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Old March 7th, 2007, 05:59 AM   #1701
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Legislative Council Questioning on the Airport Express Service.
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LCQ8 : Airport Express service after opening of AsiaWorld-Expo
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Old March 7th, 2007, 11:31 AM   #1702
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IBM starts system change at MTR
6 March 2007
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Railway operator MTR Corp is banking on an advanced enterprise asset management system to help cope with rising performance requirements as it expands operations, its senior executives say.

IBM China/Hong Kong's global services unit is implementing the new system - the initial phase of which went live on January 22 and the final phase to be completed on April 24 - using enterprise application software from Oracle. Financial terms were not given.

Andrew McCusker, MTR operations director, said the project would enable the firm to manage assets including railway equipment, infrastructure and networks throughout their lifecycle to minimise maintenance costs, maximise use and cut business risks.

Having that business information technology set-up could bode well for the proposed merger of the MTR and the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp which the government sees as a way to reduce duplication and enhance efficiency of the rail networks.

Lawmakers last month urged the government to raise its performance requirements for the MTR and KCR after the proposed merger of their rail operations. For example, in the case of train punctuality, at least 99 per cent of KCR and MTR trains in any month are delayed no more than two minutes, exceeding the government's performance requirement of 98 per cent by one percentage point.

"In our rail-plus-property model, we're not a burden on taxpayers so long as we meet all the requirements in running the business, drive continuous improvement, satisfy our customers' needs and provide affordable mass transportation," Mr McCusker said.

The MTR operates a 91km railway network with 53 stations and more than 2.5 million passengers daily. It is also a major property developer, lifting its assets to HK$113.6 billion as of end-2005.

The MTR has installed Oracle's Enterprise Asset Management program for maintenance management; its Purchasing & iProcurement modules for procurement management; its Inventory Management software for store management; and upgraded the Oracle Financials and Activity-based Management software.

Mr Lai said IBM had met all of the MTR's 644 requirements for the system. "We estimate saving about 30 per cent a year on maintenance costs alone," he said.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 01:06 AM   #1703
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No kidding...as recently as 2006, station displays booted up showing Pentium MMX 233 MHz!!!

I would be terrified for them if their hard disks were also that old.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 05:08 PM   #1704
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^ Even we have a lot faster CPU now, but what is the point of upgrading all the CPUs if the Pentium MMX 233 MHz is enough to run the application station display.
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Old March 9th, 2007, 02:21 AM   #1705
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It would've been better if they updated those LED boards with Plasma/LCD....
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Old March 9th, 2007, 02:46 AM   #1706
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^ Even we have a lot faster CPU now, but what is the point of upgrading all the CPUs if the Pentium MMX 233 MHz is enough to run the application station display.
My point was, hardware that is too old is prone to failure. You are correct, if the machine is only used to run those station displays then there is no need for expensive, fast computers.
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Old March 9th, 2007, 03:22 AM   #1707
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What is the likelihood that such a simple display can die? If it does, it's probably hardware failure due to age. They can just swap a new CPU and get back online shortly.
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Old March 9th, 2007, 07:58 AM   #1708
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I meant the computers running the displays. =P
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Old March 10th, 2007, 04:56 AM   #1709
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Does any1 have any pics of the entrances? I mean, I saw them when I visited, but I'm sure some other ppl here haven't. (Not that they're unique, but, you know, this thread has kind of been lacking some imagery lately)
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Old March 10th, 2007, 05:53 AM   #1710
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Historical MTR Train Compartment Photo in 1980! (Posted by gakei in gakei.com and HKiTalk.net)

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First-Ever Legally Valid MRT Hello Kitty Dream Wedding is held at MTR Hong Kong Station


The first-ever legally valid MTR Hello Kitty Dream Wedding took place today under the most splendid and joyful atmosphere, at the MTR Hong Kong Station.

Witnessed by relatives, friends and MTR passengers, bridegroom Jamie and his bride Horlick with their bridesmaids and groomsmen, boarded the first-ever MTR Hello Kitty Wedding Train and headed towards to MTR Hong Kong Station. The wedding train was specially designed for the occasion with images of Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel dressed as little cupids covering the train body and compartments. The interior was decorated with flowers and ribbons in the grandest and most romantic fashion.

The bridegroom Jamie and bride Horlick, dressed in th first-ever Hello Kitty wedding gowns jointly designed by the MTR Corporation, Sanrio and Wonderful Arts, were naturally the focus of attention. The bride, whose wedding gown was filled with Hello Kitty patterns made of Austrian crystals, glittered in sweetness with every step she took. Jamie and Horlick said “We have never imagined our romantic story in the MTR station would make us the chosen couple of such a wonderful event. We would like to thank the MTR Corporation and Sanrio again for this MTR Hello Kitty dream wedding — an experience we shall remember for the rest of our lives.”

Upon alighting from the Wedding Train, the couple was carried by a pair of rickshaws, amid cheers and blessing from MTR passengers, towards the ceremonial venue at MTR Hong Kong Station. Led by their two special guests — best man Dear Daniel and bridesmaid Hello Kitty, the couple then marched into Hong Kong Station, which had been transformed to a wedding hall of extravagance and romantic design. Under the witness of the Civil Celebrant - Mr. Samuel Chan (solicitor), Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, friends and relatives, as well as MTR passengers, Jamie and Horlick made their pledge of union, and completed this fairy-tale-like MTR Hello Kitty Dream Wedding.

For the bridegroom Jamie and the bride Horlick, traveling on the MTR together is a sweet habit of their daily life routines. It was 5 years ago when Jamie and Horlick, who were classmates at a university, met up again by chance at an MTR station after graduation day. Today under the witness of friends, relatives and MTR passengers, they are married in the first-ever legally valid MTR Hello Kitty Dream Wedding in Hong Kong. The couple thanked the MTR Corporation, for providing reliable and efficient train services over the years, and for the sweet memories they had on their MTR journeys. They would also like to thank the MTR Corporation and Sanrio Wave HK Company Limited for creating 5 “fires-ever-records” for this wedding ceremony:

1. First-ever legally valid MTR wedding in Hong Kong.

2. First-ever Hello Kitty Wedding Garment in Hong Kong.

3. First-ever wedding hall in an MTR Station in Hong Kong.

4. First-ever Hello Kitty Wedding Train in Hong Kong.

5. First-ever bridesmaid and best man by Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel in Hong Kong.

To share and extend the joy of love with the MTR passengers, the MTR Hello Kitty Wedding Train will run on the Tsuen Wan Line until 14 March 2007.

source: http://s3.blog.sanriotown.com/hk_wed...ation/#more-24
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That's interesting.... I wonder if there are any more pics.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 03:06 AM   #1713
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MTR Press Release:
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Old March 12th, 2007, 05:31 AM   #1714
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地鐵站變身摩登商場

(明報) 03月 12日 星期一 05:10AM

【明報專訊】首個打正旗號充滿「摩登商場feel」的地鐵 站,將於今年8月誕生。為配合九龍站上蓋項目「Elements」今年第四季正式開幕,地鐵九龍站將大翻新,大增飲食、服務舖位的面積,並跟上蓋的商場整合;平日人來人往的香港站亦會翻新,站內商舖會由42間大增五成至63間。兩站的工程分別會於7月至8月期間完成,舖租收入估計可上升30%至40%。

地鐵市務及車站商務總經理楊美珍說,平時予人死氣沉沉感覺的九龍站,將大規模翻新。新設計會以摩登、簡約為主,同時,特賣場會遷出,並加入方便乘客的飲食及服務商店,如售賣湯水、快餐的商店及洗衣店等,總數23間。

至於稍後通車的
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Creative KCRC Train Design Competition organized with the Radio Television Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (Chinese Only)
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MTRC's 2006 Annual Report
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Gov't Press Release:
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Penalty point system proposed for MTR glitches
15 March 2007
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A legislator has proposed a points penalty system for MTR delays and other glitches that would result in fines for the rail company.

Democratic Party legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo presented his proposal yesterday at a press conference.

His suggestion came after an incident on Tuesday when an MTR train stopped at the wrong platform at Kowloon station, skipped Olympic station and only returned to the right tracks at the following Nam Cheong station.

The MTR Corporation admitted yesterday the error was made by a traffic controller who allowed the train bound for Tung Chung to switch tracks. It ended up stopping at the Kowloon station platform for Airport Express trains.

But the corporation insisted train passengers were never in danger.

"We apologise to passengers who were inconvenienced," said Wilfred Lau Cheuk-man, MTR Corp's head of operations.

He said both the Tung Chung and the Airport Express services passed through Kowloon station and the system's design allowed trains to travel on both tracks.

"These movements are absolutely safe as, in spite of the route set, the signalling system and the railway's fail-safe design ensure that trains are kept a safe distance apart."

But Mr Cheng, who is also the Legislative Council's transport panel chairman, asked whether the MTR had not minimised the safety implications of Tuesday's incident at 3.52pm.

"Suppose there was an oncoming Airport Express train arriving at the time of the incident," he said. "The incident would have had unimaginably tragic consequences."

He proposed a penalty system of two to five points for delays of eight to 45 minutes and 10 to 20 points in accidents that resulted in injuries or deaths. The MTR would be fined when it accrued 10 or more points.

An MTR spokesman rejected the proposal. "For the time being, our system can ensure that our trains run safely," he said. "We are worried that Andrew Cheng Kar-foo's proposed measures will put unnecessary pressure on our staff."
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MTR Press Release:
Fleet-wide Introduction of Extended Door Chimes Marks Launch of MTR Train Door Safety Campaign

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