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Old September 30th, 2004, 04:47 PM   #241
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Hong Kong wasn't democratic under the British and it isn't democratic under Beijing!
a distintion of socialism china and capitalism hong kong is a better comparsion.

even though hong kong wasn't fully democratic under the british, but it was walking toward it in the end of its era. however, now we are just walking in a circle or even backward under the beijing.
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Old October 1st, 2004, 01:55 AM   #242
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Future lines (completion years might change):

MTR:
2005~Disneyland Line
2009~West Island Line & South Island Line
2010~Kwun Tong Line Ext.
2016~North Island Line

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2004~Tsim Sha Tsui Ext. & Ma On Shan Ext.
2007~Lok Ma Chau Spur
2008~Kowloon Southern Link
2010~Sha Tin - Central Link
2011~Northern Link & Regional Express Line
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 12:04 AM   #243
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Lok Ma Chau Spur Line - East Rail

The Lok Ma Chau Spur Line was endorsed by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on 14 June 2002.

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation is building the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line as a second railway link to the Mainland to relieve passenger congestion at the Lo Wu boundary with the Mainland. Running along a 7.4 kilometre alignment, it will branch off the existing East Rail north of Sheung Shui to terminate at Lok Ma Chau Station.

A combined tunnel and viaduct scheme was adopted for the Spur Line: From Sheung Shui to Chau Tau, the railway will run through tunnels, and from Chau Tau, the railway will rise gradually onto viaducts to terminate at Lok Ma Chau Station.

The Spur Line project comprises four major sections, namely, the tunnels' the viaducts' Lok Ma Chau Station and the modification works for the existing Sheung Shui Station.

Construction commenced in January 2003, and is targeted for completion before mid 2007.



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Old October 3rd, 2004, 12:21 AM   #244
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Hey we need some photos of the West Rail and East Rail here.
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 02:13 AM   #245
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Old October 3rd, 2004, 08:11 PM   #246
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On a greener track
Suh-kyung Yoon. Far Eastern Economic Review. Hong Kong: Oct 25, 2001.Vol.164, Iss. 42; pg. 56, 1 pgs

Hong Kong's habit of throwing things away is changing. Suddenly, people care about the environment and are able to influence policy

HOME SAFE: Long Valley is preserved, developers are in a flap

AS A BORROWED place on borrowed time, Hong Kong lacked the motivation to be politically active or environmentally friendly. Most major decisions were made thousands of miles away-in London and Beijing-and most of its residents were refugees or their children, ever ready to pick up and leave tomorrow if they had to.

Now, attitudes are changing. In the years since the 1997 handover, environmentalism has grown into a potent political force to be reckoned with. Bizarrely, in this famously apolitical, money-obsessed town environmental concerns are coming to the fore. "The atmosphere is ripe even for a green party to flourish," says Michael DeGolyer, director of the Baptist University's Hong Kong Transition Project, which has conducted public-attitude surveys in the territory since 1982.

A symbol of this growing green consciousness is Long Valley-an area of lush wetlands nestled near the border with Shenzhen. Most Hong Kong residents had never heard of Long Valley, much less seen it, before it hit the headlines last year.

In December 1999, the KowloonCanton Railway Corporation, or KCRC, a quasi-governmental railway operator, proposed laying tracks through the valley, which is a habitat for 210 different bird species, some near extinction. Under a 1998 law, the project needed to first pass an environmental-impact assessment, conducted by the government's Environmental Protection Department, before getting the go-ahead.

The line was widely expected to be fasttracked through the process. It was, after all, a HK$8 billion ($1.03 billion) project that would fulfil Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's promise to link Hong Kong's train system to Shenzhen's subway. However, those plans were derailed by a coalition oflocal green groups. The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, the World Wide Fund for Nature and Friends of the Earth challenged the developers, arguing that building railway tracks through the valley would destroy the wetlands, depriving the birds of their homes. The groups launched a protest campaign, writing letters to the EPD, gathering signatures for petitions, and sending out press releases.

Suddenly, Hong Kong newspapers were full of stories about the greater spotted eagle and the grey-headed lapwing, globally threatened birds that wintered in Long Valley during their annual migration. "Nobody gave us a prayer ofwinning," says Mike Kilburn of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society. "But the media really pulled through for us." In October last year, EPD director Rob Law rejected the KCRC's proposal, preventing it from building its new line to China.

VICTORY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

"It was a huge victory for the environment and people of Hong Kong," says Alex Yau, WWF's conservation manager. "Public opinion had never mattered here, but the Long Valley decision proved that we can all make a difference and help conserve our environment."

Hong Kong has much to lose. Located on the northern fringes of the sub-tropics, it has a rich biodiversity. It is home to both tropical and temperate flora and fauna and 450 species of birds. The 53 different corals in Hong Kong's waters are more than in the entire Caribbean. And one dot-on-themap island, Cheung Chau, has more genera of trees than Britain.

A year after the EPD's decision, the KCRC has had a rethink. It has submitted a new proposal-a tunnel under the valley. It could turn out to be a win-win situation, since a tunnel would save the valley and save the KCRC the cost of buying land to build on. And the company seems to have learned a lesson: Last week it invited green groups to review its plans.

"We've gone through a self-awakening," says Mei Ng, director of Friends of the Earth. "Long Valley came at a time when Hong Kong people were forced to ask ourselves if Hong Kong was our home or not. It allowed us to rediscover our sense of place, sense of identity, sense of the future."

By Suh-kyung Yoon/HONG KONG
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Old October 4th, 2004, 01:06 AM   #247
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#51 is currently on exhibition at the Railway Museum near the Tai Po Market KCR station. Photos from a Hong Kong transport forum :





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Old October 4th, 2004, 03:05 AM   #248
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Very beautiful, I would love to see the more updated pictures.
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Old October 4th, 2004, 06:11 AM   #249
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Mei Foo KCR+MTR station entrance:


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Old October 4th, 2004, 08:55 AM   #250
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The Light Rail system was established in 1988 to provide local passenger transport within the North West New Territories (NWNT). As the area's population expanded, so too did Light Rail.

The Light Rail system provides an efficient, reliable and value-for-money service for the one million residents of the rapidly growing new towns of the NWNT. During peak hours, service is as frequent as every 1.3 minutes at stops in the busiest section.

With the opening of the new Tin Shui Wai extensions on 7 December 2003, the Light Rail network has been extended to a route length of 36.15 kilometres with 68 stops.

A total of 119 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) run along Light Rail, which operates for 19 hours each day. Each LRV can accommodate more than 200 passengers. Due to an open fare system maintained by Light Rail, there are no gates or turnstiles at stops, allowing passengers to board and alight easily.

Operated largely at-grade with about 80 junctions that interface with other road traffic, the Light Rail system has a remarkable record of safety, punctuality and reliability.

Light Rail has been transformed into a feeder for West Rail while continuing as the major mode of transport in the NWNT. Passengers interchanging between Light Rail and West Rail will enjoy free transfers on Light Rail.

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Old October 7th, 2004, 10:32 PM   #253
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Tung Chung Cable Car
Website : http://www.tungchungcablecar.com.hk/

The project comprises a 5.7km cableway linking the two terminals at Tung Chung and Ngong Ping. Next to the Ngong Ping Station will be a themed village leading all the way to the Ngong Ping Plateau, where the world's largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha Statue is located.

The Tung Chung Cable Car is expected to open to the public in early 2006.

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Sha Tin to Central Link

On 25 June 2002 the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced the award of the Sha Tin to Central Link (SCL) to the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation.

This project provides a critical cross-harbour link for the KCR network and marks a historic turning point for the Corporation. With the completion of SCL, KCRC passengers will for the first time be able to travel to Hong Kong Island directly using the KCR network.

According to the Original Proposal submitted by the Corporation, the SCL alignment would extend Ma On Shan Rail from Tai Wai to Hung Hom Mass Transportation Centre (MTC) via East Kowloon Line and the Fourth Rail Harbour Crossing to Central. The Proposal envisaged that the Hung Hom MTC would be a 3-way interchange station for East Rail, SCL and West Rail via Kowloon Southern Link.

In reviewing the design for the Hung Hom MTC, the Corporation now comes up with a Preferred Scheme for SCL.

The Preferred Scheme with the East Rail across the harbour option consists of a north-south railway from Lo Wu to Central by extending East Rail across the harbour; and an extension of Ma On Shan Rail from Tai Wai to Hung Hom MTC via East Kowloon Line, to serve the population in the southeast Kowloon.

Compared with the Original Scheme, the railway alignment of the Preferred Scheme is the same as the original proposal. The only difference is in the interchanging station for passengers from different lines.

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Old October 10th, 2004, 03:48 PM   #255
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wow, 3 way interhcange gonna be a mess when looking at the kowloon tong 2 way already...
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Old October 10th, 2004, 03:57 PM   #256
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i wonder why, they choosed Tai War for Interchange and why not Kowloon Tong, i think it would be better because KCR East + KCR Ma On Shan + MTR Kwun Tong
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Kowloon Tong is too overcrowded. In fact, the major reason behind extending East Rail from Hung Hom to Tsim Sha Tsui is to offer a second interchange with the MTR to relieve the congestion. The Shatin-Central link was intended to go straight into Central, hence eliminating the need for an interchange. However, since the Ma On Shan Railway is being built first and it had to connect to somewhere, Tai Wai became that connection point.
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North Island Line


The North Island Line is formed by the extension of the Tung Chung Line at Hong Kong Station to connect with the Island Line at Fortress Hill. There will be two new underground stations namely Tamar and Exhibition. Total route length of the NIL is 3.5 km. This work is proposed to be carried out simultaneously with the "SWAP" which comprises the extension of the Tseung Kwan O Line from North Point Station to connect with the Island Line at Tin Hau Station. In the future Tseung Kwan O Line services will run to Sheung Wan and Tung Chung Line services will run to Chai Wan Station, thus forming two parallel lines on the northshore of HK Island.
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Is this really necessary? Tamar is literally a couple footsteps away from Admiralty station, and Exhibition a stone's throw away from Wan Chai station.

My biggest gripe with Island Line is the distance from Central to Hong Kong station. The distance between Mei Foo KCR-WR and MTR-TWL is also very annoying; I find myself changing at Nam Cheong for the [slightly more inconvenient] Tung Chung Line instead.
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Kowloon Tong is also on the other side of the mountains. Unless the benefits are huge, you probably don't want to dig another tunnel.
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