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Old June 22nd, 2005, 07:30 AM   #241
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Old June 22nd, 2005, 03:55 PM   #242
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LCQ5 : Public transport operators encouraged to extend fare concessions
Government Press Release
Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Following is a question by the Hon Lau Kong-wah and a reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, in the Legislative Council meeting today (June 22) :

Question :

Regarding the concessionary fares offered by public transport operators, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the details and the commencement dates of the concessionary fares currently offered by various public transport operators; as well as the concessions which were terminated in the past three months and those which will be terminated in the next month;

(b) whether it has assessed the impact of terminating such concessions on people's livelihood, and whether it will advise the operators concerned to revive the concessions; if it will not, of the reasons for that; and

(c) whether it will encourage public transport operators to provide elderly passengers with travel concessions other than the half-fare concessions; if it will not, of the reasons for that?


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The Government has all along been actively encouraging public transport operators, having regard to their respective operating conditions and social and economic conditions, to reduce their fares or offer concessions as far as possible to the help reduce travelling expenses of the public.

At present, the public transport operators offer various kinds of concession schemes. These include:

(a) Long-term fare concessions for children and the elderly by franchised bus companies, railway companies, Hongkong Tramways, Peak Tramways and individual green minibus (GMB) and ferry operators;

(b) Fare concessions for students by MTR Corporation (MTRC), Light Rail of the Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC), Peak Tramways and individual GMB and ferry operators;

(c) 160 bus-bus interchange schemes by franchised bus companies, which involve about 400 routes and benefit some 110 000 passengers daily; and

(d) A number of different concessionary offers, such as intermodal fare discount between railway and other modes of transport, as well as fare concessions for passengers of franchised buses, railways, minibuses and ferries. Specific examples include "MTR Fare Saver Promotion" by MTRC; "East Rail and Ma On Shan Rail One-Month Pass" by KCRC; "Same Day Return Discount" by Kowloon Motor Bus, Long Win Bus, Citybus and New World First Bus, intermodal fare discount between railway and franchised buses/ GMBs, GMB-GMB interchange concessions, and concessions for people with disabilities by individual ferry operators.

Although these concession schemes are rolled out at different times, they have in effect lowered the fare levels. This has thus alleviated the burden of transport expenses on commuters and benefitted them, especially during the economic doldrums over the past two years.

There were five concession schemes terminated in the past three months, while four new schemes were introduced at the same time. As at present, we have not received notification from any public transport operators concerning the discontinuation of their concessionary offers in the coming month.

We fully understand the public's desire for fare concessions. And we have been proactive in encouraging public transport operators to extend their fare concessions, including offers other than half-fare concessions for the elderly.

Hong Kong, however, has a system of free enterprise. This is also one of the major reasons that makes Hong Kong a strong magnet for investment. It will therefore be the commercial decision of individual public transport operators as to whether they would reduce fares or offer concessions. Our stance is that as business organisations in providing of public transport services, the public transport operators should from time to time consider appropriate measures to attract passengers.

Indeed, public transport operators have demonstrated considerable flexibility in introducing suitable measures in the light of the prevailing economic conditions and market demands as well as their operating conditions. The "East Rail and Ma On Shan Rail One-Month Pass" rolled out in April last year by KCRC is one of the examples.

Moreover, as far as concessions for the elderly is concerned, other than the long-term fare concessions for them, most of the public transport operators have responded positively to Government's appeal by offering free rides for the elderly on the Senior Citizens Day in November 2004.
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Old June 28th, 2005, 07:49 AM   #243
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Old June 28th, 2005, 08:18 PM   #244
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Old June 30th, 2005, 04:27 PM   #245
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Sweltering Hong Kong says farewell to world's first air-con buses

HONG KONG, June 28 (AFP) - The world's first air-conditioned double-decker buses -- customised British monsters that served sweltering Hong Kong's Kowloon district -- are to be retired in August, their operator said Tuesday.

Kowloon Motor Bus said it would pull all 20 of its 11-metre converted Leyland Olympian buses from routes in the southern Chinese territory.

The buses, which were fitted with Japanese air-conditioners at the company's Hong Kong depot, were introduced in the 1980s.

The move comes as transport companies here come under fire from green groups who complain buses and trains are using excessive air conditioning, a practice they say increases air pollutants in the already choking city.
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Old July 5th, 2005, 02:08 AM   #246
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 02:28 AM   #250
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NWS looks to doubling its Kunming bus routes
Alman Loong
21 July 2005
Hong Kong Standard

NWS Holdings, a 54 percent owned unit of conglomerate New World Development, may spend 100 million yuan (HK$94 million) to buy more operating rights and double the bus routes it runs in Kunming.

NWS director Stewart Cheng said the company has sent a team to study the potential acquisition of the East- West bus routes in Kunming, capital city of Yunnan province, which are currently owned by the local government.

NWS unit New World First Bus Services began public transport services for the first time in Kunming in January last year through a venture that runs 39 routes with a fleet of 663 buses. New World invested about 70 million yuan for a 51 percent stake in that venture.

"We plan to have all routes in the city, which will add 40 routes to existing routes," Cheng said.

He said NWS earnings in the second half will be boosted by an increase in Kunming-based NWFB (China)'s equity stake to 51 percent from around 15 percent last year.

NWS, which also runs City Bus and New World First Bus in Hong Kong, is facing more competition in Hong Kong from MTR Corp, which plans to extend its existing Hong Kong railway line, as well as public mini buses. Rising staff costs, oil prices and tunnel charges also crimp its profit.

Tai Fook Research, a sister company of NWS, said in a report that despite robust interim results, operations in the second half of the financial year remain challenging as its overall market share in public transport fell 1.4 percentage points to 35.6 percent in the first four months of 2005.

The impact has been more severe on the Kowloon part of the city, which is largely served by rival Kowloon Motor Bus _ nevertheless City Bus and New World First Bus saw average patronage levels slip by around 33,000 a day during the period.

The management also indicated that they have been granted three bus routes to serve Hong Kong Disneyland, Tai Fook said.

Tai Fook said NWS indicated it is comfortable with a gearing in the region of 30 to 35 percent, although it has lowered the level to below 25 percent after using gains from recent disposals, including the sale of Container Terminal 3 to PSA, to repay debt.
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 04:17 PM   #251
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Why dont NWS integrate the citybus services by relivery into NWFB colour skin, except keeping the Citybus text instead of saying First Bus?

Another thing is does PRC have any DDA compliance? Kunming FB fleet looks quite old in comparison!
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Old August 18th, 2005, 03:24 AM   #255
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buses are bit longer than in London.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 05:49 PM   #256
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^ Yes, a lot of the buses are 10.6 m long and I believe the Neoplan Centroliner is even longer than that (12 m).
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I DONT LIKE HK BUSES I THINK THE COLOUR OF THEM IS UGLY CREAM AND SORT OF YELLOW.
I THINK THE BEST BUSES ARE IN LONDON AT THE MOMENT.
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So many KMB pics, so few NWFB
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