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Old July 10th, 2012, 05:57 AM   #3201
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I was about to ask for a map of the West Island Line, there was one posted on Wikipedia. Are the other lines below also under construction?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Island_Line
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The construction of MTR South Island Line East Section is ongoing,

but the project of West Section is still undetermined.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 10:48 AM   #3202
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How is construction on the West Island Line extension going?
Construction updates are updated on this page:
http://www.mtr-westislandline.hk/en/...s-update.html/

Click on "Progress of Work" can see the latest photos of those sites.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 10:51 AM   #3203
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I was about to ask for a map of the West Island Line, there was one posted on Wikipedia. Are the other lines below also under construction?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Island_Line
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West Island Line - Under construction / due 2014
South Island Line (East section) - Under construction / due 2015
South Island Line (West section) - Still on planning stages, no commitment date
Shatin-Central Link (now under MTR after the merger) - Under construction / due 2020 for North South Corridor as seen on map above. Station under Central (called Central South) is a future extension with no commitment date
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Old July 16th, 2012, 05:14 AM   #3204
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"From 18 June to 30 December 2012, with 10 fare-paying journeys on MTR using your Octopus from Monday to Friday in the same week, you can get a single journey ticket for free. You can redeem your ticket on or before Sunday within the same week at Customer Service Centres, designated counters at stations and MTR Malls. You can also get a redemption coupon from e-Instant Bonus Terminals first and redeem your ticket at Customer Service Centres on or before the following Sunday."

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Old July 19th, 2012, 11:46 PM   #3205
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West Island Line - Under construction / due 2014
South Island Line (East section) - Under construction / due 2015
South Island Line (West section) - Still on planning stages, no commitment date
Shatin-Central Link (now under MTR after the merger) - Under construction / due 2020 for North South Corridor as seen on map above. Station under Central (called Central South) is a future extension with no commitment date
Thanks for the info. Good to see some lines are under construction.
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Old July 27th, 2012, 08:22 PM   #3206
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Rail lesson in crisis management
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Scores of commuters were forced to spend a restless night on trains or in MTR stations the night Typhoon Vicente caught Hong Kong out.

The rail drama was unprecedented, at least in recent memory.

Understandably, complaints abounded, with the MTR Corp accused of keeping passengers in the dark and of being unable to cope with passengers' needs.

Even the decision to give a cash handout to some stranded commuters to catch taxis home was impromptu. The rail corporation is well known for the professionalism of its service delivery, but what happened on Monday night tarnished its corporate image.

Frontline staff, however, deserved kudos for doing their best with the resources available at hand to ensure passenger safety, which should always be of paramount importance. They shouldn't be blamed for the fact that there wasn't a contingency plan in place for the emergency that had developed. That is the responsibility of higher management.

Had the situation happened during the day, a large part of the chaos would have likely been avoided.

In general, issues associated with the breakdown can be grouped under three major concerns: safety, communication with passengers, and handling.

A lot more can be done to improve communications in the future. A major source of complaints this time stemmed from people not knowing what was going on as they were stuck in trains and on platforms in inclement weather.

But can the MTRC prepare itself better for similar emergencies in future?

The airport was the other place where even more people were stranded, but it survived the situation largely without incident. How did the Airport Authority manage this, and could its experience be a reference point for the mass transit system?

The authority could have been lucky, but it can't have been luck alone. It has learned from the past.

In August 2006, the airport was reduced to a state of total chaos after Typhoon Prapiroon swept past the SAR. The Observatory hoisted only signal No 3 because of moderate wind at Victoria Harbour. But it was a different story in the outskirts.

More than 1,000 flights were cancelled, delayed or diverted - the highest since the airport opened in 1998 - affecting tens of thousands of passengers.

A source at the authority recalled it was like a battlefield. Unprepared for the hungry and thirsty crowds, even top managers ran around gathering materials such as blankets, water and food for stranded passengers.

Since then, the authority has kept a regular stock of emergency provisions at Chek Lap Kok to aid passengers - just in case the feared nightmare recurs.

It even audits the inventory to ensure items are not past their expiry dates. This week, there was a recurrence of the nightmare, but the airport's having a contingency plan in place allowed it to cope.

Perhaps the MTRC can learn a lesson from this ordeal and beef up readiness for emergencies - by turning stations into temporary shelters should the need arise.
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Old July 28th, 2012, 05:35 AM   #3207
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Thanks for this article. I live in HK and I didn't know this had happened on/to the MTR when Vicente struck. A big portion of the blame should be directed at the HK Observatory for bungling its warning signals. Even though Vicente intensified faster and took a more northerly track than was initially forecast, the HKO screwed up when it waited until 6pm to issue a signal 8 warning. Waiting until rush hour was a disaster: the system is already crowded at that time of day and because the weather was deteriorating so fast by then that it would have made for some truly hellish, dangerous homeward commutes. At 4pm, the HKO announced that it was going to issue signal 8 at 6; they ought to have gone on and done it in order to allow people to get home safely without taxing the public transport system. I don't buy the excuse (if it were to be used) that the storm's rapid gain in intensity took the HKO by surprise because it's not the point. They have an excellent track record for the accuracy of their forecasting once a typhoon is in the South China Sea. It is widely rumored here that there is a political (which in HK means financial) element to issuing a signal 8 warning (and thereby shutting down the markets for the day); I don't know if this is true or not, but the way the Vicente warnings were handled makes me wonder. To bring this back to the MTR, I think they were more likely the victim in this situation than the perpetrators. They were probably dealing with the same tardy, faulty warning everybody else got, and it looks like they did the best they could in a very dangerous storm.
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Old July 29th, 2012, 03:31 AM   #3208
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Things are always a mess when there's a heavy storm warning in Hong Kong. I was caught in one back in maybe 2007 during a month long trip, and everything was jam packed coming from downtown back up to the new territories. Buses were overflowing, with people boarding from the rear door, and if you wanted to get on an MTR ERL train from what was then its southern terminus at Tsim Tsa Tsui, you had to wait for about 5-6 trains to cycle through the station before being able to squeeze yourself on one.
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Old July 29th, 2012, 03:47 AM   #3209
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I watched the Macanese news the other day and they mentioned the storm, said that the ferry connection was cut.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #3210
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Regardless of whether 6pm is the rush hour or not, any signal hoisting would mean everyone would get off work at around the same time. Hence, the rush of passengers is inevitable, and expected.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 04:56 PM   #3211
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Property slipup looms for MTRC
The Standard
Monday, August 13, 2012

MTR Corp (0066) is expected to post a slight decline in first-half profits as lower earnings from its property business may have offset the growth in other operations.

UBS expects the railway operator's interim underlying profit to reach HK$4.1 billion, down 5 percent year on year.

MTRC is due to announce its results today.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization - or Ebitda, a popular gauge of performance - have likely risen 10 percent to HK$6.6 billion, thanks to a strong pickup in rail passengers, ticket price hikes and higher commercial revenue from stations.

But income from property may have dropped to HK$800 million from HK$1.4 billion a year ago, UBS warned.

Analysts said they expect few surprises in operations because the fare mechanism and passenger figures are transparent, while property gains are more volatile as it is the developers - MTRC's partners - that manage the sales.

UBS has a "neutral" rating on MTRC with a target price of HK$25.90. Nomura, on the other hand, has a "buy" call on the stock targeting HK$32. The shares eased 0.2 percent to HK$27.65 on Friday.
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Old August 16th, 2012, 05:37 PM   #3212
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Old August 19th, 2012, 08:04 AM   #3213
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MTR gets in grub as stations brace
The Standard
Friday, August 17, 2012

The MTR Corp, learning a lesson from the last typhoon, has stocked up on food and water at stations.

"We are ready for the typhoon," a spokesman said.

"There is a stock of food and water at each station. In addition, toilet facilities will be open in the event stations need to be used as temporary shelters."

The MTR came under heavy fire last month when the strongest typhoon in two decades, Vicente, hit Hong Kong.

Hundreds of commuters were stranded at stations and forced to spend the night sleeping on cardboard sheeting on the floor when services were suspended.

Some even chose to spend the night inside carriages without power until the next morning since the air in the stations was stuffy.

The Trade Development Council also came under attack for causing "unnecessary" chaos at the book fair by asking visitors to leave long before the No8 signal was hoisted.

But a council spokesman said yesterday contingency plans for the just-started food fair will be the same as the book fair.

He said if the typhoon No 8 signal remains hoisted at 8.30am today, the morning session will be canceled.

However, the afternoon session will be resumed two hours after the signal is lowered.

The MTR said yesterday the service information on its website will be continually updated.

"However, in an emergency it may be necessary to suspend our service before we can notify the public," he added.

Meanwhile, food lovers jammed the aisles soon after the annual Food Expo opened at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, fearing the approaching Typhoon Kai-tak might blow away opportunities to indulge in their favorite eats.

Some exhibitors are calling for the expo to be extended or for them to be compensated if the typhoon affects their business.

"The expo is only on for five days and we are talking about a six-digit loss if the expo closes for just one day," said Jessie Chan Kwai-man of Daily Fresh Food Co.

The Food Expo has attracted more than 1,100 exhibitors.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 04:55 AM   #3214
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It's about time as MTR adds peak-hour trips
The Standard
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The MTR Corp will add more than 800 extra trips a week on three major lines before the end of the year as part of efforts to ease crowding and reduce waiting times at stations.

This will bring the total number of trips added this year to 1,200 a week, according to head of operations Francis Li Shing-kee.

The additional trips - on the West Rail, Kwun Tong and Tseung Kwan O lines - will carry an extra three million passengers a year.

"We finished inspections of eight new trains earlier this year and they have already started serving the Kwun Tong line," Li said.

"We hope to provide a better travel experience for our passengers by enhancing our train services."

He said 10 additional trips will be added during morning peak hours on weekdays on the Kwun Tong line and another 12 on Friday nights.

On the West Rail line, a total of 188 trips a week will be added, cutting the waiting time during evening peaks from four minutes to 3 minutes. The maximum duration between trains in all periods will be seven minutes instead of nine.

Only one extra departure will be made from Tseung Kwan O to North Point during weekday morning peaks.

Li said the railway has received a number of positive comments from passengers praising the improved service.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 05:02 AM   #3215
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I remember trains being packed during rush hour. Sometimes the train was too full to get in.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 05:14 AM   #3216
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I remember trains being packed during rush hour. Sometimes the train was too full to get in.
Yes, but strangely, the most congested lines - the Island and Tsuen Wan lines - are not slated for any service improvements.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 06:47 PM   #3217
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Yes, but strangely, the most congested lines - the Island and Tsuen Wan lines - are not slated for any service improvements.
It is strange.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 03:28 AM   #3218
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Yes, but strangely, the most congested lines - the Island and Tsuen Wan lines - are not slated for any service improvements.
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat.
I wonder if the MTRC management have some kind of plan they're hatching behind closed doors then?
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Old August 24th, 2012, 11:05 AM   #3219
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Yes, but strangely, the most congested lines - the Island and Tsuen Wan lines - are not slated for any service improvements.
Maybe there is no room for improvement on those lines?

I don't know, I'm just guessing.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 04:37 PM   #3220
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They could buy more trains (since after all MRTC has been earning profit every year.......even if they keep on raising fares every year as well)
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