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Old April 28th, 2017, 04:14 PM   #4241
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The fck they only interviewed mandarin people?
They clearly are locals using Cantonese vernacular terms and sentence structures but in Mandarin pronunciations. Many people in HK have functional fluency in Mandarin but I guess your myopic worldview is unable to comprehend this.
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They clearly are locals using Cantonese vernacular terms and sentence structures but in Mandarin pronunciations. Many people in HK have functional fluency in Mandarin but I guess your myopic worldview is unable to comprehend this.
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Old April 29th, 2017, 07:37 AM   #4243
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Hong Kong MTR urged to use high-tech devices to prevent power faults in future
Railway operator tells lawmakers April 10 shutdown caused by loosening of support for overhead cable
April 29, 2017
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Hong Kong’s railway operator was urged to introduce high-tech devices, instead of relying on naked-eye inspections, to immediately detect equipment glitches to avoid major disruptions akin to the drastic power fault on the Kwun Tong line earlier this month.

Lawmakers at the Legislative Council’s railway matters subcommittee meeting made the calls as the MTR Corporation revealed the preliminary investigation findings of the railway network power failure that caused service to be suspended for about two and a half hours.

Road traffic plunged into chaos in east Kowloon on the night of April 10 after a power fault halted MTR trains between Kwun Tong and Kowloon Tong for over two hours, forcing thousands of stranded passengers to join long queues for shuttle buses or other public transport.

At Choi Hung station, passengers were forced to leave a stranded train inside a tunnel and walk along the track after the electricity supply was cut.

MTR operations director Adi Lau Tin-shing said on Friday the shutdown was caused by the loosening of two support components for an overhead cable on the track linking the Kowloon Bay depot and Choi Hung station.

“This result, in a slight displacement of a wire that caused short-circuiting and tripping, triggered the protection system to cut off the power supply at the affected zones,” he told lawmakers.

However, MTR technicians spent more than an hour locating the source of the glitch with naked-eye inspections. Once found, it only took them 10 minutes to fix the affected cable.

Lau said an in-depth investigation would be conducted to find out what went wrong with the loosened components as they usually last for over 40 years. The two faulty devices were installed 22 years ago.
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Old May 3rd, 2017, 06:17 PM   #4244
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MTR seen to fail by boy filing complaint
May 2, 2017
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A visually impaired 13-year-old boy has accused Hong Kong’s rail operator of lacking disabled-friendly facilities at some stations
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In a complaint filed to the city’s Equal Opportunities Commission on Tuesday, Hong Ka-lung said announcements at some MTR Light Rail stations were not loud enough and that tactile ground surface indicators – the raised yellow spots – were only located at the top of some platforms.

“I almost missed my step once last year due to the low broadcast volume on the train platform at On Ting station.” he said.

Hong also said there were instances of Light Rail drivers not ringing their bell while passing through pedestrian intersections.

“I have filed two complaints to the MTR before, but got no solid response,” he said.

“They only replied with, ‘thank you for your suggestions’ and ‘we will improve the situation’. But I have not seen any actual measures after.”

Hong said he filed a follow-up complaint to the Transport Department and announcement volumes were temporarily raised, but then returned to original levels.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 04:58 PM   #4245
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Old May 18th, 2017, 04:32 PM   #4249
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MTR fears going off rail on Belt
May 18, 2017
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MTR Corporation Limited (0066) chairman Frederick Ma Si-hang said yesterday the company will be very cautious in assessing the risks and returns of projects related to the "One Belt, One Road" initiative.

He said some countries along Belt and Road routes are developing and may present political risks to some investments and that the company will be careful.

Overall, however, the Belt and Road initiative will bring many opportunities to MTRCL, he said, and many countries are keen on inviting it to participate in infrastructure projects.

"It is difficult to quantify the benefits of the Belt and Road initiative at present, but there will definitely be opportunities," said Ma.

MTRCL is, for him, among the pioneers in overseas expansion as it already has operations in Britain, Sweden and Australia.

Ma said if China Railway decides to bid for the express rail project between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, MTR Corp will have a role to play.
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Old May 21st, 2017, 07:32 AM   #4250
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Old June 3rd, 2017, 04:26 AM   #4253
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Environmentally Friendly Linkage System (Kowloon East)


Interestingly, it appears that suspended monorail system is not an option.


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Old June 4th, 2017, 05:08 PM   #4254
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Policy expert calls new public transport road map ‘incomplete homework’, says it fails to address three major challenges
Polytechnic University’s Dr Hung Wing-tat says report doesn’t provide answers on impact of railway expansion on road transport, accessibility for elderly and disabled, and environmental issues
June 8, 2017
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The city’s newly unveiled public transport strategy blueprint fails to address three major challenges, according to a veteran transport policy expert, who described the plan as a piece of incomplete “homework” left for the next administration to work on.

Dr Hung Wing-tat, an associate professor in Polytechnic University’s civil and environmental engineering department, said the report had not provided answers on how to mitigate the impact of the city’s massive railway expansion on road transport business and jobs, which had been losing out as more new MTR lines opened.

Nor did it present novel ideas on how to make public transportation more accessible to disabled and elderly people, or how to address the environmental impact of more buses and commercial transport on the streets, he said.

“The entire report did not lock on to any of these three main challenges. There was no obvious direction showing how the government would address them, or what the costs – because in the end it all comes down to money – are,” Hung said in a radio interview on Thursday.

He said the plan gave him the “feeling” of “a piece of homework that has not been completed”.

“They’ve basically just submitted it for the next government to continue. There weren’t many breakthroughs at all, though this was within my expectations.”

Speaking on the same radio programme, Commissioner for Transport Ingrid Yeung Ho Poi-yan argued that there were already policies in place to address these concerns, but they were not the main focus of the study.

“I don’t really agree that other transport modes have been dying [with more railway development], so to speak. It’s just that their roles may have changed,” she said, citing examples such as minibus routes in Southern District affected by the opening of the South Island Line shifting to a role of connecting commuters who live further out to the station.

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Lithium battery scare causes panic on Hong Kong train
Passengers evacuated at Sheung Shui station after white smoke came out of a passenger’s knapsack on a train to mainland Chinese border
June 10, 2017
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A suspected lithium battery explosion forced hundreds of MTR passengers to evacuate a train bound for the mainland Chinese border, after smoke engulfed one of the compartments.

At around 11.35am on Saturday, the East Rail train bound for Lok Ma Chau station was approaching Sheung Shui when smoke began to billow out of luggage carried by a passenger.

After passengers alerted the driver about the problem, the control centre was contacted. It then informed the emergency services.

Passengers were asked to leave the train once it reached Sheung Shui station and boarded another to continue their journey.

According to an MTR spokeswoman, the incident happened in the area between the sixth and seventh cars.

The train was taken to the Lo Wu freight yard. The cause of the incident is still being investigated, but a lithium battery is thought to have exploded and caused the smoke, according to passengers.
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Old June 11th, 2017, 02:48 PM   #4258
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TBH I don't understand their arguments against a dedicated lane tram... In other countries with a high car ownership/usage rate the traffic reduces when they build a tram, it is an attractive alternative to taxis, private cars because of right of way at intersections, in the pdf they are against it because it will "increase waiting time for other road user" isn't the point of building it to reduce congestion and car use?

I think that building a monorail/elevated LRT is expensive (ie. stations are elevated so elevators/escalators/building foundations), and the stations will need to be more spaced out, increasing walking time to the stations.
I also hate the way they phrase "May have visual impact", they have probably never studied the monorail in Kuala Lumpur, the underneath of highways, etc...
Also for the tram they mentions "Need to completely relocate underground utilities underneath the dedicated corridor, thus increasing the construction cost and time", I may not be a specialist in construction but how on earth are you going to build a monorail with pillars and their foundations without moving what is under the road?

You may think I'm a bit biased towards the dedicated lane tram but in terms of cost it is cheaper and easier/quicker to build.

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From local metro network to global rail giant: Hong Kong’s MTR sets its sights firmly overseas
The company’s ever-expanding international footprint, in many cases working as an underground operator for a fee, stretches from London and Stockholm to Melbourne and Sydney
June 16, 2017
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MTR Corp, Hong Kong’s largest transportation stock, says international expansion and opportunities arising from China’s flagship regional infrastructure-building “Belt and Road Initiative” now form the core of its business plan.

Over the past 20 years, the organisation has grown substantially through listing and merger, says chairman Frederick Ma Si-hang.

“International expansion is the major business development for the MTR, a route we only started down in the past decade,” he said.

“In that time we have successfully exported our services and established a strong international reputation. We should be proud of MTR, as it is among the few local home-grown brands that can be successfully exported around the world,” he said in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post.

MTR currently has active projects in Britain and Sydney, but it’s along the Belt and Road – the modern day Silk Road land and sea trading routes – that offers abundant opportunities for its skills and experitse.

There are 65 countries involved in the economic blueprint created by China, and railway and road building projects are likely to dominate, as the modern-day trade routes are created.

For the average Hongkonger, the letters ‘MTR’ simply mean swift, efficient trains that speed them daily under the city’s packed streets on 11 separate rail lines.

What they might not be aware of, is the company’s ever-expanding international footprint, in many cases working as an underground operator for a fee, as in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hangzhou, and further afield in London, Melbourne, and Stockholm.

MTR now operates nearly 1,000 kilometres of track outside Hong Kong, not including the 455-km MTR Express in Sweden, which it operates with others.

It carried 1.8 billion overseas passengers last year, or 5.6 million daily, almost as many as the 1.9 billion it does at home in Hong Kong.

From solely a local rail operator in 1997, it has become a truly international transport giant with a 17,600-strong workforce in Hong Kong, and more than that – 20,000 staff – based in other countries around the globe.

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