Route to profit

In March, the Planning Department amended the use of three adjacent plots of land in Tuen Mun that belong to Transport International Holdings, a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties, rezoning them from industrial to comprehensive development area.

Saturday, 26 May, 2012, 12:00am

Farewell to Hong Kong's 'hot dogs'

Have you ever taken a 'hot dog'? 'Hot dog' is the common slang in Hong Kong for a non-air-conditioned bus. KMB stopped using these buses this month and some people are upset because they have good memories of those buses. KMB said the buses emitted a lot of poisonous gases and the new buses are cleaner. But some people say the company just wants to charge more for air-conditioned vehicles.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Thanks for the ride

Last week the city's last 'hot dogs' trundled into retirement after 80 years of service. We mean those trusty, old-style non-aircon double-deckers. They earned their nickname for trapping passengers in hot cabins during long rides in the summer.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

On the chief executive's stay in a hotel presidential suite during an official visit to Brazil:

Kyle Bryce-Borthwick - He's the leader of Hong Kong. I'm sorry but he's not another civil servant ... presidents and PMs stay in presidential suites and that's expected. The chief executive is entitled to the same treatment.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

KMB aims to charge up first electric bus route

Hong Kong's largest franchised bus operator hopes to introduce the first electric buses to its fleet in the middle of next year, based on electricitystorage technology developed on the mainland.

Kowloon Motor Bus submitted a proposal to the Transport Department last month to run a circular route in east Kowloon using single-deck electric buses.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bus fanatics bid farewell to era of the 'hot dog'

Almost 100 bus fanatics took part in a photo shoot yesterday to freeze on film the non-air-conditioned buses that will soon vanish after serving for 80 years on Hong Kong's streets.

Kowloon Motor Bus, the only licensed bus company left with such vehicles, told the Post it planned to have a fully air-conditioned fleet 'in the first half of 2012'.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bus firm warns it may be forced to increase fares

Franchised bus operator KMB says it is under pressure to raise fares to counter rising costs.

Company spokeswoman Susanne Ho said that despite rising oil prices and wage increases for bus drivers, the company was trying hard to control costs by restructuring and merging bus routes.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

On the road to the e-bus

There's still a long way to go towards eliminating Hong Kong's air pollution but two mainland-based makers of electric buses are about to take the city further along the road towards blue skies.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Passengers in narrow escape from bus blaze

Passengers managed to flee a double-decker bus before it burst into flames, causing severe tailbacks, during morning rush hour on a Tuen Mun highway yesterday.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Young urged to consider benefits of apprenticeships

Repairing and maintaining buses may not be the ideal career for young Hongkongers fixated on a white-collar ideal, but - with KMB looking for 85 apprentices - they are being urged to take the long view.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Better use of buses the way forward

Hit by soaring fuel prices, a few transport operators have called for government subsidies to support their operation one way or the other. Last week, the holding company of Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) issued a profit warning in the coming months despite a 3.6 per cent fare increase in May.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A short cut

The proposal by Kowloon Motor Bus that the government set up a fund to subsidise public transport fares to counter soaring fuel prices and increased operating costs has stirred debate. I opposed the move because, based on the principles of a free-market economy, it would be unreasonable for the company to press the government to help steer it through a bad patch.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

On officials being fired over the fatal high-speed train collision near Wenzhou:

Kelvin Ng - An immediate & comprehensive review of all safety measures surrounding the high-speed railway is in order.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

KMB proposes single-deck buses for double-deckers' routes

The Kowloon Motor Bus company is seeking approval to operate single-deckers on more than 10 routes now plied by double-deckers, a move which may face resistance from district councils.

The routes are mainly in the New Territories, though KMB refused to specify which ones. The proposal needs approval from district councils and the Transport Department.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Look familiar? Bus parts recycled

Metals are often melted at high temperatures to be moulded into other products during recycling. This process not only requires phenomenal amounts of energy, but also degrades the quality of the product.

Kowloon Motor Bus hopes to recycle parts from retired buses by turning them into useful products without having to apply such an energy-consuming process.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am