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Old February 10th, 2006, 05:27 PM   #1281
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MTR Corp rats out snacking passengers
Rail operator urges travellers to eat outside after rodents are reported at a Tung Chung line station
5 February 2006
South China Morning Post

The MTR Corporation is worried about the "extremely high" number of passengers eating on its trains - amid a report of rats foraging through leftovers at one station.

A staff patrol has spotted 822 people eating on trains or in ticketed areas of the station over nine of the past 18 days.

"This is quite serious," a spokeswoman said. "We want to appeal to passengers again to keep the MTR trains clean."

The 10-member team has been instructed to try to gently persuade offending customers to eat outside. She said that previously a prosecution team could fine passengers caught eating on trains, but the company decided to adopt a softer approach to convince people of the need to keep trains clean.

The company said the patrolling team also spotted hundreds of other incidents of inappropriate behaviour on trains, including people blocking passages and passengers rushing to board trains.

MTR by-laws prohibit eating inside a ticketed area or train, with offenders subject to a maximum fine of $2,000.

Some 1,183 verbal warnings were issued in 2004, more than triple the number in 2003, but only four fines levied. Last year's figures were not available.

A newspaper ran a front-page story last month saying rats were seen scouring through leftover food at the Olympic station on the Tung Chung line.

The spokeswoman said staff had not found any rats at the station in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, and the report was the first it had heard of such an incident.

Nevertheless, staff put down rat poison at the station and stepped up daily cleaning at all stations. The company has also told cleaners to routinely check that trains and platforms are kept clean.

The spokeswoman did not comment directly on a link between passengers eating and discarding food and possible rat problems.

"[Cleanliness in the MTR] is still our responsibility and we won't shirk it," she said. "But we have already appealed to the passengers through broadcasts and promotions not to eat on trains."

She also dismissed suggestions passengers were eating because they had to wait relatively longer for trains on the Tung Chung line than on others.

"It's a matter of whether they have broken a by-law," she said. "Waiting time is not an excuse."

Regarding the issue of passengers rushing to get through closing doors, the rail operator said last week it was synchronising the closing of the train and platform screen doors. There is currently a split-second delay. The work began in mid-December and will be completed by the end of April.

MTR Corp head of operations Wilfred Lau Cheuk-man said rushing closing doors could be dangerous to both the person doing it and other passengers.

Mr Lau warned passengers that the train doors did not reopen automatically like lift doors if someone was caught.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 07:44 PM   #1282
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I'm a bit confused, doesn't the train operator see you taking pictures of the inside.
Inside the concourse, of course!
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Old February 10th, 2006, 07:46 PM   #1283
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MTR Press Release:
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Old February 12th, 2006, 08:41 AM   #1284
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Old February 14th, 2006, 04:33 PM   #1285
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14 February 2006
Prime Minister of The Republic of Korea Takes a Train Ride on The Airport Express
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During a half-day visit to Hong Kong today (14 February), the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Hae-chan led a delegation of over 40 officials to take the Airport Express. They were received at Airport Station by Mr Andrew McCusker, Operations Director of MTR Corporation, who accompanied them for a 21-minute journey to Airport Express Kowloon Station.

Prime Minister Lee said the Airport Express is internationally recognised as being safe, comfortable and efficient. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to experience the well-known Airport Express service first hand. It certainly lives up to its reputation of being the fastest link to the city,” Prime Minister Lee added.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to show the Prime Minister our system and share with him our approach to operating the premium Airport Express service as well as our busy MTR network on which 2.5 million passenger journeys are made each day,” said Mr Andrew McCusker, Operations Director of MTR Corporation.
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Old February 14th, 2006, 07:13 PM   #1286
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Prime Minister of The Republic of Korea Takes a Train Ride on The Airport Express
MTR Press Release

During a half-day visit to Hong Kong today (14 February), the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Hae-chan led a delegation of over 40 officials to take the Airport Express. They were received at Airport Station by Mr Andrew McCusker, Operations Director of MTR Corporation, who accompanied them for a 21-minute journey to Airport Express Kowloon Station.

Prime Minister Lee said the Airport Express is internationally recognised as being safe, comfortable and efficient. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to experience the well-known Airport Express service first hand. It certainly lives up to its reputation of being the fastest link to the city,” Prime Minister Lee added.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to show the Prime Minister our system and share with him our approach to operating the premium Airport Express service as well as our busy MTR network on which 2.5 million passenger journeys are made each day,” said Mr Andrew McCusker, Operations Director of MTR Corporation.

Perhaps Mr Lee wanna try our Airport Express and using our experiance for the future's Incheon Airport Railway!
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Old February 15th, 2006, 01:34 AM   #1287
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As if their airport doesnt doesnt look like HK's already....
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Old February 15th, 2006, 06:22 PM   #1288
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Hong Kong's MTR Corp Jan passengers 72.90 mln vs 76.98 mln in Dec
15 February 2006
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HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - MTR Corp Ltd said it carried 72.90 mln passengers in January, down from 76.98 mln in December.

On an average weekday basis, MTR Corp carried 2.58 mln in January, unchanged from December, according to figures published on the company's website.

The January figure for the MTR's average weekday passenger traffic covers the Tsuen Wan, Island, Kwun Tong, Tung Chung and Tseung Kwan O lines, according to the data.

The total monthly patronage of the MTR Lines and Airport Express Line for January rose 1.29 pct year-on-year, but no comparative figures were given.

As for month-on-month figures, the website said the Airport Express carried 771,000 passengers in January, up from the 779,000 passengers in December.

On an average daily basis, the Airport Express carried 24,900 people in January, against 25,100 in the preceding month.
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Old February 15th, 2006, 09:17 PM   #1289
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Hong Kong's MTR Corp Jan passengers 72.90 mln vs 76.98 mln in Dec
15 February 2006
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HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - MTR Corp Ltd said it carried 72.90 mln passengers in January, down from 76.98 mln in December.

On an average weekday basis, MTR Corp carried 2.58 mln in January, unchanged from December, according to figures published on the company's website.

The January figure for the MTR's average weekday passenger traffic covers the Tsuen Wan, Island, Kwun Tong, Tung Chung and Tseung Kwan O lines, according to the data.

The total monthly patronage of the MTR Lines and Airport Express Line for January rose 1.29 pct year-on-year, but no comparative figures were given.

As for month-on-month figures, the website said the Airport Express carried 771,000 passengers in January, up from the 779,000 passengers in December.

On an average daily basis, the Airport Express carried 24,900 people in January, against 25,100 in the preceding month.
i didn't know around 25000 people use AEL every day. I thought the line is rarely used by public except some tourists.
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Old February 16th, 2006, 01:32 AM   #1290
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Hong Kong's MTR Corp Jan passengers 72.90 mln vs 76.98 mln in Dec
15 February 2006
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HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - MTR Corp Ltd said it carried 72.90 mln passengers in January, down from 76.98 mln in December.

On an average weekday basis, MTR Corp carried 2.58 mln in January, unchanged from December, according to figures published on the company's website.

The January figure for the MTR's average weekday passenger traffic covers the Tsuen Wan, Island, Kwun Tong, Tung Chung and Tseung Kwan O lines, according to the data.

The total monthly patronage of the MTR Lines and Airport Express Line for January rose 1.29 pct year-on-year, but no comparative figures were given.

As for month-on-month figures, the website said the Airport Express carried 771,000 passengers in January, up from the 779,000 passengers in December.

On an average daily basis, the Airport Express carried 24,900 people in January, against 25,100 in the preceding month.
I'm surprised actually. I thought traveling would increase because of CNY.
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Old February 17th, 2006, 08:48 AM   #1291
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Old February 17th, 2006, 12:47 PM   #1292
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As if their airport doesnt doesnt look like HK's already....
Chek Lap Kok and Incheon are two different airports but I also have the feeling of a similar system to HK with an express train from Incheon to Seoul.
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Old February 17th, 2006, 05:12 PM   #1293
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Design-wise, Incheon and Toronto's new T1 are very similar, but not comparable to HKIA. Incheon has its own dedicated transportation centre building, whereas HKIA's transport centre is attached to the main terminal (there is no 2nd building).
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Old February 17th, 2006, 08:50 PM   #1294
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Legislative Council Brief - Northern Link
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Old February 18th, 2006, 02:34 AM   #1295
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Chek Lap Kok and Incheon are two different airports but I also have the feeling of a similar system to HK with an express train from Incheon to Seoul.
Yea I know, but have you seem the interior? When I first saw it, I thought it was HK's. O.o
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Old February 18th, 2006, 07:18 AM   #1296
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By "thomaswu" from a Hong Kong transport forum :

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過 境 直 通 車

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By thomaswu from a Hong Kong transport forum :

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The Disney trains are one of the most creative I"ve ever seen. And I like this one compared to Tokyo's
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Old February 18th, 2006, 06:40 PM   #1300
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Rail tunnel to disrupt TST area for 18 months
Expected noise pollution forces KCRC to book Cultural Centre for two months

18 February 2006
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The KCRC plans to book the entire Cultural Centre for two months to avoid disrupting daytime performances after major construction work on the Kowloon Southern Link begins in September.

State-of-the-art tunnelling methods, to be used in the city for the first time, will pass through the area and are also expected to cause major traffic disruptions in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui during the 18-month construction phase.

Performers at the Cultural Centre, some of whom are known to demand the centre switch off air-conditioning during performances, believe such disturbances at the city's main theatre and concert venue will be unacceptable.

Anticipating these concerns, the KCRC has booked out all the venue's daytime slots for two months, as KCRC senior director Lee Kang-kuen told legislators yesterday.

"We scheduled our work in the morning because most major performances are carried out at night, and we will try our best to avoid working on their busy nights," Mr Lee said, when reporting to the Legco Transport Panel on the project's progress.

If the KCRC pays the centre's going rates for full daytime functions - at a maximum rental of $28,300 a day - booking the centre for two months could cost the rail operator as much as $1.7 million.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department said the KCRC had yet to book the Cultural Centre.

"According to information provided by KCRC, the construction would be in closest proximity to the Cultural Centre in March and April 2007," a spokesman for the department said.

He added that the company would not enjoy any discount in booking the centre, which for a morning session was about $16,000.

The construction work, which will be carried out by a slurry-type tunnel boring machine, is considered by engineers to be the best alternative to a conventional cut-and-cover method, which would require excavation of Salisbury and Canton roads.

But traffic will be disrupted in the area, as engineers expect to close lanes on Salisbury Road, after drilling starts in September.

A site liaison group co-chaired by the KCRC, the Highways Department, police and various government departments will monitor the situation.

The 3.8km-long extension, which will link East Rail to West Rail, will run from the East Tsim Sha Tsui terminal along Salisbury Road, Canton Road and via Olympian City in Tai Kok Tsui to the Nam Cheong Station.

Legislator Lau Kong-wah told Mr Lee he feared the construction work might dampen business in the area and its vibrations would damage nearby buildings.

Mr Lee said his engineers had carefully assessed the construction work's impact on the environment and were satisfied that this fell within acceptable standards.
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