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Old July 7th, 2013, 06:03 AM   #3341
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Cheap airport trips en route
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Friday, July 05, 2013

Some 6,000 Airport Express passengers will need to pay just HK$15 for a single journey this month in a promotion to mark the line's 15th anniversary.

For four consecutive Fridays from today, the tickets will be sold on bargain site Groupon.

They are for any journey between Chek Lap Kok and an Airport Express station and can be used any day until September 30. Buyers are limited to four tickets every week.

The markdown is significant - regular tickets cost HK$60, HK$90 and HK$100 depending on the station - but some store managers at Hong Kong International Airport said it will not help their business.

The vouchers bought online will be sent to the buyers' mailing addresses.

"I believe there will not be a significant increase in the number of our customers" said a manager at the Crystal Jade Shanghai Ramen restaurant.

Another manager at Precious Congee, however, said the discounts should give a boost.

MTR Corp chief of operations Adi Lau Tin-shing said the promotion - 15 Years of Travel Delights - is timely since many are about to go on a summer holiday and "this is to thank passengers for their support over the years."

He said the Airport Express has carried more than 146 million riders in the past 15 years, and has been internationally recognized as one of the best airport railways in the world.

The line recently won the Global AirRail Award 2013 for having the best performance results and highest overall impact in the air-rail market.

As a part of the celebrations, a theme train has started carrying passengers.

Special edition luggage tags will also be distributed to passengers or given away through the "Ride to Rewards" bonus points scheme.

"We will also continue to explore the use of technology to bring more information to passengers, like the one-stop information displays at in-town check- in halls," Lau said.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 07:57 PM   #3342
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Old July 13th, 2013, 10:17 PM   #3343
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What station is that?
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Old July 14th, 2013, 10:15 AM   #3344
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I think it might be Wan Chai. Or maybe Prince Edward.
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Old July 14th, 2013, 04:14 PM   #3345
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I think it might be Wan Chai. Or maybe Prince Edward.
That's definitely Wan Chai. Prince Edward's livery is lilac.
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Old July 14th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #3346
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Old July 16th, 2013, 11:25 PM   #3347
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That last picture is cool and sad at the same time. Ppl stare to their phones instead of talking.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 05:06 AM   #3348
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That last picture is cool and sad at the same time. Ppl stare to their phones instead of talking.
The train is quite noisy when it is running, so you may need to raise your voice if you want to talk. This makes the train even noisier.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 06:27 PM   #3349
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We both know its just an excuse, right?
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Old July 19th, 2013, 03:26 AM   #3350
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We both know its just an excuse, right?
What else would you do?
Stare at the walls?
Attempt to make awkward converstaion with the passengers next to you?
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Old July 19th, 2013, 05:40 AM   #3351
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We both know its just an excuse, right?
Even before smartphones everyone just stared at ads, looked out the window or pretended to sleep if they are riding alone. I would probably look really weird if I tried to strike up a conversation with a random stranger in the Tsuen Wan line tomorrow.

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Old July 19th, 2013, 08:40 AM   #3352
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What is going to happen to the existing ERL trains once the new Rotem trains come online for the North South Line?
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What is going to happen to the existing ERL trains once the new Rotem trains come online for the North South Line?
They'll probably just retire the old Metro Cammell trains, while the 8 SP1900 twelve-car trains will probably be recycled and reconfigured for East-West line service since they are still relatively new.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 07:53 PM   #3354
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They'll probably just retire the old Metro Cammell trains, while the 8 SP1900 twelve-car trains will probably be recycled and reconfigured for East-West line service since they are still relatively new.
I still wish they kept the new trains at 12 cars long or at least 10 cars long like in Seoul.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 03:26 AM   #3355
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What type of signalling will Siemens provide for the Nth Sth Line?
What type of signalling is the West Rail Line/MOS line using?

Why didn't they just stick to SECAM as in use in all Urban lines?
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What type of signalling will Siemens provide for the Nth Sth Line?
What type of signalling is the West Rail Line/MOS line using?

Why didn't they just stick to SECAM as in use in all Urban lines?
West Rail Line currently using Thales Seltrac CBTC.

For the North South corridor, Siemens will supply Trainguard MT, also a CBTC solution (moving block signalling).
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Old July 20th, 2013, 09:53 AM   #3357
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is there a website where I can find MTR Island/Tsuen Wan/Kuen Tong/Tseung Kwan O Lines ridership information by different stations (records of station entry/exit), and also maximum depths of different stations along these lines? I have searched for a couple of days and I've only found total ridership information (whether it be annual or daily)...

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Old July 21st, 2013, 06:43 AM   #3358
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is there a website where I can find MTR Island/Tsuen Wan/Kuen Tong/Tseung Kwan O Lines ridership information by different stations (records of station entry/exit), and also maximum depths of different stations along these lines? I have searched for a couple of days and I've only found total ridership information (whether it be annual or daily)...

Thank you so much!
This is the best I could find : The Standard article
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Thanks for your help.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 07:12 PM   #3360
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