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Old February 6th, 2010, 10:55 AM   #2881
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The thread name itself does not have to reflect the operator. Why would I not know my own city?

In the case of MTR, you would only call it the MTR because that's how everyone refers to the system as. Same with Paris and Metro/RER, Vancouver with SkyTrain (reference to the rapid transit lines), London and Underground, etc.
Hong Kong people do not even call it the MTR. When they take the subway, they call it the subway. When they take the railway, they call it the west railway or the east railway, depending on which line they take.
Now, just because of the MTR and KCR merged together to form a new entity, that does not mean the people have to change the habit.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 11:07 AM   #2882
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Hong Kong people do not even call it the MTR. When they take the subway, they call it the subway. When they take the railway, they call it the west railway or the east railway, depending on which line they take.
Now, just because of the MTR and KCR merged together to form a new entity, that does not mean the people have to change the habit.
In Cantonese, I would refer it to the subway, but not so sure in English. Either way, my point from the beginning is that if people wanted to change the thread name, they can suggest it and it will most likely be approved.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 05:48 PM   #2883
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EricIsHim said upthread that, in Hong Kong, the word "subway" (in English) means a pedestrian underpass, as in Britain.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 09:05 PM   #2884
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Hong Kong people do not even call it the MTR. When they take the subway, they call it the subway. When they take the railway, they call it the west railway or the east railway, depending on which line they take.
Now, just because of the MTR and KCR merged together to form a new entity, that does not mean the people have to change the habit.
Absolutely, the old Chinese name for the MTR is literally "subway," *EDIT: as transliterated into American terms but is MTR in HK terms* (地鐵) and MTR is an English name, hence HKers use the Chinese name.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 10:01 PM   #2885
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If you read and/or listen to the English media in HK, or talk to the English speaking locals, all of them refer the system as "MTR," not "subway." It isn't a direct translation.
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Old February 7th, 2010, 12:21 AM   #2886
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If you read and/or listen to the English media in HK, or talk to the English speaking locals, all of them refer the system as "MTR," not "subway." It isn't a direct translation.
Precisely my point.
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Old February 7th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #2887
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Since the forum language in this part of SSC is English I'd prefer MTR as well.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #2888
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Old February 14th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #2889
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Old February 15th, 2010, 05:12 PM   #2890
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Safety in smaller numbers
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Friday, February 12, 2010

It's a tiny fraction compared to the millions of rides recorded annually on the MTR.

There were 195 accidents related to the platform gaps last year, and that's 4 percent less than the 2008 figure.

But just so there'd even be fewer unlucky riders this year, a Chinese University psychology department associate professor took the time to analyze the accidents.

His findings: four of every five occurred after people misjudged their footing because they were either trying to rush onto the train or were being blocked by others.

The remaining 20 percent happened after passengers lost their balance or because they were pushed, carrying bulky luggage or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

And more accidents - 70 percent - happened when boarding the train.

Fortunately though, there were no major injuries resulting from the accidents.
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Old February 16th, 2010, 05:16 AM   #2891
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Hong Kong people do not even call it the MTR. When they take the subway, they call it the subway. When they take the railway, they call it the west railway or the east railway, depending on which line they take.
Now, just because of the MTR and KCR merged together to form a new entity, that does not mean the people have to change the habit.
We call it MTR in fact any rail transport is called MTR whether its underground, surface rail or airport express trains.
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Old February 16th, 2010, 06:13 AM   #2892
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We call it MTR in fact any rail transport is called MTR whether its underground, surface rail or airport express trains.
Among the locals we differentiate it a bit. We don't call Airport Express MTR. It's a different term in Cantonese.
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Old February 16th, 2010, 11:53 AM   #2893
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We don't call Airport Express MTR. It's a different term in Cantonese.
Direct Translation: Airport Fast Line.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 04:20 AM   #2894
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Among the locals we differentiate it a bit. We don't call Airport Express MTR. It's a different term in Cantonese.
I have no clue since I'm not Chinese. But that's the only exception. Non Chinese HK residents call it Airport Express while other are just plain MTR.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 04:28 AM   #2895
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I have no clue since I'm not Chinese. But that's the only exception. Non Chinese HK residents call it Airport Express while other are just plain MTR.
Even following the KCR-MTR merger, the old terminology is still sticking, and is expected to stick for quite some time until the new generation flushes it out. The buses still use the old naming convention, with the K suffix denoting connection to the KCR line and the M suffix denoting connection to the MTR line. These will likely stay for a long time.

The Chinese name for the MTR has also changed, even though the English name is still the same.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 04:20 PM   #2896
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Even following the KCR-MTR merger, the old terminology is still sticking, and is expected to stick for quite some time until the new generation flushes it out. The buses still use the old naming convention, with the K suffix denoting connection to the KCR line and the M suffix denoting connection to the MTR line. These will likely stay for a long time.

The Chinese name for the MTR has also changed, even though the English name is still the same.
Buses have changed the destinations from MTR station and KCR station to simply Railway Station for all.

Honestly, "Railway Station" is quite a heavy term for internal rapid transit.
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Old February 18th, 2010, 06:47 AM   #2897
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Direct Translation: Airport Fast Line.
Or just Airport Rail (機鐵)? lol

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Even following the KCR-MTR merger, the old terminology is still sticking, and is expected to stick for quite some time until the new generation flushes it out.
I'm proud to not be a part of that generation
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Old February 18th, 2010, 07:36 AM   #2898
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Buses have changed the destinations from MTR station and KCR station to simply Railway Station for all.

Honestly, "Railway Station" is quite a heavy term for internal rapid transit.
I also think it's too heavy for internal traffic. In my opinion, "MTR staion 港鐵站“ would be a proper translation for that.

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Or just Airport Rail (機鐵)? lol



The Chinese official name of Airport Express is "機場快線"
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Cheap MTR stays on track for elderly
18 February 2010
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The MTR Corp has extended its HK$2 elderly fare promotion for another six months, until August 31.

The scheme, which was due to expire at the end of this month, allows senior citizens to ride the MTR for a flat fare of HK$2 on Wednesdays and public holidays.

It was designed to encourage seniors to participate more in community events and activities and take advantage of special public promotions available on Wednesdays, such as at the Space Museum.

``We are pleased that the HK$2 promotion has been encouraging senior citizens to get out, with some 200,000 enjoying the flat fare each Wednesday,'' said Jeny Yeung Mei-chun, the MTRC's marketing general manager.

Yeung said the number of Elderly Octopus cardholders traveling on Wednesdays jumped more than 40 percent after the promotion was introduced. The HK$2 fare, applicable for any destination on the MTR's network except the airport, Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau, is on top of concessions of up to 50 percent off regular adult fares that senior citizens already enjoy daily.
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