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Old July 14th, 2016, 07:14 PM   #4041
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MTRCL fends off criticism of tendering system
July 14, 2016

The MTR Corp Ltd yesterday defended its tendering system, saying a mainland train manufacturer was allowed to keep bidding because its quality problems did not compromise safety.

The MTRCL bought more than 100 express and urban line trains from CSR Qingdao Sifang despite knowing that cracks were spotted in trains that it made for Singapore.

Jacob Kam Chak-pui, MTRCL managing director of operations and mainland business, said the cracks on the Singapore trains did not pose any safety threat.

He said the "two-envelope" tender system involves two aspects - technical requirement and financial assessment - and that CSR Sifang had performed well in its consolidated performance.

The rail operator earlier admitted pressing ahead with the tendering process after it became aware of the defective trains in Singapore in 2014.

"We did not conceal anything," Kam said.

He said the corporation had checked with both CSR Sifang and Singapore authorities and concluded the incident did not affect the manufacturer's qualification in the tendering process as it did not affect train safety.

"The hairline cracks did not affect the train's systems, performance or passenger safety," Kam said.

He said the 93 new urban line trains are made of stainless steel, different from the aluminum alloy used in the Singapore trains and a metallurgical analysis will be carried out to ensure the metal meets the required standard.

Kam said that under the two- envelope tendering system, the technical specifications of CSR Sifang were considered first, and that the tender prices would not be revealed until the applicants had fulfilled the technical requirements.

He said the MTRCL will never sacrifice quality and safety for a lower price.
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Old July 16th, 2016, 08:17 AM   #4042
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a mainland train manufacturer was allowed to keep bidding because its quality problems did not compromise safety.
OK, but what about the costs or interruption of service caused in ameliorating these problems in the future? It's really quite fishy.

I'm sure that MTR, with all its enterprises on the mainland, is caught up in the net of guanxi with big state manufacturers or the state itself. I wouldn't be surprised if it's being leant on by higher powers.
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Old July 18th, 2016, 06:20 PM   #4043
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Old July 20th, 2016, 06:34 PM   #4044
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Dramatic transformation: Aberdeen housing market poised to take-off thanks to MTR’s new South Island Line
Completion of major transport infrastructure means the district is set to evolve from an old industrial town into a hub for business, innovation and the arts
July 15, 2016

Before the turn of the century, Aberdeen, like Kwun Tong of yesteryear, was pretty much an old and unattractive industrial town, largely ignored by developers and relatively isolated from the rest of Hong Kong.

How things have changed. The opening of the MTR’s South Island Line (East) later this year and the development of Wong Chuk Hang as a business hub is poised to inject life into the area’s housing market.

Positive sentiment towards the new MTR line has been reflected in the rapid price growth over the past five years, during which average home prices in Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau since 2010 have grown 63 per cent to HK$8,865 per square foot.

After a flurry of sales between 2010 and 2014, including the launches of H Bonaire (Henderson Land), Larvotto (Sun Hung Kai Properties, Kerry Properties and Paliburg Holdings), Marinella (K. Wah, Sino Land and Nan Fung), new housing supply has been relatively subdued since last year.

With less than 50 units available for sale by the end of June, the H Bonaire development offers 106 flats, including 104 standard units (320-675 sq ft) and two special units (952-959 sq ft, excluding outdoor space). The project is earmarked for completion in early 2017.

Larvotto, located on the Ap Lei Chau waterfront opposite Sham Wan, was completed in 2010 and comprises nine towers. Marinella, which faces the Aberdeen Marina Club, is a six-tower development and was built in 2012.

Kowloon Development is marketing the remaining units at the South Coast project in Tin Wan, Aberdeen, which is expected to be delivered by the end of this year.

Launched in June last year, the project consists of 150 units, six on each floor, and features clubhouse facilities such as swimming pools. The flats are configured as studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms, measuring 214 to 478 sq ft.

About 80 units had sold by the end of June, according to Terence Yang, general manager of sales and marketing at Kowloon Development. In addition to young couples or newlyweds, he estimates about 60 per cent of the buyers are buy-to-let investors looking to benefit from the development of Wong Chuk Hang as a new office district.

More : http://www.scmp.com/property/article...hanks-mtrs-new
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Old July 21st, 2016, 06:20 PM   #4045
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Quick MTR option to cost more
July 20, 2016

Commuters using the Kwun Tong Line extension, due to open later this year, will have to dig deeper into their pockets but will spend less time getting to their destinations, the Transport Department says.

In a paper to Kowloon City District Council, it said that a trip from Whampoa to Lok Fu would take 16 minutes, 43 minutes less than a trip on bus 7B. The expected fare would be HK$8 or HK$2.20 more than the bus fare.

A trip from Whampoa to Ho Man Tin is expected to cost HK$4.40 and take three minutes. The expected fare for a trip from Whampoa to Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok or Prince Edward ranges from HK$4.40 to HK$5.20 with the journey time at five to 10 minutes.

The department says public transport in the district will be reorganized. Bus route 212, which runs from Whampoa to Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok, Prince Edward and Tonkin Street in Sham Shui Po, will be canceled. Commuters traveling by MTR on this route will save 20 to 25 minutes.

Minibus route 7 from Kowloon City to East Tsim Sha Tsui will also be canceled and the frequency of 33 bus routes and 13 minibus routes will be cut due to an expected drop in passenger numbers.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 09:14 AM   #4046
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Old July 26th, 2016, 06:02 PM   #4048
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Old July 26th, 2016, 06:29 PM   #4049
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^ Passageway between Hong Kong and Central stations.
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Old July 26th, 2016, 11:51 PM   #4050
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If you could clearly show locations for all of your pictures, it would be very much appreciated. As it is, sometimes they are hard to see.

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CRRC wins Hong Kong light rail vehicle order

CHINA: MTR Corp has awarded a HK$745m contract to CRRC Nanjing Puzhen for the supply of 40 light rail vehicles. These are intended to augment the fleet and replace the 30 Phase 2 LRVs in service since 1992[...]
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Old July 30th, 2016, 02:38 PM   #4052
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Fishing rods, hockey sticks, bicycles: Hong Kong’s MTR adds sporting equipment to list of ‘oversized’ items allowed on trains, but with a permit
Passengers will be allowed to carry one piece of sports equipment on trains from next month, provided they have a permit and the item falls within size restrictions
July 19, 2016

Passengers will be allowed to carry one “oversized” piece of sports equipment, including a fishing rod, hockey stick or bicycle, on MTR trains from next month, provided they have a permit and the item falls within restrictions.

The announcement by the public transport operator comes following the implementation of a registration scheme for people wishing to carry large musical instruments on the MTR spurred by public uproar after several passengers were asked to leave stations in September for carrying instruments such as a cello.

That scheme was made permanent by the MTR Corporation in March after a four-month trial, but the company did not allow for large sports equipment to be taken on board, a move which drew criticism from the sporting community.

Allen Ding Ka-chun, operations manager for the East Rail Line, said that from August 1, commuters who have registered as permit holders will be allowed to carry one piece of sporting equipment with a length of up to 145cm and a combined length, width and height of up to 235cm.

The same dimensions apply to musical instruments, and as with instruments the permit is not applicable between 8.15am and 9.15am from Monday to Friday.

Ding said sporting equipment also needed to comply with MTR by-laws.
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Old July 30th, 2016, 10:13 PM   #4054
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Old July 30th, 2016, 10:17 PM   #4055
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You can see in the link just below the photo it is the IFC exit, hence Hong Kong station.
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MTR is replacing the old hard knuckle hand straps with the ring shape made of soft plastic. I really hate this kind of hand strap because it will squeeze your fingers together and cause pain when you hold it tight. Sadly MTR proudly promotes this new equipment.

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I really prefer the old hard ones too despite bring tall and hitting my head on them. The soft ones are far more uncomfortable.
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Semi-hard rubberized plastic for me, thank-you-very-much.
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Hong Kong railway operator MTR posts 37.5 per cent decline in net profit for half year
August 9, 2016

MTR Corp, Hong Kong’s sole operator of mass transit railways, posted a 37.5 per cent year-on-year decline in net profit for the first six months of the year on the back oflower property development profits.

The company, 75.7 per cent owned by the city’s government and troubled by completion delays and cost overruns on three new railway projects, reported a net profit of HK$5.12 billion, down from HK$8.19 billion in the year-earlier period.

Core profit, which excludes investment property revaluation gains and losses, fell 25.7 per cent to HK$5.07 billion.

It was better than the 35 per cent core profit decline estimated by analysts at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch (BoA-ML).

An interim dividend of 25 HK cents per share was declared, the same as in last year’s first-half.

For the whole of 2016, 11 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters have an average net profit forecast of HK$9.2 billion, 29.2 per cent lower than HK$13 billion in the year-earlier period.

“[The] global economic outlook remains uncertain,” MTR said in a filing to Hong Kong’s stock exchange just after the market closed on Tuesday. “However, our Hong Kong transport, and station and property rental business are defensive by nature.”

It expects to book some property development profits from its Tiara project in Shenzhen before the end of the year.

It also expects to put out for tender some new property projects for potential partners to participate in, on land lots in Lohas Park in Tseung Kwan O, Ho Man Tin and Wong Chuk Hang by the end of March next year, subject to market conditions.

First-half net profit from railway and related operations grew 7.75 per cent year on year to HK$4.87 billion, while that from property development dropped 91 per cent to HK$207 million. Profits from investment property revaluation fell to HK$48 million from HK$1.36 billion.
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