The Kwun Tong line was extended across the harbour on 5 August 1989 to Quarry Bay station, which became an interchange station for the Kwun Tong line and the Island line. [137], In May 2019, the MTR Corporation and the Airport Authority Hong Kong reportedly refused to display a Cathay Pacific advertisement featuring two men holding hands due to its LGBT message. HK MTR, or Mass Transit Railway, is the rapid transit railway system in Hong Kong. [clarification needed], The light rail trains are being modernised as part of a 20th anniversary activity. On 5 October 2000 the operator of the MTR network, MTR Corporation (MTRCL), became Hong Kong's first rail company to be partially privatised, marking the beginning of the Hong Kong government's initiative to reduce its interests in public utilities. [114], Police officers patrol the trains and stations, and police posts are available at some stations. These high rises sit above LOHAS Park station, which opened on 26 July 2009. Posted in Hong Kong Covid-19: Fines to rise to HK$5k, test kits roll out in MTR stations, as expert urges vigilance over Christmas by Candice Chau 14:04, 7 … [16], The Airport Express also offers flight check-in facilities at Kowloon station and Hong Kong station—the in-town check-ins offer a more convenient and time-saving routine; a free shuttle bus service transports travellers from these stations to their respective hotels as well. Initially run in seven-car formations, they have now been lengthened to eight cars. 0.04% of people who visit Hong Kong include Mtr Wan Chai Station in their plan. Construction began on 24 April 1999 and the line officially opened in 2002. [74] Discussions between the Government and MTRCL have taken into account LegCo members' request for a stronger commitment by the corporation to the provision of public toilets on new railway lines. Also, there is the Mong Kok East MTR station in the eastern part of the area. The third phase comprises twenty units numbered L62 to L82 which entered service in 1996; most are used on the Lantau Airport Railway, but some on the urban lines. [58][59][60] The whole project is expected to be completed in 2011.[61]. On 28 September 2008, fare zones of all urban lines, East Rail line, Tuen Ma Line and West Rail line were merged. The consultants received new data from the 1966 by-census on 6 March 1968. These doors make platforms safer by preventing people from falling onto the rails, even though MTRCL did not heavily promote it directly. Green activists denounced the tree felling as "unprofessional", and Ken So Kwok-yin, chief executive of the Conservancy Association and a certified tree arborist, said that the explanations offered by the MTR Corporation as to why the trees were felled were "unacceptable". It took over the existing Kwun Tong line tracks running through the Eastern Harbour Tunnel, so that the full line stretches from Po Lam to North Point. †West Island line and Kwun Tong line extension use 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in), Seven types of electric multiple unit rolling stock operate on the MTR network and four generations of light rail vehicles operate on the light rail network. This design makes interchanging more convenient and passengers do not have the need to change to different levels. Its forerunner was Ma Liu Shui Station, which was renamed as University Station on 1 January 1967. [110] This makes MTR one of the most efficient rapid transit systems on the planet. [24] It is the second most popular means of transport to the airport after buses. The MTR refused to provide CCTV footage filmed during the incident, helping to perpetuate these rumours. By-laws were also introduced to deter potentially dangerous actions on the MTR, such as the ban on flammable goods on the MTR and rushing into trains when the doors are closing. However, the S-trains can still enable manual operation in the event of an emergency. The capability of this EMU fleet is similar to those on the urban network. (212) 419-8286 Concessionary fares are usually half the adult fare, and range from HK$1.50 to $27.00. But it has also allowed demonstrators to move rapidly from one protest site to … The MTR, the rapid transit system of Hong Kong, encompasses 11 heavy rail lines and 98 stations. Full-time Hong Kong students between the ages of 12 and 25 qualify for the concessionary rate using a personalized Octopus Card on all lines except on Airport Express, or travel to or from cross-border stations (Lo Wu/Lok Ma Chau). 7) The South Island line (West) was part of the same original proposal as the South Island Line, and would connect HKU to Shek O around the west coast of Hong Kong Island, however construction has not started as of 2021-2022[update]. MTR Stations on ex-KCR lines feature two free Chinese-language newspapers, namely am730 and Headline Daily. The Metropolis Daily (都市日報), published by Metro International, is the first free newspaper distributed free in MTR stations during weekdays (except public holidays); and in 2005, there is another weekend newspaper Express Post (快線週報), distributed every Saturday except public holidays. The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is a major public transport network serving Hong Kong. The decision was made in October 1989 to construct a new international airport at Chek Lap Kok on Lantau Island to replace the overcrowded Kai Tak International Airport. The network is being expanded and several new lines are being proposed or under construction. [110] MTR is fined HK$1 million for having delays of 31 minutes to an hour, with higher fines for longer delays. The second phase has six units numbered L56 to L61 which entered service in 1989. [23] The government invited the MTRC to build a train line, then known as the Lantau Airport Railway, to the airport. 'Party railway') [144]. In late 2015 it was announced that all 400 payphones in the MTR system would be removed in early 2016. The South Island line uses a similar train known as the S-train. There are 84 railway stations and 68 light rail stops in total connecting HK Island, Kowloon and many new districts. But the government did not dig deep into its pockets. The Tung Chung line was officially opened on 21 June 1998 by Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, and service commenced the next day. 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After that, MTR has on multiple occasions closed off stations close to ongoing protests, for example closing the Lam Tin station, Kwun Tong station and Ngau Tau Kok station on 24 August 2020 before the starting time of a permitted demonstration in Kwun Tong [146]. Prior to May 2009, MTR did not provide concessionary fares for the disabled. This change was made because system planners expected the traffic of the Tsuen Wan line to exceed that of the Kwun Tong line. The corporation said that staff would continue executing existing policy until any revisions are made. Hong Kong MTR system boasts four kinds of metro lines which are serving in different areas. The MTR Corporation is felling approximately 4,000 trees for the construction of the South Island line, raising concerns from environmental groups and the public about its commitment to protecting Hong Kong's natural environment. On the Kwun Tong line, East Rail line, Tuen Ma line and West Rail line, MTR In-Train TV is available. They are presumed to be capable of multiple unit operation. Many recently built stations were incorporated into large housing estates or shopping complexes. All former KCR stations (on the East Rail line, West Rail line, and Tuen Ma line), merged into the MTR network in 2007, have public toilets. The by-census indicated that the projected 1986 population was reduced by more than one million from the previous estimate to 5,647,000. [96] Children below the age of 3 travel free (unless they exceed the height range). A prototype design was first introduced at Choi Hung station in the 3rd quarter of 2001. Porters are also available to help transport luggage from and onto trains. Ceremonial opening took place on 21 June 1998, while public opening occurred on 22 June 1998, Kowloon-Canton Railway Annual Report for 1910, page R3: "At Lo Wu, a temporary station was built to serve until the Chinese Section is open for traffic, when all trains will run to the Junction Station at Sam Chun [Shenzhen] on the Frontier. [134], Following the public uproar, MTR issued a press release in the early hours acknowledging discontent and announcing a one-month review of the policy on oversized items to see whether there was room for fine-tuning that would not compromise on passenger safety. This is part of the upgrade programme related to the new Shatin to Central Link. [68] All 93 stations on the MTR offer free Wi-Fi service with a limit of 15 minutes per session and a maximum of five sessions per day.[69]. As of September 2020 there are 95 metro stations currently open, one high-speed rail terminus, and two metro stations as yet unopened. After extensive retrofitting, the MTR system has become, in general, disabled-friendly—the trains have dedicated wheelchair space, the stations have special floor tiles to guide the blind safely on the platforms, and there are extra wide entry and exit gates for wheelchairs as well. In addition to the passenger electric multiple units as covered above, MTR also uses various types of work trains for maintenance purposes: The architecture of MTR stations is less artistic, instead focusing on structural practicability. Known as M-trains, these are the oldest model of train in operation. The following list sorts the stations according to their service line.[1]. The modification of Kowloon Tong station started in June 2001. It was first called Kowloon Station and the terminus of Kowloon Canton Railway, replacing the old Kowloon Station (terminus) at Tsim Sha Tsui. Hong Kong MTR started its service since 1979, carrying about 2.3 million passengers daily (HK Population: 6.8 million), the MTR is the most popular public transport in Hong Kong. Currently, full 3G network coverage in all stations and tunnels (except underground section on East Rail line and West Rail line) for the MTR system has been provided by 3 Hong Kong, SmarTone and PCCW. Evaluation and measures have been taken to prevent similar incidents from happening again. Should the need arise in the future, dual voltage trains such as those utilised on Oresund Bridge would be required. ... catch these every Friday from 6pm to 6.45pm in the subway to Hong Kong station. [104], A touchless smart card system is used for single journey tickets. The MTR’s local reputation hit a low point on Aug. 31, when police stormed into a subway carriage at Prince Edward station in pursuit of protesters who had been demonstrating in the area. Offenders will be fined up to HK$5000. The extension will extend southwards from the current terminus of the West Rail Line, Tuen Mun station. The new one is about 0.8 kilometres (0.50 mi) south of the old one. Only children below the age of 12 and senior citizens 65 years or older are eligible for the concessionary rate on all lines. [38][39] Two new stations at Whampoa and Ho Man Tin opened on 23 October 2016.[40]. [31], The Ticket Suggestion function is developed by MTR along with Route Suggestion on MTR website. On 11 April 2006, MTRCL signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Hong Kong government, the owner of Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation, to merge the operation of the two railway networks in Hong Kong in spite of the strong opposition by the KCRC staff. [128][129][130], The MTR Corporation came under fire again in September 2011 after felling dozens of trees in Admiralty as part of construction work for the South Island line. [125] The event is attended not only by Hongkongers, but also athletes from various countries. The MTR is also renowned for its efficiency and cleanliness. A one-day pass was able to be purchased for unlimited travel to and from Hong Kong Disneyland within the same day,from 2005 to 2011[106], and costed HK$50. The programme made MTR the world's first railway to undertake the retrofitting of PSDs on a passenger-carrying system already in operation. The LOHAS Park Spur Line is an extension of the Tseung Kwan O line, splitting off after Tseung Kwan O station. Through here, there are exits to Causeway Bay Plaza, Sino Plaza, Sogo, Time Square, Hysan Place, Jaffe Road, and other primary locations of CWB. [37] Kennedy Town station and HKU station opened on 28 December 2014. The ‘inverse’ cross-platform interchange occurs at Prince Edward, with the ‘same’ direction interchange at Mong Kok. The total number of cases in Singapore stands at 57,915. All the 10 Hong Kong MTR lines and over 150 stations are shown on the map, helping you better navigate where to make an interchange and how many stations left to get to your destination. The event attracted over 800 participants in 2005 and 1,500 in 2012. [72][73] Since 2004, in order to accommodate Mainland Chinese visitors under the Individual Visit Scheme, Mandarin Chinese was added to the repertory. Windows on each carriage and the handrails inside are made into the shape of Mickey Mouse's head, and there are bronze-made Disney characters decorating the interior of the carriages. Except for the Airport Express, MTR fares are slightly lower when using an Octopus card compared to using single journey tickets. Construction began in September 1997 and was completed in September 2001 at a cost of HK$3.1 billion. When service of this line started, the section of the Kwun Tong line from Chater to Argyle (since renamed Central and Mong Kok stations respectively) was transferred to the Tsuen Wan line. [143] Widespread rumours of civilian deaths at the station circulated after discrepancies were noted regarding the number of injuries. As of 2018, the MTR has a 49.3 per cent market share of the franchised public transport market, making it the most popular transport option in Hong Kong. MTR haswitnessed many of its stations being heavily vandalised as the country’s youthtake their anger out on the police and businesses viewed as being pro-China. Student fares are the same as child and elderly fare on the urban lines, but are the same as the Adult fares for journeys to or from checkpoint termini, and range from HK$1.50 to $51.00. These two models of rolling stock are from the former KCRC network (KCR East Rail, West Rail and Ma On Shan Rail). [94], Telford Plaza held an exhibition dedicated to the history of MTR in April 2014.[95]. It serves the Western District of Hong Kong Island. The MTR will refurbish 69 older trains and buy 22 new ones. The corporation became aware that part of the approved tree removal works may have encroached onto the Conservation Area during construction, and proactively reported the situation to the government. [76], Toilets have since been retrofitted into several existing MTR stations, including Sheung Wan station, Ngau Tau Kok station, Quarry Bay station, Mong Kok station, Prince Edward station, and Admiralty station. [18][19], Construction of the Modified Initial System (now part of the Kwun Tong line and Tsuen Wan line) commenced in November 1975. Originally called Yau Ma Ti Station; first renamed as Mong Kok Station on 1 January 1969, redeveloped and partially re-opened on 3 May 1982, and further renamed as Mong Kok East Station on 2 December 2007. 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