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Old November 2nd, 2013, 07:18 AM   #3421
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The three stations have a total of 15 entrances, providing a convenient pedestrian network in the district via the unpaid areas of the stations

Does this mean there is an underground network of tunnels linking various public areas in and around those MTR stations?
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Old November 7th, 2013, 05:02 PM   #3422
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Old November 9th, 2013, 02:49 AM   #3423
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A bit old, but: http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/corporate/...R-13-073-E.pdf
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The last new train in the MTR Corporation's first fleet order from Changchun Railway
Vehicles Co. Ltd. (CRC) was officially handed over at a ceremony at MTR Kowloon Bay
Depot yesterday (5 September 2013). Mr Jay Walder, Chief Executive Officer of MTR
Corporation was on hand to receive the train’s master key from CRC Chairman Mr Dong
Xiaofeng.

"This is a significant milestone in the expansion of the MTR train fleet. These new trains
have enabled us to enhance our service by more than 1,300 train trips per week under our
Listening‧Responding programme,” said Mr Walder. "Enhanced train service frequencies
have eased crowding and reduced waiting time, particularly during peak periods, on our
busiest railway lines. Most satisfying is the feedback from our passengers. They have
noticed the enhancements and tell us they like what we have done. "

The extra capacity provided by the new trains will also enable the Corporation to soon
start rotating out some 90 trains for major refurbishment works to upgrade the onboard
facilities and provide a more comfortable travelling environment for passengers.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 03:44 AM   #3424
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End of line for MTR screen door levy
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The MTR Corp will stop charging commuters a surcharge from next month - 13 years after it was imposed to subsidize the installation of platform doors.

Starting from December 1, the MTR will no longer charge its three million passengers HK10 cents per journey for the retrofitting of its platform screen doors and automatic platform gates at 38 stations.

The MTR said the fare reduction will be available at any of the stations on the six lines - Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island, Tseung Kwan O, Tung Chung and Disneyland - if passengers pay by Octopus.

Passengers going through interchange stations at Kowloon Tong, East Tsim Sha Tsui/Tsim Sha Tsui, Nam Cheong and Mei Foo will also enjoy the reduced fares.

As fares for traveling between Hung Hom and Kowloon Tong station will be reduced to HK$3.4, the railway company will also reduce the fare from Hung Hom to Mong Kok East, which originally costs HK$3.5, to avoid charging more on shorter journeys.

The company's general manager for marketing and planning, Eddie So Chung-tat, said the surcharge came into effect in 2000 to subsidize the HK$2.3 billion total cost for the doors.

The MTR was responsible for about half the cost, while passengers would shoulder the other half. It estimated some HK$1.13 billion would be collected by the end of this month.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 04:14 AM   #3425
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 01:14 PM   #3426
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East Rail Line, Lo Wu station.


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Old December 3rd, 2013, 01:34 PM   #3427
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Today on Railway Gazette:

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Rethinking queuing to smooth metro boarding



03 Dec 2013

CHINA: From December 2 Hong Kong's MTR Corp is testing a revised queuing system at Prince Edward station which it hopes will facilitate smoother passenger flows at busy interchanges.

Arrows on the platform currently guide waiting passengers to line up on the two sides of the platform screen doors and allow alighting passengers to exit down the middle. However, passengers have found that this creates conflicting movements.

Under the revised arrangement, boarding passengers will be guided to line up on the right side of the platform screen doors, while those alighting will exit on the left-hand side.
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 01:44 PM   #3428
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That's a good idea. I will be interested to see whether there is a change in boarding times. This could also work for Japan where queues are definitely necessary for boarding the busier lines in the centre of major cities.
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 02:33 PM   #3429
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Will create confusion on board as people line up across the door to exit but now half of that is blocked.
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 07:06 PM   #3430
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Might work in HK, try that on the mainland!
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 07:25 PM   #3431
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Will create confusion on board as people line up across the door to exit but now half of that is blocked.
At first with new things there is always a learning curve. Hopefully over time people will adapt and we can see whether this is more effective.

I think it is good they are trying new things.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 04:43 AM   #3432
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At first with new things there is always a learning curve. Hopefully over time people will adapt and we can see whether this is more effective.

I think it is good they are trying new things.
Prince Edward is a major interchange station and is very crowded. Having incoming passengers use all the space on both sides of the door helps alleviate crowds and shorten lines. What will happen now is the crowd will bunch up and extend from one side of the door + block those trying to exit from the train. Those who can get off will be blocked by the long lines on one side of the door, so they need to fight their way off the platform as well.

Don't see how that will improve the boarding experience.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 06:20 AM   #3433
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Old December 4th, 2013, 01:03 PM   #3434
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East Rail Line, transfer station to the green line.









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Old December 5th, 2013, 08:13 AM   #3435
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Kwun Tong line transfer station (green line).

Kowloon Tong station.









Seems like navigation in China's metro systems is more convenient as it shows the name of the station you are at, not the terminus.





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Old December 6th, 2013, 10:49 AM   #3436
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How many types of rolling stock are there in Hong-Kong and could you tell me which runs in what line? Would be great to see it with pictures. Wikipedia is quite *****rd on this.

I'd also like to know how many cars are there in each EMU on each line.

I've ridden only East Rail and Kwan tung line.
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Old December 6th, 2013, 06:05 PM   #3437
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How many types of rolling stock are there in Hong-Kong and could you tell me which runs in what line? Would be great to see it with pictures. Wikipedia is quite *****rd on this.

I'd also like to know how many cars are there in each EMU on each line.

I've ridden only East Rail and Kwan tung line.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 10:34 AM   #3438
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Power failure disrupts MTR train services on Tseung Kwan O line
Hundreds of commuters have to leave train in emergency and walk through dark tunnel
16 December 2013





Railway services on the MTR Tseung Kwan O Line and part of the Kwun Tong Line were suspended due to power failure on Monday afternoon, prompting commuters to be evacuated from trains.

The fault is affecting trains on the both bounds of the Tseung Kwan O Line, and those between Kwun Tong and Tiu Keng Leng on the Kwun Tong Line.

More than 100 commuters had to walk in a dark tunnel to get to the platform at Yau Tong station after their Yau Ma Tei-bound train stopped in an underground tunnel at around 12.45pm.

One of the passengers, Sky Chan, said: “The train slowed down after an ‘explosion’. It stopped then, followed by another two sounds of explosion.”

The train arriving from the Tseung Kwan O station stopped in the tunnel about 20 metres away from the platform at Yau Tong station.

Passengers onboard had to alight from the train and walk to the platform.

One fireman said more than 100 were evacuated from the train.

“This station will be closed because of a serious incident. Please leave immediately” was displayed on the sign in the Yau Tong station.

Another passenger at the third compartment said he heard the explosion above the second and third compartments minutes after the train left Tiu Keng Leng.

"There was dust falling down and blown toward us after the explosion".

The train slowed before the second explosion. Five minutes later there was another explosion after the train stopped.

He said the passengers were relatively calm. But he was not aware if there was any announcement to ask the passengers to leave the train through the emergency exit at the front.

A third commuter who was waiting for a North Point-bound train at the time of the incident, said he did not see any smoke while being evacuated from the Yau Tong station.

“People were in order while leaving the station,” he said.

MTR staff member tells commuters about the service disruption at North Point station.

There are queues of people waiting for other public transport at the bus terminals outside the Tseung Kwan O and Yau Tong stations as the two MTR stations are closed.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police were informed at 12.40pm that a power failure affected services at the Kwun Tong Line and the Tsueng Kwan O Line.”

At 1.45pm, the MTR Corporation was not available for comment.

The Transport Department announced at 1.06pm that the department had been notified by the MTR Corp about the power failure and service suspension.

Train services between Kwun Tong and Tiu Keng Leng on the Kwun Tong Line are also suspended.

MTR is arranging emergency shuttle bus.

The Transport Department said the department and public bus companies such as Kowloon Motor Bus and Citybus were monitoring the situation and “the bus companies will strengthen bus services as appropriate when necessary”.

The department has also alerted the police. Its spokesman said members of the public are advised to use other public transport.
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is this the first of the kind? for MTR in recent years?
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Old December 16th, 2013, 11:52 AM   #3440
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is this the first of the kind? for MTR in recent years?
Not the first time it has happened.
I am also surprised the media isn't beating up the 'C-train' as show in the picture?
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