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Old August 28th, 2007, 07:00 PM   #481
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九巴車廂換太平門
改用強化玻璃方便逃生

28/08/2007
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【本報訊】為防止乘客不慎從活動式太平門跌出巴士,九巴新引入的巴士已將上層車尾太平門取消,改用固定的強化玻璃大車窗代替,當發生意外時乘客只需用錘敲破玻璃,便可迅速逃離車廂。九巴透露,巴士下層車尾附近的緊急逃生太平門,未來亦會作出類似改良。

九巴首席機械工程師沈乙紅稱,至今已有約五百部九巴巴士使用了新一代上層車尾緊急出口設計。採用強化玻璃設計的緊急出口,玻璃面額外貼有一層保護膜,一旦碎裂時玻璃碎粒會被黏在保護膜內,而出口四周亦包有膠邊,乘客不用擔心會被玻璃傷。

擋風玻璃加膠膜防濺傷
在逃生口的強化玻璃加貼膠膜構思,是由九巴向巴士製造商提議,至今已有五百部九巴巴士,上層車尾已應用了這類新的逃生出口設計,且經測試證明效果良好。有關設計未來會延伸至巴士下層,日後九巴亦會用固定強化玻璃設計代替下層的活動太平門。沈乙紅說,全部巴士下層太平門都改由一整塊強化玻璃替代,行車途中乘客跌出車廂的意外就不會發生,有助提升行車安全。

另外,九巴已開始在二千部舊巴士上層擋風玻璃位置加貼膠膜,九巴指此舉可防止車頭擋風玻璃破裂時,碎粒會向車內四濺傷及乘客,其中逾九百部已完成安裝,全部工程預計可在今年內完成。
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Old August 28th, 2007, 10:22 PM   #482
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There are two of this new bus (Scania K310UD) in HK, but only one is running in service right now. The other one is still in the depot.

Almost all B9TL are EURO III, not EURO IV except two prototypes (one is fleet number AVD 1 and the other one is ATEU 1). The AVD and ATEU use the same Volgren and Enviro 500 bodies as the other buses in fleet which do not stand out the EURO IV engine feature. I guess this is an opportunity for KMB's marketing to send out the more environmental friendly bus message again with a totally new bus which looks totally different from the others.

I mean, the general public cannot distinguish a bus in different models by its look. If the two models use the same body, the public think they were the same when they aren't. For example the Volvo Super Olympian and the Volvo B9TL both with Enviro 500 body.

ATEU1 is not a Volvo B9TL... it is a Dennis Enviro

the Super Volvo Olympian doesn't use the Enviro 500 Body
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ATEU1 is not a Volvo B9TL... it is a Dennis Enviro

the Super Volvo Olympian doesn't use the Enviro 500 Body
oops... mixed up with the Volgren, Wright and Alexender for the SVO.
Thanks for correcting me.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 03:00 AM   #484
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Old August 31st, 2007, 09:43 AM   #485
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新巴城巴10億換環保車

2007年8月31日


【明報專訊】專利巴士因排放黑煙被要求驗車的數字,近年有上升趨勢,新巴及城巴將動用逾10億元,更換全部500部(佔車隊整體三分一)最舊型號的歐盟前期及一型巴士,以及為其他巴士加裝微粒隔濾器,預計到2012年,懸浮粒子排放量較目前減少九成以上。不過,綠色力量行政總幹事文志森批評換車速度太慢,較原定巴士退役時間僅推前2年,認為政府應為巴士公司設定排放上限,加速改善路邊空氣污染問題。

環團斥換車速度慢

該公司表示,今次換車計劃,不會有加價壓力,強調減排是企業應有的責任。

首批總值1億元的28輛歐盟四型巴士,將於下月中由英國運抵本港裝嵌,最快11月投入服務。歐盟四型是目前國際最新排放標準,各種污染物排放量較一型少56%至94%不等;新巴及城巴車隊中,約500部巴士是90年代末出廠的前期或一型車種,預計每年再動用約2億元,更換約60部歐盟前期及一型車輛,到2012年完成整項計劃。

新巴及城巴昨日示範,歐盟四型巴士在開車後,肉眼看不到有黑煙排放,儀器亦顯示零度,代表沒有懸浮粒子排出。城巴新巴營運及工程總監李廣威表示,黑煙由懸浮粒子組成,歐盟四型車種排放量較一型少94%,車輛行走時不會排放黑煙。該公司另外斥資5000萬元,在09年底前,為約1000部歐盟二型巴士加裝柴油微粒隔濾器,減少九成懸浮粒子,達到四型的排放標準。

環保署數字顯示,去年該署向排放黑煙的專利巴士發出82張驗車通知書,較05年的61宗上升34%,05年又較04年上升30%,顯示有上升趨勢。本身是車輛黑煙檢舉員的文志森表示,近月在街上發現巴士排放黑煙問題較之前嚴重,估計因為舊型號巴士車齡漸高。運輸署表示,專營巴士一般使用年限約17年,新巴及城巴的換車計劃,主要為更換到達正常使用年限的巴士,及配合開辦新路線。該署在考慮巴士公司建議更換時,會考慮對票價影響及改善環境等多方因素。
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Old September 1st, 2007, 08:22 AM   #486
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Old September 4th, 2007, 01:19 PM   #487
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Old September 9th, 2007, 06:22 PM   #488
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Old September 9th, 2007, 06:23 PM   #489
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Kowloon Motor Bus seeks 9pc fare hike
Hong Kong Standard
Saturday, September 08, 2007

Bus fares are set to go up if Kowloon Motor Bus has its way.

The company has applied for an average 9 percent fare rise for all its routes, citing soaring fuel costs and the need to maintain quality services.

If approved, the hike would be KMB's first in 10 years.

But the move has drawn fire from lawmakers and critics who called the proposed increases "unacceptable" and "too high."

KMB chief executive John Chan Cho-chak said on Friday that the company's decision has been prompted by surging operating costs and other factors such as consumer prices, wages and productivity.

Other factors which are not part of the new fare-setting mechanism but have been taken into account include rising fuel costs and tunnel fees over the years, he said.

Chan noted that KMB has not raised fares since December 1997.

However, annual operating costs had risen more than fivefold due to surging fuel prices, Chan said - from HK$190 million in 1997 to HK$980 million last year - coupled with a 70 percent increase in road tunnel fees and an accumulated 14.4 percent rise in wages. At the same time the company's profits had shrunk from HK$600 million in 1998 to HK$200 million last year.

According to Chan, more than half the company's 400 bus routes have been losing money, and the new fares are expected to bring in HK$500 million revenue. He said if approved, the new fares would be effective from December 1.

The new fare adjustment mechanism, instituted in January last year, is aimed at providing more transparency and objective parameters for fare revisions and creating a reasonable business environment for franchised bus operators. A spokeswoman for the Transport and Housing Bureau confirmed it received KMB's application, and said the government will consider it according to the fare adjustment mechanism.

The Legislative Council and the Transport Advisory Committee will discuss the matter and the Chief Executive-in-Council and the Executive Council will decide within six months whether to approve it.

A spokeswoman for Citybus and New World First Bus Services said they are also under pressure from high operating costs due to fuel prices and salary increases. "But we've no plans to apply for a pay rise at present. We'll monitor the situation closely and will try various means to bring operation costs down," she said.

Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong chairman Tam Yiu-chung slammed KMB's move as "unacceptable."

He said: "The government must closely examine applications for high fare hikes. Such increases should not be allowed even if there's inflationary pressure." Party vice chairman Lau Kong-wah said he hoped Exco will reject the application as the proposed increases exceed 5 percent.

Democratic Party chief Ho Chun- yan described KMB's application as unjustified. "The current inflation rate is less than 9 percent, so KMB is not justified in seeking such a big increase."

Ronny Tong Ka-wah of the Civic Party said the party needs more information before deciding whether or not to support KMB's application. "The percentage is almost 10 percent, and this is quite a lot for the public."

Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong, a spokesman for the Coalition to Monitor Public Transport and Utilities, also criticized the move, saying KMB has not fulfilled its social responsibilities. "The ordinary worker ... has not benefited from the revival in the economy," he said.
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Move to reduce fumes by 2009
25 September 2007
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Bus and truck operators have barely begun replenishing their fleets with models meeting current European Union standards for pollution emissions, but the government is already considering bringing in tougher standards for new vehicles within two years.

New vans and light buses and trucks may be required to meet the standards after a further two years, in 2011, said principal environmental protection officer Mok Wai-chuen.

The Euro V standards, covering emissions of respirable suspended particulates, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons, will come into force in the European Union next year. The Euro V standard for nitrogen oxides is 42 per cent tighter than that under the current Euro IV.

"We have been following the timetable of the European Union closely in tightening emission standards," Mr Mok said at a briefing organised by the Business Environment Council.

Euro IV has applied to new trucks and buses registered in Hong Kong since October 1.

New World First Bus and Citybus will add the first 28 Euro IV buses to their combined fleet of 1,600 by November. Kowloon Motor Bus, which runs more than 4,000 buses, bought its third Euro IV vehicle in February.

KMB principal engineer Kane Shum Yuet-hung said the company had tentative plans to run Euro V buses in 2009.

Vehicles are the second-largest source of air pollution in Hong Kong, contributing 25 per cent of respirable suspended particulates and nitrogen oxides. Diesel trucks are the biggest vehicle polluters, accounting for 90 per cent of particulate emissions and 80 per cent of nitrogen oxides.

Alexis Lau Kai-hon, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Science and Technology, said improving city air would require better urban planning and traffic control.

Meanwhile, Alfred Tam Yat-cheung, of the Council for Sustainable Development, said it would be difficult to develop guidelines for when schools should suspend outdoor activities because of high air pollution. International schools cancelled some sports events last week.

The council released a consultation paper on cleaner air in June. It proposes adopting electronic road pricing and letting employees work from home when pollution is high.

A kit to teach schoolchildren about climate change will be launched this week by the Observatory and the Education Bureau.

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Is there an onboard information screen or announcements inside CityBus? I might get lost. Im planning to take buses while in HK.

What are the dos and don'ts? Thanks!
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Is there an onboard information screen or announcements inside CityBus? I might get lost. Im planning to take buses while in HK.

What are the dos and don'ts? Thanks!
I've never seen next stop displays or heard next stop announcements on Citybus vehicles, including the airport line I use.
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^ oh no! I might take the airport train express then, but its too expensive.
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GreenPeas, can you tell us what would be your bus travel plan in HK?
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Citybus's airport routes DO have on-board stop displays and announcements; but not other regular local routes. KMB has the system on some buses on some route, not all the buses and routes are equipped.

Majority of the bus stops in HK has route and stop information for all routes at that stop; you can read before your board on any bus. The companies' official websites are good places to do some research if you aren't familiar with the route in HK.

http://www.nwfb.com.hk
http://www.citybus.com.hk
http://www.kmb.hk
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I don't recall seeing it on A21.
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A10, A11 and A12 do.
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all cityflyer routes should have them, they might not get turned on.

citybus to testing annoucment systems for all buses

http://www.stopreporter.com/CTBNWskin.htm
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