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Old March 11th, 2017, 08:01 PM   #1441
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What a view from the upper deck over the tallest edge of that wall!

I remember getting our only ride on a double decker (in HK) to Ocean Park. The wife was scared stiff. Hardly surprising, those drivers don't hang about. Not a good combination with steep roads and hairpin bends. There was an accident at that time too - one of them had toppled over.

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Old March 24th, 2017, 06:02 PM   #1442
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Hong Kong bus firms decline to seek fare increases this year
Lower fuel costs cited by Kowloon Motor Bus and Long Wing Bus companies
24 March 2017
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Kowloon Motor Bus Company and Long Win Bus Company will not be applying to Hong Kong authorities for fare increases this year, their parent company announced on Thursday.

Transport International also said KMB would be offering 5 per cent off its exclusive routes, namely those not jointly run with other bus companies.

KMB’s discount is to be offered to passengers paying full adult fare with their Octopus smart cards. The special rate is expected to run for two months from May to June, and it will apply over and above existing interchange discounts, when passengers interchange between certain bus routes and MTR.

The decisions were made as Transport International also announced Thursday that KMB recorded a profit after taxation of HK$617.7 million last year – an increase of HK$129.5 million from 2015.

Long Win Bus will not be offering discounts as it recorded a profit after taxation of just HK$31.2 million last year, marking a decrease of HK$25.8 million from 2015. Long Win Bus’s total operating expenses last year went up by HK$63.7 million, to HK$435.2 million.
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Old March 25th, 2017, 05:29 AM   #1443
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Old March 25th, 2017, 03:24 PM   #1444
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Old April 1st, 2017, 02:55 PM   #1445
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Another 10-year run for KMB
March 29, 2017

Kowloon Motor Bus was yesterday granted a new franchise to cover the next 10 years by the Executive Council.

The franchise will run until July 1, 2027, after the current one expires this July 1, with a government spokesman saying "KMB has been providing proper and efficient services to passengers" since 2007.

The start of the new term will be marked by various service- enhancement initiatives, including a fare concession scheme for full-time students on long-haul routes.

And KMB has committed to an investment of HK$3.8 billion to go toward purchases of about 1,380 new buses - that is equivalent to about 35 percent of its current fleet - between 2017 and 2021.

The last bus franchises were granted two years ago to Citybus and New Lantao Bus. KMB will take on board the same conditions and commitments imposed on those operators including improved environmental performances.

And KMB's enhancement efforts will include facilities such as free WiFi services, partnering with the Transport Department to provide real-time arrival information and introducing hospital routes.

The long-haul fare scheme for students will allow students to enjoy a concessionary half fare on return trips during daytime on routes operated solely by KMB with adult fares of HK$12 or more.

It already provides various fare concessions on routes. The deals are said to have benefited about 630,000 passenger trips each day last year.
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Old May 6th, 2017, 04:20 AM   #1447
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KMB discount covers 400 routes
May 2, 2017
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Octopus card users on KMB buses began enjoying a five percent fare discount yesterday.

The scheme, which will run until June 30, covers 400 Kowloon Motor Bus-only routes but excludes Routes K12, K14, K17 and K18.

Routes jointly operated by KMB and another bus company will not get the discount.

The scheme is part of the passenger reward arrangement agreed with the government.

Passengers who ride on KMB buses and use Octopus cards to pay the fare are eligible for the five percent discount.

Children under 12 as well as persons aged 65 and over, who already enjoy concessionary schemes, will not be eligible for the scheme.

The bus company listed route 978, which runs from Wah Ming in Fan Ling to Wan Chai North as an example. The trip costs HK$24.3. With the discount, a passenger can pay HK$23, saving HK$1.3 per trip.

Any other concessions, such as bus- interchange discounts, will be based on the fare after the 5 percent discount has been deducted.
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KMB’s new red and silver buses to greet Hongkongers by end of June
City’s biggest bus operator says first batch of 70 double-deckers will start operating by then, but actual launch date has not been set
June 22, 2017
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Hong Kong’s biggest bus operator has rolled out a new batch of double-deckers in a bold red and silver colour scheme, complete with USB ports and free Wi-fi services on board.

Other vehicles owned by the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (KMB) currently come in a champagne hue, in use for the past two decades.

In response to speculation online that the new look was inspired by London’s signature red buses, KMB said the design was an idea that it had come up with.

“We named the red ‘City Red’,” said Gary Leung Ling-yin, a financial analyst turned KMB bus driver. “The colour symbolises the vitality of Hong Kong.”

The roofs of the new buses also feature an outline of the city’s skyscrapers, along with the slogan “Heartbeat of the City”.

Leung said that 70 of these buses would be on the road by the end of this month, but the specific launch date had yet to be set.
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