KMB plans route reorganisation to ease congestion, cut emissions

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 March, 2013, 9:20pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 March, 2013, 9:26pm

The Kowloon Motor Bus Company will reorganise its bus lines in Northern District this summer in the first stage of a territory-wide bus route reorganisation, the transport secretary said on Thursday.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung said the reorganisation would involve cutting or merging underused and overlapping lines to increase efficiency.

The frequencies of bus services on busy routes would be increased and new routes would be added where necessary, he said.

After Northern District, a similar route reorganisation plan will be implemented in other districts in the second half of the year, Cheung said.

The reorganisation aims to reduce road congestion, operation costs and gas emissions from buses.

Cheung was speaking after meeting the heads of 18 district councils to discuss the plan.

KMB, the city’s largest franchised bus company, recently announced a 4.9 per cent average bus fare increase – which will come into effect on March 17.

The company recorded a loss of HK$15.2 million in the first half of last year, citing rising fuel prices and difficulty in reorganising many of its underused routes due to opposition from local communities.