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Old January 14th, 2017, 04:25 AM   #4161
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Old January 14th, 2017, 12:22 PM   #4162
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Finally 8-car trains will appear on Ma On Shan Line from 15th Jan 2017 (tomorrow)

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Old January 15th, 2017, 02:56 PM   #4163
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I don't know why, but that lower concourse at Admiralty reminds me of 34th Street-Hudson Yards.
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Old January 15th, 2017, 03:12 PM   #4165
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I don't know why, but that lower concourse at Admiralty reminds me of 34th Street-Hudson Yards.
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Old January 16th, 2017, 05:04 PM   #4166
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Two new Hong Kong train lines underused but no change in fares, MTR says
Operations chief says the trend is not an issue as time is needed for people to get used to newer options; prices are already ‘competitive’
January 16, 2017

Two train lines which were opened last year carried just 55.5 per cent to 64.7 per cent of expected passenger volumes, the MTR Corporation announced on Monday as it came under pressure to offer more fare incentives.

The Kwun Tong Line extension, with new stations at Whampoa and Ho Man Tin that opened in October, was projected to carry 180,000 passengers a day.

MTR Corp revealed only 100,000 passengers – 55 per cent of the expected volume – travelled on the extension daily on average.

The South Island Line, which runs from Admiralty to South Horizons, opened last month.

Expected to carry 170,000 passengers a day, it has only seen a daily average of 110,000 commuters so far.

“[This is] in fact a pretty good number for a new line,” Francis Li Shing-kee, MTR’s operations chief, said.

He added that it took time for people living and working in areas along the new lines to get used to the new option of commute.

At present, MTR charges HK$6.7 per person from South Horizons to Causeway Bay. The fare is HK$4.7 per person by minibus.
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Old January 17th, 2017, 01:40 PM   #4167
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Finally I rode the 8-car train of Ma On Shan Line and took some photos. As expected, the train is pretty much the same as those on West Rail Line. As I have heard from somewhere else currently there are only 2 8-car trains on service. After skipping like 6 4-car trains, there were 2 8-car trains reaching Tai Wai Station consecutively. So MTR doesn't disperse the 2 8-car trains evenly between 4-car trains which doesn't sound too scientific to me for easing the crowd during peak hours.















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Old January 17th, 2017, 06:31 PM   #4168
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Finally I rode the 8-car train of Ma On Shan Line and took some photos. As expected, the train is pretty much the same as those on West Rail Line. As I have heard from somewhere else currently there are only 2 8-car trains on service. After skipping like 6 4-car trains, there were 2 8-car trains reaching Tai Wai Station consecutively. So MTR doesn't disperse the 2 8-car trains evenly between 4-car trains which doesn't sound too scientific to me for easing the crowd during peak hours.
The main reason of getting consecutive 8-car trains is that, if a train breaks down, then the other 8-car train can push the faulty one back to depot or to somewhere doesn't block the service (the siding between Shek Mun and City One maybe?).
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Old January 17th, 2017, 06:38 PM   #4169
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Does anyone know what's happening at Admiralty Station on the Tsuen Wan line. I had to wait for nine trains to pass through the station before I could get on a train at 6.30pm this evening.
It would have been much quicker to backtrack to Central and take the TW line from there.

I never normally take that route. Is it normal? Has the South Island line affected traffic flows?
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Finally I rode the 8-car train of Ma On Shan Line and took some photos. As expected, the train is pretty much the same as those on West Rail Line. As I have heard from somewhere else currently there are only 2 8-car trains on service. After skipping like 6 4-car trains, there were 2 8-car trains reaching Tai Wai Station consecutively. So MTR doesn't disperse the 2 8-car trains evenly between 4-car trains which doesn't sound too scientific to me for easing the crowd during peak hours.
The reason is that if people cannot board the first 8 car train they won't need to walk back to the 4 car train stopping position.
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All aboard in service race
Jan. 24, 2017

MTR Corp Limited is, no doubt, the enterprise that has the most widespread contact with the public.

For, apart from train services, its property management arm serves hundreds of thousands of owners and residents, interacting with them on a daily basis.

Property director David Tang Chi-fai said that as the number of MTRCL-managed residential estates goes up, the one task that is taking up the bulk of his time is elevating management standards.

Though a "side business" for the rail giant, its property development segment has been growing rapidly in recent years. And as more projects are completed, there are bound to be some complaints about arrangements or quality.

An earlier survey also found management fee levels at the company's estates leaning toward the high side.

Tang said it was understandable for people to have demands over homes in which they have sunk their life savings.

In future, he said, MTRCL will give priority to addressing owners' concerns about construction quality, and deal with issues of responsibility with the contractors later.

As for income from management fees, he said, it does not account for a substantial proportion of revenue. However, as the company is listed, it must balance the interests of shareholders and service users.

The goal, he said, is for the property management operation to provide good value-for-money service, so that residents will be happy.
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Ocean Park credits new MTR line for surge in visitors
February 2, 2017

A new MTR line, big discounts and an early Lunar New Year holiday helped Ocean Park post a 30 per cent surge in visitor numbers last month compared to the same period a year ago, its management said on Thursday.

Park chief Matthias Li Sing-chung said the combined factors had contributed to a “very ideal double-digit” growth in visitors and a subsequent boost for in-park spending.

Cautioning against reading too much into the numbers however, Li said since the Lunar New Year often did not fall in January, year-on-year comparisons did not paint an accurate picture of the boost to park traffic.

Nevertheless, he said, “since the opening of the MTR line, we’ve seen more local and mainland tourists come ... and spend more time”.

The park recorded a deficit of HK$241 million in the financial year ending last June – its first since the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003. It is also recovering from an 18.8 per cent drop in visitors in that period.

In a bid to boost local patronage last month, the park offered 4,000 tickets a day to Hong Kong residents at a heavily discounted HK$40 as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations. Li said the deal, which ended last Friday, had had a “positive effect” on local attendance.

Elderly visitors, who enjoy free admission, also turned out in greater numbers.
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Hong Kong's MTR Plans $2.58 Billion Bid for Sydney Contract: Sing Tao
January 31, 2017

MTR Corp. plans to make a bid for part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest rail contract, Sing Tao Daily reported, citing people it didn’t identify.

The Hong Kong rail company will participate in the bidding for a HK$20 billion ($2.58 billion) contract that involves building and operating the Southwest link, the Hong Kong newspaper said. An MTR spokesperson said it’s been invited by the New South Wales transport bureau to provide design and technical support service on the Southwest link, the paper said.

The total value of the project investment is about A$12 billion ($9 billion), according to Sing Tao.
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