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Old December 6th, 2004, 11:59 AM   #521
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^What does this "沙田區議員方鎮邦表示,若兩鐵合併,九鐵的沙田至中環線不會興建,屆時將大大減低馬鐵的吸引力,政府便違背了對馬鞍山居民的承諾。他期望馬鐵通車後,政府也不要削減巴士線,讓居民有足夠的選擇。"means, does it mean that the Shatin to Central Link won't be built???
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Old December 6th, 2004, 09:38 PM   #522
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Human error suspected as LRT train collision injures 24
Matthew Lee, Hong Kong Standard
7 December 2004

Human error may be to blame for a collision between two light rail trains in which 24 people were injured.

A Yuen Long-bound train rammed into the rear of another, standing at Ping Shan station, at 9.35am on Monday. The second train was also heading to Yuen Long.

Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation West Rail operations general manager Tsui Wai-keung said human error was possibly to blame for the accident.

Tsui said the company's safety guidelines stipulate minimum distances to be maintained between trains.

Both drivers passed blood alcohol tests.

Several of the 24 passengers who sought hospital treatment remained under observation Monday night.

Most of the injuries happened when passengers were thrown against seats or on to the floor by the impact.

Both trains were slightly damaged in the crash.

A KCRC spokeswoman said safety devices are in place to stop trains automatically if the driver loses consciousness. She added that an internal investigation has been launched and KCRC is co-operating with police in their investigation.

The Environment, Transport and Works Bureau has requested the operator to submit a report on the driving records of the two drivers.

A damaged wheel derailed another train in Tin Shui Wai in September. The accident caused no injuries, but led to delays of almost two hours.
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Old December 6th, 2004, 11:35 PM   #523
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^What does this "沙田區議員方鎮邦表示,若兩鐵合併,九鐵的沙田至中環線不會興建,屆時將大大減低馬鐵的吸引力,政府便違背了對馬鞍山居民的承諾。他期望馬鐵通車後,政府也不要削減巴士線,讓居民有足夠的選擇。"means, does it mean that the Shatin to Central Link won't be built???
Yeah, but Tai Wai - Hung Hom will still be built.
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Old December 7th, 2004, 06:19 AM   #524
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Dispute sinks Canton Road station
Commuters will now have to walk 10 minutes from TST East to the district

Benjamin Wong
7 December 2004
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The proposed new multibillion-dollar rail link passing through Tsim Sha Tsui will omit the Canton Road shopping hub after the two would-be partners in the project failed to agree on sharing costs.

The dispute between the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation and Wharf Estates Development centres on which side will pay for the Canton Road station as part of the Kowloon Southern Link.

Without the station, passengers will have to walk 10 minutes from Tsim Sha Tsui East station to Canton Road via a $300 million subway the KCRC has pledged to build.

Retailers in Canton Road and district councillors for the area had expected the KCRC to put a station on the busy street, an important commercial, tourism and entertainment area.

But their hopes were dashed when the two companies stayed firm on their respective positions.

The rail operator maintained it would be in the interest of Wharf - Canton Road's largest landlord - to see the station built. It said it was unfortunate Wharf did not commit to sharing the costs.

"Being a government-owned corporation, the KCRC has to balance social and public community considerations against the requirement in law to act in accordance with prudent commercial principles," a company spokesman said yesterday.

He said updated forecasts showed that having the Canton Road station would bring only an extra 17,000 passenger on weekdays, instead of the original 2001 forecast of 25,000.

At such levels of patronage the overall projected return would suffer, the rail operator argued.

"Nonetheless, given the views expressed by the public and the business community, we have offered to make a substantial contribution towards the cost of providing a station," the spokesman said. "That we have been unable to reach an agreement with Wharf is disappointing."

Meanwhile, Wharf maintained it had already made a number of tangible concessions, including bringing forward its redevelopment plans for its bustling Harbour City malls by almost 10 years to make way for the station.

"To accommodate the station, Wharf will incur substantial costs in demolition, rebuilding and rental losses during the four years of construction," a spokesman for Wharf said.

But the property company stood firm against KCRC demands that it pay the $600 million the station is expected to cost.

With no agreement reached despite government mediation, the KCRC announced yesterday there would be no Canton Road Station for the Kowloon Southern Link.

The 3.8km rail line, expected to cost about $8.3 billion, will link the West Rail terminus at Nam Cheong station with East Rail's Tsim Sha Tsui East station.

Construction of the new link is scheduled to be completed by 2009 if work starts next year.
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Old December 11th, 2004, 03:36 PM   #525
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Big interest in Dream City
Raymond Wang, Hong Kong Standard
10 December 2004

In another sign of renewed confidence in the residential property market, 17 developers have submitted expressions of interest in phase one of the HK$4 billion Dream City project atop Tseung Kwan O MTR station.

Everyone from major developers to their small and medium-sized competitors has shown interest in the project, according to Mass Transit Railway Corp property director Thomas Ho.

Sun Hung Kai Properties, Sino Land, New World Development, Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Henderson Land Development are among the big names interested.

Nan Fung Development, Wheelock Properties, Chinese Estates Holdings, Kowloon Development and other unidentified mid-tier developers are also interested.

Sun Hung Kai Properties vice-chairman Thomas Kwok confirmed that his company had submitted letters of intent for Dream City. Submissions closed on Thursday.

The MTRC's Ho expects land premium negotiations with the government on the project to be concluded in a week. A public tender is expected in mid-December. In an effort to make the project more affordable for small and medium-sized developers, the subway operator has offered to pay half of the land premium, Ho said.

Surveyors estimated the land premium at above HK$2 billion, or more than HK$1,300 per square foot.

Centaline Surveyors senior manager Chris Chau said total investment for the project, including land premium and construction costs, would be about HK$4 billion, or HK$2,600 per square foot.

``Developers would only have to spend HK$3 billion on the project as the MTRC has promised to shoulder half of the land premium,'' Chau said.

Prevailing prices for new apartments in Tseung Kwan O range from HK$3,000 to HK$4,000 psf, real estate agents said.

The Tseung Kwan O project, slated for completion in 2008, calls for the construction of 2,096 flats in five blocks on a 153,559 sq ft site. The potential gross floor area is 1.5 million sq ft.

Mid-tier developer Chinese Estates Holdings has outbid six developers, including Sino Land, Cheung Kong (Holdings), Sun Hung Kai, Henderson Land and Nan Fung Development, to win the joint development contract for the Reclamation Street project in Mong Kok, according to the government-sponsored Urban Renewal Authority.

The project site covers an area of about 5,760 sq ft and is expected to deliver a gross floor area of about 51,800 sq ft for residential and commercial purposes.

Surveyors estimated total investment for the Reclamation Street project at about HK$250 million.
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Old December 11th, 2004, 10:59 PM   #526
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九鐵南環線押後刊憲
廣東道站爭拗 議員盼有轉圜
12/12/2004



【本報訊】九鐵與九倉因財務承擔分歧,導致九鐵南環線的廣東道站取消興建。立法會交通事務委員會通過動議,要求將九鐵南環線計畫押後刊憲一個月,以便九鐵及九倉重開談判。有議員批評,有關方面只計算各自利益,無顧及市民需要;但環境運輸及工務局認為,廣東道站並非必要,政府不會再注資,再談判只會拖延整個南環線興建計畫。

立法會交通事務委員會昨日就九鐵是否興建南環線廣東道站問題展開討論,環境運輸及工務局常任秘書長(運輸)羅智光稱,興建廣東道站的成本要十八億元,等於將整條南環線成本增加兩成二,即使沒有廣東道站,亦不會影響南環線的策略性功能,現時尖沙咀區內的地鐵站與九鐵站已有足夠覆蓋。

不過,幾乎全部發言的議員均要求九鐵與九倉重新考慮設立廣東道站。周梁淑怡直指:「鐵路係用�服務市民,唔係用�滿足你��策略價值!」劉江華亦表示,「市民每日�尖東行二十分鐘去廣東道,每日都咁行,每日都會埋怨!」

電子道路收費值得參考

九倉首席經理易志明表示,重建海港城以提供廣東道站,回報不理想,加上九倉要負擔其中八億元的建造費,是不能接受。

九鐵署理行政總裁黎文熹稱,九鐵作為政府全資擁有,要審慎處理投資,他們亦研究過廣東道其他地方設站的可能性,但不能解決技術上問題。他認為,與九倉在財務問題上找不到共同點,沒有必要再談,但承諾會耗資三億元興建有冷氣及輸送帶裝置的行人隧道,連接尖東與廣東道一帶。最後鐵路小組通過動議,要求政府將九鐵南環線計畫押後刊憲一個月。

環境運輸及工務局長廖秀冬昨日在一個研討會上表示,政府無意進一步介入興建廣東道站問題,因現時九龍南線的交通運輸已達目標,市民可在西九龍站步行至海港城,尖東站亦有通道伸延至九龍酒店。

此外,廖秀冬稱,香港土地有限,但路面車輛流量大,推行電子道路收費是紓緩交通的好方法,但要疏導中區車輛,改善擠塞情況,首要是加快興建中環灣仔繞道,而新加坡及倫敦推行電子道路收費的成功經驗,亦值得香港參考。
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Old December 12th, 2004, 08:23 PM   #527
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Rail merger 'would come at a price'
Think-tank expects the deal will allow MTR Corp to buy KCRC for half its value

Denise Tsang
09 December 2004
South China Morning Post

The government will have to write down at least half the KCRC's nearly $60 billion asset value and award it property development rights to make a merger with the MTR Corporation financially viable, a think-tank says.

The two arrangements are prerequisites given the commitment made to shareholders at the time of the MTRC's listing in 2000 that any new projects would only be considered so long as they earned at least 1 per cent more than the corporation's average cost of capital, says Civic Exchange in a report calling on the government to consider the public's interest as well as the financial terms of the merger.

The organisation believes lower fares are a possibility after the merger because it will increase efficiency but says the government should not create the impression the merger is being done to make travel cheaper.

Instead, its report urges the administration to take the opportunity to address issues such as the poor execution of its rail-led transport policy, a sustainable financing model for rail operations and a transport strategy balancing road and rail.

"We want to remind the government that the financial arrangement is not the only issue the merger is about and its rail-led transport policy has not been forgotten," said Civic Exchange chief executive Christine Loh Kung-wai. "We don't think the government has optimised the policy."

Ms Loh expects the administration to reveal the way forward for the merger plan next month or in February.

It has been reviewing a joint merger proposal the MTR Corporation and the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation submitted in September.

A government spokesman, while declining to specify a time frame for the merger, said yesterday that it needed "some time" to finalise negotiations with the rail firms.

Civic Exchange said the simplest and quickest way to bring about a merger, given the government's desire that the MTR Corporation remain a listed company, was to sell the KCRC to the MTR operator. To achieve the promised return on investment and make merger terms acceptable to the MTR Corporation's 400,000 minority shareholders, the government would have to write-off between $30 billion and $40 billion of the KCRC's asset value of nearly $60 billion.

The study found that if the KCRC's assets were valued at $26 billion, the MTR Corporation, which has a net asset value of $57 billion, would be able to maintain control of the expanded company. However, even if it only paid $26 billion for the KCRC, the MTR Corporation would not be able to earn the rate of return promised four years ago.

"Hence, the property rights will have to remain with the rail firms," the study said.

Property development rights, which generate sale proceeds to help fund rail construction, are controversial given the government's tight grip on land and housing supply.
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Rail merger 'would come at a price'
Think-tank expects the deal will allow MTR Corp to buy KCRC for half its value

Denise Tsang
09 December 2004
South China Morning Post

The government will have to write down at least half the KCRC's nearly $60 billion asset value and award it property development rights to make a merger with the MTR Corporation financially viable, a think-tank says.

The two arrangements are prerequisites given the commitment made to shareholders at the time of the MTRC's listing in 2000 that any new projects would only be considered so long as they earned at least 1 per cent more than the corporation's average cost of capital, says Civic Exchange in a report calling on the government to consider the public's interest as well as the financial terms of the merger.

The organisation believes lower fares are a possibility after the merger because it will increase efficiency but says the government should not create the impression the merger is being done to make travel cheaper.

Instead, its report urges the administration to take the opportunity to address issues such as the poor execution of its rail-led transport policy, a sustainable financing model for rail operations and a transport strategy balancing road and rail.

"We want to remind the government that the financial arrangement is not the only issue the merger is about and its rail-led transport policy has not been forgotten," said Civic Exchange chief executive Christine Loh Kung-wai. "We don't think the government has optimised the policy."

Ms Loh expects the administration to reveal the way forward for the merger plan next month or in February.

It has been reviewing a joint merger proposal the MTR Corporation and the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation submitted in September.

A government spokesman, while declining to specify a time frame for the merger, said yesterday that it needed "some time" to finalise negotiations with the rail firms.

Civic Exchange said the simplest and quickest way to bring about a merger, given the government's desire that the MTR Corporation remain a listed company, was to sell the KCRC to the MTR operator. To achieve the promised return on investment and make merger terms acceptable to the MTR Corporation's 400,000 minority shareholders, the government would have to write-off between $30 billion and $40 billion of the KCRC's asset value of nearly $60 billion.

The study found that if the KCRC's assets were valued at $26 billion, the MTR Corporation, which has a net asset value of $57 billion, would be able to maintain control of the expanded company. However, even if it only paid $26 billion for the KCRC, the MTR Corporation would not be able to earn the rate of return promised four years ago.

"Hence, the property rights will have to remain with the rail firms," the study said.

Property development rights, which generate sale proceeds to help fund rail construction, are controversial given the government's tight grip on land and housing supply.
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December 13, 2004
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New Ma On Shan public transport plan set

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A new public transport plan will be implemented gradually and new facilities will be provided in connection with the commissioning of the Ma On Shan Rail later this month.

Assistant Commissioner for Transport Stephen Ip said all existing public transport services will be maintained at the beginning of commissioning of the new link.

Speaking at a press conference today, Mr Ip noted the plan, developed after rounds of extensive consultation with local representatives, aims to offer sufficient feeder services to those who live further away from rail stations.

"We will phase in the public transport plan gradually to facilitate smooth adaptation. The first phase will strengthen feeder services to new railway stations. Other changes such as cancellation of bus routes will only be introduced after passenger travelling patterns have been carefully monitored and assessed after the opening of the new rail," he said.

New facilities including connection bridges, subways, road crossings, cycle parks, taxi pick-up and drop-off points will also be provided or improved for better access to the stations.

A new public transport interchange at Wu Kai Sha station, the new rail's northern terminus, is already in place. The one at Tai Wai station, the southern terminus, is being built to replace the existing bus terminus in March next year.
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December 14, 2004
Government Press Release
Ma On Shan Rail to open Dec 21

The Ma On Shan Rail, linking Wu Kai Sha to Tai Wai, will start operation on December 21.

KCR Corporation chairman Michael Tien said today the managing board has carefully considered public views on Ma On Shan Rail fares and reviewed all fares in great detail.

"When the corporation decides on the final fares, we must ensure that the fare revenue could at least cover the cash operating cost of the railway," he said.

Fares

* Wu Kai Sha to: Tai Wai $5.80; Kowloon Tong $8.20; Mong Kok $8.20; Hung Hom $8.20; East Tsim Sha Tsui $11.

For journeys between Ma On Shan Station and Sheung Shui, the corporation has previously proposed a fare of $6.80. Having reviewed the competitive situation, the corporation decided that for a journey from any Ma On Shan Rail station to any East Rail domestic station north of Tai Wai to Sheung Shui (with the exception of Racecourse), the fares would be no more than $5.80.

Similarly, the fare for any Ma On Shan Rail stations to Lo Wu is set at the same fare as Tai Wai to Lo Wu. In effect, a passenger from Ma On Shan Rail can travel to any domestic station north of Tai Wai at the fare of not more than $5.80, with the exception of Racecourse (not more than $8.50) and Lo Wu ($24.20).

Charity ride

Before the official opening, a Charity Ride day will be held on December 19 from 10am to 10 pm for the public to familiarise with the new services and facilities.

Passengers will be charged the regular Ma On Shan Rail fares. All revenue will be donated to charity.
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Can anyone answer me for one question. How much cost one average line in HK?
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West Rail: 6.7 billion US (30.5km)
Ma On Shan Line: 1.3 billion US (11.4km)
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KCRC cuts fares for some of its new stations
Polly Hui
15 December 2004
South China Morning Post

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation has reduced fares for journeys between Ma On Shan and north of Tai Wai to meet passengers' demands.

The Ma On Shan line will open officially next Tuesday but the public can try it out this Sunday during the KCR Charity Ride.

Passengers will pay no more than $5.80 for a journey from any Ma On Shan rail station to any East Rail station between north of Tai Wai and Sheung Shui (with the exception of Racecourse), down from the $6.80 originally proposed.

"The decision was made after considering the competitive situation and the need for passengers travelling to stations north of Tai Wai to backtrack by travelling south before turning north," KCRC chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun said yesterday.

The corporation also said the 20 per cent same-day second-trip discount for East Rail passengers would apply to Ma On Shan rail journeys. It also would introduce a monthly pass by about March.

Deals have been made with green minibus operators for a $1 interchange discount on 10 routes and a 50-cent discount on two.

But the proposed fares for Wu Kai Sha to Tai Wai ($5.80), to Kowloon Tong, Mongkok and Hunghom ($8.20), and to Tsim Sha Tsui East ($11) will remain.

"Opposition voices from our passengers on the proposed fares are almost absent. There were in fact people who asked how buses and minibuses will be able to compete with the opening of the Ma On Shan rail," Mr Tien said.

The 11.4km line will have nine stations: Tai Wai, Che Kung Temple, Sha Tin Wai, City One, Shek Mun, Tai Shui Hang, Heng On, Ma On Shan and Wu Kai Sha. It will be the third opened by the KCRC in about a year after West Rail and the East Rail extension to TST East.

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KCRC to boost shopping space at railway stations
Denise Tsang
15 December 2004
South China Morning Post

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp (KCRC) is seeking to boost its commercial property portfolio to capitalise on growing demand for shopping space, according to chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun.

Adding shopping malls at stations of new railway lines to its portfolio would lift recurring rental income and passenger numbers, he said.

The move underlines the desire of the government-owned rail service operator to raise income sources at a time when the retail spending and commercial property markets are bouncing back as a result of record numbers of mainland visitors to Hong Kong.

Retail sales grew 11.4 per cent during the first three quarters of this year, and that resulted in growing demand for more retail space.

Rents for prime street shops rose more than 40 per cent this year, according to property consultants.

The KCRC is trying to reduce its reliance on its East Rail mainland border crossing, which has been hit hard by competition from buses.

"If a shopping centre is well run, we will earn double income revenue and shop rental," said Mr Tien, who heads fashion retailing chains G2000 and U2. "The future of the commercial property market looks promising because of the mainland's solo traveller scheme.

"As a retailer, it is hard to find high-quality retailing space."

The KCRC would renovate the 100,000 square foot shopping centre in Pierhead Garden, in Tuen Mun, to spur traffic flow at the shopping centre and on the loss-making Light Rail service, he said.

The largest project to be developed will be a 700,000 sqft shopping arcade above the Tai Wai station as part of the $10 billion Ma On Shan rail link to be opened in the next couple of weeks.

"It will be our biggest shopping mall investment when it opens in 2009-2010," Mr Tien said.

The Tai Wai project, which represents 20 per cent of its 3.45 million sqft commercial property portfolio, could emerge as the next shopping hub after the busy New Town Plaza in Sha Tin, analysts said.

Towering above East Rail's Sha Tin station and attached to the New Town Plaza was KCRC's Citylink shopping mall, which would be enlarged by 63 per cent to 200,000 sqft by 2009, Mr Tien said.

As the KCRC played the role of a property agent for the government for the development along West Rail, it planned to buy a lot of retail space at Tsuen Wan West and Tuen Mun stations, he added.

The commercial development of the two stations should be completed in 2010.
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Oh no, those stations are ugly.
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How tasteless....West Rail was great.
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Train operators struggle with politics
As a possible merger looms, KCRC and MTR complain they have not been allowed to exercise autonomy in setting fares

Denise Tsang
17 December 2004
South China Morning Post

Public outrage over electricity tariff rises has served to highlight problems faced by Hong Kong's transport utilities when it comes to exercising autonomy over fares.

Both MTR Corp and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp have complained that political considerations have prevented them from increasing fares since 1997.

The firms' revenues had also dwindled amid a confusing transport policy.

The fare revenue issue is reflected not only in valuation of a potential merger of the two rail companies but also in future profit prospects of the resulting company.

An MTR source said core rail operations would stay in the red this year, but to a lesser extent than last year's $980 million loss.

"Passenger numbers grew 4 per cent to 5 per cent in the first three quarters of this year, excluding the Sars factor, but the growth in fare revenue was slower," the source said. "The rail operation was losing some $200 million in the first six months of this year, and it is likely to remain in deficit on the full-year basis."

KCRC, which subsidises its rail operation by East Rail border-crossing services at Lowu, does not fare any better, with profitability hurt by border-crossing shuttle buses and public anger over the scrapping of fare discounts.

A case in point was the KCRC's decision to reinstate a 10 per cent discount on West Rail - the Tuen Mun to Shamshuipo link - after its first anniversary of operation earlier this month.

"We said at the opening that the discount would be reviewed after a year, but then people criticised us for cancelling it," said KCRC chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun.

"Even if West Rail's daily passenger numbers went up to 170,000 from 100,000 at the opening and the discount was reduced, the rail line still can't cover operating costs, not to mention making a return.

"We want genuine autonomy in setting fares, or the government should implement its rail-led transport policy."

Mr Tien complained that loose implementation of the policy left railways and franchised buses in cut-throat competition which resulted in poor economic efficiency in public-transport services.

The two rail firms, which count the government as a common controlling shareholder, said they felt their hands were also tied by social responsibility.

"Fare autonomy is in a twilight zone. Sometimes we have to consider the social factor even though we have to follow the commercial principle," the MTR source said.

However, the situation is unlikely to improve as the government has made lower fares an objective of the potential rail merger.

The source said the merger would benefit the management and operation of the two rail systems as well as the planning for future rail projects, citing KCRC's $35.5 billion rail project between Sha Tin and Central.

However, some analysts are sceptical about a possible merger between the two firms.

"While the cost benefits from the merger may take a long time to materialise, the downward pressure on train fares is a near-term risk," Credit Suisse First Boston said in a report.
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the stations look tasteless but looks modern and cool
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Transport Department in full gear to prepare for MOS Rail commissioning
December 15, 2004
Government Press Release

The Transport Department (TD) is in full gear to prepare for the commissioning of Ma On Shan Rail (MOSR).

"We shall heighten monitoring of changes in traffic pattern, co-ordinate with KCRC and other transport operators and get prepared in case there is any contingency," the Commissioner for Transport, Mr Robert Footman, said today (December 15) after visiting City One Station and Wu Kai Sha Station in Ma On Shan.

"A range of new transport and connection facilities are constructed to help passengers who want to take MOSR. Most of them, including the Wu Kai Sha public transport interchange (PTI), will be ready for service upon MOSR commissioning."

A handful of other work will also be completed very soon, including the Tai Wai PTI, which is scheduled to open in March 2005.

Mr Footman stressed that public transport plan would be rolled out in phases to facilitate adaptation. Existing transport services would be strengthened or maintained in the first two weeks of MOSR commissioning and adjustments would be implemented gradually afterwards. The department's Emergency Transport Co-ordination Centre will be initiated to monitor the situations.

He advised passengers to take some time to get familiar with the new MOSR service, as well as the public transport plan via the department's and operators' information and enquiry channels.

The following new public infrastructures and facilities are provided at City One Station in enhancing accessibility/interchange for the residents: footbridge across Chap Wai Kong Street, cycle parks of 180 new spaces, a loading bay of about 80 metres in length and taxi pick up/drop off points.

A new PTI at Wu Kai Sha Station will be open for use on Saturday (December 18) with six bus stops, two green minibus bays, one bay each for urban taxis and New Territories taxis and one general loading/unloading bay specially designed for coaches up to 12 metres long.

Mr Footman was briefed on the progress of works by his staff. He also talked with GMB drivers and bus company staff who were having a trial run during the visit and listened to their feedbacks about the design and arrangements of the PTI.
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