的外商投資項目的資金均獲得落實,可按計畫增長,其中英特爾○九年英特爾將在大連追加投資及推動更高水平的項目。

夏德仁指出,外貿增長比率對大連市經濟影響還是較大的,他預計,本年出口總值將佔大連生產總值約三成。

另外,貿發局副總裁黃錦輝在同一場合表示,保守佑計今年本港整體出口價值會出現百分之六的負增長,並相信金融海嘯第二波即將來臨,惟現時仍未能計算出對本港經濟的整體影響時間。

貿發局料出口值倒退6%

貿發局在剛過去的一月份舉行兩個展覽,發現來自己發展市場體系的海外買家數量目銳減十多個百分點,反映傳統歐美市場出口定單正在下跌,而新興市場體系海外買家及參展商數目則無太大改變。貿發局今年將增撥百分之二十五的資源,加強在內地的推廣工作,協助港商拓展內銷市場。

貿發局昨日與大連市簽署協議,加強內需和現代服務業合作。
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