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Old February 24th, 2006, 05:53 PM   #1321
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Waaah, MTR and KCR are already top notch companies in the public transportation business.

Join forces and these two combined WILL ENTIRELY DOMINATE THE GLOBAL MASS TRANSIT SCENE.

Together, they will rule the mass transit world.

Speaking of MTR Corp., the trains for Disneyland Resort Line and the Airport Express line are really sleek. No doubt that those are one hell of premium-looking coaches/train cars.

And heck after five years since my last visit, I really do want go visit Hong Kong again.
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Old February 24th, 2006, 05:53 PM   #1322
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Old February 25th, 2006, 01:56 AM   #1323
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A few pics I took on the MTR while over in HK:

Typical station entrance to the MTR. This is one entrance on Nathan Road to TST MTR Station.



A Tung Chung Line train passes near Sunny Bay Station.



On a Chai Wan bound Island Line train at Admiralty. Note how the information is provided on the boards above the doors.



The Yau Ma Tei bound platform at Kowloon Tong:



A train arriving on the Tiu Keng Leng bound platform at Kowloon Tong:

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Old February 25th, 2006, 06:54 PM   #1324
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This is one entrance on Nathan Road to TST MTR Station.

AG, I read the news a few weeks ago and it said the two MTR exits near the Going-to-tearing down Hyatt Hotel in your photo is planned to be demonished all together. It would be built a new exit under the new commerical building for the current place of the Hyatt Hotel. That would be the same way as Langham Place in Mong Kok.
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Old February 26th, 2006, 12:17 AM   #1325
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I did hear about that. AFAIK one of those entrances being ripped out is the one adjacent to The Peninsula.

This photo is actually taken further north from the southern entrances. This entrance is just north of Peking Road (C1 IIRC).
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Old February 26th, 2006, 08:52 AM   #1326
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LCQ5 : Temperature in MTRC station platforms and train compartments
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
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Following is a question by the Hon Lau Kong-wah and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, at the Legislative Council meeting today (February 22) :

Question:

Many members of the public have complained to me that it is rather hot and even stifling on station platforms and in the train compartments of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) in winter. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) whether it knows whether heating systems are activated in winter to raise the air temperature on station platforms and in train compartments of the two railway corporations, and how the temperature is adjusted to a suitable level in response to the passenger volume so as to avoid causing discomfort to the passengers;

(b) whether it knows the respective average air temperatures on MTR station platforms in summer and winter; whether the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) monitors such temperatures; if not, of the reasons for that; and

(c) as the authorities indicated in March 2003 that the two railway corporations were working with EPD on formulating a Practice Note for managing air quality in air-conditioned public transport facilities, whether the Practice Note includes a suitable level of air temperature; if so, of the latest progress in this respect; if not, the reasons for that?


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Madam President,

In winter, the preset temperature for enclosed station platforms of all railway lines of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) is 26 degrees Celsius, while that for train compartments is 22 to 23 degrees Celsius. For the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL), the preset temperature in winter for enclosed station platforms is 27 degrees Celsius, while that for train compartments is 26 degrees Celsius.

Automatic sensors are installed in the air-conditioning system of the two Corporations to monitor the temperature in station platforms and inside train compartments, such that the actual temperature will not deviate from the preset temperature. In case the temperature in station platforms/inside train compartments is too high and exceeds the preset temperature, the air-conditioning system will activate its cooling function. In addition, fresh air is drawn into the station platforms and train compartments through the ventilation system to ensure airflow.

According to the Operating Agreement signed between the Government and MTRCL, the Corporation is required to monitor the environmental conditions (including temperature) throughout the enclosed areas of the railway and provide adequate ventilation facilities. In fact, to maintain the respective average temperature of station platforms and train compartments at 27 and 26 degrees Celsius or below is MTRCL's preset temperature in both summer and winter. This is also one of the items stipulated in the Corporation's pledge for service. According to MTRCL's figures, the Corporation's performance in 2004 as regards average temperature maintained in station platforms and train compartments was 99.3% and 99.9%respectively.

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) commissioned the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2000 to study the air quality in air-conditioned public transport facilities. The study found that the air quality inside air-conditioned public transport facilities in Hong Kong does not pose any alarm of health risk to the users. Based on the findings of the study and after consultation with the two railway companies and professional bodies, EPD issued in November 2003 a set of professional practice notes for managing air quality in air-conditioned railway facilities. The practice notes set out a carbon dioxide standard and provide guidelines on the design, operation and maintenance of the air-conditioned railway facilities, with an objective to encourage railway companies to achieve and maintain a comfortable air quality for passengers. It also recommends a comfortable temperature range for passengers so that railway companies could adjust the temperature range according to the preference of their passengers. Since there is no alarm of health risk to users due to air quality inside air-conditioned public transport facilities in Hong Kong, the practice notes are not monitored by EPD but implemented through the relevant professionals of the two railway Corporations on a self-regulatory basis.
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Old February 27th, 2006, 12:54 AM   #1327
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Old February 27th, 2006, 09:40 AM   #1328
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Old March 1st, 2006, 08:53 AM   #1329
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KCRC Press Release:
Enhancement to Ffree Shuttle Bus Service for Holders of Value Added Combo of Ocean Park and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation
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Old March 1st, 2006, 05:26 PM   #1330
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thanks for the pictures by KV149

This is the best looking train (locomotive) in Hong Kong, nice Italian design and solid Swiss enginering. Althoug I thought that this trains run with a loc on both sides of the train.
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Old March 2nd, 2006, 02:15 AM   #1331
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地鐵故障困千五客
02/03/2006

【本報訊】地鐵將軍澳線昨午五時的繁忙時間發生信號故障,來往北角至油塘的列車延至每六分鐘一班,油塘至寶琳更需十五分鐘一班,估計多達一千五百名乘客受影響。列車服務在四十分鐘後回復正常。故障期間將軍澳線月台有大批乘客滯留,他們對地鐵無及早通知表示不滿,地鐵向受影響乘客致歉,受影響乘客在今日起的四日內可於車站的客務中心退款。
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Old March 2nd, 2006, 06:12 AM   #1332
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Old March 3rd, 2006, 01:32 AM   #1333
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Good thing TKO line doesnt have a lot of passengers like the other lines.
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Old March 3rd, 2006, 06:56 AM   #1334
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地鐵斥億元改善人流 下月動工
太子站建隧道通始創中心

25/02/2006




【本報訊】為改善九龍區多個商業區地鐵站繁忙時間水洩不通的苦況,地鐵公司正研究延長或增建旺角、太子、尖沙咀及銅鑼灣等車站的出口,以便將車站出口變成通往區內最具發展潛力地區的必經之路,其中太子站下月起會率先動工,重建最多人使用的聯合廣場出口,斥資約一億元闢建一條地底隧道連接始創中心地庫提高出入口效率,工程預計需時兩年。

地鐵公司鐵路發展及策劃經理梁民發指出,太子站每日平均有十三萬人次出入閘,周六人次更達十五萬,當中六至七成集中在聯合廣場出口,因該出口通往區內最旺區域,令該處特別擠迫,其他商業區例如旺角、尖沙咀及銅鑼灣等車站亦面對同樣情況,故太子站的擴建模式,將可提供樣辦予其他車站參考。

梁民發續稱,地鐵下月起會自太子站興建隧道直接駁入始創中心地庫,工程期間聯合廣場出口要封閉六至八個月,原有出口方向會改向太子道,始創中心亦會在地庫增設出口,駁入橫跨彌敦道的弼街行人隧道。當工程完成後,區內便可增加一條全新的行人通道,減輕路面交通擠迫。

新發展區擬駁通荔枝角站
地鐵並計畫於今年底,在荔枝角長荔街地底興建一條隧道,駁通荔枝角站及海旁新發展區,減低新發展區內居民經路面往來地鐵站而引致的交通壓力。梁民發認為,地鐵車站出口若能駁通商業區的主要大廈或商場,肯定可改善路面人車爭路情況,以旺角為例,地鐵就希望可興建隧道拉近舊區與海旁新發展區的距離。
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That's a conservative design, although I like the glass atrium on the Austin Rd. West end.
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Old March 3rd, 2006, 09:24 PM   #1337
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$7b levy for KCRC Tai Wai land lifts market
3 March 2006
South China Morning Post

The Lands Department has set a levy of about $7 billion for the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp's Tai Wai maintenance centre residential project, having learned a lesson from the Tuen Mun station tender withdrawal late last year.

The land premium price was below what the market had expected and welcomed by developers. Surveyors said it set a precedent for residential projects which were the subject of levy negotiations.

It also shows the Lands Department is finally capable of reacting to falling sales volume and prices since the fourth quarter of last year.

The KCRC sent the notification of the land premium to developers yesterday.

The premium, which is being negotiated in two phases, was about $7 billion or $3,200 per square foot for the first phase. The talks for the second phase in package one will be handled by the developer which wins the project.

The Lands Department imposed a $3.5 billion levy or more than $3,600 per square foot on a KCRC residential project above the Tuen Mun station in December last year. The high premium resulted in only one developer bidding for the project, ultimately forcing KCRC to withdraw the tender.

Henderson Land Development sales department general manager Tony Tse Wai-chuen said the Tai Wai land premium was reasonable and acceptable compared with the aggressive pricing for the Tuen Mun project. It showed the Lands Department had adjusted the pricing in a sluggish market.

"We are interested in this project and are going to study the details of the tender," he said.

Sun Hung Kai Properties director Victor Lui Ting said the premium was reasonable and the company would bid for the project.

Hang Lung Properties executive director Terry Ng Sze-yuen said: "The group is interested in this project but we have to study the details first. We cannot tell if it is attractive or not with just the land premium pricing."

Albert So Surveyors managing director Albert So Chun-hin said: "As the land premium pricing for Tuen Mun was more than $3,600 per square foot, we expected the Lands Department to impose a similar levy for Tai Wai, which is in a better location.

"However, the pricing is lower than expected, which shows the Lands Department has adjusted its pricing following the drop in property prices and the withdrawal of the Tuen Mun project.

"The developers can make a reasonable profit if the flat prices reach $5,000 to $6,000 per square foot after completion."

Prices for units in Sha Tin ranged from $3,200 to $5,300 per square foot, said Centaline director Eddie Yuen Shek-cheung.

The Tai Wai project, at the former bicycle park next to Tai Wai station, comprises 12 residential towers of 4,304 flats with a gross floor area of about 3.66 million square feet. The tender will close on March 17.
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HK MTRC 2005 Net Profit Seen Up 21% On Ppty Revaluation
2 March 2006

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong railway operator MTR Corp. (0066.HK) will likely report a 21% rise in 2005 net profit on gains from a revaluation of investment properties and strong growth in residential property sales.

The average estimate of 11 analysts polled by Thomson Financial put MTR's earnings at HK$5.46 billion for the year ended Dec. 31, 2005, up from HK$4.50 billion the previous year.

The blue-chip mass transit rail operator with interests in property development and investments is scheduled to report its earnings Tuesday.

Analysts expect the growth in MTR's net profit to be underpinned by a gain from revaluing investment properties as a result of new accounting standards, which require listed companies to include such gains into their income statement each time they announce earnings.

MTR, which is 77%-owned by the government, has in its portfolio a number of Hong Kong shopping malls along its urban rail network, as well as stakes in several office buildings, including Hong Kong's tallest building, the International Finance Center II.

In the first half, the company reported a revaluation gain of HK$1.02 billion in investment properties that benefited from the city's real estate boom.

The surplus contributed to a surge in first half net profit, which more than doubled to HK$2.61 billion from HK$1.17 billion. Revenue rose 10% on year to HK$4.39 billion.

"Stripping out the revaluation gain, we expect the company's core profit to grow at about 13% in 2005, due to strong residential property sales and improving rail revenue from higher passenger traffic," said Manfred Ho, an analyst at BOCI Research.

He said profits from sales of the luxury development "The Arch" should be booked in 2005 instead of 2006, as a result of an earlier completion date.

The Arch, co-owned with the city's biggest developer by market capitalization, Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016.HK), sold a flat in 2005 at HK$31,000 per square foot, the highest ever in the city's residential market.

Gains from some earlier property sales would also be incorporated in the 2005 income statement, Ho said, due to a revised regulation that require developers to book gains from property sales only after construction is completed.

"Higher patronage on MTR's rail network should also have helped boost its bottom line, given that costs remain fixed as fares rose slightly," said Jonas Kan, an analyst at Daiwa Securities Ltd.

MTR carried 857.9 million passengers on its urban lines last year, up 2.9% from 2004. The company's Airport Express line recorded a 6% rise in patronage.

However, analysts expect passenger growth in the company's core railway operations to remain sluggish going forward due to slowing population growth in Hong Kong.

For 2006, profits from MTR's property sales will likely be lower than the 2005 level.

"Property sales should already have been quite high in 2005, so we expect that to fall a bit this year," said BOCI's Ho.

But the focus will remain on the proposed merger between MTR and unlisted Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp. (KCR.YY), a government-owned intercity rail operator.

The rail tie-up, which has been in the works for several years, is expected to be finalized soon. The government said late last year that the two rail companies have entered the final stage of discussions on the merger.

"The merger, in any form, will boost the company's net asset value and profitability, which is positive for MTR's minority shareholders," said Ho. But he added it is still too early to make any forecasts on how the merger might help MTR's earnings.
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KCR bosses to give staff $1m bonus
3 March 2006
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Eight executives of the KCRC have decided to share $1 million of their bonuses with the railway's 6,000 frontline staff.

The eight management committee executives, including the acting chief executive officer, Samuel Lai Man-ha, were awarded bonuses on Tuesday despite a spate of blunders at the company, including recent equipment failures and the withholding of the details from the government for weeks. The bonuses were heavily criticised by the public and some lawmakers.

Last night, the company said the executives asked the managing board to reallocate part of their bonuses to all staff.

According to the employment contracts of the eight, their bonus packages are a percentage of their annual salaries. Depending on their performance, the bonus rises or falls according to a formula.

As their performance in the past year exceeded targets, the eight received extra bonuses amounting to $1 million, which is what they have asked to pass on to staff.

No decision has been made on how to allocate the money, but KCR Officers Union chairman Rainbow Lau Choy-hung urged that it be shared evenly.

"It is not a question of the amount of money," she said. "But then everyone will feel happy if everyone gets some."
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I think this design means it will allow for future develpments on top of the station...
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