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Old November 2nd, 2006, 04:54 AM   #1621
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They should had stick with the 9 beeps.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 05:10 PM   #1622
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 02:41 AM   #1623
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Only the Island Line trains have them at the moment.

The odd thing about the "doors closing" beep is that it isn't well synchronised with the closing doors at all. Sometimes the doors have closed by the time beeping begins, or beeping ends, then the doors close seconds later.
This is just an amateur's guess, but I believe that if the train is delayed, then the doors will close earlier. If the driver has a CCTV display, then they might play the doors closing message, then perhaps wait for a few more pax, and then close the doors at their discretion. In that case, they should play the beeps one more time.
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 04:26 AM   #1624
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Anyone has any information about HK's Central Station? How many people use it and is it the busiest station in MTR's network?
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 04:58 AM   #1625
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Central is the busiest and is used by somewhere between 200000 and 250000 people a day.
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Old November 9th, 2006, 07:15 AM   #1626
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MTR on track with growth
7 November 2006
South China Morning Post

GROWING STRONGER AND faster with further expansion in local and overseas businesses sums up the key message MTR Corporation conveys to shareholders and other stakeholders in its award-winning annual report.

Carrying the theme of "Growing in Hong Kong, growing overseas", the railway operator's latest annual report won the Silver Award at the HKMA's 2006 Best Annual Reports Awards. This marks the 18th consecutive year since 1988 that MTR Corp's annual report has been recognised by the management association.

Finance director Lincoln Leong said the award was testimony to the collective achievement of MTR Corp and its employees in providing a quality report that includes comprehensive financial and operational details with a highly transparent approach.

"We have made a great deal of effort to maximise financial and management disclosures as well as enhancing transparency. The clearly structured layout also enables stakeholders to have easy access to all information in the report," he said.

The report outlines the group's two-pronged growth strategy to create value through local and overseas business expansion.

Mr Leong said MTR Corp sought to grow its Hong Kong business by extending its railway network, enhancing income from non-fare businesses and pursuing further property development.

On network expansion, he said the West Island Line was in the pipeline. "We have seen organic growth in our existing businesses such as increased non-fare revenue through the introduction of new advertising formats and renovated commercial premises at railway stations," he said.

"The property portfolio is expanding with two new shopping malls. The Edge shopping centre opened in Tseung Kwan O early this year while the flagship retail complex Elements is due to be operational next year. The proposed merger with Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation also creates a growth opportunity for MTR."

MTR Corp's overseas strategy focuses on pursuing metro investment opportunities in the mainland and railway operating franchises in Europe.

Mr Leong said the group had made much headway in its mainland expansion, with commitment to the Beijing Metro Line 4 and Shenzhen Metro Line 4 projects. The Beijing metro line is expected to be operational in 2009. Relevant government approval is still pending for the Shenzhen project, which involves a substantial amount of property development.

MTR Corp has put in bids for several train operating franchises in Britain and Scandinavia. Although the company had not won any contracts, Mr Leong said it had gained valuable experience in the bidding process.
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Old November 9th, 2006, 07:16 AM   #1627
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Women-only rail carriages rejected by train operators
MTR and KCR block moves aimed to stop indecent assaults

7 November 2006
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Renewed calls for female-only compartments to stop indecent assaults on trains have been rejected by the two rail operators.

A legislator, a feminist and women's groups said crowded carriages on the Mass Transit Railway and Kowloon-Canton Railway left women vulnerable to groping, and most cases went unreported. But the two companies said they had no plans to introduce segregated carriages.

Police figures show 74 women complained of assault on the two railways last year and 79 the year before compared to 38 in 2003.

The Hong Kong Women Development Association says the reported cases - including 56 from January to September this year - are just the "tip of the iceberg".

"Many women sexually assaulted don't report," said Sha Tin district councillor Yeung Sin-hung, vice-convenor of the association's social policy committee, petitioning outside the KCRC headquarters in Fo Tan.

"We hope that the railways can learn from overseas experience and have female-only carriages."

Ms Yeung said she would conduct opinion polls of male and female commuters at all KCR and MTR stations on female-only carriages.

Legislator Lau Kong-wah also plans to raise the issue in Legco, calling for the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau to press to start a trial programme.

"It is worth a trial and it is an option for women to protect themselves from sex crimes," said Mr Lau, who chairs the security panel and sits on the transport panel.

The calls came as a 24-year-old man was charged yesterday with one count of indecent assault after being arrested on board an MTR train in Admiralty.

Police said the man had been released on court bail and will appear in Eastern Court next Monday.

A KCRC spokeswoman, meanwhile, said separate carriages would not be cost-effective as they would require extra staff.

"If we reserve one carriage just for women, less space will be available to other passengers," she said. "We have to consider the impact on other passengers. We will co-operate with police to combat sex crimes."

The MTR said it had no plans for female-only carriages. A spokeswoman said such a measure would be difficult to enforce due to the open design of carriages.

But Ms Yeung said the idea had worked elsewhere, with women-only compartments used effectively in India, Mexico, Taiwan and Japan.

A leader of female-rights group Gutsy Women, which conducted a 2004 internet survey in which two out of three respondents said they had been sexually assaulted on public transport, did not support gender segregation. Co-founder Lam Ying-hing said it would imply that females were "the cause of the sexual assaults". Educating men to respect women, and women reporting abuse, was the answer.
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Old November 10th, 2006, 02:15 AM   #1628
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They have to consider that Tokyo has a lot more cars per train than in HK. Having 7 cars for the rest and 1 car for women only is not going to work. The train is already crowded as it is.
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Old November 10th, 2006, 07:48 AM   #1629
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Anyone has any information about HK's Central Station? How many people use it and is it the busiest station in MTR's network?
Now it's Central but before, its was either Admiralty or Mong Kok since both are interchanges.
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Old November 10th, 2006, 09:10 AM   #1630
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Decision on different rail fares defended
3 November 2006
South China Morning Post

The government yesterday defended its decision to allow the merged entity of the two rail companies to adjust fares on individual routes.

Faced with criticism from lawmakers, the Mass Transit Railway Corporation also gave an assurance that people's ability to pay would be taken into account when it set fares in the future.

The remarks came after the government revealed in a document to the Legislative Council on Tuesday that on top of a fare adjustment rate to be reviewed every year under a formula, the merged entity would be given a variation range of 10 per cent on individual rail lines, providing the overall adjustment was no greater than the rate.

Speaking at the Legco committee to vet the merger bill, lawmakers criticised the move, saying it would create uneven fares.

"How can the passengers get used to a fare structure which bounces like a see-saw? What will they think if passengers on other lines enjoy lower fares at their expense?" asked Emily Lau Wai-hing from The Frontier.

MTR senior transport planning manager Eddie So Chung-tat gave this example: "If we reduce the fare by 40 cents for 300 passengers, we must raise the fare by $1.20 for 100 other passengers to maintain the balance."

The company did not disclose the method to be used for setting fares on individual lines, but finance director Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen told the Bills Committee fares would not spring out of control.

He said a range of variation was particularly important to provide the company with some flexibility.

Other lawmakers, including Lau Kong-wah, from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, questioned the decision to exclude the corporation's property development profits in the fare-adjustment formula.

Deputy secretary for the environment, transport and works Patrick Ho Chung-kei said the profit was already reflected in thefare structure on initial setting of prices.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 02:31 PM   #1631
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 08:05 AM   #1632
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Gov't Press Release from the Legisative Council for why some MTR stations do not have escalators to the ground level:
LCQ17 : Escalators leading to MTR stations' entrances/exits
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 10:50 PM   #1633
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Source: The Standard
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Plan to expand MTR station

Leslie Kwoh

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


If the government allows MTR Corporation to expand the Causeway Bay station concourse by up to three times, pedestrian traffic along nearby surface streets could be reduced by half, the corporation claimed Tuesday.

"This will resolve not only congestion in the area, but also the severe pollution that is unique to Causeway Bay," said senior design management engineer Albert Yuen Sing.

"At the same time, it'll bolster the district's reputation as a shopping destination."

Presenting a new proposal to the Wan Chai District Council Tuesday, senior MTRC executives argued that expanding its underground shopping concourse from 4,000 square meters to about 12,000 sqm would help reduce pedestrian congestion at the notoriously packed crosswalk in front of the Sogo department store.

According to the proposal, four exits will also be added to Causeway Bay station, in the area near Sogo and Yee Wo Street.

Company figures show that more than 220,000 commuters pass through the station each day - on par with other busy stations in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Central. However, while the other stations all have 13 or 14 exits, Causeway Bay currently has only nine.

Exit E, which opens out on to Great George Street, would be scrapped and replaced by two new exits - E1 on East Point Road and E2 further east on Great George Street.

Exit F, near Jardine's Crescent, will be supported by three additional exits - F1 and F2 on Yee Wo Street and F3 near the former Hennessy Centre buil
ding.

But the western perimeter of the station - namely, exit A at Times Square, and exits B and C at Causeway Bay Plaza - will be excluded from the plans, leaving some district councillors to accuse MTRC of placing its commercial interests first.

"Your whole proposal hides behind the pretense of relieving pedestrian volume, but in fact you just want to create more shops," said council vice- chairman John Tse Wing-ling.

"Relief is provided only for MTR commuters, not for general shoppers or visitors."

Tse recommended linking the eastern and western concourses to help boost development in high-potential areas near Causeway Bay Plaza and Lee Gardens.

However, MTRC public relations manager Wong Chiu-yung replied that a feasibility study indicated that 70 percent of commuters use the eastern exits, while only 30 percent use the western exits. Moreover, she said, such a link would add an additional 18 months to construction time, causing "a lot of nuisance to the district."

But the corporation maintained the four-year construction period for the expansion of the concourse - which would require the shutting down in phases traffic lanes on Hennessy Road and Great George Street - would cause only "minimal" disruption to the public.

MTRC's presentation to the council on Tuesday was a follow-up on an earlier concept plan submitted to the council in 2004 which was in response to the Planning Department's decision in 2001 to expand the pedestrian network in Causeway Bay.

The corporation said it is in talks with the government about the latest details, and hopes to obtain approval by 2007. Construction would begin two years later.

Council chairwoman Ada Wong Ying-kay said members approved the plan "in principle" but asked MTRC to return in six months with more details, including the number of new shops and total cost of the project.


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Old November 23rd, 2006, 04:43 AM   #1634
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That's why make Causeway Bay unique! The crowds! Just like Times Square in New York.....
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 10:02 AM   #1635
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I agree that people add atmosphere, but overcrowding is also a public safety concern. Imagine a stampede at Times Square or Shibuya.
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Old November 25th, 2006, 04:42 AM   #1636
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I went to HK this summer (mid August) and I noticed that most of the MTR's LED displays over the platforms were not working (especially Island Line). Either it had a sign that read "Work in Progress" or no sign at all. Does anyone know why? This actually lowered my impression of MTR since my last visit.
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Old November 25th, 2006, 07:06 PM   #1637
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I believe they were making them smaller and improving them a bit.
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Old November 26th, 2006, 06:16 AM   #1638
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Old November 28th, 2006, 07:36 AM   #1639
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MTR Press Release:
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Old November 29th, 2006, 11:57 AM   #1640
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Gov't Press Release:
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LCQ13: Diesel locomotives on East Rail tracks
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