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Old March 21st, 2015, 08:41 AM   #3721
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Old March 21st, 2015, 07:51 PM   #3722
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More trains when station opens
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Sixty-three new train trips will gradually be added on the Island Line when the long-delayed Sai Ying Pun MTR station opens on March 29. This will cut waiting times on the line by 30 seconds to one minute on Friday and Saturday nights, and most of Sunday.

The station 50 meters underground has five entrances/exits, and features lifts similar to those at HKU station.

However, a sixth exit B3 at Ki Ling Lane and Des Voeux Road West is still under construction, and is due to be completed by year-end. The station's opening was delayed by three months as soil softness hampered construction.

MTR Corp operations head Francis Li Shing-kee said the extra services will be added due to an increase in passengers visiting Western district on weekends.

"There are quite lovely attractions in Western district and many people like to take the train ... that is why we are enhancing services on weekends," he said.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 07:15 PM   #3723
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Hong Kong MTR adds more train trips to cut back on waiting times
25 March 2015
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The MTR Corp is adding 541 train services every week on eight busy light rail routes and three railway lines starting later this month.

The extra services will accommodate 420,000 more passenger journeys every week, the company announced yesterday.

"We have a clear focus on improving areas where our passengers have told us they want us to do better," said Dr Jacob Kam Chak-pui, operations director of the MTR Corporation. "Since 2012 we have added over 2,400 train trips a week for the heavy rail and more than 200 extra weekly services on the light rail."

The Tseung Kwan O Line - between North Point station and Po Lam station - will see an extra 22 services on Sundays from March 29, which will shorten the frequency from every five minutes to every four minutes.

The Ma On Shan Line will have 10 more services every Saturday from March 28, cutting the frequency from 5.5 minutes to 4.5 minutes.

The Hong Kong Island Line will have an extra 63 services on Friday nights, Saturday nights and Sunday mornings and afternoons, raising the frequency from up to five minutes to about 3.5 minutes.

The eight busy light rail lines in Yuen Long and Tuen Mun will see an extra 240 services on weekdays after evening peak period and an additional 206 services on weekends.

Kam said the company had also been planning to renew or replace 78 trains used on the Kwun Tong Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Hong Kong Island Line and Tseung Kwan O Line. He said the tendering process would end around late April.

He said replacing the trains would take at least four years and would cost more, but the trains would last longer.
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Old March 28th, 2015, 06:04 PM   #3724
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South Island Line `to open on time'
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The MTR South Island Line is expected to open on schedule late next year, project manager Wong Kin-wai said.

On-track testing will be carried out between Wong Chuk Hang and South Horizons stations from next month, and will continue for a year.

Wong said that by the end of February the overall project was 84 percent complete despite unpredictable geological situations at Lei Tung station.

"We spent more time on the foundation. Labor is in quite short supply. We are trying our best to catch up with the schedule. We're confident that Lei Tung station will open in time," he said.

The tunneling project at Admiralty was 70 percent complete and progress was satisfactory.

Wong said the project team is focusing on overcoming remaining challenges at Admiralty station.

The trains for the South Island Line do not have a driving compartment and are run by a Fully Automatic Operation system.

Imported from the mainland, the 10 trains have all arrived in Hong Kong.
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Old March 30th, 2015, 03:20 PM   #3725
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Latest MTR station is on track at last
30 March 2015
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Sai Ying Pun joins the railway network three months after West Island Line service began, with crowds flocking to early morning opening

Excited Sai Ying Pun residents and transport enthusiasts made an early start yesterday to be among the first to hop aboard the MTR network at its latest station.

The gates opened at Sai Ying Pun station at around 5.40am, with the first MTR trains arriving shortly afterwards. The opening means the West Island Line is fully operational, three months after the first trains to the new Kennedy Town and University of Hong Kong stations went into service.

Poor soil conditions hampered work at some of the exits to Sai Ying Pun station, and exit B3, at Ki Ling Lane, will not open until the end of the year.

“With the opening of Sai Ying Pun station, much more convenience will be brought to residents of the entire Western District,” MTR operations director Dr Jacob Kam Chak-pui said at the opening ceremony.

Extra staff were deployed to help travellers, though there were a few opening-day hiccups, including a malfunctioning screen door on one platform.

The new station has sparked investment in the area but also prompted concerns about higher rents and the loss of its traditional character.
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 02:10 AM   #3726
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2015.03.29 - opening of Sai Ying Pun station on Island Line


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Old April 7th, 2015, 08:43 PM   #3727
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Legislator wants MTR fare rise checked
2 April 2015
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Legislators are urging administration officials to review the fare adjustment mechanism with the MTR Corp as soon possible instead of working on an arrangement that this process only happens every five years.

Wong Kwok-hing of the Federation of Trade Unions argued at a special meeting of the Finance Committee yesterday that as the biggest shareholder of the MTRC the government should use its powers to review the mechanism when it sees fit.

A latest decision by the MTRC to raise fares by 4.3 percent has caused resentment since it did so after announcing a profit of HK$12 billion, Wong said in urging a freeze on fares.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said since the MTRC is a listed company smaller stakeholders also needed to be considered.
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Old April 8th, 2015, 09:35 PM   #3728
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A very interesting movie on how they replace old tracks in Hong Kong metro:

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Old April 10th, 2015, 06:19 PM   #3729
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How Hong Kong's subway turns a $2 billion annual profit
31 March 2015
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HONG KONG (CNNMoney) -- You can find one of Hong Kong's most profitable businesses about 30 meters below the earth's surface.

The city's subway is the face of the Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTR) -- a publicly traded company that pulled in $5.2 billion in revenue last year.

With a $2 billion annual profit, the Hong Kong's subway is an anomaly among major rail networks. New York's subway, for example, suffers from chronic funding gaps and will spend nearly $2.5 billion in 2015 to service its debt.

How does Hong Kong's train and bus network manage to clear its mind-boggling margins?

First off, this is one impressive subway system. Even with more than 5 million daily commuters, MTR trains boast a 99.9% on-time arrival rate. Fares are notoriously cheap ($.50 to $3), but cover roughly 175% of the system's operating costs.

But the company's real profits are derived from a lesser-known side of the business: property development. Some 50 major properties across Hong Kong are owned, developed or managed by MTR, including two of the city's tallest skyscrapers.

"Sometimes critics say it's a property development firm doing a side business of rail," said Tim Hau, a professor at University of Hong Kong's School of Economics and Finance.

Here's how it works: MTR enjoys a special relationship with the Hong Kong government, which is also its majority shareholder. The government provides land -- at no cost -- for use by the train operator, and MTR is then allowed to develop the areas above and around its stations.

MTR often builds shopping malls right on top of stations -- it owns 13. Last year, rents at the malls went up by an average of 14%. Below ground, each subway stop is jam-packed with retail outlets, which all pay rent to MTR or have a profit-sharing agreement in place.

You can find every kind of retail in the stations -- even Michelin-starred dim sum restaurants.
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Old April 15th, 2015, 06:22 PM   #3730
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Shatin to Central Link tunnelling begins in Kowloon
14 APR, 2015



Tunnel boring machine (TBM) Princess Wencheng has begun her tunnelling effort on Hong Kong’s Shatin to Central Link.

The TBM was launched from the To Kwa Wan Station site shaft to begin a 1.6-kilometre drive to Ho Man Tin Station – the Kowloon City Section of the project.

A second TBM, Princess Iron Fan, is set to begin her drive later this year

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Old April 18th, 2015, 05:50 AM   #3731
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MTR chief pockets HK$15.7 m on exit
16 April 2015
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Walder’s payout at end of controversial tenure sparks anger as it follows his censure over high-speed link’s delay and cost overruns

Former MTR Corporation chief executive Jay Walder pocketed a HK$15.7 million golden handshake when he abruptly quit last year after being censured over a two-year delay and cost overruns in the construction of a cross-border express link, the rail giant’s annual report shows.

Walder left the MTR in August, a year before the end of his contract, after an internal report accused him of failing to be more critical in monitoring the progress of the multibillion-dollar high-speed link to Guangzhou.

At the time, the MTR called Walder’s departure a “mutual” decision that would be “beneficial” to the company and said it had nothing to do with the report. The company, majority owned by the government, had refused to disclose his exit package.

But according to MTR’s annual report, released yesterday, Walder received a “contractual settlement” of HK$15.7 million, of which HK$725,428 was the value in cash of more than 24,000 MTR shares. Walder, who previously led transport authorities in New York and London, also received a basic salary of HK$5.8 million up to August 15.

The corporation’s shares closed at HK$38.80 yesterday, up 0.8 per cent from Tuesday.

Lawmakers questioned whether the “monstrous” sum was intended to stop Walder revealing anything damaging when faced with inquiries set up by the government, the Legislative Council and the MTR.

Gary Fan Kwok-wai, of the NeoDemocrats, expressed “regret, anger and shock” over the payout, which he described as a “massive sum of money”.

Wu Chi-wai, of the Democratic Party, also found the financial decision “problematic” as Walder could “evade” public scrutiny of the MTR’s responsibility in the project’s woes.
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Interesting they give the female names to TBMs right as we do in Russia. Is that the common practice in the world?
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Old April 19th, 2015, 06:06 PM   #3734
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Interesting they give the female names to TBMs right as we do in Russia. Is that the common practice in the world?
I believe so. Here is an example from the US : http://www.centralsubwaysf.com/tbm-name
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Old April 20th, 2015, 01:41 AM   #3735
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Interesting they give the female names to TBMs right as we do in Russia. Is that the common practice in the world?
Was the same in Amsterdam.


Perhaps it is because they bore deep into your foundation and when they are done they leave a big empty space behind.
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Was the same in Amsterdam.


Perhaps it is because they bore deep into your foundation and when they are done they leave a big empty space behind.
Maybe it's because we are drilling through Mother Earth and who else understands girls like a palm tree in the tropic?
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Old April 24th, 2015, 01:47 PM   #3737
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MTR downplays water leaks in new stations
21 April 2015
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Executive says issues are common and no danger to trains or structure

The MTR Corporation yesterday sought to allay concerns that leaking water found at its three new stations on the West Island Line would compromise train safety and the structure of the stations.

It said the problem, which the company’s head of operations Francis Li Shing-kee said was common, had nothing to do with the rush to open the HK$18.5 billion project at the end of last year.

Signs warning commuters of wet floors were prominent in Kennedy Town, HKU and Sai Ying Pun stations after water was found dripping from pipes or seeping from walls in multiple locations. Workers were also deployed to keep the floor dry.

A passenger who gave her surname as Tsang said she feared children may slip on the water, or something worse might happen. “If it causes a short circuit, the train will stop and we will be trapped,” she said.

But Li reassured commuters that would not happen. “The water leakage in the station definitely has no impact on the station’s structure,” he said. “I can assure you that it would not affect the train operation at all.”

Li said high underground water pressure at the HKU station, which is built 70 metres below ground, meant leaks would not be uncommon. He said the MTR would work with contractors to either fix the problem with grouting or divert the water somewhere else.

He said water dripping from pipes at Kennedy town was due to condensation caused by cold water flowing through the pipes in the increasingly humid air.
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In Hong Kong, the Lantau Airport Railway provides both Express and Local services, the Airport Express and Tung Chung Line respectively. Quadruple parallel track sections can be found between Kowloon and Tsing Yi stations, as well as around Sunny Bay.
Constructed by another rapid transit operator, the section of West Rail Line around Nam Cheong and Olympic stations provides two additional parallel tracks in the West Kowloon Reclamation Area.



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In addition, the section of Tung Chung Line between Lai King and Hong Kong / Central stations can be effectively considered as an Express Service for Tsuen Wan Line, while the section of West Rail Line between Tuen Mun and Yuen Long stations as the one for Light Rail.
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Posting a lot about express trains and parallel tracks on the forums out of the blue, I see :P
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Old April 27th, 2015, 06:12 AM   #3740
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Does anyone know (or have a theory) what the merged West Rail and Ma On Shan line will be named? I can see East Rail keeping its name after it is extended across the harbor, but I'm not sure what these two should be called once they are conjoined.
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