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Old January 13th, 2005, 12:29 PM   #141
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Woa cool ones! Thanx for posting HKskyline!
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Old January 15th, 2005, 08:35 PM   #142
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You're very welcome!

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Old January 16th, 2005, 07:27 AM   #143
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Old January 17th, 2005, 07:52 AM   #144
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Old January 19th, 2005, 05:37 PM   #145
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Old January 20th, 2005, 10:58 AM   #146
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It seems that it is not quite a proper way to quote source. I thought you should quote the name of the photographer/copyright owner. Or when you mention it is from a forum, is it more appropriate to quote the full name of it?

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Old January 21st, 2005, 06:42 AM   #147
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Old January 21st, 2005, 06:12 PM   #148
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Bus firms offer 1.5pc pay rise; But unions seek increase of up to 5pc
Elaine Wu
19 January 2005
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New World First Bus and Citybus have proposed a 1.5 per cent pay rise for workers to end years of wage freezes, amid mounting union pressure for the company to share profits with employees.

The proposal by the sister companies at a meeting yesterday follows a threat of industrial action in June last year. It was called off after employers agreed to bring the pay review forward by six months.

New World First Bus spokeswoman Christine Lau said the 1.5 per cent pay increase was the most the company could afford.

New World First Bus staff union chairman Chung Chung-fai said it was a good starting place for negotiations, and the union needed to seek members' advice before accepting it.

"The atmosphere of the meeting was quite good," Mr Chung said. "This shows the company is willing to listen to workers' demands. Now we just have to work on the percentage of increase."

Li Wing-sang, chairman of the Motor Transport Workers General Union - which was also involved in last year's dispute - said he wanted the company to make an offer closer to the 5 per cent his union had demanded. "Every year, company executives have been complaining they are poor, but the truth is that they have made more than $100 million in profits each year."

But Ms Lau said the company had not benefited much from the economic recovery because operating costs, including fuel and imported spare parts, had risen.

Union leaders are to meet the bus company on February 10 for further talks.
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Old January 22nd, 2005, 07:08 AM   #149
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By Tseung Kwan O & EH4323 & ben2004 from a Hong Kong transport forum (photos are oftentimes cross-posted in different forums, so I generically use the HK transport forum - however I do give out a set of links if anyone asks me by PM) :









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Old January 22nd, 2005, 08:21 PM   #150
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Bus contracts must allow for fare cuts, says minister
Sarah Liao wants a price-adjustment mechanism to be in place by 2007

Elaine Wu
22 January 2005
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Bus operators will have to be more open about the way they set their fares - and leave open the possibility of cuts as well as increases - if the transport minister has her way.

Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said yesterday she wanted franchised bus operators to include a clause in their new contracts to allow for both upward and downward fare adjustments.

"I will do my best before my term ends [in 2007] to complete this fare-adjustment mechanism," Dr Liao told the Legislative Council transport panel.

It was the first time she had given a timetable since her bureau proposed an overhaul of public transport fare-setting in August 2003. The proposal was made in response to demands for lower fares after years of deflation.

While bus operators have made concessions to passengers, they have been unwilling to agree to long-term fare reductions and there is no clause in their contracts to force them to do so.

Dr Liao said her bureau was still working with operators on the details of factors that should be included in the formula to calculate fare adjustments.

The government has proposed that inflation or deflation and productivity would be taken into account.

Citybus' franchise for its Hong Kong Island and cross-harbour lines will end in June 2006, followed by the franchises held by Kowloon Motor Bus in July 2007 and New World First Bus in 2013.

Citybus' franchise for its airport and Lantau Island lines will end in 2013.

KMB spokeswoman Susanna Sin said: "We hope the fare mechanism could balance the interests of all parties to ensure that the public gets value for money and investors receive reasonable returns on their investment."

A fare-adjustment mechanism was also made a key factor in merger discussions between the two rail operators, the transport bureau has stated.
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Old January 25th, 2005, 05:59 PM   #151
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Old January 26th, 2005, 07:19 PM   #152
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50,000 KMB passengers; a day lost to new rail link
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KMB has lost more than 50,000 passengers a day to Ma On Shan Rail since it opened last month and might need to cut more routes if they do not return in the long term, the company's managing director said yesterday.

The number of lost passengers represents 1.8 per cent of Hong Kong's largest bus operator's overall 2.8 million passengers a day.

Managing director John Chan Cho-chak said: "For now, because the line has only opened for a month and there were some holidays and cold days with less people going out, we have lost about 50,000 passengers each day.

"But the figure is not that accurate. We have to wait at least until after the Lunar New Year before making a comparison or assessment."

Ma On Shan Rail, which opened on December 21, offers alternative public transport for residents in the eastern East New Territories.

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation is carrying 80,000 to 90,000 passengers a day on the new link.

The Transport Department has already cut two KMB routes running along the same route as the new rail line and has plans for more cancellations.

Mr Chan said his company would have to cut more routes if the passengers lost to the rail link did not return.

"We have been discussing with the Transport Department [about cutting certain bus routes] and will consult with local residents and continue to follow the situation to arrange for certain adjustments," he said.

"If in the long term, if these lost customers do not return and we continue to operate the same number of buses, then it would be a waste of resources."

Mr Chan also said KMB was keen on a new system for bus fare adjustments as it was difficult to increase fares under the present system, which uses a set of factors but no formula to determine charges.

"We definitely would welcome a more objective system," he said. "We hope it could balance the interests of various parties. Aside from the public's interest, it should also consider operators' profits. If the operator cannot get a reasonable profit, then it cannot invest or improve the service."
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Old January 27th, 2005, 04:02 PM   #153
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yes this is very true, some buses have less frequency already... and i live along the line, now i take the rail line rather than teh bus, becasues buses are too slow.
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