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Old April 16th, 2016, 07:21 AM   #3961
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Old April 16th, 2016, 08:42 AM   #3962
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Seems those Made in China trains look very different from the rolling stock in the mainland.
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Old April 17th, 2016, 07:48 PM   #3963
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Old April 19th, 2016, 06:03 PM   #3964
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Old April 19th, 2016, 08:45 PM   #3965
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If you could please post more description of each picture, it would be appreciated.
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Old April 20th, 2016, 01:36 AM   #3966
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Pretty sure this is Taipei.
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Old April 20th, 2016, 02:22 AM   #3967
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It is, you can read Xinyi Anhe reflected in the screen door (the English is illegible, but the Chinese is there).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinyi_Anhe_Station
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Old April 20th, 2016, 03:32 PM   #3968
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Whoops. My bad. Wrong thread. This was what I wanted to post :

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Old April 20th, 2016, 04:20 PM   #3969
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Seems those Made in China trains look very different from the rolling stock in the mainland.
It looks like the Korean made Hyundai-Rotem R-Train, not the CNR Changchun rolling stock for the Sha Tin to Central link which will be delivered to HK starting 2017.
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Old April 21st, 2016, 08:05 PM   #3970
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The Standard Excerpt
MTR fare-review talks pushed forward amid public uproar
Apr 21, 2016

MTR Corp Ltd has agreed to bring the next scheduled review of its fare-adjustment mechanism forward a year.

The review is expected to begin shortly but the time frame and the process have yet to be announced.

The decision follows a March 22 request by the government amid a public outcry over fare rises despite huge profits for the rail operator.

MTRCL will raise fares by 2.7 percent from June, despite a HK$13 billion profit last year. It is the seventh consecutive year of hikes since the mechanism came into force.

The last review was completed in 2013 and the next review is scheduled for 2018.

"We have agreed to advance the review so that we can examine the various views expressed by the public," chief executive Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen said.

"We will listen to the views of stakeholders, including members of the public and our shareholders, and seek to balance these views."

Leong said using the special dividends the government receives from MTRCL to reimburse the public was only a personal suggestion by chairman Frederick Ma Si-hang.

"How a shareholder spends the dividends is to be determined by himself," Leong said.

Commercial director Jeny Yeung Mei-chun said MTRCL is still reviewing the fare discounts and will announce details next month.

Michael Tien Puk-sun, chairman of the Legislative Council's transport panel, said the rail operator has benefited from government policy to use the railway as part of the economy's backbone.

"So consequently it should shoulder its corporate responsibility," Tien added.
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Old April 21st, 2016, 09:13 PM   #3971
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loading on the Tsuen Wan line was at 102 percent while that on the West Rail was 104 percent.

...meaning there is little option for passengers but to rub shoulders during the morning rush.
Note that these percentages were calculated assuming 4 adults fit into 1 sq meter of standing floor space on the train. In many other metro systems around Asia the standard is to cram 6 adults into every sqm of train floor. The commute in HK is really not that bad.

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Old April 22nd, 2016, 04:51 AM   #3972
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Sha Tin Wai Station (Ma On Shan Line) is being installed with automatic platform gates gradually on operational platform section like MTR did on Tai Wai Station Ma On Shan Line platforms.
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 05:49 PM   #3973
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MTR pledges public fares say
April 22, 2016

The MTR plans to consult the public on whether company profits should be added to a new fare adjustment mechanism, its chairman Frederick Ma Si- hang says.

The company had earlier agreed to a government request to bring forward by a year a review of the way it calculates its fares.

However, Ma rejected calls to freeze fares while the study is being carried out and said ticket prices will go up in June under the existing mechanism.

"Although MTRCL is 76 percent held by the government, we are a limited company and need to consider different stakeholders, including minority shareholders and 17,000 staff," Ma said yesterday. "We have to put much effort into balancing different views.

"If the change involves profit, it needs to be approved by minority shareholders."

Asked whether the corporation will continue to discuss his proposal to reimburse transport fees using dividends received by the government, Ma said: "We have to understand it is a big livelihood issue, the transport fee. As a public transport operator, can we solve the problem on our own?"

Ma clarified that his reimbursement suggestion was not only aimed at the MTR but all public transport.

He also expressed fears that commencement of the link service will be delayed if the government's co-location arrangement is not solved soon.
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 07:50 PM   #3974
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Finally got the chance to experience the 8-car SP1900 train on West Rail Line refitted with LCD displays for digital on-board information (similar to that on Tokyo Yamanote Line).

Imgur album to avoid oversized images in this post.

When doors are open on the other side:


This is the close-up version of the full stripe map,
only shows up for about 30 seconds when the train just departs the station:


Full stripe map.
I think the font size of the interchangeable lines is too small
and there is plenty of room to enlarge it:


When the doors are open:


Additional information on navy blue background:


Smaller LCDs at each end of the car showing "next station":


"Current station":


"Destination":


Just before arriving at an interchange between 2 metro lines,
this additional diagram shows up.
This one between West Rail Line and Tsuen Wan Line at Mei Foo Station feels bit redundant to me:
Instead of directly connecting the station icons of "East Tsim Sha Tsui" and
"Tsim Sha Tsui" by a dash line for denoting out-of-station interchange,
the designer obviously prioritized consistency:


West Rail Line and Tung Chung Line at Nam Cheong Station:


I know joining the 2 Mei Foo station icons here is not going to look nice:


When doors are closing:


West and East Rail Lines at Hung Hom Station:


The end of my West Rail Line journey:
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Old April 25th, 2016, 05:50 PM   #3975
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The photos are too large. Please resize.
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Old April 27th, 2016, 05:29 PM   #3976
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The Standard Excerpt
Don't bank on hefty discounts, says rail boss
April 25, 2016

MTR passenger discounts may be less this year than in 2015, amid a 2.7 percent fare increase, MTR Corp Ltd chairman Frederick Ma Si-hang warned yesterday.

Ma told TVB program On The Record that a fare adjustment mechanism review to be completed next year would not necessarily mean a hefty fare cut is in the pipeline.

Ma said that due to a decline in profits, it is possible that discounts for train travel may be reduced, but he said the board still has not made a final decision.

Details will be announced next month. MTR fares are due to rise 2.7 percent in June, amid a HK$13 billion profit.

Fares were hiked 4.3 percent last year with the company making HK$15.6 billion profit. On whether the MTRCL will consider not implementing the fare hike in June, Ma said the mechanism has to be followed.

He said the passenger discount package may "shrink" as the "sharing amount" will decrease from HK$200 million last year to HK $176 million this year under the profit-sharing mechanism.

"The possibility exists, but the board of directors has not decided yet," Ma said.

"The discount may not necessarily `shrink."'
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MTR should scrap obsolete by-laws
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A long overdue review of the Mass Transit Railway by-laws is back on the agenda finally. The company admits that some clauses and penalties regarding passengers' misbehaviour appear obsolete and need to be scrapped or relaxed. But it may take some time before changes can be introduced, as the review is expected to last for a year.

It is nonetheless good to hear that the problems are not being swept under the carpet. The overhaul was supposed to be conducted following the rail merger in 2007. But the proposals put forward by the company failed to find consensus support from society.

While the exercise is primarily to iron out the inconsistencies between the rules applied to the MTR and the East Rail, which was previously run by Kowloon and Canton Railway, pressure to review offences that are seen as unreasonable or obsolete is also growing. This includes a HK$5,000 fine for swearing or being improperly dressed within its premises.

Like buses and ferries that have their own by-laws to enhance passengers' safety and operational efficiency, the MTR is also vested with such powers. But with power comes responsibility. The companies are not only expected to make rules that are reasonable and keep them up-to-date; they also need to enforce them in a fair and equal manner.
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Installation of automatic platform gates during operation at Sha Tin Wai Station (Tai Wai/southbound platform).

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