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Old May 28th, 2005, 02:37 AM   #781
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Also kind of interesting how none of the stations have interchange for more than one other line, except for Hong Kong Station.

PS: Rachmaninov, I found you!
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Old May 28th, 2005, 02:42 AM   #782
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Great job superchan7! You win!
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Old May 28th, 2005, 02:49 AM   #783
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I'd also like to note that the LEDs on the Tung Chung Line trains aren't that great. Did they swap for some brighter ones?
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Old May 28th, 2005, 07:51 AM   #784
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HK Airport express line resumes operation after storm

HONG KONG, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Trains on the airport express line resumed operation after a break down halted service for an hour, the Mass Transit Railway Corp (MTRC) said here Friday.

The stoppage occurred at 7:30 pm. The MTRC said the disruption was linked to a thunderstorm that hit the territory Friday evening. Emergency bus services were arranged for passengers during the stoppage.

The thunderstorm caused 48 flights to delay leaving Hong Kong, according to sources from Airport Authority Hong Kong.

During the bad weather, one was killed and four injured in two accidents in the western part of the New Territories, local media reported.

In one accident, two trucks collided into each other, killing one and injuring three.

In the other accident, which occurred almost at the same place but in the opposite direction, a truck crashed into the rock along the road. One man was slightly injured.

The rain also led to traffic jams across Hong Kong island and New Territories.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 08:17 AM   #785
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MTRC plans more lines in Shenzhen
Vicki Kwong
May 27, 2005


A train driver goes through a subway tunnel in Shenzhen where MTR has signed a memo of understanding for two more lines. AP

Subway operator MTR Corp said it plans to invest in two more subway lines in Shenzhen as it seeks to expand income sources outside its home base.

The company Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding with Shenzhen's city government to cooperate on construction and operation of the Metro Lines 2 and 3 projects, chief executive Chow Chung-kong said.

The two projects will cost more than 10 billion yuan (HK$9.4 billion), according an estimate from Chen Biao, director of Shenzhen's planning bureau.

MTRC has been investing outside Hong Kong, where its six rail lines face competition from Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp, which operates commuter rail lines in the city, and bus companies. The subway operator wants to expand in Shenzhen and other mainland cities, which are adding subway lines as road traffic increases.

MTRC is also spending 735 million yuan to help build a subway line in Beijing and plans to submit proposals to invest in the three other lines that the city government is adding as it prepares to host the 2008 summer Olympic Games. The subway operator is also in talks to invest in a rail project in Wuhan, the capital of central Hubei province, spokeswoman Wong Chiu-yung said on May 10.

The company also signed a concession agreement for the extension of Shenzhen's Metro Line 4, on which it is spending six billion yuan. MTRC will finance 40 percent of the project with internal funds and the remainder will come from loans, it said. MTRC first announced its plans to invest in Line 4 in January 2004. The company will add 16 kilometers over four years to a 4.5- kilometer rail line.

Outside of Asia, MTRC last November formed a venture with GNER Holdings that will bid to run a commuter train service between London and the south coast of Britain.

It also has a venture with British construction company John Laing to bid for the Thameslink/Great Northern franchise. The venture, MTR Laing Railway, is one of five pre-qualified bidders that also include National Express Group and Stagecoach Group.

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Old May 29th, 2005, 02:26 AM   #786
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Old May 30th, 2005, 03:43 PM   #787
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KCRC way off track with passenger figures
Elaine Wu
30 May 2005
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The KCRC has again overestimated the number of passengers on a new train line, saying it will not break even on the Ma On Shan line, or the East Tsim Sha Tsui station, by the end of the year as projected.

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation now projects a break-even date of 2007 on its operating expenses. It will take two more years to break even when depreciation charges are included.

This follows a similar miscalculation on its West Rail line.

The Ma On Shan line and the East Tsim Sha Tsui station, an extension of East Rail that links to the MTR station, were launched last year.

KCRC chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun told the South China Morning Post a new monthly pass would be issued in the autumn for travel between Ma On Shan Rail and urban areas, like Hunghom and Tsim Sha Tsui, in an attempt to lure more passengers.

According to the railway authority's latest figures, the Ma On Shan line handles about 90,000 passengers a day, less than half the 190,000 target.

"At the rate things are going right now, it's highly improbable [that we will achieve the target number]," Mr Tien said.

He said many people still opted to take the bus into town if they did not live close to a train station.

In the case of East Tsim Sha Tsui station, Mr Tien said the company had expected more people to travel to the station and transfer to the MTR to get across the harbour, but many had continued to change at Kowloon Tong station instead.

He blamed this on long corridors that connect to the MTR Tsim Sha Tsui station.

"I believe that the interchange at TST psychologically gives people the impression that it's a long walk," Mr Tien said. "It's the feeling of standing on the escalator and there's nothing around. It's how to kill the time. It's perception."

Daily patronage at East Tsim Sha Tsui station is 75,000, while the original estimate was 100,000.

Mr Tien said more time was being taken to study in detail projected patronage and fares for the proposed northern link, which would join the East Rail and West Rail networks in the northern New Territories.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 06:10 PM   #788
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Platform screen doors under installation by S3M64~DP2157 from a Hong Kong transport forum :

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Old May 31st, 2005, 08:13 PM   #789
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Anyone know the progress on the remaining stations?
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Old June 1st, 2005, 03:48 AM   #790
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MTR lines up Shenzhen deals
Rail firm chief says 10b yuan projects will help achieve economies of scale abroad
Denise Tsang in Shenzhen
27 May 2005
South China Morning Post

MTR Corp has picked up two more metro projects in Shenzhen costing at least 10 billion yuan as it pushes for economies of scale in offshore investments.

The partially privatised urban railway service provider and the Shenzhen municipal government yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding on the investment, construction and operation of Shenzhen Metro Lines 2 and 3.

Following an initial Shenzhen deal 16 months ago marking its first direct investment on the mainland, MTR yesterday also signed a concession agreement to invest in, build and operate the second phase of the city's Metro Line 4 for 30 years.

The six billion yuan, 16km extension due by 2009 is the country's first rail line based on a build-operate-transfer model.

MTR chief executive Chow Chung-kong said fresh investments in Shenzhen were part of a strategy to maximise return and use resources as the growth-challenged corporation sought to capitalise on deregulation of overseas rail markets.

"The potential projects [of Lines 2 and 3] mean a solid step further on our investments across the border. We want to build a web of rail lines in a city where we have a presence," Mr Chow said. "Having a single rail line in a city is not meaningful; therefore we want to create economies of scale."

He added the MTR was keen to repeat its proven business model - using profits from property development along tracks to recoup rail investments - on overseas projects.

The second stage of Shenzhen Metro Line 4 is a test case of what Mr Chow called "a rail plus property development model", with 2.9 million square metres of land to be developed along the line between Shaoniangong in the south and Longhua Town Centre in the north.

The project requires the MTR to spend 2.4 billion yuan as registered capital of a project firm. The rest of the funding would come from non-recourse financing, he said.

The existing first phase of Metro Line 4, a 4.5km section between Huanggang and Shaoniangong in Futian district, will be linked to the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp's Lok Ma Chau spur line due for completion in 2007.

Chen Biao, a director of the Shenzhen Municipal Planning and Reform Bureau, said Metro Lines 2 and 3, which would cost at least 10 billion yuan, would be part of the special economic zone's five core metro lines costing 36 billion yuan.

Citing a continuing preliminary study on the design of the two lines, Mr Chow said it was premature to reveal the form of investment and timetable of construction.

Metro Line 2 is a 14.4km, 11-station spur off Line 1 at Window of the World station to Shekou West, serving western Shenzhen. In eastern Shenzhen, the 32.8km Line 3 serving 19 stations will run from Honglingzhonglu in Lowu district to Longxingjie in Longgang district.

Mr Chow said the MTR, which in February recorded its first subway deal in Beijing and is hoping for three more there, did not expect overseas projects to make material contributions in the near term.

Analysts are cautious about the MTR's investments outside Hong Kong because potentially higher returns had higher risks.

Some contacted yesterday said they would wait and see if the rail-plus-property development model was feasible across the border. They were also worried by competition from other modes of transport.

Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said after the contract-signing that a government decision on the potential MTR-KCRC merger would not be affected by the forthcoming election of Hong Kong's Chief Executive. She said talks on the merger terms were progressing.
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Platform screen doors under installation by S3M64~DP2157 from a Hong Kong transport forum :

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^Looks like Tai Koo.
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Old June 1st, 2005, 05:40 AM   #795
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30 May 2005
KCRC Press Release
East Rail Second Trip Discount Scheme expires

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation’s East Rail Second Trip Discount Scheme, which offers 20% fare discount to passengers who make a second trip on East Rail or Ma On Shan Rail within the same day, will expire tomorrow (31 May 2005). The Light Rail enhanced bonus scheme will also come to an end on the same day.

From 1 June (Wednesday), holders of adult personalised Octopus cards will continue to enjoy a $3 rebate for every $30 they spend on Light Rail fares over a six-day period. The rebate has to be used in their next Light Rail trip. Holders of child/senior citizen personalised Octopus cards will enjoy a $1.5 rebate for every $15 they spend on Light Rail fares over a six-day period.
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31 May 2005
Five More Green Minibus Routes Offer Discount With MTR
http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/corporate/...R-05-042-E.pdf

Starting tomorrow (1 June 2005), MTR passengers will be able to enjoy Bus Interchange Discounts on five more Green Minibus (GMB) routes. They are: Route 7 in Tsim Sha Tsui, Route 10A in Central; and Routes 10, 11 and 31 in Causeway Bay.

Adult Octopus Card users who transfer between the MTR and one of the five GMB routes will be able to save either $0.5 or $1.0 on the combined MTR/GMB fare. The discount will be valid within one hour of a passenger entering or exiting the MTR ticket gates at the designated MTR stations.

With the addition of the five routes, a total of 18 GMB routes now offer Bus Interchange Discounts with the MTR.
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May 28, 2005
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MTR asked to submit report on service halt

Secretary for the Environment, Transport & Works Dr Sarah Liao has asked the Mass Transit Railway to submit a report on the Airport Express' hour-long service disruption.

Speaking on a radio talk show today, Dr Liao said the service halt last evening may be related to the poor weather, adding feeder services were provided to affected passengers.

On the proposed higher penalty for red-light jumping offences, Dr Liao said at present an average daily of 100 red-light jumping cases are recorded. An opinion survey found 79% of the respondents support the proposed increase in driving offence points.

She admitted the existing penalty lacks a deterrent effect. To tackle the issue, the Government has proposed raising the driving offence points from three to five. Meanwhile, the number of red-light cameras will rise to 96 from 28 and improvements will be carried out at 20 locations to enhance drivers' visibility of traffic lights.

Dr Liao stressed the proposed legislation, which will be tabled to the Legislative Council next month, has taken into account working drivers' concerns.
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[Photos] HK MTR Sunny Bay Station

MTR Sunny Bay Station opens today (1 June). However the Disneyland Resort Line and Station have not been in use yet.













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Very interesting platform screen door design to take the open-air concept into consideration. Typically the underground stations have the PSDs all the way up to the ceiling for ventilation purposes.
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