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Old August 14th, 2007, 02:46 AM   #1941
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KCRC Press Release:
KCRC launches Commemorative Ticket on the Inauguration of Lok Ma Chau Spur Line

--The Spur Line is going to open on August 15, 2007.
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KCRC launches Commemorative Ticket on the Inauguration of Lok Ma Chau Spur Line

--The Spur Line is going to open on August 15, 2007.
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Hong Kong's MTR Corp July passengers 77.30 mln vs 71.55 mln in June
08.15.07, 8:33 AM ET

HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - MTR Corp Ltd said it carried 77.30 mln passengers in July, up from 71.55 mln in June.

On the average weekday, MTR Corp carried 2.649 mln passengers in July, compared with an average of 2.557 mln during the preceding month, according to data published on the company's website.

The passenger traffic figures cover the railway's Tsuen Wan, Island, Kwun Tong, Tung Chung, Tseung Kwan O and Disneyland Resort lines.

Meanwhile, its Airport Express operations reported a total of 864,000 passengers in July, up 9.2 pct from the previous month.

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This is probably the first time that a train line in HK has two terminal destinations for that particular direction. I wander how the HK people would respond to such a system in use?

Apart from the planned Area86/Dream City spur line, no other HK lines have two spurs. I'm anticipating a lot of people that are going to get lost, but then again, its possible to go back to SZMTR station anyways from Line 4, so it's not that big a deal.
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This is probably the first time that a train line in HK has two terminal destinations for that particular direction. I wander how the HK people would respond to such a system in use?
We have to watch carefully to see what is the northbound destination of the KCR East Rail.

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Apart from the planned Area86/Dream City spur line, no other HK lines have two spurs. I'm anticipating a lot of people that are going to get lost, but then again, its possible to go back to SZMTR station anyways from Line 4, so it's not that big a deal.
There would have another line apart from the planned Area86/Dream City spur line in the future, the Northern Circular connecting the currect West Rail, but it is still in the planning state, as the GZ-SZ-HK High Speed Railway would be built seperatly.

There are more people using Line 1 instead of Line 4 of the SZ Metro, as many of the attraction points are on Line 1 and many HK residents use Luohu (Lo Wu) to cross the border. Therefore, Line 1 would still more popular than Line 4 in the current state. It could be changed when Line 2 (From Shekou to Window of the World) and Line 4 extension completed.
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田北辰:北環線遲早要建
落馬洲支線通車 未解西九龍新界西需求



【明報專訊】隨落馬洲支線昨日通車,連接西鐵至落馬洲的北環線項目,已被放到中港集體運輸規劃的議程上。九鐵主席田北辰明確指出,落馬洲支線只能滿足東鐵沿線及部分港島居民需要,面對西九龍和新界西居民的需要,興建北環線已是遲早的事;九鐵早前亦已分別就區域快線和北環線項目向政府提交建議書。運輸及房屋局發言人表示,政府正積極推展北環線項目。

頭班車昨午3時17分開出

政務司長唐英年昨晨在田北辰陪同下,乘坐專列到落馬洲站,火車抵站時衝過綵帶,標誌落馬洲支線正式通車。落馬洲支線和福田口岸開通儀式隨即在落馬洲福田跨境通道橋上舉行,由唐英年、田北辰、深圳市委書記李鴻忠、廣東省常務副省長湯炳權等主禮。田北辰其後率領一眾九鐵高層,乘搭尖東開往落馬洲的頭班車,原定在下午3時15分開出,結果延遲了兩分鐘。他們在福田口岸過境後,轉乘深圳地鐵前往羅湖。

料深圳地鐵帶旺落馬洲線

田北辰引述深圳市地鐵副總經理簡煉表示,深圳地鐵正興建5條新線,將於2009至10年間落成,其中一條專線直達深圳機場,屆時每日客流量會突破100萬人。他預期深圳地鐵的發展有助帶旺落馬洲支線﹕「凡是做鐵路,單一條線無意思,一定要互相接駁,產生協同效應。」

九鐵預計,落馬洲支線首年客量為每日6萬人次,其中約1.8萬人次為新增客源,其餘來自現時羅湖線乘客。依此推算,首年車票收入約1.5億元,加上來自商舖等3億元非票務收入,整體營運收入可高於計算折舊在內的營運成本,達收支平衡。這估算加強了九鐵對北環線項目的信心。

田北辰昨晚對本報記者明確指出,現時落馬洲支線只能滿足東鐵沿線及部分港島居民的需要,而居住於西九龍或新界西的居民則要兜一個很大的圈,才可搭乘落馬洲支線,因此「北環線遲早都要做」;至於何時會興建北環線,則要待政府與合併後的地鐵公司商討。

政府在1999年發表的《鐵路發展策略2000》中,提出連接西鐵及東鐵的北環線方案﹕由西鐵錦上路站出發,經牛潭尾、新田後分支,其中一條分支連接落馬洲,另一條分支經古洞往羅湖。政府當時表示,要視乎新界東北、西北部策略增長地區的發展計劃,以及跨界交通的增長情,以決定何時興建北環線。2005年4月,九鐵修訂北環線方案,只連接錦上路站至洲頭站,乘客可在洲頭站轉乘落馬洲支線往福田或上水,估計造價60至70億元,最快2011年通車。九鐵管理局成員吳亮星表示,隨深圳地鐵於2010年直達深圳機場,日後北環線可接駁西鐵,並延伸至赤角機場,以鐵路接駁港、深機場。他說這是其中一個可行方案,但仍有待港深兩地政府商討。

房屋局:積極推展北環線項目

運輸及房屋局發言人表示,計劃中的北環線會由西鐵錦上路站接駁到落馬洲支線總站,並在洲頭設轉車站,方便乘客轉乘東鐵或西鐵。政府正積極推展北環線項目,九鐵亦已完成該項目工程及營運方面的初步研究及實地勘察工作,剛於6月底向政府提交項目建議書,有關部門正在審議。
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搶搭頭班車 鎂燈閃不停


【明報專訊】前往落馬洲的頭班車,於昨午3時15分由尖東開出,吸引大批市民試搭,當列車駛至落馬洲一段,車廂內的鎂光燈閃過不停,乘客紛紛舉機拍攝窗外風光,見證歷史一刻!列車抵站後,有乘客迫不及待直奔車站大堂的觀鳥區,欣賞濕地景色。入境處數字顯示,昨日下午4時至晚上10時30分收關止共有12429人次經落馬洲支線出入境。

月台一度水泄不通

雖然首班列車昨午3時15分才開出,但九鐵尖東站在下午2時許已出現長長人龍,排隊輪候頭班車,月台上有市民在印有「落馬洲」字樣的指示牌前拍照留念,一度令月台擠得水泄不通。排頭位的余先生家住美孚,平日常在九龍塘站上車,經羅湖返內地消遣,昨日專程到尖東站上車,以免錯過頭班車。

「鐵路迷」拍攝支線風光

「鐵路迷」黃子健帶備相機和腳架,做足準備拍攝落馬洲支線風光。他說,早年馬鐵和尖東站開通時,他都成功登上頭班車,今次心情亦十分興奮。

當列車駛至上水站時,乘客紛紛取出相機,準備拍攝由上水至落馬洲一段的景色。同樣乘搭頭班車的九鐵主席田北辰,亦趁機欣賞窗外風光,暫停接受記者訪問。

列車抵站後,有乘客直奔車站大堂觀鳥區欣賞濕地景色,逗留逾15分鐘才到離境大堂過關。
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100 queue for chance to ride first train on the new line
16 August 2007
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More than 100 passengers formed a long queue at East Tsim Sha Tsui station yesterday in the hope of travelling on the first train on the Lok Ma Chau spur line.

Many were simply interested in taking part in the historic trip and did not cross the border.

A woman in her seventies, who travelled from Tsuen Wan to board the train, said she would not cross the border because being a passenger on the first train was good enough.

Roger Philips, however, was crossing the border and caught the first train by chance. The Englishman, who has worked in Hong Kong for 16 years, said he would use the Lok Ma Chau crossing in future because it was closer to his second home in Shenzhen.

"The new checkpoint allows me to take just one taxi trip from my home to the border. Previously, I would have to take a taxi to an East Rail station before catching a train to Lo Wu. We are talking about a difference in taxi fare of about HK$60."

The departure of the first train was a little chaotic as more than 50 members of the press roamed the packed platform to take photos of KCRC chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun.

Mr Tien said the trip was smooth and stations on the mainland side were spacious.

The large and clean Futian checkpoint impressed the first batch of Hong Kong passengers, although some criticised the lack of transport links.

There is no taxi stand at the Lok Ma Chau checkpoint building. Apart from the Shenzhen Metro Line 4, the only other options for passengers are four bus routes to Futian and Luohu districts that stop at a terminal outside the checkpoint.

More than 200 people had queued at the immigration entrance before its opening at 4pm.
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MTR targets versatility to lead its expansion
11 August 2007
South China Morning Post

The MTR Corporation is looking for opportunities to expand its rail and property business in the mainland and Europe. To support these moves, the firm has decided to revamp its training programmes for graduates and junior engineers.

"Starting this year, our focus is to develop trainees to fill general management roles," said people development manager Amy Kong Ming-chu. "The type of people we need is changing. We need [them] to be more versatile, to be able to operate in different environments."

Ms Kong explained that previous policy had been to hire and train graduates for separate functions - either as engineers or for management responsibilities. Now everything would come under a unified graduate trainee programme.

"This makes sure we have a constant supply of talent at entry level, and eventually these people will grow and prosper within the company," Ms Kong said.

Illustrating the appeal of the programme, there were around 11,000 applications this year from both local and overseas candidates for just 20 available places.

"We're talking about the highest calibre of people," said Ms Kong. "We put a lot of effort into grooming them and managing their careers." Generally, the successful candidates stand out because they are clear about what they want to achieve and have attributes that include good communication skills plus the ability to lead, motivate and make decisions.

Ms Kong said the selection process was necessarily rigorous, but advised that the best approach to take in the various tests and assessments was to "be yourself".

"Don't try to be someone you're not because it's very stressful," she said.

An intensive one-month induction programme introduces trainees to the core businesses, after which they rotate between different departments. Along the way, they pick up valuable on-the-job experience and come to appreciate the importance of teamwork. They may also get the chance to visit top universities in China or attend international leadership seminars as part of their overall development.

One person who has already benefited from the programme is Kit Kou Yee-fung. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a degree in surveying and joined the retail development team in the company's property division last year. One of her early assignments was to develop a marketing strategy for a new shopping mall and, this year, she has been involved with the planning and development of diverse real estate projects.

"I love the cross-functional placement," Ms Kou said. "I get a chance to work in different business units. It is challenging and you have to adapt quickly, but I like that opportunity." Towards the end of the programme, every effort is made to find a role that matches individual career aspirations with current company needs. At that point, some people prefer to move towards general management, others opt for more functional positions.

Ms Kong said: "The chance to have all-around exposure is very valuable. This gives you a solid foundation to move up in your career."

A staunch supporter of the scheme and the thinking behind it is Lu Wong. He joined the MTR Corp 10 years ago as a graduate engineer, but was always keen to acquire additional professional skills, which would equip him for more diversified roles and new challenges.

Fortunately, the company's executive associate scheme has now made that possible. The programme allows middle managers to branch out in their careers. It combines both classroom instruction and job rotations so they can learn about different business functions and apply their knowledge.
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Hope MTRC one day goes to NYC!
Maybe as a consultant hired by MTA. No way it's going to be the operator and management. Building a whole new system is easier and probably cheaper then try clean up all the mess.
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Documentaries on Construction of the MTR in the 70s and 80s:
Narrative in Cantonese only, sorry to those folks do not understand the language.

Part 1: Planning, and first phase construction (Kwun Tong/Tsuen Wan Lines)


Part 2: Beginning of above station properties and Island Line construction


Part 3: Island Line Construction (continue) featuring Causeway Bay and Tai Koo stations


I was thinking about what do the stations lobbies and platforms look like today along Island Line when I was watching Part 3. The scale of the underground caving as shown in the clip for Island Line was just unimaginable. It kinda look to those historic tomb inside.
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兩鐵合併新車票被指設計過時
似50年代 傳遞兩鐵合一信息


2007年8月20日


【明報專訊】還記得20年前的九鐵紙製車票嗎?由紙製車票、磁帶車票到八達通,車票肯定是絕大部分港人最貼身的「集體回憶」。隨地鐵及九鐵合併,兩鐵已設計出通用於兩個系統的車票,以傳遞「一個系統,一個網絡」的信息。

有設計師指出,新單程車票設計成功反映了合併的元素,但從設計角度而言,看上去卻似50、60年代的車票。收藏人士則估計,隨印有九鐵商標的車票停止發行,新、舊車票都將掀起一陣收集熱潮。

部分車站易名

兩鐵合併後,除了部分車站需要易名外,車票的設計亦會統一。兩鐵早前率先向員工披露全新港鐵車票的設計式樣。成人單程票及特惠單程票分別採用橙色及藍色為主調,車票上以黑色線條(line art drawing)勾畫出一個港鐵車站入口,並以維港的海岸線作為背景。

合併的首年內,兩鐵會拆除3個主要轉線車站(南昌、九龍塘及美孚站)內分隔兩鐵的閘機,地鐵、九鐵的網絡將會合而為一,乘客屆時可以拿一張車票,來往兩鐵車站。不過,在閘機及圍欄移走工程未完成前,單程車票的背面會印以不同的顏色,讓乘客分辨車票是適用於地鐵抑或九鐵的系統。

同時,由於東鐵仍會保留頭等車卡,港鐵會發行兩款設計截然不同的頭等車票。票面上印有一部九鐵列車,但車票及列車車頭則改用港鐵的標誌,即現有地鐵的標誌。而機場快線單程車票、多人行套票及迪士尼線全日通車票,亦會採用全新設計。

至於現時九鐵的本地線、羅湖線乘車證及西鐵自悠通等車票,則沒有交代設計式樣,亦未知會否保留。

職業訓練局香港專業教育學院(沙田分校)設計系系主任馮崇裕說,在一般人眼中,地鐵在地底行走,九鐵則在地面行走。車票上的車站明顯是通往地底,代表地鐵;而背景的海景則是地面的元素,代表九鐵。從設計目標來說,新車票成功做到表達兩鐵合一的信息。

不過,馮崇裕認為以黑色線條作為繪畫手法,其實已甚為過時,令車票看上去似是50、60年代的車票,「畫得怎樣漂亮也好,總是out(過時)的,也帶不出港鐵是高效率交通工具的信息」。

他建議,可以在票面的標誌旁加上「港鐵」的字眼,讓公眾熟習未來港鐵公司的圖案,「反正都要教育市民,現在的地鐵標誌,即是日後的港鐵標誌」。


這些陪伴大家成長的兩鐵車票,你又記得幾多?1993年前的九鐵紙製磁帶單程車票,票面上印有乘客的車程資料。80至90年代的小童及學生票。地鐵至今仍有為學生提供優惠車費。兩鐵在2000年首次合作推出的千禧紀念車票。
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Old August 20th, 2007, 05:16 AM   #1954
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九鐵標誌成絕響
料掀古董車票熱


2007年8月20日


【明報專訊】兩鐵合併後推出新單程車票,意味印有九鐵標誌的車票將成為「絕響」,不過有收藏車票的人士指出,舊有的紙製車票及新推出的車票,都有收藏價值,反而近年膠車票的二手價卻暴跌,保值潛力欠佳。

過去20年間,兩鐵的車票無論設計還是用料,都有很顯著的轉變。在柴油火車的60、70年代,當時的九鐵車票如昔日的巴士票一樣,以紙製成,沒有什麼設計可言。1979年,地下鐵路通車,首次採用塑膠製的磁帶車票。至80年代,東鐵進入電氣化年代,就引入了一款紙製的磁帶車票,車票上清楚地列明乘客的旅程、票價及有效日期。不過,紙車票始終不能循環再用,九鐵遂於1993年7月1日起,陸續改用塑膠車票。

至於兩鐵首次聯手發行的車票,則相信是2000年「千禧紀念車票」。

紙製車票具升值潛力

地鐵和九鐵的車票,都曾經深受收藏家歡迎。本身亦有收藏車票的收藏家協會秘書鄭寶鴻說,由於兩鐵合併是歷史大事,相信新推出的一系列單程車票,會得到收藏人士垂青;而柴油火車年代的紙車票,及80年代的紙製磁帶車票,價值亦會上升。不過他指出,由於發行數量多、次數頻密,過往發行的紀念車票,升值潛力未必如想象般大,「沒有辦法,大氣候是收藏品本身就欠吸引力」。
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Old August 20th, 2007, 05:49 PM   #1955
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Great videos! I love documentaries-these showed so much about the hard work involved in building the MTR.
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 06:38 AM   #1956
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This may sound very silly but why didn't the why MTR use the third rail for its rail cars?
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 06:46 AM   #1957
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This may sound very silly but why didn't the why MTR use the third rail for its rail cars?
The third rail is for emergency purposes only. It's very dangerous to run two trains simultaneously in one direction. How will they fit into the station? There will be numerous delays due to signaling priorities.
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 12:15 PM   #1958
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The third rail is for emergency purposes only. It's very dangerous to run two trains simultaneously in one direction. How will they fit into the station? There will be numerous delays due to signaling priorities.
I think what WANCH means is why isn't the source of electricity for the trains from a third rail between the two running rails. The MTR uses an overheard catenary to power it's trains, rather than the third rail under the trains as with most metros built prior to the 1970s.
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This may sound very silly but why didn't the why MTR use the third rail for its rail cars?
I think third rail is probably more dangerous than overhead wire. First, the rail is easier to be reached by human. Second, third rail can conduct electricity through flooded floor during storm which can cause service shut down.
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 04:22 PM   #1960
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Perhaps many people didn't know that the MTRC did borrowed money from the World Bank for the constructions of the first three lines. The MTRC had already had the profit just several years after the operation, but they had to pay the debts with interest to the World Bank until 1989. Properties did help the MTRC a lot!
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