PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Cheap transfers for Hong Kong commuters under landmark deal between tram and bus giants

Interchange discounts of HK$2.30 for adults and HK$1.20 for children available during six-month trial

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 June, 2017, 1:47pm
UPDATED : Monday, 26 June, 2017, 10:56pm

From July 1 to the end of the year, passengers can enjoy a free tram ride when transferring between 24 cross-harbour bus routes and tram routes under a landmark arrangement between KMB and Hong Hong Tramways.

For the first time in the city’s history, the two public transport giants are joining hands to offer bus-tram interchange discounts.

Announcing the six-month trial scheme on Monday, KMB general manager Godwin So said the discounts of HK$2.30 per trip for adults and HK$1.20 for children were the “best deal” offered by both sides.

“We aim to benefit citizens by offering them new solutions to commute between Hong Kong Island and the New Territories. The discounts will make their journeys more economical and convenient,” he said.

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Octopus card users switching from 24 designated cross-harbour routes solely operated by KMB to a tram line, and vice versa, can enjoy a discount equivalent to a single journey tram fare. The discount takes effect within 180 minutes of taking a bus ride to boarding a tram, or within 60 minutes of taking a tram ride to boarding a bus.

These include routes 373 and 673 between Central and Sheung Shui; 960A between Central and Hung Shui Kiu; 968 between Causeway Bay and Yuen Long; and 978B between Wan Chai and Fanling.

Hong Kong Tramways general manager Cyril Aubin said they did not have a forecast for possible passenger growth, but the scheme would be reviewed after six months.

“We’ll decide the next step forward after that,” he said.