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Old March 28th, 2012, 06:05 PM   #1101
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Then citybus needs to get rid of a large number of their buses soon. They already have some enviro500s and some other ones but now to come to think of it, isn't 16 too short? Won't even nwfb need replacements soon by that standard? And what of KMB?
When NWFB took over CMB's routes, the same fear arose that their brand new fleet of buses at the time would expire around the same time, which should be in a couple of years. Both NWFB and Citybus have been renewing their fleet but probably because KMB operates much far routes so their revitalization is more obvious.
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Old March 29th, 2012, 05:39 PM   #1102
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Old March 31st, 2012, 04:25 PM   #1103
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 06:22 PM   #1106
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Most welcome. Here are some more of my "hot dog" bus collection :





















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Old April 3rd, 2012, 05:16 PM   #1107
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TAC discusses franchises of three bus companies and improvement of emergency crossings on major roads
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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The Transport Advisory Committee (TAC) was briefed today (March 27) on the latest position of the Government's negotiations with New World First Bus Services Limited, Long Win Bus Company Limited and Citybus Limited in respect of its franchise for the Airport and North Lantau bus network on the proposed granting of new 10-year franchises upon the expiry of their current ones in 2013.

"The TAC noted that the Government, having regard to the views received during the public engagement process, had placed emphasis on fare concessions, enhancement in facilities and information for passengers, and environmental improvement measures in the negotiations with the three bus companies on the requirements of the new franchises," the TAC Chairman, Mr Rimsky Yuen, said.

"We understand that the Government is on the whole making good progress and will take into account the TAC's views in making a recommendation to the Chief Executive in Council for a decision in due course," Mr Yuen said.


Members were briefed on the Highways Department's plan to replace conventional tubular crash gates with "movable steel barriers" and "removable concrete barriers" at emergency crossings and contingency crossings in the central dividers of major roads.

"The TAC noted that the Highways Department's programme to replace conventional tubular crash gates with more robust barriers would enhance road safety by better preventing errant vehicles from straying onto the opposite traffic lanes during accidents," Mr Yuen said.

Members were also briefed on the latest progress of the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) project.

"Members noted that the SCL is a territory-wide strategic railway project which would link up with a number of existing and future railways and would bring railway services to new catchment areas including Hin Keng of Sha Tin and the Kai Tak and Ma Tau Wai areas of East Kowloon. It would also help redistribute passengers to different railway lines through convenient interchanges and relieve the current congested situations during peak hours on the East Rail Line, Kwun Tong Line and Tsuen Wan Line.

"Members were pleased to note that the detailed design of the SCL is now substantially completed, and that the Government had kicked off the funding application process with a view to starting the construction of the SCL in mid-2012," Mr Yuen said.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 05:21 PM   #1108
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Old April 10th, 2012, 03:39 PM   #1109
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KMB signals higher fares as costs climb
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kowloon Motor Bus is contemplating raising fares to meet rising operational costs.

But Susanne Ho Ka-lai, corporate communications chief, said KMB's first priority will be to reorganize its routes for greater passenger-cost efficiency, adding that any fare increase would come as a last resort.

Ho said KMB has yet to submit an application for an increase.

The company will first negotiate with district councils on re-routing or adjusting timetables to lower operational costs.

"Proposals to reorganize routes have been given to the district councils and we will welcome suggestions," she added.

Ho said yesterday the company is under pressure to adjust fares due to soaring oil prices, increasing tunnel tolls and higher wages being paid to bus drivers.

She was speaking after the company's safe driving awards ceremony.

A total of 668 KMB bus captains were given awards for achieving "zero accident" records of five years or more, while 48 others won awards for clean driving records of more than 20 years.

Ho said KMB will recruit 800 full-time drivers on top of its 8,000 crew to improve services.

She said the company is often criticized for not keeping to schedules. "Lost trips can be attributed to a shortage of drivers and to other factors that are beyond our control such as road congestion and traffic incidents," she said.

The rate of lost trips dropped from 7percent to 5percent this month.

According to the Transport Department, Kowloon City, Sham Shui Po and Yau Tsim Mong were the top three districts for lost trips last year - about 11.1 percent.

The commissioner for transport has issued two warning letters to KMB, the latest one last month, demanding improvements be made to its services by the middle of June.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 04:56 AM   #1119
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Bus firms get new deals
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Three bus companies operating services to the airport and North Lantau were awarded new 10-year franchises after giving assurances they will offer more discounts.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng Yu-wah said New World First Bus Services, Long Win Bus Company and Citybus promised discounts, with half involving interchange services and the other half section fares.

"They have promised not only to offer discounts but also to consider environmental protection," Cheng said.

At present, there are 112 section fares among the 128 routes offered by the companies. There are also 116 interchange discounts.

Under the new franchise granted by the Executive Council, the interchange discounts will range from 30 cents to HK$18 while the discounts on section fares will run from 50 cents to HK$24.90.

For example, there is no section fare for Long Win's N42A bus from Fan Ling to Tung Chung, meaning passengers have to pay the full HK$30.10 fare no matter where they hop on the bus.

But now passengers will have to pay only HK$5.20 if they board the bus at a stop near the airport.

The new franchise for New World First Bus will start on July 1 next year and those for the other two companies on May 1 next year.

Up to 8,000 passengers will benefit daily from the new discounts in addition to the existing 170,000 commuters.

Commissioner for Transport Joseph Lai Yee-tak said the government decided against asking the bus companies to offer section fares on all services as this will give rise to a misallocation of road resources.

He explained that the government classifies bus routes into short- distance and long-distance. Offering section fares will drive people to take long-distance buses even if they only travel a short distance.

Lai also said the companies will buy 700 more environmentally friendly buses with zero-emissions being the ultimate goal.

Under the new franchise, bus companies will have to adopt barrier- free and elderly friendly features on new buses.

They will also have to allow passengers to bring foldable bicycles on board.

Lai said the government decided not to impose a punctuality penalty on the bus companies as complaints of late arrivals are less than 2percent.

Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong, spokesman of the Coalition to Monitor Public Transport and Utilities, said the discounts are insufficient and companies should give monthly discounts to regular commuters.
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