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Old December 28th, 2008, 04:28 PM   #761
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At first I thought this was a new KMB livery...but since you mentioned MTR buses...what areas are the MTR buses operating in? Also, Has MTR changed the Light Rail and KCRC feeder buses to the MTR livery?

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MTR operates 19 railway feeder bus routes including 1 in Kowloon between Nam Cheong and East TST, 4 in the Tai Po area, and 14 in the Western NT (Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai and Tuen Mun) area.
All the buses bodies colour remain the same as they were in the KCR era. Indeed the above pictures are the newest buses began service early this year, and maintain the original KCR colour.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 08:02 AM   #762
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At first I thought this was a new KMB livery...but since you mentioned MTR buses...what areas are the MTR buses operating in? Also, Has MTR changed the Light Rail and KCRC feeder buses to the MTR livery?

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MTR operates 19 railway feeder bus routes including 1 in Kowloon between Nam Cheong and East TST, 4 in the Tai Po area, and 14 in the Western NT (Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai and Tuen Mun) area.
All the buses bodies colour remain the same as they were in the KCR era. Indeed the above pictures are the newest buses began service early this year, and maintain the original KCR colour.
If you say the newest model for MTR's Double Deckers, those Dennis Enviro 500 are. But if you say the newest buses, they aren't, it should be the Dennis Dart Enviro 200. You may view this link from HKiTalk for those new MTR Single Deckers.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 07:11 AM   #763
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The KMB logo appears on some MTR buses because of the very restrictive licensing issues in Hong Kong.

Originally the heavy rail feeder routes did not have any fare collection, so passengers travelled for free, so these routes operated as a non franchised free shuttle bus.

The introduction of Octopus equipment however presented an opportunity to start charging these bus passenger money, and those that then took the train would get a discount. However non franchised buses may not run routes where people may choose to only travel between intermediary stops, like travelling on Citybus 88R between Central and Wan Chai.

(Residential routes are different because these routes only serve housing estates and don't carry people on intermediate parts of the route)

So, in order to charge these fares, KMB are involved, because they are a franchised operator and can run this type of route. However the buses are pure MTR and still run on the MTR PSL, so it is one of those odd situations.

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Old January 4th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #766
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As there were many buses were on fire last year, some Legislative Concellors questioned to the Gov't.

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LCQ13: Accidents of buses catching fire and bus maintenance
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Old January 18th, 2009, 05:50 PM   #768
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KMB to phase out older buses
16 January 2009
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Kowloon Motor Bus intends to phase out within three years its 400-plus buses built before 1992 in favour of less polluting models.

The other main franchised bus operators, New World First Bus and Citybus, have pledged to phase out their 90 pre-1992 models - known as pre-Euro because they began operating before the European Union began setting emissions standards in 1992 - by 2012. They will also phase out more than 400 Euro I buses - which meet the EU's 1992 standards - by then.

KMB principal engineer Kane Shum Yuet-hung said although it operated 401 pre-Euro buses, they had long ago been upgraded to meet the Euro I standards. Likewise its 943 Euro I buses had been upgraded to meet the 1996 Euro II standards.

By next year, when fitting of particulate filters to its 1,675 Euro II and III buses was finished, the emissions of its fleet would be 90 per cent less than they were in 1992.

"After [this upgrade], I guarantee you will never again see black smoke coming from a bus exhaust pipe," Mr Shum said.

He said the Transport Department had approved its purchase of 145 Euro IV buses that met 2005 EU standards, delivery of which was expected this year. KMB would seek approval later to buy another 256 of the buses to complete the phase-out.

Pre-Euro and Euro I buses accounted for half the 100 tonnes of respirable suspended particles (RSPs) and nitrogen oxides franchised buses emitted in 2006. Euro IV buses emit 97 per cent less RSPs than pre-Euro buses, 61 per cent less nitrogen oxides and 81 per cent less hydrocarbons.

Meanwhile, opposition to another measure to improve air quality rose, with some taxi drivers threatening industrial action unless granted a hot-weather exemption from a proposed ban on idling engines.

But Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah told lawmakers that such an exemption would be unfair to pedestrians, who would feel uncomfortable inhaling engine exhaust on hot days.
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Pollution study points to dangers of 'canyon effect'
2 February 2009
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The "canyon effect" is to blame for the much higher level of ultrafine air pollutants at bus stops on "walled streets" in Central compared with those in more ventilated areas, a study has shown.

In one comparison, the number of pollutants nearly doubled. The canyon effect refers to the impact - such as poor ventilation and trapped heat - from the creation of canyon-like streets between walls of closely spaced tall buildings.

The study measured the number of ultrafine particles in every cubic centimetre of air, rather than the government's pollution-monitoring method that tracks the weight of larger particles in every cubic metre of air.

Ultrafine particles can be as tiny as 20 nanometres in diameter - 2,500 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.

Although there are no international standards on acceptable levels of the number of ultrafine particles in the air, overseas studies have found they can penetrate directly into blood vessels and lung tissue, causing harm. Many scientists believe they may be the most harmful form of air pollution.

The Hong Kong study was conducted last year by students at the University of Science and Technology. They found the air at bus stops at sites between walls of buildings on streets with heavy traffic had more ultrafine pollutants than that at bus stops in open spaces, seaward streets and indoors.

The number of particles at the two eastbound bus stops outside Wing Lung Bank and the old Hang Seng building at Des Voeux Road Central were on average 90 per cent and 75 per cent higher than at the bus stop outside Statue Square in Central.

Measurements were taken during evening peak hours on six days between September and December.

Between 48,000 and 137,000 particles were recorded at the Wing Lung Bankbus stop, between 63,000 and 100,000 at the old Hang Seng Bank building bus stop, and a range of 22,000 to 82,000 at the Statue Square bus stop. For comparison, a benchmark reading of 20,000 was recorded at the researchers' Sai Kung campus on a clear and fine summer day.

Des Voeux Road Central is surrounded by buildings on both sides while the Statue Square stop has more open space in its vicinity, although more buses pass by the square.

"The findings strongly suggest the presence of the canyon effect in Central," said Lau Ngai-ting, the project's supervisor. "The number of particles one inhales in the streets would be astronomical."

He said that while the readings might have varied with changing weather conditions and ambient pollution levels, he believed poor ventilation contributed to higher pollution levels on the streets. Heavy traffic, such as buses running on large diesel engines, was the key source of ultrafine particles, he said.

Researchers also measured particle levels along three different walking routes between Des Voeux Road Central and Statue Square.

On all three routes, the reading showed high levels of pollutants - hitting a high of 180,000 at one point on the road - but fell below 10,000 in elevated walkways, mall corridors and underground rail stations, where ventilation was better.

Adrien Chen Kam-cheuk, a chemical and environmental engineering student who initiated the study, said: "Going above ground or underground seems to be a more desirable way for commuters to avoid street-level pollution."

Mr Lau said regulating traffic through such means as electronic road pricing or low-emission zones might help reduce the pollution level.
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Drive launched for higher pay from bus firms
12 February 2009
Hong Kong Standard

A transport union is pressing two bus companies to hand out pay rises of 5-7.5 percent to its 18,000 members.

Unionists claim that such an award would cost the firms less than HK$100 million each.

The Motor Transport Workers General Union made the demand despite the economic meltdown that has hit businesses, forcing some to sack staff and cut salaries.

But New World Bus and Citybus ``are capable of paying higher salaries,'' union vice chairman Chung Kin-wah claimed yesterday. He recalled that bus companies had promised to be generous with pay rises once the price of oil had fallen from an all-time high.

But the firms have still not raised salaries _ although oil is now around US$40 (HK$312) a barrel after rising to more than US$140 last year.

Chung said the current financial turmoil has had only a slight effect on the bus companies as passenger volume has been increasing from time to time.

``We hope the two bus companies can be the first to respond to the financial secretary's call and unite to fight the financial tsunami,'' Chung said.

It is expected more than 18,000 employees would be in line for a pay rise if negotiations are successful.

Employees of New World Bus Services and Citybus Services have already sent in pay-rise applications to management.

Negotiations with New World Bus will start in April.

Chung said the union would consider a strike if its demands are rejected. But ``we hope to solve the problem as soon as possible, and we certainly do not want to cause any inconvenience for passengers.''

The average monthly salary of a bus driver is HK$11,000. Suggested pay rises would be in the HK$550-HK$750 range.
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The average monthly salary of a bus driver is HK$11,000.
Is that a livable salary? $22,000 CAD/ year. That seems very low to me.
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Is that a livable salary? $22,000 CAD/ year. That seems very low to me.
That's a very typical salary for less-educated workers. Even university graduates average around there these days when they first leave school. Some want to work in the mainland these days with the financial crisis locally, but then, they pay $2-3k a month up there.
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That's a very typical salary for less-educated workers. Even university graduates average around there these days when they first leave school. Some want to work in the mainland these days with the financial crisis locally, but then, they pay $2-3k a month up there.
The cost of living can be quite cheap in HK unless you want a high standard of living.

I would also say that HK bus drivers work pretty hard for this salary, especially considering the hours and responsibilities they have.

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That's a very typical salary for less-educated workers. Even university graduates average around there these days when they first leave school. Some want to work in the mainland these days with the financial crisis locally, but then, they pay $2-3k a month up there.

But then as you said, it's only an average salary for bus drivers. I guess it would be higher if you are already a very experienced driver.
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