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Old April 13th, 2009, 10:38 AM   #221
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Tram drivers plan to press new bosses to install air conditioning
10 April 2009
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Hongkong Tramways workers plan to seek a present from their new French bosses - air conditioning for double-decker cars.

Cooling for the cramped cars, in which temperatures can reach 37 degrees Celsius, has been tried before but failed. Three air-conditioned trams put into service were withdrawn after frequent breakdowns.

Tram drivers have complained for years of their hot cabins during summer and it was not until last year that Wharf (Holdings) - from which Veolia bought a 50 per cent stake - agreed to fit fans for the drivers. Speaking after a union meeting yesterday, Mr Lam said members would ask to meet the new management team after Easter to voice their demands.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 08:54 AM   #223
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Tram takeover offers chance for eco-friendly transport policies
18 April 2009
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Edwin Lau Che-feng, director of Friends of the Earth (HK), has, in the Observer column ("Electric buses are a better option than cars", April 13), capably presented the objections of many residents to our government's proposal to introduce electric cars.

As with the hidden costs to the environment of fluorescent lighting, these cars will use up enormous quantities of metals and minerals and require extensive recharging facilities. The additional usage of electricity from our major polluters, the power companies, will offset most of the benefits of their zero-exhaust systems. Carmakers are merely homing in on new trends to keep their market share.

As Mr Lau points out, what our government should be pursuing is the introduction of electric buses and trams to replace more polluting forms of public transport. The management change at Hongkong Tramways should open up the debate on having a sustainable transport network. There is no reason why multi-carriage trolley buses cannot be installed on Nathan Road with a loop from Mong Kok via Olympic City through West Kowloon and linking back with the main line via Jordan Road.

The proposed harbourfront tram line should be linked with the existing Hong Kong Island line, giving better access to the Star Ferry and the Convention and Exhibition Centre, both very inconvenient to get to. This would reduce pressure on Wan Chai MTR station.

A tram or trolley service down the centre of Kai Tak, combined with restricted entry for vehicles, would leave the shoreline free for recreation, dining and water sports and create Hong Kong's first green community.

The main problem with our current tram system is not lack of air-conditioning but the many delays. These are often caused by private cars carrying one person, each driving on tram lines and holding up a line of trams. Cameras on the front of the trams identifying these vehicles would generate big fines and demerit points and eliminate these delays.

The new tram management carries no local baggage so there is no excuse for our government not to collaborate with it and forge ahead with a genuine green transport agenda.

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Old May 11th, 2009, 01:28 PM   #225
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Tram service to be 'showcase' for Asia market
New bosses say HK system will sell tramways to mainland cities

11 May 2009
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Hongkong Tramways' new management says it will strive to improve the system's technical quality and management to make it a showcase for the company's expansion into the Asian market.

Veolia Transport senior vice-president and Asia chief executive Daniel Cukierman said the central government had high regard for enterprises with business experience in Hong Kong.

"When we tell China officials that we operate a tramway in Hong Kong, they are all fascinated {hellip} If you are in Hong Kong, you are good," Mr Cukierman said.

When the French multinational announced its deal last month to buy a 50 per cent stake in Hong Kong's iconic tramway from local conglomerate Wharf, the company said the purchase would help provide the know-how for it to build an urban rail business on the mainland.

"We are interested in Hong Kong as it is," Mr Cukierman said. "But Hong Kong is no doubt a strategic location and an important step" for the company's development in China.

Veolia Transport, a subsidiary of Veolia Environment, operates public transit systems including trains, metros, light rails, monorails and buses in 28 countries.

The transport giant is relatively new to Asia, but in the past year it has gained ground quickly by entering the public transport market in Nanjing , Hong Kong and Seoul.

Mr Cukierman said trams had a lot of potential in China because they were sometimes the best traffic solution for districts a metro line could not reach.

"You need a lot of money and a certain amount of population to support the building of a railway; that's when buses and trams can come in," he said.

In Hong Kong, the company faces a different challenge in how to improve a system established for more than a century. Hong Kong Tramways managing director Bruno Charrade said this was something he was here to find out about.

"There will not be a revolution," he said. "We will focus on small changes first and make them one at a time. Altogether there will be big changes."

The company is conducting a poll on passengers' expectations, which will be completed by summer.

Mr Charrade said the company had no plan to increase tram speeds, but would rather talk to the government about the possibility of giving the tramway more right of way.

"The number of reserved lanes for trams has dwindled over the years as vehicle traffic grew fast. We hope to gain higher traffic priority at key locations to increase trams' efficiency."

Mr Charrade said Veolia would strive to make Hongkong Tramways a success before considering creating new tram routes or bidding for other public transport licences.

No decision had been made on the style of tram for the new loop proposed for the waterfront promenade between Central and Wan Chai, but Mr Cukierman said a monorail was probably not among the options.

"A monorail runs on a viaduct, and that would block harbour views," he said.
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That sounds stupid. Trams are an antiquated form of transportation, especially in large cities. I see the one in Hong Kong more of a tourist attraction/historical landmark than one of vast practical mode of transportation, much like the Star Ferry
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Old May 13th, 2009, 11:31 PM   #227
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if a tram was really "antiquated" ... why would so many cities in the US and Europe have re-installed them in the past 10 years ... ?
Not every city can afford cost of a metro-system - i am sure, a tram can be a good alternative and sure improves passanger-capacity and comfort compared to busses ...
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That sounds stupid. Trams are an antiquated form of transportation, especially in large cities. I see the one in Hong Kong more of a tourist attraction/historical landmark than one of vast practical mode of transportation, much like the Star Ferry
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if a tram was really "antiquated" ... why would so many cities in the US and Europe have re-installed them in the past 10 years ... ?
Not every city can afford cost of a metro-system - i am sure, a tram can be a good alternative and sure improves passanger-capacity and comfort compared to busses ...
"tram" is different from "streetcar" or "light rail" in the industry.
they can be fuzzy to the general public; but they all have their own definitions.
"tram" is really defined as those "antiquated," non-a/c, slow moving, and outdated rail guided mode of urban transprotation.
those are being constructed these days are the latter two, and are built to serve as an main mode of transportation.
and they are not exactly an alternative to bus service. bus service is far more flexible than and rail-mode transportation.
in the US, many municipalities' mentalities think streetcar/light rail is more attractive than buses, because buses are considered as a lower-class transportation traditionally and no one takes them. many officials and planners believe streetcar/light rail can attract more rider, but they fail to recognize the disadvantages (higher construction/operation cost, flexibility etc.) of course, not all streetcar/light rail are bad, it depends on the service population pool, service extension and exclusive right-of-way. not every city fits a railed system.

this one in hong kong is saved to be part of the city history as well as a main mode of low cost transportation. there are bus routes, the MTR, and minibus routes all run parallel to the tram line in direct competition; and they all run a lot faster than the tram, but it is cheap, dirt cheap.
many low income family on HKI use the tram system to travel along the northern coast of hong kong since it is only HK$2 for any distance travelled.
on the other hands, many locals also take it for short trip journey especially during rainy and/or hot days which people don't want to walk. HK$2 for a few stops is far better than getting all sweaty.
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An unscripted production explores the city's past through its love affair with the tram

7 July 2009
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Stage director Wu Hoi-fai and actor Chiu Kin-tong have some good ideas for their new show A Day: it centres on a tram ride - from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan - that stretches over a single day during which the driver contemplates his life and the city's history through colourful anecdotes.

The pair also have plenty of original material to work with, having spent three months trawling through references about local tramways and old street life and talking to retired tram drivers and tram enthusiasts.

What they don't have, however, is a proper script.

"It's indeed challenging and risky not to have a script beforehand," says Wu, a drama lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (APA), weeks before the curtain rises.

"But for the stage, literal interpretation isn't the only approach when delivering sentiments and messages."

That is something he learned at the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London, where he graduated with a master's degree in dramaturge last year. Wu says inspiration for his stage work comes not only from reading stories but observing daily trifles.

As the artistic director of A Day, which will be staged at two New Territories venues over the next two weeks, the 40-year-old wants to generate new ideas during the research and rehearsal process. The piece will be developed as they go along.

With a script, directors are bound by what the playwright has written, says Wu. "Some directors would go as far as changing every line, but I don't do that. As a director, my job is to realise the playwright's vision on stage."

But for this production, he wants to go further by coming up with his own material during the creative process.

"For instance, in the course of our research we stumbled upon an old photo from the late 1960s [or] early 70s. It shows passengers squeezing onto a tram that was already full by holding onto its exterior. That is a very interesting image that we wanted to develop," says Wu.

"What is more challenging is that we only have one actor to create the illusion of a packed tram. With a set script, the playwright might have suggested the scene to be played by a group of actors, but since we only have one actor, we have to think of new ways to realise what we want to do. To me, that is more challenging."

While not having a set script may allow more room for creativity, it puts more pressure on the actor who doesn't have anything concrete to fall back on during rehearsals. And in this one-man show, Chiu not only has to play the main character, but also other roles including passengers and even a tramcar.

"Although I am nervous about how the story will eventually turn out, we insist on keeping our pace without haste. Wu encourages me to develop the performance by trial and error," says Chiu, who was named one of the most outstanding young performers by the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies last year.

The idea for A Day came from mainland writer Chen Cun 's eponymous short piece, which chronicles a factory worker's day.

"The language is simple and yet powerful," Chiu says of the story.

Wu and Chiu do not have a linear narrative. Their play is made up of vignettes that chart the social changes in Hong Kong over the past century. The old photo showing the packed tram, for example, reflects how the population was growing then - a result of migration and the baby boom, says Wu.

It's also important that the work is locally relevant, he adds. "The tram is a unique Hong Kong icon and an inimitable way to experience the city. It carries not just people, but a sense of nostalgia," says Wu.

This is the second solo piece Wu and Chiu - both APA graduates - have worked on together. Their first collaboration, A Hong Kong Actor's Nightmare, was staged four years ago.

Wu says he first noticed Chiu in a small dance production and was impressed by his fluidity and mastery of movement.

"He also has a passion for the theatre, so we decided to team up," Wu says.

A freelance actor, Chiu spends most of his time teaching "to make a living", although the stage remains his true passion.

"I often remind myself I love acting, especially when I am in a stressful rehearsal," says Chiu, admitting every rehearsal is still "a puzzle" to him.

"The greatest rewards are audience's responses, which makes me feel not lonely on stage."

Unlike A Hong Kong Actor's Nightmare, a comedy that explored the unglamorous life of a local stage performer, A Day will be making use of sound, lighting, props and projections to spice up the action.

Chiu says the play isn't really a solo show because he's backed by a stage crew. "The music from a clarinet echoes my miming, which will help evoke emotional connections," he says.

Additional reporting by Kevin Kwong

Chiu Kin-tong and Wu Hoi-fai - A Day, Jul 17 and 18, 8pm; Jul 18, 3pm, Sha Tin Town Hall, HK$120; Jul 25, 8pm and Jul 26, 3pm, Tuen Mun Town Hall, HK$100 (in Cantonese). Inquiries: 2268 7325
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