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Old November 17th, 2015, 07:26 PM   #3881
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Dubbed 'the best in class': 6 things about Hong Kong's MTR rail system
Oct 29, 2015
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Since taking on his new portfolio earlier this month, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has been effusive in his praise of Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway (MTR), calling it the "best in class".

He identified the MTR, which is run by the MTR Corporation, as the system that local rail operators SMRT and SBS Transit should use to benchmark reliability standards.

Here are six things to know about the MTR.

1. One of the world's most profitable rail systems
2. The entire network stretches over a distance of 221km
3. Enjoys an "on-time" rate of 99.9 per cent
4. More than a third of MTRC's revenue is spent on maintenance
5. MTRC has a total maintenance workforce of 5,800
6. The entire system is monitored from a high-tech control centre

More : http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/eas...ail-system-mtr
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Old November 18th, 2015, 07:02 PM   #3882
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Old November 19th, 2015, 02:56 AM   #3883
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The new concourse of Fo Tan Station isn't ready yet (the official site writes it should be done in mid-2015...), but the platform re-pavement (in preparation for the automatic platform gates) is done.

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Old November 19th, 2015, 03:38 AM   #3884
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Red Zone? What's that?
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Old November 19th, 2015, 03:55 AM   #3885
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Red Zone? What's that?
Tsim Sha Tsui and East Tsim Sha Tsui stations are connected and there is a huge number of underground paths that extend to the surrounding areas. Sections are mapped out by colour for easier navigation.
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Old November 27th, 2015, 12:27 PM   #3886
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Old November 30th, 2015, 06:30 PM   #3887
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Old December 1st, 2015, 12:46 PM   #3888
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LSE Cities has put this transport infrastructure map of Hong Kong together from various sources. Any suggestions on improvements or corrections welcome:

https://urbanage.lsecities.net/data/...lity-hong-kong
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Old December 1st, 2015, 12:54 PM   #3889
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"Crash of Tribe" ad on MTR East Rail Line SP1900 train





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Old December 4th, 2015, 03:51 AM   #3890
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Extra HK$5 billion needed on Sha Tin-Central link
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Government will ask Legco for more money to finish work on three stations, while two sections of MTR project have been hit by delays

Cost overruns continue to hit the MTR Corporation’s railway projects, as it was revealed that the Sha Tin-Central Link will need about HK$5 billion more to complete construction work at three of its 10 stations.

The government said it would seek extra funding from the Legislative Council to make up the shortfall, which could not be covered by the project contingency fee after the latest cost estimate, to be submitted by the MTR by next quarter, was assessed.

The estimated construction cost for the project is about HK$79.8 billion and is funded by the government, which entrusted the MTR with construction, testing and commissioning.

The target opening date for the Tai Wai to Hung Hom section is December 2018, while that for the Hung Hom to Admiralty section is December 2020.

But in the latest progress report filed with Legco’s transport panel, the Transport and Housing Bureau said the Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section could not operate until 2019 at the earliest, while the Hung Hom to Admiralty section would be postponed to 2021, six months behind the original schedule.

Among the stations along the 17km link, the To Kwa Wan stop will need at least HK$4.1 billion more to fund the expansion of archaeological work near the site.

Expansion work at Admiralty Station requires an extra HK$1.3 billion, while construction delays at the Exhibition Station in Wan Chai will lead to an unspecified increase in building costs.

The MTR Corp and the government caused a storm on Monday by revealing that the new estimate for the high-speed railway to Guangzhou was HK$84.42 billion, up HK$19.6 billion.

Democratic Party lawmaker Wu Chi-wai said details about the latest cost overruns were not yet available. But he said the costs for excavating and preserving relics in To Kwa Wan should be seen as a separate item in determining the additional funding needed.

“Conservation of archaeological finds is a worthwhile cause. But the MTR has to explain whether the latest surge in costs was actually due to poor management,” Wu said.
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Old December 7th, 2015, 03:31 AM   #3891
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http://fakeisthenewreal.org/subway/

This map treats Hong Kong and Shenzhen metro systems as one integral system. Hong Kong localists are likely to find this map politically incorrect. But the real issues here are that the 2 systems have different fare systems (Shenzhen uses Renminbi and Hong Kong uses Hong Kong Dollar). The tracks of the 2 systems are not even physically joined or overlapped. The pedestrian interchanges requires passage of 2 cumbersome custom barriers because of HK's autonomous status (Special Administrative Region).

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Old December 7th, 2015, 07:42 AM   #3892
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Actually, the new Octopus cards can now be used on both Shenzhen and Hong Kong systems. One pocket is in HKD and the other pocket is in CNY.

Cross-border commutes are not common. While it is cheaper to live in Shenzhen (the gap is narrowing), social services are far better in Hong Kong so there is little incentive to move north. Hence, true integration of the 2 networks will not happen. The Octopus initiative facilitates us to make weekend trips across the border - more for occasional use than daily.
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Old December 10th, 2015, 01:59 PM   #3894
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New customer service center in the north concourse of Fo Tan Station.

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Old December 11th, 2015, 08:40 PM   #3895
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Old December 12th, 2015, 03:23 AM   #3896
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The Taiwai-bound platform of the Ma On Shan Line in Tai Wai Station is being installed with automatic platform gates since this month. Frankly it is not so useful for an alighting-only platform until the East Kowloon section of the East West Corridor opens. (The installment hasn't yet begun in the rest of the MOS Line stations.) It's not hard to see the reasons behind the decision, but still it's a bit of pity.

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Old December 12th, 2015, 03:25 AM   #3897
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Finally the joining structure of the two originally separated concourses in Fo Tan Station opens to public today. Sorry for my shaky hand.



Why did it take so long? Shops.





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Old December 12th, 2015, 10:35 PM   #3898
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Old December 13th, 2015, 01:00 AM   #3899
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...why the fans? Isn't it air-conditioned? They look really cheap.
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...why the fans? Isn't it air-conditioned? They look really cheap.
Tai Wai and Fo Tan Stations are not ACed
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