Jump in price of ferry tickets
HONG Kong Ferry fares are set to rise by 14.2 per cent this summer.
It will be the first rise in two years, but fares could also be under pressure next year.
Company costs are expected to rise sharply because of disruption from the Central reclamation.
The Transport Advisory Committee approved the rise virtually without complaint yesterday, but it still needs Executive Council and Legislative Council agreement.
The proposal would see weekday fares to outlying islands rise an average 15.2 per cent, and weekend and holiday fares 11.7 per cent.
Ticket prices from Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan would go up an average 14.6 per cent, and cross-harbour fares 15.6 per cent.
This would mean between $1 and $2 extra for new-town and outlying-island commuters, and 30 to 50 cents extra cross-harbour.
As a concession, children, the elderly and the handicapped will pay half-rate, and Saturday morning trips to outlying islands will be charged at the cheaper weekday rate.