daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Subways and Urban Transport

Subways and Urban Transport Metros, subways, light rail, trams, buses and other local transport systems



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old November 7th, 2005, 03:44 AM   #281
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

Buses biggest cause of traffic snarl, drivers note
Buses, not private cars and small vehicles, are the main cause of traffic congestion on Nathan Road in Mong Kok, drivers and district councillors say.

Mimi Lau
Hong Kong Standard
Monday, November 07, 2005

Buses, not private cars and small vehicles, are the main cause of traffic congestion on Nathan Road in Mong Kok, drivers and district councillors say.

Their comments were made Sunday at a City Forum debate over the government's controversial proposals to ease traffic and reduce accidents in one of the city's worst black spots.

The government is currently conducting a public consultation on its three proposals, which have attracted more criticism than support.

According to the government, there were 165 accidents last year along a kilometer stretch of Nathan Road between Waterloo and Mong Kok roads, making it one of the worst traffic black spots, with an accident rate 20 times higher than the Hong Kong average.

Deputy Commissioner of Transport Lau Ka-keung said 90 percent of the accidents occurred at intersections, and most involved pedestrians because the footpaths were too narrow or pedestrians were not obeying traffic lights.

About 70 bus routes cross that section, but Lau added the government has been working with bus companies to reduce their schedules in the area by 6percent.

All three proposals call for the widening of footpaths, with the second and third including vehicle restrictions. Under the second plan, motorcycles, private cars and goods vehicles will be excluded from entering the section. In the third plan, vehicles - including taxis and minibuses but excepting buses - will be banned in the section.

These vehicles will have to detour through the inner streets of Mong Kong or Princess Margaret Road and the West Kowloon Highway to get to Tsim Sha Tsui or Cheung Sha Wan.

"The three plans will be implemented step by step," Lau said. If steps one or two prove to be effective, then step three might not be necessary.

Although step three is the most controversial solution, the government believes it can lower the accident rate by 25 percent. However, drivers and district councillors claim buses are the main cause of congestion in the area.

Taxi drivers and minibus drivers also worry their business will suffer if they are forced to detour through the back streets of Mong Kok. Yau Tsim Mong District Council chairman Chan Man-yu called the plan impractical.

He said newspaper stalls, automatic teller machines and bus stops were the main obstructions along Nathan Road that force pedestrians to spill from footpaths.

"The width of the footpath outside Allied Plaza is 4.04 meters, but the bus stop itself takes up 2.11 meters. It's the bus companies' favorite trick to build excessively large light boxes to charge more for advertising space," Chan said.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old November 8th, 2005, 08:35 PM   #282
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

First-half start likely for fares scheme

After three years of haggling, the fare adjustment mechanism for public buses may be implemented as early as the first half of next year.

Michael Ng
Hong Kong Standard
Wednesday, November 09, 2005

After three years of haggling, the fare adjustment mechanism for public buses may be implemented as early as the first half of next year.

The Executive Council Tuesday began discussing the government proposal, but members have not reached a conclusion due to the complexity of the issue and they want to plug the loopholes in the plan, which was deferred pending further details.

The proposal, which will allow greater flexibility in bus fares both up and down, was first moved by transport chief Sarah Liao when she took up her post in August 2002.

A government source said fares will be calculated using such variables as the consumer price index, the operating costs of bus companies, their total assets and public affordability.

But the source said the government has not included fuel costs in the calculations because prices have fluctuated widely and adjustments will have have to be made frequently.

The government source said the fare adjustment proposal does not require amendments to the current franchises of bus companies, and it is likely it can be endorsed as early as in the first half.

Fares on more than 100 longer routes will be the first to be adjusted, the source added.

Fares that now range between HK$10 and HK$15 will be cut by about 5 percent, while more expensive routes may be reduced by up to 10 percent.

The source said more than a million commuters will benefit from the proposal, especially the elderly, who will enjoy half fares on Sundays and public holidays.

But a government spokesman said items on the Exco agenda "are confidential" and that TV reports Tuesday on the fare adjustment mechanism are totally speculative and groundless."

The Democratic Party's Andrew Cheng, deputy chairman of the Legislative Council's transport panel, said lawmakers, and not just the government and bus operators, should also be granted the power to call for a fares review.

"If the government acts slowly and does not activate the mechanism in times of economic recession, we worry it will never function properly," he said.

Fares on shorter routes, which comprise more than two thirds of routes for all three franchisees, should also be cut by 10 percent across the board before the adjustment mechanism comes into effect, Cheng said.

This will ensure fairness for bus fares in general and build public confidence in the way fares are adjusted.

The source said the government will consider including the two rail firms in the fare adjustment mechanism after they merge. Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Frederick Ma has said the merger talks are reaching their final stage and that he hopes an announcement can be made next year.

The three bus companies - Kowloon Motor Bus, New World First Bus and Citybus - had no comment to make on the fare adjustment plan.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 13th, 2005, 06:47 PM   #283
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

Vintage buses posted by "GK9398" from a Hong Kong transport forum :







Comparatively newer buses by "Killing my Love ~"















__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 16th, 2005, 01:49 AM   #284
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

行會通過加減制 中長途先受惠
逾半巴士線不減價

16/11/2005



討論多時的「巴士車費可加可減機制」,行政會議昨日終開綠燈,消息人士透露,巴士可加可減機制明年初實行時,會先減中長途車乘客車資,減輕長途乘客負擔,鼓勵跨區就業,減價後票價最少須凍結一年。新機制下並會設立加幅上限,以免他日增加票價時激增乘客負擔。環境運輸及工務局現正最後整理文件,最快明日可交立會交通事務委員會及公布詳情。

消息稱,政府會先要求三間專利巴士公司先減票價,日後則會因應機制的方程式計算票價,包括營運商的生產力、巴士線的營運成本、反映社會生活水平的消費物價指數等。代表市民的政府及巴士營運商兩方面,均可視乎上述情況的變幅,主動申請啟動機制,並提交理據討論。不過有關變幅須持續出現一段時間,並非短於三數個月或半年便啟動機制,以免擾民。

據悉,中長途巴士會先減車資,減幅約是車票一成,十元至十四元九角的中途車費可減數個百分點,十五元以上的長途車減價約一成,十元車費以下的會凍結收費,減價後車費將凍結一年。根據統計,新巴、城巴、九巴共六百七十五條巴士線,近七成路線車費少於十元,換言之過半數巴士線車費凍結不變。另外還引入加幅上限,日後巴士公司申請加價時,加幅不能超過所定上限的百分比。

新機制應列專營條款
民建聯立法會議員劉江華認為,過去經驗反映,通縮時期政府未能要求巴士公司主動減價,故推行新票價計算機制應列入巴士線專營權條款內,以保證機制對巴士公司有約束力,在合適時候主動調整,避免日後爭拗。
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 18th, 2005, 03:31 AM   #285
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

Fares critics round on deal

The government's proposed new mechanism for calculating bus fares, which includes the sweetener of a 15 percent fare discount for round-trip long- distance journeys, has been condemned by legislators and a public transport watchdog as favoring the bus operators.

Michael Ng and Wendy Leung
Hong Kong Standard
Friday, November 18, 2005

The government's proposed new mechanism for calculating bus fares, which includes the sweetener of a 15 percent fare discount for round-trip long- distance journeys, has been condemned by legislators and a public transport watchdog as favoring the bus operators.
The scheme, introduced Thursday by Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao, added the consideration of wider inflationary measures and operators' productivity gains to a system that previously only took into account the bus companies' return on operating expenses.

"I believe the new mechanism will help lift the objectivity and transparency of bus fare adjustments," said Liao, who has pushed for the scheme since taking up her post in 2002.

While the bus companies are privately owned, the Executive Council holds the authority to approve fare adjustments.

Richard Tsoi, spokesman of the Coalition to Monitor Public Transport and Utilities, complained that while bus fares were not officially reduced during the deflationary period, this mechanism will soon cause them to rise along with inflation.

But it was the round-trip fare discount that came in for the harshest criticism Thursday.

Liao said the government reached a deal with the two largest local bus operators - Kowloon Motor Bus and its subsidiary group Long Win Bus, and Citybus and its subsidiary franchisee New World First Bus.

Under the deal, there will be a 15 percent fare reduction on round-trip journeys on bus routes in which the one- way fare is HK$15 and above, and a 5 percent discount for routes costing between HK$10-HK$14.90.

About 900,000 of the 3.8 million daily mass-transport riders take the 98 long-distance bus routes.

The controversy has arisen because, to get the discount, passengers will need to pay with their Octopus Card for both journeys on the first leg of their trip and will not get a refund if they do not return on the same bus route.

Legislators and a commuter concern group lambasted the offer, accusing the bus operators of rigging the system to their benefit, since many riders will end up wasting their prepaid return fare.

Legislative Council transport panel chairman Lau Kong-wah suggested the "penny-pinching" bus companies should instead provide the discount to riders at the time they take the return trip.

"The new mechanism is so inflexible that it will cause lots of trouble to the commuters," said Lau, the vice chairman of Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

Tsoi, a district councillor, warned that "riders won't really benefit from this" and that "the bus companies will end up taking advantage of passengers."

Critics also lashed out over the absence of fare cuts for short-distance routes.

"About three-quarters of commuters will not receive a single cent of fare reduction come January," Democratic Party legislator Andrew Cheng said.

Saying the government "begged very hard" for the discounts, Liao conceded that with just six weeks to go before its implementation, it is unlikely that the prepaid mechanism will be amended.

She insisted, though, that the majority of long-distance bus passengers will not be hit by a double payment since most consistently use the same bus route for both legs of their journeys.

When pushed, Liao admitted that she did not have the precise figure.

Once it takes effect on January 1, both the bus operators and the government will have the power to request fare adjustments according to the new mechanism. It will be reviewed three years later.

Liao described the long-haul discount as "acceptable," noting that the government is required to consider competition to bus operators by new rail lines, including the commission of West Rail and Ma On Shan extension of Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp this year, and the proposed Southern Kowloon Line and Lantau Cable Car in the near future. Bus ridership has dropped by more than 10 percent over the past five years.

"I know that fare reductions will never be enough ... but we cannot keep pushing bus operators for fare reductions to the point they suffer operational losses," she said, adding that the bus companies have spent HK$800 million for their unilateral temporary concessions offered during the SARS- triggered economic downturn.

KMB, which has 24 routes with fares more than HK$15 and 43 routes with fares ranging from HK$10 to HK$14.90, said it is prepared to live with the new proposal and may reduce fares in the future. Citybus and New World First Bus were not available for comment Thursday.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 19th, 2005, 02:56 AM   #286
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

Operators to clean up their acts
18 November 2005
South China Morning Post

Bus operators are prepared to invest $2.3 million to $112.6 million in improving their services under their new franchises.

Citybus, New Lantao Bus and KMB, whose franchises will expire by June next year, March 2007 and July 2007 respectively, have committed to installing "black boxes" and ensuring buses along busy routes comply with the Euro II emission standard or above. Devices will also be fitted to cut pollutants such as hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide.

All installation work is expected to be complete by 2009.

Citybus and KMB have also agreed to cut bus trips on specific busy routes by 5 to 9 per cent by the end of 2007. A total of 640 trips will be taken off busy routes in Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, while the number of trips on Nathan Road will be trimmed by 150.

The government has also pressed the three companies to install more electric panels for bus information at major terminals, and to provide bus-stop announcements on all buses.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 20th, 2005, 05:24 PM   #287
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

Sarah Liao shocked at anger over bus fares
20 November 2005
South China Morning Post

The transport minister has expressed surprise at public anger voiced over an offer to reduce bus fares, but said she would sit down with operators to review the details.

Sarah Liao Sau-tung said a similar discount scheme had been implemented on some routes by Citybus without much of an outcry from passengers.

Passengers on long- and medium-distance routes will enjoy fare concessions of 15 per cent and 5 per cent respectively when the fare adjustment system takes effect in January.

The concessionary rate for the long-distance routes is more generous than expected, but stringent conditions imposed by the operators mean only a quarter, or 900,000, of the daily 3.8 million bus passengers, will benefit. Regular commuters to the city from New Territories North can save up to $150 a month, but the discounts apply only on prepaid return trips.

"I know that there is a lot of noise from the public, particularly on the prepaid return-ride discount offer. This is beyond my expectations," Dr Liao said on a radio programme.

The concessionary rate for the long-distance routes is more generous than the 10 per cent originally offered by the three bus companies, although it comes with the condition that passengers buy prepaid return trips.

"I wanted to reach 15 per cent, but during the discussion the bus operators said that if they had to deduct that much, they would like some compensation to keep their passengers {hellip} they wanted to use the prepaid return-ride discount offer to keep them," she said.

Dr Liao promised to review conditions with the operators but said any change would have to take into consideration the operating costs of bus companies, as their passenger volumes were expected to drop in years to come with the enlargement of the rail network.

Under the system, the fare adjustment will be determined by the transport industry's wage index, the composite Consumer Price Index and the companies' productivity gains, which will be set at 0.3 per cent a year until a review in 2009.

The new bus fare adjustment mechanism will be submitted to the Legislative Council and Transport Advisory Committee for consultation this week before a review and discussions of the details with the bus companies.

Dr Liao refused to say if alternative options were being considered.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 21st, 2005, 06:23 AM   #288
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

By 頭文字泰~ from a Hong Kong bus forum :



__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 22nd, 2005, 03:02 AM   #289
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

Overcharged bus users can get refunds, minister says
22 November 2005
South China Morning Post

The transport minister yesterday guaranteed that bus passengers who believe they have been overcharged could obtain refunds from the operators by using a 24-hour Transport Department hotline.

Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung's pledge came after commuters blasted as deceptive her proposal for a bus-fare adjustment mechanism which requires operators to first offer concessions to medium- and long-haul passengers.

They said the conditions were so harsh that commuters would lose money if they pressed a wrong button or did not return by the same route on the same day.

Dr Liao said commuters who had been charged extra could arrange refunds by calling the hotlines of either the operators or the department.

"Bus operators can verify the commuters' claim by the records on their Octopus cards," she said.

"But in nine out of 10 cases they give their passengers the benefit of the doubt and offer their money back, as their administration costs are higher than the refund."

Spokeswomen from Citybus and Kowloon Motor Bus confirmed this, and said they had given refund cheques to passengers in the past.

"We gave a refund to a passenger who failed to take the same bus on the return trip because of a delay caused by traffic congestion," said a spokeswoman for Citybus, which has been offering passengers pre-paid same-day return concessions since June.

Dr Liao, who has been working on the fare adjustment scheme for three years, said she had not been discouraged by the criticism.

"I believe it was a good thing to lower the profit-sharing point from 13 per cent of the company's average net fixed assets to 9.7 per cent, which means operators are now sharing an additional third of their profit with passengers."

Dr Liao is also considering shuttle-bus services at busy centres such as Central and Mongkok to ease congestion. Passengers of all bus routes would have to disembark outside the busy areas and take the shuttle buses to move around the district. But she said the idea was still in a conceptual phase.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 25th, 2005, 10:05 PM   #290
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

Rough ride for KMB over fares
It's a case of giving a few people something worthwhile, or many people very little at all.

Michael Ng
Hong Kong Standard
Saturday, November 26, 2005

It's a case of giving a few people something worthwhile, or many people very little at all.

That's how Kowloon Motor Bus managing director John Chan described his company's offer of a 15 percent rebate on long- and medium-haul routes provided the return fare is paid up front, a plan that has been roundly criticized.

He told the Legislative Council's transport panel Friday that the company's hand on rebates is tied by its duty of not jeopardizing the interests of shareholders.

He said that if the discounts were to be spread equally among all commuters irrespective of distance traveled, the rebate would only amount to about 1 percent.

"Either way, we would be criticized," Chan said, though he agreed to further discuss the possibility of adjusting the prepaid system at a meeting with transport officials next week.

At Friday's meeting, Chan was criticized by Democratic Party legislator Andrew Cheng, who said the prepaid mechanism will provide additional revenue to the company and no benefit to commuters.

He said most passengers will not use the discount offer for fear of missing the return leg, which must be on the same route.

"Even though deflation over the past few years totaled 15 percent, bus operators were still able to reap annual profits reaching HK$700 million to HK$800 million. Yet they have refused to introduce an across-the-board fare cut for passengers," Cheng said.

Pro-democracy legislator Albert Cheng agreed: "It is just another marketing gimmick, like the frequent- flier programs offered by airline companies."

Chan said the offer is the best KMB can make given the current situation.

He said operation costs had surged since the company last revised its fares in December 1997, with fuel costs 2.7 times higher, toll fees up by 68 percent, and staff wages up by 10 percent.

"The amount of butter to be shared is limited," he said. "If we need to share it equally among every passenger, each will get a very small amount and they will say that the KMB is only joking. But that's the reality."

On the prepaid mechanism, Chan said it has been in use by some overseas transport operators for decades now. But he agreed to consider whether improvements can be made.

"We have heard the opinions expressed by the public. With the prerequisite that our company will not incur further costs, we are willing to consider other ways to respond to the requests of the public," Chan said, adding that he hopes a consensus can be reached as soon as possible.

Citybus and New World First Bus deputy managing director Mark Savelli promised the panel they will try to arrive at a mechanism that is acceptable to the public and balances the interests of the staff, shareholders and passengers.

But radical legislator Leung Kwok- hung said: "You said overseas transport operators have been using the prepaid return system for a long time. They have also issued season and monthly passes to regular passengers - so why didn't you follow suit?"

Independent legislator Albert Chan suggested that should bus operators fail in the next few months to come up with a fare reduction mechanism that suits the public, the government should put the Citybus and KMB franchises, which will expire next June and July 2007, respectively, out to public tender.

John Chan said KMB is one of the few public bus companies worldwide that does not require subsidies, yet is able to provide quality services.

Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao said she has done her best over the past three years to get the fare reduction mechanism introduced amd that she has no regrets over the formula.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 26th, 2005, 04:47 PM   #291
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

Citybus by cellist & 1333。HU9997 & ~MAN~ from a Hong Kong transport forum :









__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 27th, 2005, 04:03 AM   #292
superchan7
EOS 40D
 
superchan7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: San Jose, CA, USA / Hong Kong, China
Posts: 2,098
Likes (Received): 23

I remember seeing some pictures of buses with orange route display screens...anyone know where I might find such pics?
__________________
I speak English / 我講中文 / Ich spreche deutsch / 3y3 5p34k L337
superchan7 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 27th, 2005, 06:21 AM   #293
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

^ I've never seen those display screens before.

By tsang.3AD28 from a Hong Kong transport forum :



By AV111在晴朗的一天出發 :



By jkwans :





__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 28th, 2005, 02:06 AM   #294
superchan7
EOS 40D
 
superchan7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: San Jose, CA, USA / Hong Kong, China
Posts: 2,098
Likes (Received): 23

I know NLB runs orange display screens on their old single-deckers, but I thought I saw orange screens on double-deckers too.
__________________
I speak English / 我講中文 / Ich spreche deutsch / 3y3 5p34k L337
superchan7 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 29th, 2005, 05:06 PM   #295
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

Fares deal of use only to small minority
Michael Ng
28 November 2005
Hong Kong Standard

Commuters appear not to be taking up an offer of discounted return fares by bus companies.

Under the offer, announced earlier this month, long-distance commuters will receive a 15 percent reduction on fares if the return trip is paid upfront, while medium-haul passengers qualify for a 5 percent rebate.

However, according to a Democratic Party poll, only 14 percent of medium and long-haul bus passengers interviewed said they will accept the offer.

Some 35.7 percent said they may use the discount service occasionally, and 33.1 percent said they will rarely use it. Some 17.2 percent had no opinion.

Party researchers interviewed 800 people following the agreement reached between the government and the bus companies. Of these, 157 were either medium or long-haul bus passengers.

Asked why they were reluctant to make use of the discounts, 56.1 percent said they are ``very worried'' they may not be able to make the return trip on the same bus route and hence lose their advance payments, while 30.6 percent said they are ``worried'' they may waste their return trips.

Only 5.7 percent had no such concerns while 7.6 percent had no opinion.

The government has estimated that up to 900,000 commuters may benefit from the rebates. The Democratic Party said the poll results show only 126,000 will directly benefit from the offer, representing just 3 percent of the 3.8 million bus passengers daily.

Party spokesman Kwan Wing-yip said the poll clearly reflects public dissatisfaction with the offer.

He said bus companies should either reduce single journey fares or offer alternative options.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 3rd, 2005, 05:48 AM   #296
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132













__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 3rd, 2005, 06:02 PM   #297
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

Buses and ferries transformed into mobile art galleries
Saturday, December 3, 2005
Government Press Release

Starting today (December 3), passengers who take four City Bus or New World First Bus routes or who take the ferry at the First Ferry Services Pier 5 in Central will have a new artistic experience.

This is thanks to the "Mobile Art Expedition" -- a partnership project of the Art Promotion Office (APO) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, New World First Bus Services Limited (NWFB), New World First Ferry Services Limited (NWFF) and Citybus Limited. As with the successful "Mobile Art Gallery" in 2002 and "Gallery Ferry" in 2003, this project aims to bring local visual arts to the public, enhancing the city's cultural identity.

Launching the "Mobile Art Expedition" today (December 3) at Victoria Park were the Deputy Director (Culture) of LCSD, Mr Chung Ling-hoi, Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Dr Peter Wong King-keung; and Vice-Chairman of Citybus Limited, the NWFB and the NWFF, Mr Tsang Yam-pui. They also presented awards to participating artists.

The "Mobile Art Expedition" through an open competition under the theme, "Diary of Hong Kong", received 116 entries, from which 27 artworks were selected for the Bus Compartment category and 14 for the Ferry Pier category.

Reproductions of the 27 winning entries will be on display for six months inside nine bus compartments of the NWFB and Citybus Limited routes. The bus routes are as follows:

NWFB
8P: between Siu Sai Wan (Island Resort) and Wan Chai Ferry Pier
112: between North Point (Pak Fuk Road) and So Uk

Citybus
962: between Tuen Mun (Lung Mun Oasis) and Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace)
969: between Tin Shui Wai Town Centre and Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace)

The winning entries of the Ferry Pier category will be on display in the waiting area of the First Ferry Pier 5 in Central for six months.

The winning artists in the Bus Compartment category are Iris Chan Chung-yan, Chan Fong-yuen, Chan Man-chiu, Chan Wun-han, Chiu Chin-ting, Choy Man-kin, Fung Man-yiu, Happy & Hopes (Lee Pik-ki and Yeung Yan-yan), Ko Sum-yuen, Lam Yuk-lin, Lau Yan-hin, Woody Lee Kwok-chuen, Lo Kwan-chi, Natalie Lo Lai-lai, Ma Siu-han, Man Wing-wan, Poon Lai-man, Seto Kin-hang, Shen Ping, Shum Yin-ting, Tang Tsz-kin, Galen Tse Kin-wah, Wong Chun-li, Wong Hing-sze, Wong Man-yee, Yiu Kwan-ho and Sophia Yung Tsz-kei.

The winning artists in the Ferry Pier category are Iris Chan Chung-yan, Chan Fong-yuen, Christine Cheung Po-ming, Florence Cheung, Ko Sum-yuen, Lam Sze-ling, Lee Chung-hoi, Liu Wai-yee, Ma Siu-han, Man Wing-wan, Sharon Smith, Tang Tsz-kin, Wong Chun-li and Kelvin Wong.

For more information about the "Mobile Art Expedition", please call the APO on 3101 2738. For bus route information of NWFB and CTB, please call 2136 8888 and 2873 0818 respectively. For the sailing schedule for First Ferry Pier 5 in Central, please call 2131 8181.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 4th, 2005, 07:17 AM   #298
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

Accident on Dec. 3rd at around 6:30pm by fuxk from a Hong Kong transport forum :













__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 4th, 2005, 06:10 PM   #299
hkth
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 2,404
Likes (Received): 25

Quote:
Originally Posted by hkskyline
Accident on Dec. 3rd at around 6:30pm by fuxk from a Hong Kong transport forum :














It's seems the bus driver of Route 6C was too hurry to get in line.
hkth no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 6th, 2005, 02:27 AM   #300
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,844
Likes (Received): 18132

By "頭文字泰~*" from a Hong Kong transport forum :





By "Killing my Love ~"] :





__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 04:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium