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Old November 26th, 2012, 05:03 AM   #3261
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Geography, there's no denying that ╝ of women being groped is ludicrously high ... or do you think that lot simply mad ...

Years ago, my woman friend was glared at by the other Tokyo subway-car passengers for making a scene from having calmly confronted a geezer who was tossing himself off on another woman who looked so ill at ease ... to think most of the world comfortable with their dark-ages customs
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Old November 26th, 2012, 04:51 PM   #3262
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #3263
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I forgot just how long MTR carriages are
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 10:37 AM   #3264
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Gridlock fear as MTR work gets under way
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Thursday, November 29, 2012







Hundreds of thousands of motorists can expect traffic delays when three lanes of the six-lane Ma Tau Wai Road in To Kwa Wan close from Sunday for work on the MTR's Sha Tin-Central extension.

Traffic will be affected for a year.

It is the first phase of a four-year HK$65 billion project to build the extension that will connect several existing railway lines.

The existing three southbound lanes of Ma Tau Wai Road will close. The three northbound lanes will be split. Two lanes will be for southbound traffic to Tsim Sha Tsui and one lane will go north to Kwun Tong.

The Transport Department is advising motorists going north to take an alternative route to Chi Kiang Road, Kau Pui Lung Road and Tin Kwong Road.

For those traveling between Kowloon East and West, they have been advised to take alternative routes such as the East Kowloon Corridor, Princess Margaret Road, Argyle Road and Fat Kwong Street.

Assistant Commissioner for Transport Anthony Loo Khim-chung believes this arrangement will help in the smooth flow of traffic.

"With only one lane going north, bus stops will be shifted on Ma Tau Wai Road," he said.

"We will not allow taxis, buses or minibuses to pick up or drop off passengers on this stretch of the road."

Bus and minibus passengers are advised to familiarize themselves with the new stop locations. But Democratic Party district councillor Pun Chi-man said shifting bus stops will affect the business of shops.

He is worried that traffic snarls on the already busy Ma Tau Wai Road will get worse under the new arrangements.

"I don't think such measures could really deal with the traffic. This is especially so since there are more than 10 bus routes on this road."

Loo said the department understood that Ma Tau Wai Road is one of the trunk routes linking Kowloon East and West.

It has jointly prepared a contingency plan with the police and MTR Corp in case of any traffic incidents, which includes round-the-clock monitoring of the traffic situation through CCTV cameras and standby tow trucks and other equipment for speedy clearance of any breakdowns or other incidents.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 07:09 PM   #3265
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Geography, there's no denying that ╝ of women being groped is ludicrously high ... or do you think that lot simply mad ...
I don't think they're all "mad" or crazy, I think some, not all, are honestly mistaken. As I wrote, in a crowded train car with lots of jostling, especially during acceleration and deceleration, people are going to come in contact with each other incidentally. I've ridden a lot of crowded train cars and buses in my life and have been brushed up against all over my body many times. It's a little annoying but any user of public transit should accept that they won't have the same personal space as riding in a car.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 08:12 PM   #3266
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 04:31 AM   #3267
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http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/corporate/...R-12-105-E.pdf
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MTR announces today (14 December 2012) the awards of two contracts to purchase 37 sets of new trains and a new signalling system for the future operation of the North-South Corridor of the Shatin to Central Link (SCL), the extension of the current East Rail Line across the harbour to Wan Chai North and Admiralty, which is targeted for completion in 2020.

The contract for the new trains was awarded to Hyundai Rotem Company, also the supplier of trains for the Tseung Kwan O Line and the Tung Chung Line, at a price of approximately HK$4 billion. The scope of the contract includes the design, supply, manufacture, testing and commissioning of 37 new 9-car trains, which are mainly designed and manufactured in South Korea. The first train is scheduled to be delivered to Hong Kong for testing and commissioning in 2015 and the whole fleet is to be in operation by 2020.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 05:00 PM   #3268
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Some more technical details as reported by the Railway Gazette.

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/u...contracts.html

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Valued at HK$850m, the second contract awarded to Siemens covers the installation of CBTC to replace the current signalling on the 16-station route and to equip the extension. Siemens will provide its Trainguard MT technolology, together with an Airlink radio transmission network and a Vicos operations control system. Eight Sicas electronic interlockings will be installed along the former KCR main line, controlled from MTR’s existing Operations Control Centre in Tsing Yi. The new signalling is to be installed and tested without interrupting regular operations.

Already adopted for resignalling of the K°benhavn S-bane network in Denmark, Trainguard MT offers a full moving-block capability to facilitate automatic train operation and reduce energy consumption.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 05:58 PM   #3269
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Old January 27th, 2013, 03:13 PM   #3270
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Screen doors blaze sparks MTR chaos
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Faulty insulation in platform screen doors at North Point MTR station is suspected to have sparked a fire that severely disrupted train services.

Those on the Tseung Kwan O Line were badly hit for nearly three hours.

MTR Corp said a detailed inspection of the doors and their mechanism will be conducted to find out what went wrong.

The incident occurred yesterday at 10.23am on Platform No3 of the station. A passenger alerted staff after seeing smoke at the front end of the platform.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze after 300 passengers in the station were advised to leave.

The station was then closed and trains passing through on the Island Line did not stop.

Services between Tiu Keng Leng and Po Lam and Tiu Keng Leng to LOHAS Park stations operated at reduced intervals of five minutes and 10 minutes, respectively. Services returned to normal at 1pm.

After the fire, the screen doors were kept open. MTR staff were on hand to ensure the safety of passengers, and trains reduced their speed when approaching the platform.

Francis Li Shing-kee, head of operations, said inspections will be carried out to check similar equipment on the Tseung Kwan O Line.

"After initial investigations, we believe the incident was due to a short circuit in the supporting frame for one set of platform screen doors," Li said.

He said it was an isolated case and that the screen doors have been in use since the Tseung Kwan O line was commissioned in 2002.

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eir annual check last October while a three-month examination was also carried out earlier this month."

Li said shuttle buses were not arranged for affected passengers because there were other means of transport to cross the harbor.

A Fire Services Department spokesman said firefighters arrived five minutes after receiving the call and found smoke and a small fire at the supporting structure above a pair of screen doors.

The service deployed 43 firefighters, eight trucks and one ambulance to North Point, to evacuate passengers in the station.

A male passenger said they only knew they could not cross the harbor after they arrived at Yau Tong.

"The staff asked us to take the line to Admiralty station in order to transfer to the Island Line," he said.

Lo Kwok-keung, professor of mechanical engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, suspects the chaos was due to aging screen doors. "The incident is a warning for the MTR," he said. "Ten years is about time for them to replace the system."

Meanwhile, Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Engineering professor William Wong Kam-fai said: "The system may not have been installed or fixed properly."

Wong added the fire was a rare occurrence. "Regular checking is a must in order to lower the risk of this type of incident."

Legislative Council transport panel deputy chairman Gary Fan Kwok-wai of the Neo Democrats said: "The MTR should review its contingency plan on shuttle buses to cover the routes, including those crossing the harbor."
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Old January 31st, 2013, 05:03 PM   #3271
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Old January 31st, 2013, 10:40 PM   #3272
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Thanks hkskyline.

Could you say which line it is and the approximate location of the picture?
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Old February 1st, 2013, 08:39 AM   #3273
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Could you say which line it is and the approximate location of the picture?
That is the East Rail Line just north of Shatin station.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 06:35 PM   #3274
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Fury as curbs hit delivery workers
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Anger erupted along the East Rail Line yesterday as the MTR tightened luggage restrictions to curb parallel traders.

The new maximum limit of 23 kilograms - down from 33kg - not only affected traders but caused bona fide delivery men and couriers as well as traveling families to lose their tempers.

In Fo Tan, where factories and depots are concentrated, a worker delivering computer parts to Yuen Long and Tuen Mun was stopped at the station entrance as her package weighed 27kg.

The worker said she has been doing similar deliveries almost every day and the new luggage restriction is creating problems for her and other delivery workers.

"I'm not a parallel trader so why do they do this to me?" she asked.

Despite a heated exchange with an MTR staff member, she had no choice but to leave the station and take a taxi.

Shortly after, a document courier was barred from entering after his bags weighed 26kg. He said: "My income will drop since the more documents I deliver, the more I can earn."

Another woman traveling to Shanwei to stay with her family for the holiday was also stopped after her luggage - clothes, candies, shampoo and chocolates - was 2kg above the limit.

Similar scenes were reported in the five other stations equipped with scales on the East Rail Line.

But an MTR Corp spokeswoman said the stations operated smoothly on the first day of the new luggage restrictions.

"Passengers were cooperative and the company has not received any complaint so far," she said.

The measure will be implemented on a trial basis for three months and the company will review the situation from time to time, the spokeswoman added.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 05:54 PM   #3276
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If they want to be like an airline and restrict baggage, they must be prepared to let customers pay extra after weighing.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 03:24 AM   #3277
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If they want to be like an airline and restrict baggage, they must be prepared to let customers pay extra after weighing.
Can't do that. None of that excess luggage will be checked away from other passengers in a separate compartment. The whole deal is about safety, as people hauling loads of luggage pose a safety risk. Forcing them to pay won't change any of that.
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Can't do that. None of that excess luggage will be checked away from other passengers in a separate compartment. The whole deal is about safety, as people hauling loads of luggage pose a safety risk. Forcing them to pay won't change any of that.
With the future reconfig to 9 car trains, surely one car can be made a baggage car?
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With the future reconfig to 9 car trains, surely one car can be made a baggage car?
No. East Rail is not meant to be a cross-border freight line. Its primary purpose is commuter rail, and all the available space needs to be for commuters, not baggage.
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No. East Rail is not meant to be a cross-border freight line. Its primary purpose is commuter rail, and all the available space needs to be for commuters, not baggage.
exactly; besides, the current 12 car sets are jam packed during rush hour.
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