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Old February 20th, 2009, 06:01 PM   #781
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Old February 24th, 2009, 11:39 AM   #782
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巴士樓梯意外 五年701人傷
19 February 2009
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本港過去五年共發生六百八十六宗乘客在雙層巴士樓梯跌傷意外,引致七百零一人受傷,平均每年一百三十多宗及約一百四十名人受傷,九巴涉及個案最多。在螺旋形樓梯發生意外比例,明顯較直樓梯為高;超過兩成傷者為六十五歲以上長者。運輸及房屋局局長鄭汝樺表示,非常關注巴士乘客安全,如乘客在上落樓梯時緊握扶手,巴士車長又能保持行車平穩,會減少乘客在上落樓梯時失足情況。政府會加強執法及車長培訓,並呼籲駕駛人士禮讓巴士,以減少巴士因突然煞車而影響乘客。
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Old February 27th, 2009, 10:38 AM   #783
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Buses with straight staircases are riskier
19 February 2009
South China Morning Post

The number of passengers who trip up or injure themselves on buses with straight staircases is almost double that for buses with spiral staircases, government figures show.

Kowloon Motor Bus recorded more accidents than the other bus companies last year, though in its case most occurred on buses with spiral staircases. KMB reported 13 accidents on its buses with straight staircases and 49 on those with spiral staircases.

However, buses with straight staircases comprised only about an eighth of its 4,000-strong fleet.

The Transport and Housing Bureau released figures yesterday following a written question from lawmaker Miriam Lau Kin-yee, who asked if falls on straight staircases tended to cause more serious injuries to passengers.

An 82-year-old man died after tripping over and falling down a straight staircase on a KMB bus last month. The driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing death but was later released.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said in a written reply that both staircase designs met safety requirements in Hong Kong, and European manufacturers were also satisfied that the straight staircase design was safe.

On the 1,700-strong fleet of Citybus and New World First Bus, although there was just one accident on one of the 28 buses with straight staircases last year, that was higher proportionally when compared with the 40 accidents on 1,672 buses with spiral staircases in the same period.
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Old March 6th, 2009, 07:33 PM   #784
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Old March 9th, 2009, 02:48 AM   #785
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Related Press Release for the photos above.

KMB Strengthens Air-conditioned Bus Services in Kwai Tsing District

-- KMB Route 41 is FULLY A/C already since March 7, 2009.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 05:37 PM   #786
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RoadShow plans news on the go
17 March 2009
Hong Kong Standard

Commuters could soon be able to watch live news on the bus if a plan by multimedia sales company RoadShow gets off the ground later this year.

The firm, which currently offers non- real-time viewing on buses run by major transport operators, wants to produce its own news channels.

A source said RoadShow has been studying different ways of supplying the service, including a subtitles system or traditional sound and picture news broadcasts. The source added that the latest technology offers ample support for real-time news on buses using the 3G network of telecom companies, WiFi and a mobile TV network.

Due to cost considerations, RoadShow will not bid for a mobile TV license but may rent a channel from a license holder. In preparation, the company has been broadcasting a public affairs discussion program recently.

RoadShow wants to produce its own news to offer alternative views to passengers.
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Old March 19th, 2009, 02:40 AM   #787
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Most of the time, the screens are either turned off or they're playing with no sounds! What's happening??
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Old March 19th, 2009, 07:46 PM   #788
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Most of the time, the screens are either turned off or they're playing with no sounds! What's happening??
I remember when Roadshow first came out, there were a lot of complaints that the buses were very noisy as the sound was blasted throughout the bus. Then came a quiet policy so the volume was turned down. You can read the captions instead.
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Is it just me or do other people find the tv's on the East Rail have much better programming?
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Old March 21st, 2009, 05:56 AM   #790
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Is it just me or do other people find the tv's on the East Rail have much better programming?
East Rail contracts to Cable TV, so they actually play a lot more informative material.
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Old March 24th, 2009, 02:44 PM   #791
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Finally, the first franchise bus route using Tsing Sha Tunnel of Route 8. It is KMB Route 373A.

KMB Press Release:
Rerouting of KMB Route 373A via Tsing Sha Tunnel
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Finally, the first franchise bus route using Tsing Sha Tunnel of Route 8. It is KMB Route 373A.

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Old March 27th, 2009, 06:49 PM   #793
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Bus fare cut in the wind with new formula results
27 March 2009
South China Morning Post

Bus passengers may get a fare cut in the next few months after the latest calculations under a fare-adjustment formula indicated that the price of an average trip should be reduced by 15 HK cents

But the Transport and Housing Bureau said there would not be a final answer for about six months and there might not be a fare cut at all.

The government first has to collect data from the companies on their operational costs, revenues, projected costs and returns.

It must also consult the Legislative Council and the Transport Advisory Committee before submitting a recommendation for Executive Council approval.

A bureau spokesman said that after all factors had been considered there might not be a reduction.

Lawmakers and community groups nevertheless called on companies to cut fares soon because of the economic downturn and the plunge in the price of oil to about a fifth of its peak value of US$140 per barrel last July.

The formula was introduced in 2006 to determine whether bus fares should be raised or lowered.

The latest calculation takes into account December's composite consumer price index, nominal wage indices for the transport sector during the fourth quarter last year and the operators' productivity rate.

It produced a negative figure of 3.03 for the first time - equivalent to a fare cut of 15 HK cents on average.

However, New World First Bus - which also owns Citybus, said some parts of the equation did not truly reflect the company's situation.

A spokesman said the transport sector wage index for the fourth quarter last year fell 4.2 points, but in reality drivers' wages had risen over the past year. Unions representing drivers for the four local bus companies - who were given a pay rise last July - have demanded pay rises again of between 5 per cent and 7 per cent this year.

Kowloon Motor Bus, which also owns Long Win, said it would study the formula's latest result.

All four operators have seen a rise in fare revenue since their fare-rise applications were approved last July. The latest annual report of KMB's holding company, Transport International Holdings, showed a rise in fare revenue from HK$6.07 billion in 2007 to HK$6.13 billion in 2008, although its profit dropped 14 per cent to HK$292.5 million last year, even after removing a huge one-off property sale in 2007.

Meanwhile, MTR Corporation will not be entitled to a fare rise for another 15 months, according to the outcome of another formula for rail transport.

The corporation agreed to continue a temporary fare reduction when it merged with the Kowloon Canton Railway in December 2007.

There has since been wide speculation that the MTR would be able to ask for a fare rise when the freeze expires in July given the fact that the composite consumer price index and the wage index for the transport sector rose during the first three quarters of last year.

However, the outcome was based only on the last quarter, during which revenue dropped due to the economic downturn.
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Government to start a review of bus fares
Thursday, March 26, 2009
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A spokesman for the Transport and Housing Bureau said today (March 26) that the Government would trigger a review of bus fares in accordance with the existing bus fare adjustment arrangement.

When the franchises were extended for a number of bus companies in 2006, the Government introduced an arrangement to enable upward or downward bus fare adjustment. Under the arrangement, bus fares can be adjusted upwards and downwards in the light of prevailing economic conditions and changes in operating costs. The fare adjustment formula would be applied on a quarterly basis. The Administration will proactively initiate a comprehensive fare review if the formula outcome is beyond -2%. Based on the nominal wage index for the transport services sector for the fourth quarter of 2008 released today by the Census and Statistics Department and the recently published Composite Consumer Price Index for February 2009, the latest quarterly outcome of the bus fare adjustment formula was -3.03%.

The formula does not operate as an automatic determinant of fare adjustment outcome. Under the existing arrangement for the adjustment of franchised bus fares, the Administration takes into account a basket of factors in determining the fare level, including:

(i) changes in operating costs and revenue since the last fare adjustment;
(ii) forecast of future costs, revenue and return;
(iii) need to provide the operator with a reasonable rate of return;
(iv) public acceptability and affordability;
(v) quality and quantity of service provided; and
(vi) outcome of the fare adjustment formula (0.5 x Change in Wage Index + 0.5 x Change in Composite Consumer Price Index – 0.5 x Productivity Gain)

"We'll ask the bus companies to provide relevant data and forecasts for our analysis and assessment. If a fare adjustment is considered justifiable after taking into account all relevant factors under the bus fare adjustment arrangement, we will make a recommendation for a downward fare adjustment to the Chief Executive-in-Council," the spokesman said.
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Heritage plea for TST bus terminal
22 March 2009
South China Morning Post

Activists have taken their campaign to save the Tsim Sha Tsui bus terminal to new heights - asking Unesco and international scholars to consider its historic value. Until now, the campaign has focused on the terminal's convenient access to the Star Ferry pier.

Our Bus Terminal, a four-member group, will fly to Hanoi next month to present a research paper at an annual Unesco seminar on heritage issues. Their paper will argue that the government is destroying the city's historic urban landscape by removing its first public transport interchange.

Meanwhile, the Central and Western Concern Group and an architecture professor from Hong Kong University will speak at the Unesco seminar about the Urban Renewal Authority's redevelopment of Central's historic Graham Street market.

The terminal activists formed a network on the social networking site Facebook to promote their cause last year, after the government announced a plan to turn the terminal into a piazza with a five-storey shopping mall. It has gathered support from over 3,000 netizens.

Its chairman, Leslie Chan Ka-long, said the bus terminal, which has been in operation since 1921, was the first of its kind in the city - a connection between a ferry pier, a railway station (since torn down), taxis and minibuses - which contributed to Tsim Sha Tsui's development.

He is glad the forum will draw international attention to their cause.

"I hope this will exert some pressure on our government to think twice before destroying the terminal and turning it into a soulless, open space."

The terminal is used by as many as 3,000 bus passengers per hour on weekdays, according to a count made by his group last month.

The transport flow comprised an impressive part of the urban landscape, he argued in the paper, and the government's piazza plan would "delink the historic fabric".

Mr Chan's paper has won three As, one B and one C from an evaluation committee of scholars on heritage preservation organised by Unesco.

"An interesting paper, especially in the choice of transport infrastructure as the unit of analysis," said a committee member who gave it an A grade.

A spokeswoman for the Tourism Commission said the piazza plan was supported by the Yau Tsim Mong District Council and the tourism industry, and that a new transport interchange would be created near the adjacent Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
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Government to start a review of bus fares
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Government Press Release

A spokesman for the Transport and Housing Bureau said today (March 26) that the Government would trigger a review of bus fares in accordance with the existing bus fare adjustment arrangement.

When the franchises were extended for a number of bus companies in 2006, the Government introduced an arrangement to enable upward or downward bus fare adjustment. Under the arrangement, bus fares can be adjusted upwards and downwards in the light of prevailing economic conditions and changes in operating costs. The fare adjustment formula would be applied on a quarterly basis. The Administration will proactively initiate a comprehensive fare review if the formula outcome is beyond -2%. Based on the nominal wage index for the transport services sector for the fourth quarter of 2008 released today by the Census and Statistics Department and the recently published Composite Consumer Price Index for February 2009, the latest quarterly outcome of the bus fare adjustment formula was -3.03%.

The formula does not operate as an automatic determinant of fare adjustment outcome. Under the existing arrangement for the adjustment of franchised bus fares, the Administration takes into account a basket of factors in determining the fare level, including:

(i) changes in operating costs and revenue since the last fare adjustment;
(ii) forecast of future costs, revenue and return;
(iii) need to provide the operator with a reasonable rate of return;
(iv) public acceptability and affordability;
(v) quality and quantity of service provided; and
(vi) outcome of the fare adjustment formula (0.5 x Change in Wage Index + 0.5 x Change in Composite Consumer Price Index – 0.5 x Productivity Gain)

"We'll ask the bus companies to provide relevant data and forecasts for our analysis and assessment. If a fare adjustment is considered justifiable after taking into account all relevant factors under the bus fare adjustment arrangement, we will make a recommendation for a downward fare adjustment to the Chief Executive-in-Council," the spokesman said.
What the hell! No Bus Fare Cut!!! !!

Gov't Press Release:
Fare adjustment formula outcomes revised due to rectification of wage index

RTHK News:
Govt puts off fare cuts because of error
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