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Old January 28th, 2012, 04:01 AM   #3161
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MTR on nature trail with revamp
The Standard
Friday, January 27, 2012

Four MTR stations are being given a new look to make them more accessible to the public at a cost of HK$160 million. While work at Mong Kok East is now complete, renovations at Sha Tin, Fan Ling and Sheung Shui stations are ongoing, and should be completed by the middle of next year.

Chief architect Wilfred Yeung Sze-wai said the aim of the work is to improve the appearance of stations and make them more accessible.

Increasing shop space is not a consideration, Yeung said.

"`In Touch with Nature' was the main theme adopted when renovating the four stations," he said.

"In Mong Kok East station, natural materials and colors have been used to give it a brighter, more spacious and comfortable look, and to provide a natural atmosphere for passengers to get closer to nature."

For Sheung Shui and Fan Ling stations, Yeung was inspired by the River Beas, which flows across the northern New Territories.

In all of the stations ticket machines are being removed from the center of concourses and mounted on walls to create more space for larger flows of passengers.

Customer service centers are also being revamped to make them more accessible to all passengers, including the disabled, and will be placed in the center of concourses, closer to the entry and exit gates.

Passengers have welcomed the work being carried out but are concerned at the cost of up to HK$40 million for each station.

Clara Cheuk said the renovations are far too expensive. "It would be fine just to improve the facilities, but I do not think it is worth spending on artifacts just to brighten up a station."

However, Cheuk is worried the cost will result in higher ticket prices.

Yeung said MTR Corp will set aside HK$4 billion each year to upgrade, revitalize and maintain facilities at stations.
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Old February 12th, 2012, 02:56 PM   #3162
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 05:25 PM   #3163
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Old March 7th, 2012, 03:40 AM   #3164
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Fare rises on line to raise MTRC earnings
The Standard
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

MTR Corp (0066) core profit is expected to have risen 11percent last year, driven by fare increases and the improved performance of overseas operations.

But long-term profits may be curbed by the government policy shift to sell more land itself, which threatens to erode earnings from property development.

MTRC reports its 2011 results tomorrow.

According to a survey of four analysts, net income excluding property revaluation gains averaged HK$9.63 billion, as compared with HK$8.66 billion a year ago.

Growth in domestic railway patronage last year was about 5percent, analysts say. The turnaround of other rail operations, such as those in Beijing and Stockholm, is said ro have lifted earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation to 11percent from 9percent.

Analysts also expect MTRC to have booked profits from property projects.

As for fares, Morgan Stanley forecasts another 4percent rise in June, the third consecutive year of increases, according to the agreed fare adjustment mechanism because staff costs and inflation remain high.

The US-based brokerage raised its target price to HK$31 from HK$28.
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Old March 9th, 2012, 05:14 PM   #3165
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Fares hike hint even as MTRC profit soars
The Standard
Friday, March 09, 2012

MTR Corp (0066) has hinted at another fare hike, despite booking record high profits last year.

In his first press conference as chief executive officer, Jay Walder said fare adjustments will take place later in the year.

He did not specify whether prices will go up or down, but fares will be reviewed "according to the fare adjustment mechanism" by which fares are set by inflation and wages.

The MTRC announced record high underlying profit, excluding property re-evaluation, of HK$10.47 billion, up 20.9 percent for the year ended December 31 and beating market estimates of HK$9.63 billion. Net income was up 22 percent to HK$14.72 billion, or HK$2.55 per share. Total revenue rose 13.2 percent to HK$33.4 billion.

Fare revenue in Hong Kong from rail and bus services was HK$13.35 billion, up 7.2 percent from 2010. MTRC carried 1.68 billion rail and bus passengers, up 5.1 percent year on year.

The company will spend HK$1 billion to improve station facilities. Walder said four trains will also be purchased.

He also plans to expand the MTRC's presence overseas, including tendering to operate two railways in the UK.

Profit from property development was HK$4.93 billion, mainly from sales at Festival City and rentals from Popcorn, a shopping mall in Tseung Kwan O.

As of December, 73 percent of the 4,264 units in the three phases of Festival City had been sold. Another 42 units in Palazzo in Fo Tan and 34 units in Lake Silver at Wu Kai Sha had also been sold.

Festival City was jointly developed with Cheung Kong (Holdings) (0001), while Sino Land (0083) is the partner for Palazzo and Lake Silver. This year, MTRC plans to sell four residential projects in Tai Wai, Tin Shui Wai, Long Ping West and Long Ping East through public tenders. The tender for the Bayside project in Tsuen Wan, withdrawn earlier this year, will be relaunched in the second half.

A final dividend of 51 HK cents was proposed. The shares rose 0.74 percent to HK$27.45 yesterday.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 08:51 AM   #3166
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More trains to take strain from travelers
The Standard
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Peak-hour congestion on MTR lines is expected to ease later this month when five more trains are introduced.

MTR Corp said yesterday there will be an additional 368 trips on the Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong and Island lines, while waiting times during evening peak hours on the Tsuen Wan Line will be 10 to 20 seconds shorter.

The extra trains and increased frequency will boost carrying capacity by 800,000-passenger trips per week.

The changes will come into force from March 24-26.

"We believe the enhancements will allow passengers to enjoy an even more efficient train service and a more comfortable traveling environment that is less crowded," MTR Corp chief executive Jay Walder said.

The improvements are part of the company's listening-responding program for which it has set aside more than HK$1 billion.

Operations director Jacob Kam Chak-pui said services will be improved where demand is heaviest, such as the "peak of the peak" periods on the Tsuen Wan Line and during weekends on all three lines. Waiting times for morning peak services on the Tsuen Wan Line will be shortened to two minutes, an improvement of eight seconds.

The stepped-up evening peak services will begin earlier at 5pm to ease passenger buildup on platforms.

Waiting times for weekend services will also be shortened on the Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong lines, but only on Sundays for the Island Line.

The Sunday wait for Kwun Tong trains from 8.45am to 8.30pm, for example, will be shortened to 3.5 to four minutes, from the current five minutes.

Half a minute will be shaved off the waiting times for trains on the Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong lines during meal times on Saturdays.

Kam said there will be no fare increases despite the changes.

More than 500 new staff will be recruited to assist at stations and ensure smooth passenger flows.

Orders for four more trains have been placed, to be delivered in two years.

The company conducted a trial a week ago by increasing train frequency on the Tsuen Wan Line during the evening rush hour.

Footage from Admiralty station at 5.50pm showed congestion had eased by about a third, compared with the same time the previous evening.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #3167
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Octopus whiz-kid held over $430,000 machine scam
The Standard
Thursday, March 08, 2012

In the first case of its kind, a technician and his family have been arrested in connection with a scam that milked the MTR Corporation of HK$430,000 through a home-made Octopus card add-value machine.

Police said the 26-year-old technician previously worked for an MTR outsourcing company and was responsible for maintaining the Octopus add-value devices. He was with the company for around one year from 2010.

It was alleged that he stole authentic parts from the storeroom of the Nam Cheong MTR station, where he worked, in September and subsequently reassembled the device in his Yuen Long home two months later.

He allegedly used the device to add value to 61 cards used in a HK$430,000 spending spree that brought in, among other things, more than 100 cans of baby milk powder.

Some of the milk powder was then sold through the internet to buy gold ornaments.

Officers seized the device from his home as well as many tins of the milk powder from his father's company warehouse in Kwai Chung.

The technician's wife, elder sister and parents were also arrested.

Senior inspector Collins Li Ka-wai said police were alerted when the MTRC and Octopus Holdings detected unusual activity.

Because the homemade machine used by the suspect was not connected to Octopus servers, the information in the cards used in the scam did not match records in the network. Li said this is the first time Octopus cards have been topped up illegally.

According to the police, Octopus users top up their cards by slotting in banknotes through add-value machines at MTR stations that are connected to the subway operator's servers.

The amount is then registered as being paid into the MTRC accounts, and the information is also shared with Octopus Holdings.

The suspect employed the same means to top up his cards, using banknotes of various denominations to suit his needs and targeted purchases.

The discrepancies became obvious when the MTRC compared details in its accounts with those of Octopus Holdings.

The police said retailers did not suffer any losses, only the MTRC.

Lo Kwok-kwong of Hong Kong Polytechnic University's mechanical engineering department believes the average mechanic cannot build the add-value maching without authentic parts.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 05:48 AM   #3168
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Greed really gets one mad! I cannot believe this.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:51 PM   #3169
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Haha that's hardcore.

Imba hacking



Btw, for those who do not know:
It takes EXTREMELY high level of skill and knowledge to even break through Sony Felica encryption technology.

The crytography and cypher encryption of Sony Felica devices is unbelievably strong..............so anyone who can break through it is beyond your mere amateur computer programmers.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 09:08 PM   #3170
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Haha that's hardcore.

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Btw, for those who do not know:
It takes EXTREMELY high level of skill and knowledge to even break through Sony Felica encryption technology.

The crytography and cypher encryption of Sony Felica devices is unbelievably strong..............so anyone who can break through it is beyond your mere amateur computer programmers.
From what I read, it seems using original components made it so no breaking of encryption was needed.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 05:56 PM   #3171
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MTR splashes out with toilets
The Standard
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Public toilets at three of the busiest MTR interchange stations will be installed as part of a HK$1 billion investment to improve services.

The toilets will be in place at Mong Kok, Prince Edward and Admiralty stations by 2015, with the remaining seven interchange stations earmarked to receive similar facilities by 2020.

At present only 10 of the 20 interchange stations have toilets.

The company will also install new external lifts at 13 stations to connect concourses with street levels.

Lifts at four of the stations are slated to be completed by the end of the year, while the rest will have them within three years.

"The initiatives are directly related to what customers are asking us to do more of, which includes easing crowding, improving access to stations, adding public toilet facilities and speeding up the installation of automatic platform gates," MTR Corp chief executive Jay Walder said yesterday.

Chief of operations engineering David Leung Chuen-choi said the company's new direction on public toilets follows the success of installing facilities at Sheung Wan station when it was modified as part of the West Island Line works.

The facilities will make journeys more convenient and comfortable for the elderly, wheelchair-bound commuters and those traveling with prams or large items, Leung said.

He added it will be difficult to put toilets in all MTR stations owing to technical difficulties with plumbing and sewage lines.

Other initiatives include installing 52 more wide gates in 30 stations by mid-2013, and the addition of 231 platform seats in 50 stations by the end of this year.

The company has boosted train frequency with an additional 368 trips on the Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong and Island lines.

Commuters have welcomed the new initiatives.

Retiree Chan Kin-hung likes the external elevator plan because after taking the lift to the station concourse at Shau Kei Wan he still has to walk some distance to get out of the building.

But others, like student Derek Kwok Yu- fan, are unhappy that commuters will have to wait until 2020 for toilets at all interchange stations. "I wonder why it takes eight years to build a simple toilet," Kwok said.
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Old March 25th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #3172
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Old April 10th, 2012, 03:59 PM   #3173
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Old April 11th, 2012, 01:51 AM   #3174
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What station is that? Is it on the West Rail Line?
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Old April 11th, 2012, 05:20 AM   #3175
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What station is that? Is it on the West Rail Line?
My guess is it is Yuen Long on the West Rail Line.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 07:59 PM   #3176
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My guess is it is Yuen Long on the West Rail Line.
It's Tin Shui Wai, actually... http://g.co/maps/fhe96

Yuen Long has the massive Yoho/New Yuen Long Centre complex above it.
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Return of $900m divi urged in rail fares row
The Standard
Friday, April 13, 2012

Authorities have been urged to return HK$900 million paid as dividend by the MTR Corp to offset the latest proposed fare hikes.

The call yesterday came in the form of a nonbinding motion by members of the Legislative Council transport panel.

The panel also passed a motion calling on the company not to raise fares in the wake of last year's HK$14.7 billion profit.

MTR chief executive Jay Walder pledged the company will consider launching a new round of fare promotions.

"I would like to assure you here today that based on the views we have heard, we will be looking even harder at the promotions we offer in 2012," Walder told legislators. "We are listening to the views of our passengers and working to come up with a package of promotions that they will find attractive."

He said fare discounts and concessions cost the company HK$1.7 billion last year. From June, rail fares will go up by 5.4 percent - the third and largest increase since a fare- adjustment formula came into effect in 2007.

The hike will amount to an average of 39 HK cents extra for each journey based on an average ticket price of HK$7.40.

The adjustment formula was supposed to allow for fare increases during periods of inflation and reductions in times of recession. So far, it has only resulted in fares going up.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng Yu-wah said the fare adjustment mechanism will be reviewed by an independent consultant in the second half of the year.

"It will take the MTR's profitability as well as people's affordability into account," Cheng added.

The consultant will investigate whether factors other than the composite consumer price index and wage indices for the transport sector, such as MTR Corp earnings and costs, should be taken into account, Cheng said.

The government would not say if it would return the dividend. "Dividends received by the government from the MTR Corp is considered part of the general revenue," a spokesman said.
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The Shanghai metro looks so similar?! Is it operated by the same company?
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Many mainland Chinese metros are designed after Hong Kong's MTR, and MTR does a lot of consultancy work for metro works in China as well.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 06:14 PM   #3180
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Many mainland Chinese metros are designed after Hong Kong's MTR, and MTR does a lot of consultancy work for metro works in China as well.
What I mean is, the stations (coloring, fonts, design) are practically identical...haha Just wondering if it's the same company; hence using the same designs...I've ridden Beijing's and Nanjing's and they don't resemble this style very much (granted I only took the old lines - and older ones in Shanghai are also different).

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