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Old October 26th, 2015, 05:16 PM   #3861
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No bombs, no parallel goods trading in over-sized luggage.


Just students carrying musical instruments in support of the arts.

It's not that complicated.
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Old October 26th, 2015, 08:33 PM   #3862
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How about using a cello box to smuggle baby formula?

The root cause stems from the unfair treatment among smugglers (or "parallel-traders" if you wanna say), who are usually from PRC, and Hongkongers. PRC smugglers are not fined if they carry oversize luggage, and these luggage are usually goods from Hong Kong, but local people are fined because of something like a piece of musical instrument.

It is MTR's responsibility to uphold their by-laws and treat every passenger equally, no matter he is a PRC citizen or a HK student carrying her school project but oversized. Giving concession to people carrying musical instruments is sidetracked, and giving an opportunity for smugglers to use musical instruments to bring goods on the MTR. It is very common for these reckless people using baby prams sans the baby to carry goods across the border.
That's why I think selective enforcement doesn't work. It creates the optics of discrimination. So if the item is large and exceeds the dimensions in MTR's own bylaws, then enforce all. It's not complicated.
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Old October 26th, 2015, 08:56 PM   #3863
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For cryin' out loud! Listen to yourselves, people! If this is going to continue, why don't we just close the subway?
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Old October 27th, 2015, 05:34 AM   #3864
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No bombs, no parallel goods trading in over-sized luggage.


Just students carrying musical instruments in support of the arts.

It's not that complicated.
No selective enforcement is not that complicated at all.

Have you heard about cross-border students smuggling iPhones or even drugs across the border? How could MTR staff know that the one carrying a musical instrument is a "real" student, not smuggler pretending to be student? ID/Student card check with a confirm call to school? (Instrument) Bag search? How could this be effectively enforced without bringing inconvenience to the student as well?
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Old October 28th, 2015, 02:58 PM   #3865
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Spot the typo time. (Although some may not even consider it is a typo.)
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Old October 28th, 2015, 05:08 PM   #3866
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Old October 29th, 2015, 12:16 PM   #3867
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Rail firm changes tune on bulky music instruments
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

MTR Corp Limited has bowed to public demand and is relaxing its size restrictions for large musical instruments in a four- month trial that begins on Monday.

However, those traveling with large instruments need to apply for a permit and will not be allowed on trains for one hour during the morning rush.

There will also be size limits, with the total dimension for each item not exceeding 235 centimeters, and the length of any one side cannot exceed 170cm.

MTRCL head of operations Francis Li Shing-kee said the decision to relax the restriction took into account safety concerns and the needs of passengers.

Li said instruments in a box or bag falling within the relaxed size limit could get on trains all day except between 8.15am and 9.15am, Monday to Friday.

Passengers with larger musical instruments have to get in the station's paid areas before 8.15am or after 9.15am on working days but there will be no time restriction on public holidays.
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Old October 30th, 2015, 02:24 PM   #3868
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Old November 5th, 2015, 12:42 PM   #3869
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Please don't open separate threads for every issue with the HK MTR. Use this thread for all news and updates. Thanks.
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Old November 5th, 2015, 01:02 PM   #3870
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How fast can they go btw?
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Old November 5th, 2015, 08:56 PM   #3871
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How fast can they go btw?
I believe it should be about the 90-100 km/h range , as the train feels much faster than the Singapore's NSEWL... (From my previous and only visit to HK)
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Old November 6th, 2015, 02:24 AM   #3872
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How fast can they go btw?
Which line are you talking about?
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Old November 7th, 2015, 12:07 PM   #3873
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Mass Transit Railway is operating metro, suburban rail, light rail but not tram, why? If they absorb tram also, a total integrated rail transport could be done in Hongkong.
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Old November 8th, 2015, 09:15 AM   #3874
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Mass Transit Railway is operating metro, suburban rail, light rail but not tram, why? If they absorb tram also, a total integrated rail transport could be done in Hongkong.
Because the Tram has been running for much longer and I guess the MTR doesn't wanna mess with the tram.

Integrated? No
It would just be kinda useless because the Tram parallels for the most part the Island Line.
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Old November 9th, 2015, 02:00 PM   #3875
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Computer graphics and augmented reality visualization of the construction and interior rendering of the planned Exhibition Station of the Shatin to Central Link:
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Old November 11th, 2015, 08:38 AM   #3877
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Old November 14th, 2015, 02:26 PM   #3878
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After long five years, Hongkong metro extended again, this time Island line. But I’m afraid; will not it be a threat to the tram system? Because it runs parallel with the main tram routes.

However, the system is nodoubt very good, because it passes under the creek and from one island to another, under the water. Manu lines are either under construction, or planned. Proposed East Kowloon line and South Island West line will be important. I thing in future the most important line will be South Island East line, because of new townships.
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Old November 14th, 2015, 03:05 PM   #3879
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After long five years, Hongkong metro extended again, this time Island line. But I’m afraid; will not it be a threat to the tram system? Because it runs parallel with the main tram routes.

However, the system is nodoubt very good, because it passes under the creek and from one island to another, under the water. Manu lines are either under construction, or planned. Proposed East Kowloon line and South Island West line will be important. I thing in future the most important line will be South Island East line, because of new townships.
Trams go for short trip customers, and are not meant to compete with the MTR. This was true before the Island Line extension, and is still valid now.
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Old November 16th, 2015, 02:12 PM   #3880
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Contractor’s troubles ‘won’t hit rail link’
15 November 2015
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Transport minister confident that joint venture firm’s financial ills in Singapore will not push back Sha Tin-Central project further

Financial problems plaguing a contractor responsible for part of the Sha Tin-Central link will not further delay progress on the troubled railway, the transport minister says.

Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung was responding to an Oriental Daily report that Sembawang Engineers and Constructors, part of a joint venture building a station for the link, was having financial problems in Singapore, its home office.

The link was one of a series of MTR projects facing delays, with the discovery of a vast trove of archaeological treasures at the future To Kwa Wan station pushing work back at least a year.

“The MTR has reported the matter to the Highways Department,” Cheung said of the contractor’s difficulties. “According to the contract, if one company of the joint venture has any problem, the other company has the responsibility to fulfil the contract … So far there’s nothing unusual in the report we received.”

Neither Sembawang’s Hong Kong office nor its partner in the joint venture, Leader Civil Engineering Corporation, could be reached for comment yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the MTR said the company had “paid attention to the market in Singapore in the past two months and understood the situation”.

The contract ensured that the joint venture would perform as usual regardless of litigation and financial issues, she added.

It won a HK$1.67 billion contract to connect Diamond Hill station to the new line in 2012. The project included relocation of heritage structures, archaeological digs and a new part of the station 30 metres underground.

The first stage of the railway, linking Tai Wai, Kai Tak and Hung Hom, was expected to go into operation in 2019. A connection to Hong Kong Island and a new Exhibition station in Wan Chai would follow two years later.
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