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Old February 10th, 2005, 05:52 AM   #161
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Old February 10th, 2005, 07:52 AM   #162
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Old February 11th, 2005, 06:04 PM   #163
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Old February 12th, 2005, 06:08 PM   #164
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Adding brains to transport brawn
New technology gives drivers the full picture

Felix Chan
12 February 2005
South China Morning Post

KMB is putting "brains" in its new buses in a bid to improve passenger safety.

The bus operator says its "super-intelligent bus" for the first time adopts a fully integrated electronic network system.

The system communicates between various independent system controls like the engine, transmission, chassis electrical system and body electrical system.

The resulting information allows bus drivers to get a full picture of the vehicles' condition, Kowloon Motor Bus said.

If a problem arises, a warning signal is displayed to enable the driver to immediately take appropriate action.

The device also records information that can be used as diagnostic data for maintenance and help speed up repairs.

Closed-circuit television cameras are being fitted for the first time at the back of the buses to allow drivers a better view of traffic and help during reversing.

KMB's operations director, Lui Po-chiu, said the innovative features were the result of collaboration between the company and the bus manufacturer.

"The fully integrated network design is like adding a brain to the bus, making bus operations direct and easy," he said.

Besides applying network technology, there were refinements in the inside of the buses, including the provision of more spacious seating for passengers.

Sliding doors are also being introduced to reduce the risk of accidents when passengers are getting off.

The first two buses featuring the new specifications began operating this week.

Mr Lui said if the buses performed satisfactorily, KMB would order a further 50 to 60 with the aim of putting them into service by the end of the year.

He expected the price of the new bus to be similar to the previous ones, which cost more than $2 million each.

KMB carries about 2.8 million passengers a day.
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Old February 15th, 2005, 09:57 PM   #165
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Non-franchised bus controls sought
Taxi and minibus drivers tell Legco their business is under threat, but residents of some estates fear losing private shuttles

Elaine Wu
02 March 2005
South China Morning Post

Taxi and minibus drivers called yesterday for tighter control on non-franchised bus operators, but residents' groups expressed concern that such curbs could limit their choice of transport.

The non-franchised trade replied that it could live with some controls, but the government's proposed guidelines needed some changes first. Non-franchised buses include tour and school buses, and shuttle buses used by residents of particular developments and company employees.

The proposed guidelines were submitted to Legco in January. They would make it harder for non-franchised operators to get licences, among other restrictions.

Wong Yu-ting, chairman of the Hong Kong Tele-call Taxi Association, said some non-franchised operators were doing business in a "grey area" from which they should be excluded.

"They solicit customers, impose their own fares and kill the survival of the legitimate drivers in the trade," he said at a special meeting of the Legco transport panel.

He said many taxi drivers had been forced to give discounts to lure customers in the past few years, "because their business was taken away from them. Is this fair?"

Taxi and minibus operators criticised the government for not being strict enough in catching illegal operators, and for not closing some regulatory loopholes sooner.

Cho Pui-sum, chairman of the Non-franchised Public Bus Association, said while his members were willing to accept regulation, the guidelines' wording needed to be tweaked before they could be implemented. He did not give details.

Residents' representatives were concerned that the new guidelines could limit transport from their estates by hindering the licensing of shuttle buses.

Lam Yiu-kai, chairman of the owners' association for the Bellagio development at Sham Tseng, said the shuttle bus for his estate was one of the main modes of transport for thousands of residents there.

He complained that franchised minibus drivers had a tendency to speed on the highway to Sham Tseng.

"My wife asked a driver to slow down, but was told to take a private car if she was so scared," Mr Lam said. "I have a private car, but does that mean that I have to drive my wife to and from work every day?"

A personnel manager with Cathay Pacific said the firm opposed a proposal that employers pay shuttle bus fares for staff. Albert Wong Shun-yee said the government should not shift the financial burden for such buses to employers, as this might turn into a legally binding obligation for the company.

The proposed guidelines would limit the number of new licences issued, and the government has pledged to crack down harder on illegal operations.

Deputy Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Cathy Chu Man-ling acknowledged there were loopholes in existing regulations and enforcement, but said the new proposals would solve these issues.
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New Bus-Bus Interchange scheme for Ma On Shan residents
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
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The Transport Department announced today (March 23) that with effect from Friday (March 25), KMB and NWFB will jointly introduce a Bus-Bus Interchange Scheme between cross-harbour Route 680/680P and 111 for the convenience of passengers travelling between Ma On Shan and Central.

Hong Kong-bound passengers travelling on Route 680/680P from Ma On Shan to Hong Kong Island can use Octopus cards to change to Route 111 (Ping Shek - Central [Macau Ferry Pier]) for free at the bus stop outside 168 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai within two and a half hours of boarding the first bus. This Bus-Bus Interchange scheme is also applicable to the special departures of Route 680 from Chung On Bus Terminus/Chevalier Garden Bus Terminus.

Ma On Shan-bound passengers from Central can use Octopus cards to travel on Route 111 to change to Route 680 at Admiralty (East) Bus Terminus, paying a discounted fare of $7.50, within an hour of boarding the first bus. In effect, the total fare will be the same as the current fare of Route 680.

From March 25 onward, the terminus of Route 680/680P on Hong Kong Island will be relocated from Central (Macau Ferry Pier) to Admiralty (East) Bus Terminus. Route 680X (Ma On Shan - Central (Macau Ferry Pier)) will maintain its terminus at the Macau Ferry Bus Terminus. Passengers can take Route 680X during the peak hours to travel between the two districts.

A Transport Department spokesman said the new arrangements would help relieve traffic congestion in Central and improve the environment, as well as maintaining service choices for passengers.

"Relevant transport operators have posted notices at bus stops and inside bus compartments to inform passengers of the adjustments," he noted.

Members of the public can obtain details of the adjustments from the Transport Department's hotline 2804 2600 and the department's website http://www.info.gov.hk/td/eng/notice...tin_index.html
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KMB net grows 22pc despite fuel price rises
18 March 2005
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Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB), Hong Kong's oldest bus operator, said net profit jumped 22 percent last year as low interest rates and stringent cost-control measures more than offset high fuel costs and increased competition.

Net profit rose to HK$731.2 million in 2004, or HK$1.81 a share, from HK$597 million, or HK$1.48 a share, in 2003 despite turnover remaining virtually unchanged at HK$6.54 billion.

It kept its final dividend at HK$1.58 a share.

``KMB has been facing huge cost pressure arising from increases in fuel prices, insurance premiums, tunnel tolls and wages,'' chairman Chung Sze-yuen said.

As oil prices kept breaking records last year, KMB spent HK$151 million more on fuel costs to HK$595.1 million. It also lost patronage to the new West Rail, which offered concessions to passengers, leading to a 1.2 percent drop in KMB's fare revenue last year to HK$5.8 billion.

The new competition has prompted the bus company to cancel or adjust some bus routes, helping cut operating costs by 0.8 percent.

Finance costs fell by 65.2 percent to HK$10.1 million on low interest rates.

KMB's earnings were also bolstered by its expansion in China, where pre-tax profit jumped to HK$21.3 million last year from HK$1.9 million in 2003. KMB last year ran joint ventures in Dalian, Tianjin, Beijing and Wuxi, and it added Shenzhen to its roadmap early this year.

Its subsidiary RoadShow Holdings, which broadcasts infotainment on KMB buses, reported a HK$20.1 million net profit last year, reversing a HK$37 million loss in 2003.

KMB said it plans to spend HK$457.6 million to upgrade its redevelopmentof an old bus depot at Lai Chi Kok. It spent HK$323.2 million last year on the project, which will provide 1,100 flats when completed in 2006.

The company had cash and bank deposits of HK$1.17 billion at the end of last year, down from HK$1.68 billion a year earlier.

Net borrowing rose by HK$669.6 million to HK$1.62 billion.
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Hi all,

Does Hong Kong still have some of the Neoplan four-axle mega-shuttles?

The pic below come from London - I took it in 1992 when a British built tri-axle bus was used on demonstration here before being sent to Hong Kong. At that time Capital CityBus operated bus services in both London and Hong Kong - their London buses used to have the company name in English and Chinese on the side of the bus, although everything else was in English only. Some were yellow like this, others were blue and grey.

Unfortunately I dont have pics of all their London buses - this one was special because of its length - most deckers in London are only 12m in length (with 2 axles) and indeed this tri-axle so was so long that at some road junctions it could not turn the corners so had to follow alternative routes.


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