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Old June 24th, 2017, 12:20 AM   #4261
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Idea to use MTR dividends to subsidise fares is way off track
There are several reasons why this proposal is a particularly wrong-headed idea. And above all, it is a measure that does not focus on the poor
July 8, 2017
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The city’s leader is eager to subsidise public transport fares with billions of dollars in dividend payments received annually from the MTR Corporation, according to the railway operator’s chairman.

I see the future. I can tell you now that you will soon again see reports in this newspaper thatHong Kong’s Gini coefficient, the measure of the income gap between rich and poor, is widening further.

I can also tell you that our government apologists will then again protest that this is not really a fully accurate measure of what is happening on the ground.
“We give our poor all kinds of benefits in kind,” they will say. “We give them ultra-low cost public housing, virtually free hospital care and commuter subsidies to mention just a few. Why don’t we include all these in the equation? If you keep the costs for the poor down, isn’t that just as good as pushing their incomes up?”

No it is not. The problem is that it works for a few people at a time but not when the benefits are spread across millions of people in a wide segment of the population. Employers then recognise what is happening and hold wages down accordingly.

“Why should we pay them more when the government is doing it for us?” they ask. “We pay as little as we need to pay and the government now helps meet that need.”

It is rarely quite so deliberate but it is nonetheless real. Adjustments that cannot easily be seen at a micro level are still made in exact response to general influences in the overall economy. Public housing tenants, for instance, have low incomes in part because their rents are heavily subsidised.

Providing social benefits in kind to the poor is thus not as good as raising their incomes, not if their incomes go down as a result.

But I can think of several reasons why it is a particularly wrong-headed idea to use MTR dividends paid to the government to subsidise public transport fares.

Above all, this measure does not focus on the poor.

Public transport is widely used by all people except those at the very top of the income range. I don’t need the cheaper fares. Yet I will be given them. I shouldn’t be.

More : http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/a...ares-way-track
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Old July 17th, 2017, 04:13 PM   #4265
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Push for women-first MTR coaches to beat sex pests
July 17, 2017
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The MTR has come under pressure to introduce women-priority coaches as the latest poll shows that more than a third of women commuters have been sexually harassed on public transport.

The railway told The Standard it has no such plan as yet as this would affect its crowd-control management.

But lawmaker Elizabeth Quat, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said women-only coaches are a must to reduce cases of sexual offenses.

Hong Kong's neighbors Shenzhen and Guangzhou have already introduced such a system, as has Tokyo.

"We want to give this choice to women," said Quat and fellow DAB district council member Vincent Cheng Wing-shun.

An online survey by the Women's Affair Committee of the DAB said 80 percent of women and 65 percent of men support women-only carriages.

In the first three months of this year, 23 sexual harassment cases were reported to the police.

In 2016, there were 149 sexual harassment cases on the MTR, a 21 percent increase compared with 2015.
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July 31, 2017
Passengers frustrated by MTR hiccups three days in a row
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MTR Corp. is under fire for service disruptions three days in a row from Friday.

The disruptions occurred on its Tsuen Wan Line, Kwun Tong Line, Island Line and Ma On Shan Line, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Train services between Tsuen Wan and Central had to be adjusted to once every five minutes at about 1 p.m. on Sunday after signal problems near the Tsuen Wan station. MTRC said normal services resumed at 1:50 p.m.

On Friday afternoon, train journeys between Tseun Wan and Central took an additional two to 15 minutes due to electricity supply issues between the Cheung Sha Wan and Mei Foo stations. The incident also impacted the Kwun Tong and Island lines.

On Saturday, there were delays on the Tsuen Wan Line due to signal problems near the Lai King station. Malfunctioning platform doors at the Shek Mun station also caused delays on the Ma On Shan line.

Many passengers are frustrated by the deteriorating quality of MTR services, especially when fares have been rising every year.

A passenger, surnamed Yeung, was quoted by Apple Daily as saying that the train she was on suddenly stopped at Mei Foo station on Sunday and passengers waited for 10 minutes before being told by the driver that they had to alight.
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Signalling fault forces delays in services on Hong Kong Kwun Tong MTR line
It is fifth day in which incidents have been reported on system since Friday last week
August 5, 2017
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Services on the MTR’s Kwun Tong Line were disrupted for more than 10 hours after a signalling fault was detected near Kwun Tong station at around 11am.

It was the fifth day in which problems hit the system since Friday last week.

The MTR said trains operated at a slower speed between Ngau Tau Kok and Lam Tin stations, with trains running every five minutes between Whampoa and Tiu Keng Leng.

The run between the two stations took five to 10 minutes longer than usual.

“MTR staff are carrying out repair work. We apologise for any inconvenience caused,” the MTR said in a notice on its website.

A free shuttle bus service operated between Choi Hung and Yau Tong stations.
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Panel to probe 10-hour MTR disruption
Aug 7, 2017

A lawmaker yesterday warned that the MTR Corp Ltd might try to "wiggle" its way out of possible fines of up to HK$20 million for its record-breaking service interruptions on Saturday.

The company said last night the cause of the signaling fault was still unknown - but the delay was caused by issues in signal transmission. Chief executive Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen said a high- level expert panel would investigate the incident.

Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam Man-ho said in a post on Facebook that in 2014, MTRCL was responsible for a four-hour service delay, but it was only held accountable for 80 minutes since it had provided "limited services."

As a result, the firm was only fined about HK$2 million, he wrote.

At 11.15am on Saturday, MTRCL notified the media about a signaling fault between Ngau Tau Kok and Lam Tin stations on the Kwun Tong line. It said the frequency of trains on the Kwun Tong Line was cut to 10-15 minutes.

At 2.30pm, it announced that the delay was narrowed to five to 10 minutes and that trains on the Kwun Tong line were running at five-minute intervals - about two minutes slower than usual.

Engineers were sent to investigate the fault and railroad switches were manually operated to enable trains to move on to the correct tracks.

After over 10 hours - a record for the past two decades - MTRCL announced at 9.35pm that train services on the Kwun Tong line were "gradually returning to normal."

MTRCL said the fault involved "multiple layers of signaling equipment" that required inspection and that the affected section was "complex."

It was reported that three computers connected to track facilities malfunctioned despite multiple reboots, leading to interruptions to signal transmission for tracks between Ngau Tau Kok and Lam Tin stations.

As a result, trains could not move with auto-pilot and had to be manually operated at a slower pace, an unnamed MTR employee told i-Cable News.
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Hong Kong metro is one of the great metro of the world. Currently it has 7 lines— It currently has 13 lines— Line Kwuntong, Tsuenwan, Island, Tungchung, Tsuengkwano, Disneyland & South Island. I never saw such location based naming of any Chinese metro system, may be it is the influence of London metro because for a long time Hong Kong was under British rule (which remains the left hand driving and double decker tram). A dense network in core city area, and also a good extension towards outer area, made it a very good transportation. The most unique line is Disneyland line with Mickey mouse resemblance on its window and handle. Also the Tungchung line is also unique for its very long distances between station and long bridges over sea.

There are two extensions planned—

1) Tsuengkwano line is planned to extend west up-to Tamar. This extension will be very good because it will connect with future Tungchung line extension at Tamar. There will be three new stations—Victoria Park, Exhibition and Tamar. Construction will be completed in 2026.

2) Tungchung line is planned to extend west up-to Tungchung West. I thing it will serve Tungchung area transport better. I don’t understand why this short one station extension will take so much long time because construction will be completed in 2026!!!! What is the actual problem?
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MTRCL shrugs off costs escalation
11 Aug 2017
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MTR Corporation (0066) yesterday said it made an interim profit of HK$7.48 billion, up 46.1 percent year-on-year.

However, recurrent profit before property development profits and revaluation of investment properties slipped 8 percent to HK$4.478 billion, "mainly due to higher costs, particularly fixed costs such as depreciation and interest expenses, after the opening of the two new lines in Hong Kong in the last quarter of 2016," the railway firm said.

It declared an interim ordinary dividend of 25 HK cents per share, with scrip dividend as alternative.

It said the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link has been completed 94.3 percent as of June 30 this year, and it expects to start services in the third quarter next year. Meanwhile, the Sha Tin to Central Link was 75.1 percent completed as of June 30. The railway firm said Hong Kong property development profit during the period came mainly from sundry sources and its property tendering activities. For instance, it has been awarded a property package at Wong Chuk Hang station in February.

The company also acted as an agent for a subsidiary of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, and has been awarded a property package at Kam Sheung Road station in May.

Over the past 3 years, 11 MTR property development packages have been tendered out and are now in various stages of planning and construction, the company said.

"They will provide about 18,000 residential units, with a total gross floor area of over 11.8 million square feet, when completed over the next three to five years," it added.
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There are two extensions planned—

1) Tsuengkwano line is planned to extend west up-to Tamar. This extension will be very good because it will connect with future Tungchung line extension at Tamar. There will be three new stations—Victoria Park, Exhibition and Tamar. Construction will be completed in 2026.

2) Tungchung line is planned to extend west up-to Tungchung West. I thing it will serve Tungchung area transport better. I don’t understand why this short one station extension will take so much long time because construction will be completed in 2026!!!! What is the actual problem?
I don't think either line has been officially approved yet. The Tung Chung west extension is probably the least important one since there are many buses that connect that part of town to Tung Chung. It only is a 10-minute ride.
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A minor quibble, but the names are Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O, Tsuen Wan, and Tung Chung. Personally, I would prefer it if they were simply given numbers instead of names visitors are likely to find easy to confuse and hard to pronounce, but that's what we've got.

With regard to the Tung Chung Line extension, there are a couple of problems with it. One is that the MTR Corporation has not (or had not when the idea was proposed) settled on a location. The line ends in a dense residential area, and although the notion of a Tung Chung West station makes sense, the development's not there yet and there are some questions about how to get the construction done without creating terrible disruptions out there. I'm also not sure these extensions have been formally approved and funded yet.
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Hong Kong metro is one of the great metro of the world. Currently it has 7 lines— It currently has 13 lines— Line Kwuntong, Tsuenwan, Island, Tungchung, Tsuengkwano, Disneyland & South Island. I never saw such location based naming of any Chinese metro system, may be it is the influence of London metro because for a long time Hong Kong was under British rule (which remains the left hand driving and double decker tram). A dense network in core city area, and also a good extension towards outer area, made it a very good transportation. The most unique line is Disneyland line with Mickey mouse resemblance on its window and handle. Also the Tungchung line is also unique for its very long distances between station and long bridges over sea.

There are two extensions planned—

1) Tsuengkwano line is planned to extend west up-to Tamar. This extension will be very good because it will connect with future Tungchung line extension at Tamar. There will be three new stations—Victoria Park, Exhibition and Tamar. Construction will be completed in 2026.

2) Tungchung line is planned to extend west up-to Tungchung West. I thing it will serve Tungchung area transport better. I donÂ’t understand why this short one station extension will take so much long time because construction will be completed in 2026!!!! What is the actual problem?

There are many extensions planned in the Railway Development Strategy 2014 scheme. To name a few:


1) Tuen Mun South extension - one station extension of current Wes Rail Line towards the Tuen Mun Ferry Pier area. MTR has submitted proposal and now negotiating with the gov't. Tentative completion: 2022


2) Northern Link and Kwu Tung Station - New line connecting Kam Sheung Road on West Rail Line to a new infill station at Kwu Tung on the current Lok Ma Chau Spur Line. MTR has submitted proposal. Tentative completion: 2023


3) East Kowloon Line - New line connecting Diamond Hill on Kwun Tong Line and East West Corridor, to Po Lam on Tsueng Kwan O Line. The line runs along the mid-levels of Kwun Tong hillside like Shun Lee, Sau Mau Ping and Po Tat. MTR has submitted proposal. Tentative completion: 2025


4) Tung Chung West extension and Tung Chung East station - An one-station extension of Tung Chung Line to Tung Chung West, situated to the SW of Yat Tung Estate, and a new infill station at Tung Chung East serving the new development area. MTR will submit proposal next year with a tentative completion in 2024.


5) North Island Line - Comprises of extension of Tung Chung Line to the west to a station at Tamar, and the extension of Tseung Kwan O Line to the east from North Point to Tamar. MTR will submit proposal next year with a tentative completion date in 2026.


There was a heated debate during the consultation period as one of the original plan is to split the current Island Line between Tin Hau and Fortress Hill - Tung Chung Line extends to the west following the north coast of the island and takes the eastern segment of Island Line, while Tseung Kwan O Line extends westward and takes up the western segment of Island Line.



6) Hung Shui Kiu Station - An infill station between Siu Hong and Tin Shui Wai on the West Rail line serving the new development area. The station provides a transfer to the EFTS system of the new town. Tentative completion: 2024.


7) South Island Line (West) - A new line connecting HKU station on the Island Line to Wong Chuk Hang on the South Island Line. The line runs along Pok Fu Lam, Wah Fu and Aberdeen. Tentative completion:2026.


There is also a new station planned at Siu Ho Wan on Tung Chung Line serving the topside development over the current Siu Ho Wan Depot, revealed by a recent EIA report. Tentative completion: 2026.


Beyond these projects, there are new railway concepts for the East Lantau Metropolis and developments after 2030, which is a mega reclamation project between Lantau and Hong Kong Island. 2 railway corridors have been proposed:


a) Corridor from Tuen Mun to Hong Kong Island, which serves Tuen Mun, the Boundary Control Facilities of HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Tung Chung East, Mui Wo, East Lantau Metropolis and Hong Kong Island.


b) A new N-S corridor from Liantang boundary crossing to the new Metropolis, serving the new town in Ping Che. Connecting to existing lines happen at a new infill station south of Fanling on the East Rail Line, and probably Mei Foo station on Tsuen Wan and West Rail lines, before going to the Metropolis.
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A minor quibble, but the names are Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O, Tsuen Wan, and Tung Chung. Personally, I would prefer it if they were simply given numbers instead of names visitors are likely to find easy to confuse and hard to pronounce, but that's what we've got.

With regard to the Tung Chung Line extension, there are a couple of problems with it. One is that the MTR Corporation has not (or had not when the idea was proposed) settled on a location. The line ends in a dense residential area, and although the notion of a Tung Chung West station makes sense, the development's not there yet and there are some questions about how to get the construction done without creating terrible disruptions out there. I'm also not sure these extensions have been formally approved and funded yet.

Tung Chung West station lives in Tung Chung new town planning, and it was planned to be on a site NW to Yat Tung Estate, currently in Tung Chung Bay. Since the authorities are doing away from reclaiming Tung Chung Bay due to environmental concerns, the station was in limbo.


The actual location is now fixed to somewhere SW of Yat Tung Estate which intersects the main throughfare, according to the latest development plan of Tung Chung new town and the RDS-2014 scheme.


The plan is still on paper and it's still far away from getting funded nor approved by the lawmakers.
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Thanks to all for more detail explanation, I am very happy for this.

For improvement of our Kolkata metro system, I am comparing some information about Hong Kong metro, please answer these questions, because not any website still explains these

1) Is there any system for baggage checking when entering in the station area or platform area?

2) Is drinking water available in station area?

3) Do they play light music in background at station platforms?

4) Do all stations has side platforms? Or some has island platforms or both side platforms?

5) Is there any special seats for children, ladies, senior citizens and handicapped persons in both platform and inside the metro cars?

6) Is there any entertainment television in platforms?

7) Is photography allowed inside station premises?
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Thanks to all for more detail explanation, I am very happy for this.

For improvement of our Kolkata metro system, I am comparing some information about Hong Kong metro, please answer these questions, because not any website still explains these

1) Is there any system for baggage checking when entering in the station area or platform area?

2) Is drinking water available in station area?

3) Do they play light music in background at station platforms?

4) Do all stations has side platforms? Or some has island platforms or both side platforms?

5) Is there any special seats for children, ladies, senior citizens and handicapped persons in both platform and inside the metro cars?

6) Is there any entertainment television in platforms?

7) Is photography allowed inside station premises?

1) There is no security check.


2) No, but there are shops and automatic vending machines with drinks sold. Drinking is not allowed in paid areas even though there are vending machines after passing the entry gates.



3) Usually on the concourse level but hardly audible as the stations are usually crowded with passengers.


4) The choice of the platform design depends on location, geometry and patronage. Usually it is designed to have single island platform.


5) Only on subway cars, but this is stirring a lingering controversy that people have invisible needs are forced out of the seats by take-it-for-granted elders.


6) They are on the trains, and only on East Rail, West Rail, Ma On Shan, Kwun Tong and South Island Lines. This also depends on the type of train running (say the new PRC trains on Kwun Tong Line have those screens). Urban line trains have dot-matrix screens showing news brief and ads.


There are monitors serving as departure indicator on platforms, but they only show reminders and news from MTR only.



7) It is an OK but no flash lights or affecting the normal running of trains.
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