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Old May 24th, 2007, 11:54 AM   #1821
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Ah I didn't make my point clear so I do apologise. What I meant was if there is such easy provision for installation of toilets as the stations are outdoors in Melbourne on ground level, they don't do it because of costs due to maintenance/vandalism, then why should MTR because most of MTR stations are underground and provision of piping/ventilation is not was easy as with stations that are mostly overground.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 12:56 PM   #1822
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Old May 27th, 2007, 07:23 AM   #1823
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Old May 29th, 2007, 05:03 AM   #1824
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Yes, above-ground stations tend to be easier to install additional facilities. For the deeper MTR stations, the sewers may actually be above the ceiling. Imagine the costs of getting all the pipes in place for a public toilet.
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Old May 29th, 2007, 05:50 AM   #1825
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Can't people just... wait to go to the loo somewhere else?
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Old May 29th, 2007, 09:22 AM   #1826
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If you have a bad tummy or if you have to go badly, just go to the customer services centre in each station and ask them for permission to use the toilets!!!

The KCR toilets smell bad and they remind me of the Colonial-era toilets... White toilet and a black seat and black backboard for the toilet!!!
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Old May 30th, 2007, 12:55 AM   #1827
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The KCR toilets smell bad and they remind me of the Colonial-era toilets...
KCR toilets don't smell...at least not the ones at East Tsim Sha Tsui. Or maybe that was only b/c it was new?
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Old May 30th, 2007, 04:55 AM   #1828
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That must be it.... it's a new station and I'm pretty sure they clean it out frequently, compared to toilets decades long!
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Old May 30th, 2007, 12:56 PM   #1829
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Old May 31st, 2007, 05:07 AM   #1830
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The Ma On Shan Line toilets are very nice and clean, but those stations aren't too busy. I can't imagine what would happen if the high-traffic MTR stations have public toilets. They'll need a few dedicated attendants cleaning them every hour at least.
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Old May 31st, 2007, 05:45 AM   #1831
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Especially at stations like Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, and Admiralty.
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Old May 31st, 2007, 01:17 PM   #1832
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 02:12 AM   #1833
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Definitely! But the MTR preens itself so much in the above PR.

BTW, has anyone here ever purchased a souvenir set and actually used the tickets? -Since if you use it then it won't be as "new" and "original".
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Old June 3rd, 2007, 07:33 AM   #1834
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I did... it was Doraemon set back in 2000 I think, it came with a flashlight @ $88. I used the ticket and it's still in great condition.
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Old June 3rd, 2007, 12:32 PM   #1835
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Kowloon Station is still very empty. I wonder how much better it will be when the developments above are all completed?
I love the spaciousness of Kowloon Station. And I am glad it is still spacious right now.

After all, it is the best MTR station in Kowloon. It provides the fastest way to connect Central and West Kowloon (5 min on average, that's very impressive)

I visited there last year, and I was amazed by the exits of this station. It looked like a huge maze... followed by several escalators. The design is decent and functional.

The station is not heavily used because many residents commute by their own cars. This might make it somewhat "empty", given the huge usable area of the station. This spaciousness simply show the wealth of the MTR system--- mostly related to their expensive apartments built on top of their stations, for example, on top of Kowloon Station you have The Waterfront, which is considered as "luxury" apartments in Kowloon. MTR certainly did expect very high profit from these apartments, so that they choose to have a spacious design for the station.

The "empty space" provided the potential for future expansion of the station as well. Remember, the station is located at a prime location--- more than 100,000 passengers use the Tung Chung line & Airport Express every day. I would not prefer describing this station as "empty" or "useless". It is actually making their residents proud.
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Old June 4th, 2007, 08:25 AM   #1836
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The design incorporates full occupancy of all the buildings in the master plan. It'll get quite busy once ICC opens. I don't think the Harbourside or the Arch are even full yet. Besides, commuting to Central from Kowloon Station is best done by MTR. The Western Harbour Crossing tunnel fee is quite steep, and it'll take longer to drive than to take the train for 1 stop.
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Old June 4th, 2007, 02:30 PM   #1837
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Old June 5th, 2007, 12:32 AM   #1838
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The design incorporates full occupancy of all the buildings in the master plan. It'll get quite busy once ICC opens. I don't think the Harbourside or the Arch are even full yet. Besides, commuting to Central from Kowloon Station is best done by MTR. The Western Harbour Crossing tunnel fee is quite steep, and it'll take longer to drive than to take the train for 1 stop.
And Union Square is coming soon near there as well...
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Gherkin, hkskyline and herenthere, perhaps you don't really know why Kowloon Station was built so large.

AAMOF, there were plannings for adding a sub-line for the Tung Chung Line from Kowloon to TST just under the current TCL platform, within the West Kowloon Reclamation Plan. Within the original plan, the China Hong Kong City would be pulled down and reclamed and there would have a MTR Station called Kowloon Point within the sub-line. This plan was finally dropped because of the strong request of anti-reclamiation and that gives way to KCRC to build the Kowloon South Line and there would be a new Kowloon Station just next to the Golf Field.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 12:45 AM   #1840
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And Union Square is coming soon near there as well...
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Gherkin, hkskyline and herenthere, perhaps you don't really know why Kowloon Station was built so large.
FYI, what I meant was that when Union Square will open, Kowloon Station won't be as "empty" as it is now. I am not criticizing the design/openness of it.
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