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Old June 13th, 2009, 03:59 AM   #2641
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Old June 14th, 2009, 07:28 PM   #2642
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Old June 15th, 2009, 03:51 AM   #2643
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What do the subtitles in the video say?
The whole theme is basically showing HKers always in a rush.
Even when getting out of the MTR, all people step out the train as the very first millisecond when the train doors are opened, even before the platform door opened. That's the slow motion at the end of the clip.
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...train doors are opened...
"... train doors have started opening..."

I have to admit, as a HK-er, I do this too.

Slightly off-topic (well, not when referencing to HK-ers in a rush): I also recall from childhood and rides on the Star Ferry (before the barrier tape thingy got installed), that people would start walking before the gangplank was fully down... rather ironic thinking back, as the ferry is the most leisurely form of transport!
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^ Well .. they all crowd around the door but now they have a thread blocking exit until the plank is fully down .. manually operated.
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Slightly off-topic (well, not when referencing to HK-ers in a rush): I also recall from childhood and rides on the Star Ferry (before the barrier tape thingy got installed), that people would start walking before the gangplank was fully down... rather ironic thinking back, as the ferry is the most leisurely form of transport!
Back then when Star Ferry was popular, how did they stop people from walking down to board the boat when there were too many people (I don't remember, do they allow standees on the boat?). Like, there's an automatic gate nowadays on the dock, but it works since there aren't too many people taking it.
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Old June 25th, 2009, 09:54 AM   #2648
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SNCF Unit, HK's MTR To Operate Melbourne Transport
25 June 2009

MELBOURNE (Dow Jones)--Keolis, a unit of France's SNCF, and Hong Kong's MTR Corp. Ltd. (0066.HK) are part of successful consortiums that have tendered to operate Melbourne's tram and passenger train network, the Victoria state government said Thursday.

Keolis-Downer EDI or KDR, a consortium comprised of Keolis and Australian engineering company Downer EDI Ltd. (DOW.AU), is preferred tenderer to operate Melbourne's tram network.

Metro Trains Melbourne, a joint venture between Hong Kong's MTR Corp., Leighton Holdings Ltd. (LEI.AU) unit John Holland and United Group (UGL.AU) will take control of the city's 372-kilometer passenger train network.

A government spokeswoman declined to provide any financial details of the two proposed contracts.

JPMorgan estimated in March that the contract to run the rail system in Australia's second most-populous city would be A$8 billion for the next decade, while the tram contract was estimated at A$2 billion in sales in the next seven years.

Connex, the existing train operator, earned about A$600 million a year from running Melbourne's trains, local newspapers have reported.

Both consortiums will be offered an eight-year term with an option for a further seven years, with contracts expected to be signed in August and control of the networks assumed in December, State Premier John Brumby said in separate statements.

Three bidders vied for the rail contract, while two tenders were received to operate Melbourne's trams after bids were submitted in April.

Owned by the French national rail operator SNCF, Keolis operates in eight countries, while Downer, which makes rolling stock, will maintain the trains and the tracks.

KDR, which operates four tram networks in France, will replace TransdevTSL, which has operated the Melbourne Yarra tram network for the past 10 years.

TransdevTSL is a joint venture between Australia's Transfield Services Ltd. (TSE.AU) and French tram operator Transdev.

Transfield said in a statement that the contract represented annualized earnings before interest, tax and amortization for the Sydney-based company of about A$8 million, or 5% of its EBITA in the year ended June 30, 2008.

Loss of the contract won't have an effect until next fiscal year, the company said.

Metro Trains Melbourne will replace Veolia Environment's Connex unit, which operated the passenger rail network for the past decade.

State Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky said MTM's bid outlined its success in operating Hong Kong's mass transit system and the London overground rail system, which services London's outlying suburbs and towns.

The new train contract includes a 50% increase in funding for rail maintenance to keep the system operating at peak performance and also generating jobs, the government said.

Connex had to contend with an ageing rail infrastructure and came under fire for late and canceled services.

Its partner Thiess, a unit of Leighton Holdings (LEI.AU), left the consortium late last year.

Earlier this month, Connex was fined A$11.2 million for its poor performance during last summer's heat waves when commuters endured cancellations, breakdowns and air conditioning failures in 40-degree Celsius heat.
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港鐵:康城站將於8月前通車,日出康城其他項目則未定推出時間
30 June 2009
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《經濟通通訊社30日專訊》港鐵(00066)總發展經理陳秀菁出席「日出康城」公園落成活動時表示,「日出康城」第一期「首都」將於7月入伙,港鐵康城站將於8月前通車,而有關項目第二期「領都」正在興建當中。

另外,他又指,「日出康城」其他發展項目暫未定出發展時間表,當中「日出康城」項目內20萬平方呎之「日出公園」第一期,於今日開放予住戶使用,該公園總佔地共20萬平方呎,首期佔地則為12萬平方呎,投資額為2億元,全由港鐵支付。

他表示,持續發展及環境保護為港鐵物業發展的目標,因此,「日出康城」的規劃亦加入這兩個建設概念,總項目中40%面積,將用於公共休憩區域,而且種植了3000棵樹林,另外加入人車分路的環保概念,希望可為高收入人士提供高質素休閒生活。
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 06:55 AM   #2650
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Lok Ma Chau cash back move by MTR
2 July 2009
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The MTR is trying to lure passengers to the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line control point by offering a HK$5 discount.

The push aims to ease the heavy flow of travelers through the Lo Wu control point, the MTR says.

The spur line opened on August 15, 2007.

Its passenger flow since opening averages 35,000 a day _ well below the 50,000 to 60,000 initial estimate.

There will also be a HK$5 discount for passengers interchanging to the East Rail Line through the MTR's Lok Ma Chau Station.

The discount is effective from now until late December.

Passengers simply have to swipe their Octopus cards at Fare Saver machines at the Shenzhen Metro Futian Kou'an station and Hung Hom station to get the discount on their next MTR trips.

Apart from discounted fares, from July to September 20 cross-boundary passengers who shop at the Lok Ma Chau Duty Free shop will receive one adult cross-boundary single journey ticket voucher for each transaction above HK$400.

The voucher can be redeemed at the Duty Free shop in the arrival hall at Lok Ma Chau station while stocks last and is valid for one month from the day of redemption. The flow of travelers crossing boundaries through the Lo Wu control point is greater than the number recorded at the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line control point.

The number of Hong Kong resident departures through the Lo Wu control point in 2008 exceeded 37 million.

The figure is more than four times the 8 million departures through the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line control point in the same year.

The spur line control point has experienced a steady increase in traffic, however, with the average daily number of travelers increasing from 40,000 in early 2008 to around 62,000 for the full year.
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DAB backs residents in rail extension claim
6 July 2009
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About 60 Western District residents are demanding government compensation for the impact of the MTR West Island extension project on their properties.

At a meeting held by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, some residents were concerned construction work would affect the safety and value of their buildings.

The DAB said construction would greatly limit the redevelopment potential of more than 360 buildings.

The MTR has to purchase full underground rights to 158 buildings and partial rights to 209 buildings in order to build the tunnel, which will be seven to 20 meters underground.

The most affected area will be between Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun where foundations will be particularly shallow.

The government has set aside around HK$380 million in compensation based on 2007 property values.

Surveyor Tony Chan Tung-ngok estimated current prices at between HK$7,000 and HK$8,000 per square foot.

He said compensation could amount to far more than HK$380 million.

On July 3, the Legco Finance Committee approved HK$12.25 billion for the construction cost of the West Island Line.

Property owners can claim compensation if they can prove loss of property value, but must use professional surveyors to evaluate the loss of value to their properties, said Yeung Hok- ming, the DAB's senior assistant coordinator.

``We worry about small property owners who cannot afford employing professional surveyors to estimate their loss,'' Yeung said.

The party demanded the government and MTR take an active role in compensating property owners.

In January, four property owners were told West Island Line construction work could affect their building's foundations but were given reassurances over safety.

The West Island Line will extend the Island Line from Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town. Construction is due to start next month and be completed in 2014.
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LOHAS Park Station on the MTR Tseung Kwan O Line will officially open for passenger service on 26 July 2009, marking the full completion of Tseung Kwan O Line and bringing passenger rail service to a growing new community.

To celebrate the imminent opening of LOHAS Park Station, students from the Pok Oi Hospital Chan Kwok Wai Primary School and Po Leung Kuk Wong Wing Shu Primary School created 15 colourful pieces of art which are now on display at the concourse of Tseung Kwan O Station. The artwork serves as a visual representation of the new 3+1 train service arrangement to be introduced on the Tseung Kwan O Line later this month.

“We are pleased that LOHAS Park Station is already being welcomed by the local community through creative and inspiring artwork,” said Head of operating of the MTR Corporation Mr TT Choi. “Starting today, this exhibition and a series of advertisements,
posters, and leaflets will help passengers prepare for the new train service arrangement on the Tseung Kwan O Line.”

The new 3+1 train service arrangement will be implemented in two phases, with the first phase beginning on 20 July. During morning and afternoon peak periods, the frequency of trains running between Tseung Kwan O Station and North Point Station will be enhanced from the existing 2 minute 40 seconds to 2 minute 30 seconds. For trains departing from North Point Station, three will head for Po Lam Station while the fourth train will terminate at Tseung Kwan O Station. Passengers on board trains that terminate at Tseung Kwan O
Station can alight and wait for the next Po Lam-bound train. Phase two will start on 27 July after LOHAS Park Station has opened for passenger service. At that time, this fourth train will continue on to LOHAS Park Station.

Similarly, during non-peak periods, a shuttle train service between Tiu Keng Leng and LOHAS Park stations will be introduced in two phases. In phase one from 19 to 25 July, the shuttle train will service only Tiu Keng Leng and Tseung Kwan O stations at 12 minute intervals. In phase two, starting on 26 July, the shuttle train service will be extended to serve Tiu Keng Leng, Tseung Kwan O and LOHAS Park stations.
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No firm opening date yet, but it's within two to three months from now.

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Kowloon Southern Link to open in third quarter 2009

MTR travel will be more convenient than ever when the Kowloon Southern Link opens for service in the third quarter of this year to link up the East Rail Line with the West Rail Line, forming a major East-West rail artery.

“The 3.8-kilometre Kowloon Southern Link project extends the West Rail Line from its existing terminus at Nam Cheong Station to Hung Hom Station, with stops at the new Austin Station and East Tsim Sha Tsui Station,” said Mr TT Choi, Head of Operating of MTR Corporation.

“Residents of Tuen Mun, Tin Shui Wai and Yuen Long will enjoy faster and more direct travel to and from urban Kowloon as the rail extension will reduce the existing journey times between the Northwest New Territories and the Tsim Sha Tsui area by about 20 minutes.”

West Rail Line service will also be enhanced during peak periods, with trains departing every 3 minutes compared to the current frequency of 3.5 minutes.

Hung Hom Station will become the interchange station between West Rail Line and the East Rail Line. The change paves the way for the station’s development into a major transport hub under the Shatin-to-Central Link project, which will ultimately extend the East Rail Line across the harbour to Hong Kong Island via Hung Hom.

The new Austin Station at the junction of Jordan Road and Canton Road is strategically located adjacent to the Canton Road Government Offices, the West Kowloon Cultural District and the future terminus of the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong Express Rail Link. The station is conveniently linked up with the existing Austin Road Subway, Jordan Road Subway and Jordan Road Footbridge, making the
nearby Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal, Airport Express/Tung Chung Line Kowloon Station and Elements Shopping Centre just a short walk away.

Fares to and from Austin Station are set according to the existing MTR are structure and will be the same as those for Kowloon Station. (Examples in table attached.)

“To promote use of the new rail extension, we will be introducing a new ’Tuen Mun – Hung Hom Monthly Pass’ which will allow unlimited rides on the line for one month at the price of $470,” said Ms Jeny Yeung, General Manager – Marketing & Station Commercial of the MTR Corporation. For consistency, the names of the existing West Rail Line Monthly Pass and East Rail Line Monthly Pass will be changed to “Tuen Mun - Nam Cheong Monthly Pass” and “Sheung Shui - East Tsim Sha Tsui Monthly Pass” respectively. All three monthly pass promotions will be valid until 30 June 2010.

With the Kowloon Southern Link providing a direct rail connection between the East Rail Line and West Rail Line, the role of the existing K16 feeder bus service in linking the two lines has become redundant. As such, the current MTR-K16 free connection promotion will no longer apply when the new rail extension commences service and the bus route
will no longer be operated after one month.

For the convenience of passengers requiring bus service to other parts of Sham Shui Po and Tsim Sha Tsui, KMB bus route 12, which has a similar routing as K16, will expand its area of coverage and enhance service. At the same time, the Corporation and KMB will jointly offer a six-month MTR-bus interchange discount promotion to passengers transferring to or from KMB bus route 12 at Nam Cheong, Austin and East Tsim Sha Tsui Stations. The discount will be $1 for Adult Octopus card holders and those using Personalised Octopus with student status and $0.5 for Elder and Child Octopus card holders. (Not applicable for Monthly Pass users.)
It should also be noted that as Hung Hom Station will become the new terminus for the East Rail Line, therefore there will no longer be a first class service between Hung Hom and East Tsim Sha Tsui Stations
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Source: http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/corporate/...R-09-080-E.pdf
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MTR announces charges for trips on new southern link
11 July 2009
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A one-stop trip to Austin station on the MTR Corp's new Kowloon Southern Link will cost HK$4.40 if an Octopus card is used, or HK$5 if a single-journey ticket is bought, the corporation announced yesterday.

It has also decided that a trip from anywhere on its network to Austin station will cost the same as a trip to Kowloon station.

The 3.8km link extends the West Rail Line from Nam Cheong to Hung Hom, with stops at the new Austin station and the East Tsim Sha Tsui station.

The route, which will cut more than 20 minutes' travelling time off some trips from the New Territories, will open by the end of September.

Austin station, the only new station along the link, is located at the junction of Jordan Road and Canton Road, a few minutes' walk from Elements shopping mall, the China ferry terminal and Kowloon station.

"To promote the new rail extension, we will be introducing a new Tuen Mun-Hung Hom monthly pass that will allow unlimited rides on the line for a month at the price of HK$470," the MTR Corporation's general manager of marketing, Jeny Yeung Mei-chun, said.

The new pass costs HK$70 more than an existing pass that allows unlimited rides on the West Rail, which currently ends at Nam Cheong.

After the Kowloon Southern Link opens, the West Rail monthly pass will be renamed the Tuen Mun-Nam Cheong monthly pass.

Holders of the old pass will have to pay the fare between Nam Cheong and their destination along the new extension.

Service on the West Rail line will be improved after the extension goes into service. Trains will depart every three minutes during peak periods, instead of every three and a half minutes.

The MTR expects the new extension will bring 30,000 additional passengers to the West Rail Line.

Trips from the New Territories to Kowloon will be shortened upon opening of the link. At the moment, someone leaving from Tuen Mun generally hops off the train and onto a bus at Nam Cheong when travelling to East Tsim Sha Tsui. The whole journey takes an hour. Travelling on the new link will shorten his journey to 35.5 minutes.

"When we buy wife cakes [a traditional Chinese pastry] in Yuen Long ... they become lukewarm when we arrive in Austin. Once the link's completed, the cakes should remain hot and fresh," said Choi Tak-tsan, head of operations for the MTR.

For those in Tin Shui Wai, a trip to East Tsim Sha Tsui will be 31.5 minutes, 24.5 minutes shorter.

Hung Hom station will become the terminus of both West Rail and East Rail. As a result, passengers taking East Rail to East Tsim Sha Tsui - the current terminus of the East Rail Line - will need to change trains at Hung Hom, which depart every two minutes during peak periods.

New display boards indicating platforms and departure times of trains going in different directions will be set up at Hung Hom station in due course.
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'Pink' carriages not enough
10 July 2009
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Several correspondents have commented on the need to have women-only MTR carriages to reduce the risk of women being molested. There was even a suggestion of a pink carriage.

I think the key to dealing with this problem is education. Passengers should be encouraged to behave properly. Also the MTR Corporation should encourage victims to report incidents and not stay silent.

I also believe the MTR Corp should consider having guards on its trains to carry out random patrols of carriages and monitor the behaviour of passengers.
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I also believe the MTR Corp should consider having guards on its trains to carry out random patrols of carriages and monitor the behaviour of passengers.
I think the police actually does that.
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No firm opening date yet, but it's within two to three months from now.
Heard on TVB News yesterday that KSL is expected to open by the end of September.
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Poor economy may delay tender for free paper Media Eye
15 July 2009
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MTR Corp may delay the tendering process for the contract to distribute a free newspaper on the railway network because of the current economic climate.

The existing exclusive contract held by Metro Publishing Hong Kong, which has produced Metro Daily since April 2002, expires next April and if it is to be put out to tender, the process should be started before then.

However, a source said: "MTR may delay the tender because it could be difficult for industry players to decide their long-term investment plans amid the economic downturn. If that was the case, MTR would make a temporary arrangement with Metro to ensure the newspaper service would not be affected."

Existing free sheets such as am730, owned by property agency boss Shih Wing-ching, and Sing Tao News Corp's Headline Daily are favourites to compete with Metro for the contract, which offers access to more than three million commuters a day.

Metro is understood to pay a royalty fee to MTR for exclusive distribution rights on the Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Island, Tung Chung and Tseung Kwan O lines (former MTR lines before the merger with Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp).

The company can distribute the newspaper in the paid area of stations and must have it available in all stations by the time the trains start running in the morning. At present, Metro Daily has a circulation of 340,000.

"It will be unfair to other free newspaper publishers if MTR delays the tender," said a senior manager of one of the freebies.

"In fact, they should open the system to everyone as it is unfair for readers not to have a choice of dailies when taking the MTR."

Headline Daily and am730 can only distribute their newspapers outside MTR station exits, although they have had access to stations on the former KCRC West Rail and East Rail lines since 2005.

Metro has had non-exclusive rights to 10 stations on the West Rail and East Rail lines since the rail operations were merged in December 2007.

Media monitoring firm admanGo said free papers accounted for 23 per cent of total local newspaper advertising spending in the first half. Headline Daily ranked No1 with advertising revenue of HK$914 million, up 18 per cent on a year-on-year basis. am730 saw a 7 per cent drop to HK$623 million, while Metro Daily was down 5 per cent to HK$442 million.

New magazine

Elle, a fashion title published by Hachette Filipacchi Media, is starting a free magazine Elle and the City, to be distributed in Harbour City shopping arcade this month.

The publication, tailor-made for shoppers and packed with new product information, has launched a cover-girl promotion campaign backed by a free make-up service.
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I usually grab Metro in the morning...
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