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Old May 24th, 2016, 03:52 PM   #4001
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It's only fair to freeze fares, say legislators
May 24, 2016

Lawmakers yesterday called on the MTR Corporation Ltd to freeze fares while a three-month review is being carried out on its fare adjustment mechanism.

Fares are set to increase by 2.65 percent from next month the seventh consecutive year that the rail operator has raised fares by using the mechanism established in 2007.

Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Wong Kwok-hing told a Legislative Council transport panel meeting that a fare freeze is more practical than any promotional discount offered by the railway company.

"I think the MTRCL is just playing tricks, and freezing the fares is the most practical way [to help the public]. Because of the mechanism, the fare has risen every year which is torture for passengers," Wong said.

Neo Democrat Gary Fan Kwok-wai said the franchised bus companies New World First Bus and Citybus have not raised their fares for the past seven years.

He also urged the government to consider the MTRCL's profit when reviewing the adjustment mechanism.

"In 2011, the income from station commercial business reached HK$3.4 billion, and it was recorded at HK$5.4 billion last year," he said.

"If the formula does not include the profit in it, [the review] will be useless."

Transport panel chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun suggested the review be extended to six months.
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Old May 25th, 2016, 07:52 PM   #4002
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Old May 26th, 2016, 09:46 AM   #4003
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Old May 30th, 2016, 06:37 PM   #4005
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Hong Kong MTR fares to rise again
Rise slightly lower than average annual hike for recent years
May 30, 2016

MTR fares will rise again, by 2.65 per cent, in a hike expected to rake in another HK$400 million for the network’s owner.

The MTR Corporation said fares on 80 per cent of routes will rise by no more than 30 cents, with four per cent of fares unchanged. And only trips on the Disneyland Resort Line and those reaching the border will go up by more than 50 cents.

The rise is lower than last year’s of 4.3 per cent, and just under the annual rise over the past seven years of 2.7 per cent.

The company said it would spend HK$500 million on one-off and recurrent concessions in 2016/17, funded by the HK$400 million the company made from last year’s fare increase.

The concessions will include a cheaper trip for children – on the first Saturday of each month from November to March – with adults using an Octopus card.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 05:23 PM   #4006
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Calls to end fare hikes method shunted aside
June 2, 2016

Calls by lawmakers to abolish the MTR fare adjustment mechanism which has seen rail fares rise 25.5 percent in nine years have been brushed aside by government officials.

One lawmaker said that by doing nothing to stop the annual rises in fares, the government is acting as an accomplice in boosting inflation.

The outcry follows the MTR Corp Ltd's latest fare increase of 2.65 percent, which comes into effect on June 26.

Legislator Bill Tang Ka- piu said the rail operator has now become the major source of public resentment.

"The MTR fare has obviously been boosting inflation," Tang said. "If the government doesn't stop the MTR, and since the government has been earning dividends from the MTR, it is an accomplice."

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, however, played down the MTR's effect on inflation, saying its fares had risen by only 25.5 percent since 2007 while the accumulated inflation for the period was 30.9 percent.

Cheung said the fare adjustment mechanism was set under the operating agreement back in 2007.

"Any amendment will need to be approved at a shareholders' meeting," he said.

Legislator Lee Cheuk-yan said the accumulated increases in bus fares were much lower than that of the MTR.
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Someone peeled off the sticker on the urban trains and revealed the new map showing KTL extension and parts of the new SIL.

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Blast over MTR blackout
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The MTR Corporation has been criticized for "playing down" Tuesday's blackout which left parts of Central station without power for six hours.

"It is obvious that the MTR wants to play down the incident by saying it's a short-circuit," engineer and Professional Commons convener Albert Lai Kwong- tak said yesterday.

"There must be something wrong in the electric transformer room if a large station like this was plunged into darkness," he added. "Usually, it takes around 10 minutes to tackle a short-circuit, so why did this one take six hours?

The power failure, which began at 3pm, affected ATMs, lifts, some of the retail shops, escalators and the air- conditioning.

But train services were maintained, but passengers continued to pass through gates in darkness.

Lai urged the railway operator to investigate why their preventive maintenance could not spot the problem before the blackout occurred.

He said back-up components should have been placed next to the circuits in order to speed up maintenance.

Lai also said he was worried the corporation was neglecting its SAR business to focus on its overseas projects.

"They have deployed many engineers overseas. That may have compromised the local maintenance works," he said.

The MTRC has been expanding its business to the mainland, Britain, Sweden and Australia, according to its website.
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Old June 10th, 2016, 10:42 PM   #4011
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Blast over MTR blackout
June 10, 2016

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The MTR Corporation has been criticized for "playing down" Tuesday's blackout which left parts of Central station without power for six hours.

"It is obvious that the MTR wants to play down the incident by saying it's a short-circuit," engineer and Professional Commons convener Albert Lai Kwong- tak said yesterday.

"There must be something wrong in the electric transformer room if a large station like this was plunged into darkness," he added. "Usually, it takes around 10 minutes to tackle a short-circuit, so why did this one take six hours?
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Old June 11th, 2016, 11:14 AM   #4012
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There was no fire at the station though.
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MTR must ensure top-class service
11 June 2016
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The Mass Transit Railway used to be the synonym for efficiency and reliability. But the perception is being challenged as more problems have emerged in recent years. From the controversial fare adjustment mechanism and frequent service breakdowns to new project delays and cost overruns, the railway giant is struggling to live up to its reputation as one of the world' s finest transportation systems.

Although the power failure in Central Station on Tuesday did not disrupt train services, passengers were left navigating in the dark for hours. Shops in the affected area were forced to shut down or do business without lighting. Scores of staff carrying hand-held lighting were deployed to help passengers getting on and off trains. While most travellers continued with their journey without difficulties, the scenes hardly matched MTR's image as a world-class underground system.

How the circuit breakdown came about is now the subject of an investigation. But the probe will not be complete without addressing another key question. Why did it take six hours before power supply could be fully restored? In a modern city where technical glitches are expected to be fixed in no time, the duration seems unacceptably long.

The company has come under fire for failing to maintain service quality despite making billions of dollars in profits every year. This year's 2.65 per cent fare increase is already the seventh in a row, thanks to a much-criticised formula which links fare increase to wages and productivity. Passengers may feel the fare rise even harder to swallow after Tuesday's blackout.
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What is going on here and why is it dishonorable?
Because of deriving my image without attributing the original author and licensing under the same Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike license.
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