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Old April 27th, 2015, 09:52 AM   #3741
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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.
I think they will be called the 'East-West Line' (West Rail Line + Ma On Shan Line) and 'North-South Line' (East Rail Line + Cross Harbour Extension)
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Old April 27th, 2015, 12:14 PM   #3742
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I think the same.
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Old May 3rd, 2015, 01:38 PM   #3743
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Old May 7th, 2015, 10:38 AM   #3744
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I think they will be called the 'East-West Line' (West Rail Line + Ma On Shan Line) and 'North-South Line' (East Rail Line + Cross Harbour Extension)
http://www.mtr-shatincentrallink.hk/...alignment.html

The official documents address both lines as "North South Corridor" and "East West Corridor" (true for the Chinese names too). The usage could be tentative. If "Corridor" is permanent then it helps distinguish both lines from the urban metro lines because they still and will function like regional commuter rail in European cities.
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Old May 7th, 2015, 11:39 AM   #3745
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The official documents address both lines as "North South Corridor" and "East West Corridor" (true for the Chinese names too). The usage could be tentative. If "Corridor" is permanent then it helps distinguish both lines from the urban metro lines because they still and will function like regional commuter rail in European cities.
The lines currently function as regional commuter railways anyway, yet they are still referred to as East/West Rail 'line'. So I don't understand the significance of renaming it to 'corridor' once the lines receive their extensions.
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Old May 7th, 2015, 03:14 PM   #3746
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Actually, MTRC added the word "line" to the two rails owned by KCRC after the rail merger.
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Old May 7th, 2015, 08:56 PM   #3747
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Actually, MTRC added the word "line" to the two rails owned by KCRC after the rail merger.
So that they conform to the naming convention used on MTR operated lines. I don't see this changing to 'corridor' for the 2 lines after they extend their routes.
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Old May 8th, 2015, 03:13 PM   #3748
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Lincoln Leong: the new man in the MTR driver's seat
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In his first face-to-face media interview since taking office last month, MTR Corporation chief executive Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen is fond of using the word "challenge".

There are challenges, he says, in completing the cross-border high-speed railway project - already the costliest line on earth by distance - which legislator Michael Tien Puk-sun estimated on Monday would cost 30 per cent more than first budgeted. The price tag will be about HK$85 billion by the time it is ready in 2017.

There are challenges, he stresses, in carving out the tunnel and the iconic rooftop of the railway's terminus in West Kowloon, never mind the troubling questions of who and how to settle the ballooning bill.

There are challenges, he goes on, in easing the construction congestion of four continuing projects including the high-speed line in the face of a 20 per cent shortfall in workers, 2,000 posts, needed for the projects.

Even as he recites his challenges, the 54-year-old MTR veteran puts up a brave front. "But I am happy as a CEO," he says in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post. "I have many good colleagues, many of whom have worked here for more than 10 years."

Leong took up the post formally last month but he has been in the driver's seat since becoming acting CEO last August. That was when the career of his predecessor, Jay Walder, screeched to an unexpected halt in the middle of his two-year term.

Walder and former project director Chew Tai-chong were blamed in an MTR Corp internal report for "poor judgment" on the delay and cost overruns on the high-speed railway that will link Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

Walder was also criticised for failing to inform the MTR Corp's board and the government in a timely manner.

"We don't do everything right," Leong says. "But we keep learning and improving."

Leong says he is "constantly learning" through frequent visits to construction sites, including the high-speed railway terminus in West Kowloon, the exchanges being built in Admiralty and Hung Hom, and the MTR station being constructed in Whampoa.

"These are the stations I go to more often, which are most challenging, too," he says.

His colleagues are no longer surprised to see him rolling up his sleeves. Since taking over, he has become known for showing up at between 2am and 4am - the only time the tracks can undergo daily maintenance - at the East Rail terminus in Hung Hom to check on the works.

"I learn a lot from going and talking to colleagues down there, to know more about the challenges they have. They have a very short window of time, normally between 2am and 4am, to carry out their work.

"It's always better to see with my own eyes than reading a report in the office."

Leong, with experience in finance, operations and management here and overseas, started out at the company as a backroom manager, joining in 2002 as finance director. He climbed the ranks to become deputy chief executive in 2012 before becoming acting CEO for about eight months.
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For the convenience and comfort of passengers’ journeys, more coupled set Light Rail vehicles are now being operated on selected routes (Routes 507, 610, 614, 614P, 615, 615P, 705, 751 and 761P) to provide extra carrying capacity on weekdays and weekends.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 06:03 PM   #3751
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Stockholm transit boss fined for shoplifting in Hong Kong
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — The chief executive of Stockholm's public transit company has been caught shoplifting at Hong Kong's international airport.

Swedish public radio says Anders Lindstrom on Tuesday was fined the equivalent of 5,000 Swedish kronor (about $600) by a Hong Kong court after leaving an airport shop last week with a credit card holder that he hadn't paid for.

Stockholm city transit spokeswoman Lovisa Abom confirmed that Lindstrom had been convicted but couldn't give details of the ruling.

She said Lindstrom, who was in Hong Kong to meet officials for Stockholm subway operator MTR, has been suspended from his job.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 06:48 PM   #3752
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Best MTR ad ever:
"Take the Airport Express so you have enough time left over at the airport for some high quality shop lifting!"
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Old May 14th, 2015, 08:53 PM   #3753
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — The chief executive of Stockholm's public transit company has been caught shoplifting at Hong Kong's international airport.

Swedish public radio says Anders Lindstrom on Tuesday was fined the equivalent of 5,000 Swedish kronor (about $600) by a Hong Kong court after leaving an airport shop last week with a credit card holder that he hadn't paid for.

Stockholm city transit spokeswoman Lovisa Abom confirmed that Lindstrom had been convicted but couldn't give details of the ruling.

She said Lindstrom, who was in Hong Kong to meet officials for Stockholm subway operator MTR, has been suspended from his job.
Is this an automatic fine? One wonders why a CEO would need to shoplift.
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Best MTR ad ever:
"Take the Airport Express so you have enough time left over at the airport for some high quality shop lifting!"
Airport Express is inconvenient to more than 70% of Hongkongers even if we transfer at AE interchange station. Most would simply ride on the double-decker shuttle bus.
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Old May 15th, 2015, 02:29 AM   #3755
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Airport Express is inconvenient to more than 70% of Hongkongers even if we transfer at AE interchange station. Most would simply ride on the double-decker shuttle bus.
The trains are geared for business travelers who want convenience and speed. Chances are they live close to Central and West Kowloon.

For locals, there is also a taxi discount scheme. They would get half off the train fare if they present a taxi receipt of a minimum amount.
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Airport Express is inconvenient to more than 70% of Hongkongers even if we transfer at AE interchange station. Most would simply ride on the double-decker shuttle bus.
But then my dumb joke wouldn't work anymore as the guy was in Hong Kong to meet officials for Stockholm subway operator MTR.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 02:14 PM   #3757
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — The chief executive of Stockholm's public transit company has been caught shoplifting at Hong Kong's international airport.

Swedish public radio says Anders Lindstrom on Tuesday was fined the equivalent of 5,000 Swedish kronor (about $600) by a Hong Kong court after leaving an airport shop last week with a credit card holder that he hadn't paid for.

Stockholm city transit spokeswoman Lovisa Abom confirmed that Lindstrom had been convicted but couldn't give details of the ruling.

She said Lindstrom, who was in Hong Kong to meet officials for Stockholm subway operator MTR, has been suspended from his job.
This is pathetic. No wonder things don't work in Sweden.
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