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Old November 20th, 2007, 12:04 PM   #561
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Photo and Video Link from discuss.com.hk for the New Citybus Enviro 500, posted by 超時代巴士迷

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Old November 21st, 2007, 08:26 AM   #563
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It's hard to believe these buses were the norm just a decade ago. The first golden buses came into service around that time. Perhaps a decade from now the streets will look very different once again.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 04:49 PM   #564
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Old November 25th, 2007, 06:06 AM   #565
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Old November 28th, 2007, 09:52 AM   #566
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KMB fights rail threat with discount fares
Concessions to be offered on 21 routes in New Territories and Kowloon

28 November 2007
South China Morning Post

Kowloon Motor Bus will discount fares on more interchange routes from Sunday - the day Hong Kong rail services merge, bringing in wide-ranging fare cuts.

Discounts will be offered on 21 routes, grouped into seven packages covering areas of Kowloon and the New Territories where rail passengers will enjoy the biggest savings from the merger - through the axing of charges for transferring from one rail system to another.

But KMB denied its move was in response to the merger, which will see rail fares cut between 5 per cent and 35 per cent.

"It is mere coincidence that our scheme should start on the same day as the merger {hellip} the concessions are offered after a study of passengers' travel patterns and service demand, not as a means to compete for passengers with the MTR," KMB operations director Tim Ip said.

But transport analyst Hung Wing-tat, of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said it was obvious that KMB was introducing the discounts to keep its passengers from switching to rail services.

New World Development, owner of two other major bus operators New World First Bus and Citybus, said it had no plans to introduce fare concessions but would keep a close eye on the impact of the merger.

Dr Hung said New World would have to follow suit eventually if it wanted to maintain its share of the market. But he didn't expect a broader price war involving other public transport operators.

Under the KMB bus-to-bus transfer discounts announced yesterday, fares on the 21 routes will be in line with or less than the post-merger fares for comparable railway journeys.

Passengers will enjoy discounts of HK$3.50 for air-conditioned buses and HK$2.70 for non air-conditioned buses on the second leg of their journeys if they pay by Octopus card.

The new discounted routes will be in addition to a total of 237 routes in 61 interchange packages which are already subject to transfer discounts.

Mr Ip said the new discounts would be permanent.

He said introduction of the discounts was not contradictory to KMB's application in September for a 9 per cent fare rise, which lawmakers condemned as "unacceptable". A decision is yet to be made on the application.

"We had already included the interchange discounts in our calculations and still found that there has been an increase in our operation costs," Mr Ip said.

Dr Huang said it was unlikely the discounts would be permanent as Mr Ip suggested. "Concessions, unlike an official across-the-board fare reduction, can be cancelled easily upon changes in the market situation."

New World Development managing director Henry Cheng Kar-shun said it was difficult for the company to offer discounts now as it was striving to cut costs to avoid a fare rise due to surging fuel prices.
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Old November 28th, 2007, 11:52 AM   #567
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Old November 28th, 2007, 12:11 PM   #568
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I don't get it. The buses will keep KCR logo???
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Old November 28th, 2007, 03:11 PM   #569
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I don't get it. The buses will keep KCR logo???
The picture is showing a bus that has been arrived in HK for KCRC.
The KCR's logos have started to come off on all the buses, trains, other vehicles and buildings already. So after this weekend, the new buses won't have the KCR logo, but MTR's. But as of Nov. 28, KCR still exists.
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Old November 28th, 2007, 05:44 PM   #570
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Old December 8th, 2007, 06:27 AM   #573
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Bus companies eye fare hike
Hong Kong Standard
Saturday, December 08, 2007

Citybus and New World First Bus have followed rival Kowloon Motor Bus in its bid to increase fares.

Like KMB they blame soaring oil and operating costs for the proposed increases.

On Friday Citybus managing director Samuel Cheng Wai-po said it was facing pressure from rising costs.

"We are considering submitting an application to increase bus fares," he said. "However, we are still studying the percentage of the increase."

In September, KMB proposed to increase fares by 9 percent.

A Transport and Housing Bureau spokesman said it had not yet received an application from Citybus or First Bus.

The Transport Department is still considering a HK$1 fare increase proposal by taxi operators as well as KMB's application.

Citybus and First Bus have just introduced their first Euro 4 vehicle, which is able to reduce emissions by 80 percent compared to earlier models. It can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The company has spent HK$100 million on 28 of the double-decked buses.

Ten will run on the new B3 and B3X routes to Shenzhen Bay Port. Another 18 buses will replace old buses, with some in service by next week.

The bus company plans to buy about 300 of the latest eco-friendly buses in the coming five years, Cheng said.
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The First Euro IV Standard Citybus runs on Route B3 (Tuen Mun Ferry Pier to SZ Bay Port)!

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Bus firm joins push for fare rises with 5.8pc bid
12 December 2007
South China Morning Post

New World First Bus applied for a 5.8 per cent fare increase yesterday, escalating a rush for fare rises begun earlier this year.

While the recent merger of train services has led to discounts of 5 to 10 per cent for rail commuters, bus, ferry and taxi companies have been demanding fare increases since July.

The proposed adjustment by New World First Bus, which also runs Citybus, would mean an extra HK 20 cents to HK 30 cents for Hong Kong Island routes, HK 50 cents for cross-harbour routes and HK$1 for long-haul routes.

The company hopes the government will make a decision by March, but the Transport Department said such fare-adjustment assessments normally take six months.

A spokeswoman said the company had seen a slight drop in patronage since the rail merger on December 2, but more study was needed before New World would decide if any concessions should be offered on the worst hit to retain passengers.

It said some of its routes had not adjusted fares since 1997, but during that period staff costs and fuel prices had jumped by 10 per cent and four-fold respectively, and costs of spare parts had increased by 50 per cent.
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專家倡巴士上層前座嵌鐵架
18 December 2007

斥座位連地板易動搖 有安全帶亦無用

【明報專訊】上周末巴士相撞致座位連乘客被拋出車廂,2人慘死,出事的城巴和新巴,甚至沒捲入今次事件的九巴,事後已啟動在巴士部分座位安裝安全帶及相關安全措施的計劃,但有專家指出,所有巴士座位都只鑲嵌於鐵皮、木板構成的地板上,即使乘客佩有安全帶,座椅也極易被搖鬆,建議巴士公司把上層前3排座位改嵌於鐵枝架上,免同類意外再發生。

理工大學機械工程學系工程師盧覺強表示,一般汽車的座位都是鑲嵌於車身的鋼鐵支架,不易拉脫,但得悉本港新巴、城巴和九巴所有巴士座位,都鑲嵌地板上,「巴士上層地板就係木板加鐵皮,座位就以幾粒螺絲鑲在上面,大力點都可以拆它出來」。

批上層前方加欄「同樣沒用」

巴士意外經常發生座位飛脫的現象,他建議巴士公司把座位如私家車般,鑲嵌於車身的鋼鐵支架,以支架為拉力桿,即使再有巴士意外,至少無座位飛出車外之虞。

新巴、城巴公司回應稱,巴士設計曾通過評定測試,符合運輸署的安全標準。現時他們約有1600架巴士,其中850架是於10年前購入的型號,不能加裝安全帶,但擬於2009年1月前,在該批巴士的上層擋風玻璃前加裝欄杆;他們亦有550架巴士於1997年後購入,將在09年7月前,逐步在車前方和後排14個無遮擋的位置加裝安全帶。

九巴表示,現有約4000架巴士,其中約2000架於1997年前購入,因結構問題無法加裝安全帶,但在2008年4月前,會在上層的前方加裝扶手護欄。對於有學者建議取消巴士上層前排座位,三巴都表示暫不考慮。

盧覺強批評,這些安全措施治標不治本,「在車頭擋風玻璃加裝欄杆可防止座位飛出,但若意外似今次一樣,整個車頭飛脫,就同樣沒用」。他指長遠而言改裝座位才是最好辦法,若改裝全車座位成本太大,就可只改裝上層前方位置。

另外,香港巴士並沒做防撞測試,運輸署回應稱,本港的雙層巴士來自歐盟製造商,而全球並無對巴士做防撞測試的要求,本港亦只替巴士做傾斜測試,以確保其穩定性。

運輸及房屋局發言人稱,當局就加強道路安全的立法草擬工作已進入最後階段,今天將向立法會交通事務委員會交代及作出最後定稿,預計08年第一季提交修例草案。

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