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Old February 7th, 2009, 05:34 AM   #2561
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Old February 11th, 2009, 03:43 AM   #2562
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Old February 11th, 2009, 04:21 AM   #2563
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I will try to find an English version, but so far no luck in the English press. It is about MTR getting involved in a subway project in Dalian, China.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 09:29 AM   #2564
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MTR to work with police to catch cheats




The MTR Corporation will work with the police to catch fare-dodgers, after more than 27,000 cases were detected and 29 station employees assaulted during ticket inspections last year.

Attempts to cheat are particularly prevalent at stations along the East Rail Line, comprising almost 42 per cent of the 27,832 cases last year.

Ticket evasion happens on average 100 times more often at the Lo Wu and Sheung Shui stations, according to MTR Corp's head of operations, Wilfred Lau Cheuk-man.

Ticket evasion is unfair to passengers who have paid the full fares, Mr Lau said.

It is deplorable that some evaders even resort to violence.

Of the 4,462 cases recorded last month, 62 per cent occurred along the East line, up 84 per cent from January last year.

In the same month, two staff were assaulted as they tried to stop cheats.

Ticket evaders are usually caught as they walk closely together to try to get through the gate using one Octopus card. The company will set up a tri-party working group with high-level police officials of the railway district and border district to discuss ways to combat the problem.

Meanwhile, more security staff would be sent to stations to support frontline staff in ticket inspection, Mr Lau said.

New employees would also learn self-defence alongside their normal training course so they would know how to react to emergencies and violent passengers, he said.

Mr Lau said the increased number of cheats being found out was proof that the security measures were working.

We have deployed more staff. That's why more evaders have been caught.

It was believed that most ticket evaders in Sheung Shui and Lo Wu were smugglers of mainland products, but Mr Lau said it was hard to generalise.

One MTR employee who gave his name as Ah Ming fell victim to an assault in November.

Ah Ming, who had been working for four years at Lo Wu station, was beaten and kicked by a group on the night of November 12 after he stopped them from trying to get a free ride. He suffered injuries to his face and had to take about two weeks off work.

It happened so suddenly, but I was not very scared, he said.

It was just an isolated case that turned violent.

Whenever a ticket evader tried to flee, staff would call the police.

But the police arrived three to four minutes later on the night of his attack, Ah Ming said.

Two suspects had since been caught and charged, he said.

He said ticket evasion was very common at Lo Wu station and that cheats often pushed and elbowed staff. Some would also insult staff.

Mr Lau said the corporation dealt with fare evasion very seriously.

In recent months two evaders who had assaulted station staff were jailed for five and 28 days respectively, he said.

Ticket evaders are liable to a maximum fine of HK$5,000, according to the MTR by-laws.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 01:27 PM   #2565
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LCQ19: Noise barriers along the Tsing Yi section of the Airport Railway
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Old February 13th, 2009, 06:45 AM   #2566
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MTR upgrade shines light on energy-wasting city
Hong Kong Standard
Friday, February 13, 2009

Hong Kong is two years behind the mainland in terms of using more environmentally friendly lighting, such as light-emitting diode streetlights, according to a research and development study into the MTR lighting system.

The railway company said it spent HK$4 million on switching to a more green and energy-efficient system of high brightness that can save 30 percent more energy and has a life span three times more than ordinary fluorescent lights.

The switch was made possible through the expert technical input of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and industrial lighting specialist JM Technologies.

A Tsuen Wan Line train is the first of the 100 urban fleet to have the latest lighting fixture, with each using up to 64 individual high-brightness chips.

The chips can be replaced individually to minimize wastage.

"Apart from saving energy, the high- brightness light resembles natural daylight and will provide passengers with a more pleasant journey," said Jacob Kam Chak-pui, head of operations (engineering). The use of LED was tested in 2006.

"No ultraviolet is released by the light, which is a good news for passengers as well."

Philip Chan Ching-ho, dean of the School of Engineering of HKUST, said although the high-brightness lights cost five to 10 times more than fluorescent lights, they have a life span of around 50,000 hours.

Fluorescent lights last only 7,000 to 8,000 hours.

"With savings in energy and durability, it could break even in two years and therefore saves more money in the long run," Chan said.

He said the use of LED lights is not common in Hong Kong.

"In terms of use, the mainland is ahead of Hong Kong with the plan to install 100,000 LED streetlights in 2009, not to mention the use of LEDs in the Beijing Olympics' Water Cube and other major facilities."

Apart from the one train already in service, two more trains with the new illumination system will be put into service by June.

By August, Choi Hung MTR station will be the first to be fitted with the new lighting system.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #2568
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Shenzhen vows to crack down on army of traders using rail line
12 February 2009
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Shenzhen yesterday told the MTR Corporation it would clamp down on thousands of traders in parallel imports using the East Rail Line's Lo Wu station for their daily trade.

The MTR Corp fears as many as 10,000 such traders are using the station each day.

But, privately, Shenzhen officials were pessimistic about the effectiveness of such a campaign.

MTR Corp chief executive Chow Chung-kong appealed for Shenzhen to crack down on the armies of traders moving products between the city and Hong Kong who were using the line several times a day.

The rail operator has long been troubled by traders who pack into stations and often dodge fares.

Economists estimate that the number of traders trying to capitalise on price differences in products between the two cities has doubled since the economic crisis began to put people out of work.

However, while Shenzhen mayor Xu Zongheng told the MTR Corp yesterday that customs officers in his city would launch a crackdown on cross-border activity, many officials said there were only slim hopes of the MTR seeing any real benefits.

Lo Wu station was not in Shenzhen and the customs officers were unable to charge traders if they claimed goods carried each day were for their personal use, one Shenzhen official said.

"Also, many of the smugglers able to travel across the border several times a day are Hongkongers who aren't governed by Shenzhen."

The MTR Corp said last week that more than 42 per cent of its 27,832 ticket-evasion cases recorded last year occurred at Lo Wu and Sheung Shui stations, the two last stops before the border. It said fare-dodgers had also assaulted ticket inspectors.

Parallel imports are genuine goods, often designer names, imported by people other than the authorised local dealer and usually sold for less.
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Classic Video Clip for the Introduction of MTR Modified Initial System (Today's Kwun Tong Line Kwun Tong to Yau Ma Tei and Tsuen Wan Line Mong Kok to Central) before officially open! Posted by tpbvideo. Sorry for only Cantonese Version.



You would notice how much difference in past 30 years!
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Old February 18th, 2009, 10:11 PM   #2570
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Classic Video Clip for the Introduction of MTR Modified Initial System (Today's Kwun Tong Line Kwun Tong to Yau Ma Tei and Tsuen Wan Line Mong Kok to Central) before officially open! Posted by tpbvideo. Sorry for only Cantonese Version.



You would notice how much difference in past 30 years!
I am impressed: ever since the beginning, MTR operated frmo 6am-1am and had trains every 2 mins during rush hour and escalators!!! And the stations today look just as new as they did then! Applause for the MTR!
Thanks for the vid! - the original background music isn't too bad either. very techno.
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Old February 19th, 2009, 12:47 AM   #2571
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I am impressed: ever since the beginning, MTR operated frmo 6am-1am and had trains every 2 mins during rush hour and escalators!!! And the stations today look just as new as they did then! Applause for the MTR!
Thanks for the vid! - the original background music isn't too bad either. very techno.
London has had escalators since 1910...
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Old February 19th, 2009, 01:22 PM   #2572
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amazing video! love the change in the signages and station facilities!
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Old February 19th, 2009, 07:24 PM   #2573
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Ah ... government education video.
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Old February 19th, 2009, 09:15 PM   #2574
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I was wondering if someone would please be so kind and help me understanding what each number on the picture says in english?
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Hello,

I was wondering if someone would please be so kind and help me understanding what each number on the picture says in english?
Please accept my poor English:

1. Station Staff Winter Uniforms (summer w/o Jackets)
2. Staff Manager Winter Uniforms ( Summer w short- sleeve Shirts)
3. Station Assistant
4. techician Summer Uniforms
5. Techician Winter Uniforms
6. Receptionist Winter Unifoms (Summer w Short-sleeve Shirts)
7. Security (summer w/o jackets)
8. Properties Management Staff Uniforms
9. Shopping Center Staff Uniforms
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 05:46 AM   #2576
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3. Station Assistant
Station Assistant gets to wear jeans to work? I'll take that job!

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Old February 26th, 2009, 01:28 AM   #2577
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Where does MTR post station ridership? Wikipedia has some numbers, but they're unsourced and vague.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 07:09 AM   #2578
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They don't. As far as I know, they only provide system ridership, nothing by station. You can find pre-merger KCR ridership by line in their annual reports, though...
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HK Transport Stats

You can find whole load of transport stats here http://www.td.gov.hk/transport_in_ho...gest/index.htm

Railways are in there as well.

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HK Govt To Sell MTR Shrs In 2011-12 To Ease Deficit - Report
25 February 2009

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--The Hong Kong government plans to sell shares in MTR Corp. (0066.HK) in 2011 and 2012 to ease a projected budget deficit in the next five years, the Hong Kong Economic Times reported Thursday, citing an unnamed government source.

The report said the government would increase its exceptional income by more than HK$10 billion in both 2011 and 2012 by selling shares in MTR. It decided against putting the assets up for sale before 2011 due to adverse market conditions, the paper reported.
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