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Old June 11th, 2008, 08:30 PM   #661
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I am not surprised to hear the laid off. The resources reduction in the last few years have actually eliminated many buses on the road. Less buses on the road means less drivers areneeded. It is just a matter of time to find the good excuse to execute.
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Old June 12th, 2008, 05:56 AM   #662
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Bus drivers to meet labour officials after pay talks with management fail
12 June 2008
South China Morning Post

Representatives of four bus drivers' unions will meet labour officials this afternoon after failing to reach an agreement with company managers over pay rises.

The meeting was scheduled yesterday after staff of Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) failed to strike a deal on pay increases with the company.

Chung Kin-wah, deputy director of the KMB branch of the Motor Transport Workers' General Union, said the group had lowered its requested pay rise from 7.5 per cent to 7 per cent. But KMB managers insisted on a 3 per cent increase. "The company has the ability to increase our salary by 7 per cent because, similar to last year, it recorded a profit of about HK$50 million," Mr Chung said. "Also, the Executive Council approved fare rises."

He said KMB had also refused to increase the base salary of some post-2004 recruits from HK$6,970 to HK$8,170. A 3 per cent increase would amount to an additional HK$7 per day for these workers, he said.

A spokeswoman for KMB, which also owns Long Win Bus, said the company could not afford a bigger increase because it faced higher operating costs due to rising oil prices.

The company would schedule another talk with its staff, she said.

While not ruling out the possibility of industrial action, Mr Chung said staff representatives from KMB, Long Win Bus, New World First Bus and Citybus would first ask labour officials to get involved in the pay negotiations.
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LCQ1: Concessionary bus-bus interchange schemes implemented by franchised bus companies
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Old June 19th, 2008, 07:26 PM   #664
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Massive restructuring for three bus routes in Yuen Long District, Relocation of Route B1 and 76K and Cancellation of Route 277, starting from June 22, 2008.

Transport Department Press Release:
Terminal Relocation of KMB Route No. B1 (Yuen Long Station - Lok Ma Chau Station) from Yuen Long Station to Tin Shui Wai Station

Last Day Service (June 21, 2008) for Route 277, Posted by 亞空 on HKiTalk

First Day Service for B1 in Tin Shui Wai, Posted by joelty on HKiTalk

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Another Notice from the Transport Department:
Cancellation of CTB Route No. 61 and NWFB Route No. 309, 315, 399


-- You have to take other routes and even interchange to Repulse Bay, Stanley and Shek O.
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TST piazza to include 5-storey shopping mall
18 June 2008
South China Morning Post

A tenth of the multi-purpose piazza proposed for the site of the bus terminus in Tsim Sha Tsui will be turned into a shopping mall, with buildings up to five storeys high occupying 1,000 square metres.

A Commerce and Economic Development Bureau spokesman said the site could be used for commercial purposes, depending on public opinion. But the government said the proposal would not be finalised until early next year.

According to a bureau paper submitted to the Legislative Council, buildings up to 15 metres high will occupy not more than 10 per cent of the proposed piazza. It had been touted as an open, "multi-purpose" space.

Greg Wong Chak-yan, a member of the government's Harbourfront Enhancement Committee, said the site could generate up to HK$1 million a month in revenue for the government. But he was concerned the government might bear risks if management of the piazza was contracted out to the private sector.

Paul Zimmerman, a founding member of Designing Hong Kong, said it would be a good idea to provide refreshment services for tourists, but the site did not need shops.

After a round of consultation launched in October it was generally agreed the proposed Tsim Sha Tsui piazza, near the Avenue of Stars, Cultural Centre and major shopping malls, should have seating, a green environment with shade, a cafe and a fountain.

Under the government's latest proposal, the existing Star Ferry Pier, the clock tower and the five flag poles will not be affected and there will be landscaping with trees, greenery, lawn areas and seating. It will also provide open space for public activities like concerts, art exhibitions or outdoor carnivals such as the New Year countdown.

The design of the piazza will be decided by an open design competition that will start early next year, at the earliest.

The government will also ask for suitable arrangements to be made for locals and visitors to take buses or taxis to and from the ferry pier to the future public transport interchange.

The Transport Department plans to build a new turnaround at Salisbury Road outside the Cultural Centre, with eight bus stops and a taxi stand, to maintain smooth traffic flow in the area. The construction of the new turnaround will start next year and end in 2010.

The Legislative Council's economic development panel will discuss the piazza plans on Monday.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 12:24 AM   #671
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$6.30 per person!!!!!!!!!!! That's a robbery.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 12:46 AM   #672
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with that robbery price, alot of hong kong people still take bus (or public transport) ?
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Old July 16th, 2008, 08:14 AM   #673
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if that counts as Hong Kong $ then it's not so expensive...

how much does a regular ticket for buses cost?
here in my town it's around 2 US$ and we consider that as expensive...
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if that counts as Hong Kong $ then it's not so expensive...

how much does a regular ticket for buses cost?
here in my town it's around 2 US$ and we consider that as expensive...
Fares differ on each route depending on distance travelled. Cross-harbour routes are over HKD $9, and distant suburb routes can cost up to about HKD $20. Converted to USD ($1 USD = $7.8 HKD) it's not expensive at all. However, the key is to find the right direct route and transfer as few times as possible, since you have to pay a new fare on each leg (there are some bus-to-bus interchange discounts though).
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with that robbery price, alot of hong kong people still take bus (or public transport) ?
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if that counts as Hong Kong $ then it's not so expensive...

how much does a regular ticket for buses cost?
here in my town it's around 2 US$ and we consider that as expensive...
in some extend, bus fare in hk is also distance base as well.
the further the bus goes, the more expensive it is.
(not how far you go, but the distance between termini.

Route HK1 only travels a few kilometer from terminus to terminus.
usually it is only $3-4 for that distance.
Normal routes that cost HK$6.30 travels over 10-15km easily.
Although HK1 is a special Olympic Equestrian event route, but HK$6.30 is just ridiculously high. It doubles what it should have been charging.
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Mercury soars in bus terminals
29 July 2008
South China Morning Post

District councillors have urged the government to improve air ventilation at bus terminals across the city after a survey found that temperatures inside the terminals can rise above 40 degrees Celsius.

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong poll conducted between July 16 and July 18 measured temperatures inside and outside seven bus terminals in Kowloon and the New Territories.

The highest reading, 40 degrees, was registered at a minibus and taxi terminal on Sai Lau Kok Road in Tsuen Wan. The reading inside the terminal was 5.5 degrees higher than the temperature outside it.

Tsuen Wan District councillors Ben Chan Han-pan and Richard Chan Kam-lam said they had received five complaints about poor conditions at the Sai Lau Kok Road terminal.

They inspected the terminal again yesterday, taking a reading of 40.7 degrees.

They said the high temperature was caused by stuffiness inside the depot and called on the Transport Department to improve the ventilation by introducing water scrubbers.

"The department should install better equipment to ventilate the terminals," Ben Chan said. "Water scrubbers not only lower the temperature, but also purify the air."

They also questioned why only a few of the ventilators installed at the depot were turned on, suspecting others had been turned off to save electricity.

A Transport Department spokesman said it would look into the case and see what it could do with other departments, such as the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, to make improvements.

The other terminals studied were the Nan Fung Centre Bus Terminus, Nina Tower Bus Terminus, Cheung On Bus Terminus, Tuen Mun Central Bus Terminus, Nam Tin Bus Terminus and Tsuen Wan West Terminus.
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Buses can handle evacuation, says Equestrian Company
7 August 2008
South China Morning Post

The Equestrian Company says it has enough buses to quickly evacuate spectators from the Sha Tin Olympic equestrian venue in an emergency.

Keith Chau Cho-kei, the company's senior manager, said it would arrange for 75 shuttle buses to transport spectators between University MTR station and the Sha Tin venue during the Olympic and Paralympic equestrian events.

"We can transport 15,000 spectators away from the venue in an hour. In case of emergency, it will be fast enough to get them out," he said.

The Sha Tin venue, which will stage dressage and showjumping events, can accommodate 18,000 spectators for Olympic equestrian events this month and 8,000 for the Paralympic events next month.

The Beas River venue in Sheung Shui will stage the Olympic cross-country event on Monday.

The Equestrian Company will operate free shuttle buses for spectators every three to 10 minutes on event days. The service will also operate between Fanling MTR station and the Beas River venue.

Assistant Commissioner for Transport Cindy Law Fung-ping said taxis, private cars and coaches would not be allowed direct access to the venues since there would be special traffic arrangements during the Games.

Leung Yan-kit, chief inspector at the police traffic branch headquarters, called on spectators to take the Equestrian Company's shuttle buses to the venues. He urged them to arrive one to two hours early for security checks.

Ambrose Cheong Siu-yau, Transport Department chief traffic engineer, said a taxi pick-up point would be set up at the Wo Che public housing estate, a 15-minute walk from the Sha Tin venue.

In Sheung Shui, it would take 15 to 20 minutes for spectators to walk from Sheung Shui MTR station to the Beas River venue if they chose not to take the bus in Fanling, he said.

Service on green minibus route 57K, which runs from Tong Kung Leng in Sheung Shui to Sheung Shui MTR station, will be suspended from 5am to 2pm on Monday, when part of Fan Kam Road will be blocked.

Car parks outside University MTR station and on Yuen Wo Road in Sha Tin will suspend operations during events.

Bicycle paths and footbridges near the Hong Kong Sports Institute in Sha Tin will be closed from two hours before equestrian events start until one hour after they finish.
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