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DB residents on warpath over ferry fare rise

Ferry fares between Discovery Bay and Central increase by 9.5 per cent from today. Photo: Felix Wong

Discovery Bay residents yesterday protested against a 9.5 per cent ferry fare increase approved by the Transport Department against their objections.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 7:55am 1 comment

MTR to extend popular second-trip fare concession beyond June

MTR will extend its popular fare concession on second journeys until next March. Photo: May Tse

MTR Corporation's commercial director Jeny Yeung said passengers would continue to get a 10 per cent discount when they took a second trip on the same day, after the first phase of the scheme ends next month.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Discovery Bay ferry fares to rise 9.5pc from May 12

Fares for the Central service go up from May 12. Photo: Felix Wong

Under the new fares, adult Octopus card users travelling between Central and Discovery Bay would be charged HK$37 for each day ride, up from the current HK$33.80. Children, pupils under 18 who live there, and the elderly would pay HK$18.5 per ride, up from HK$16.90. At night, adults would pay HK$52.70, up from HK$48. Children, students and the elderly would pay HK$33.80, up from HK$31.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am 1 comment

MTR must escape illogical fare policy

MTR must find a way out of logic-defying fare policy. Photo: May Tse

What the chart tells you is that fare levels on the Mass Transit Railway are almost exactly where they were 10 years ago, while the overall consumer price index is up 25 per cent over that period.

31 Mar 2013 - 2:08am 12 comments

Proposed MTR fare hike may be halved, says Michael Tien

Under the current formula the MTR could increase its fares by 3.2 per cent in June.

The government aims to cut the MTR's proposed 3.2 per cent fare increase by half, according to a lawmaker briefed on the negotiations between the two sides on new tariffs.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:12am 2 comments

Crazy thinking will damage MTR further down the line

The way to improve MTR's service quality is to put money into it, not take money out of it. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The idea that fare increases should be denied if services are not up to a standard deemed satisfactory by some nebulous panel is alien to any rational concept of how a public service corporation works.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am 6 comments

KMB fare rise shows need to nationalise bus firms

This is KMB's third fare increase since 2008.

Hong Kong has always been known for its speed and efficiency, but not this government. So it was surprising to see that the Executive Council, led by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, had moved at lightning speed to approve a fare-increase application from Kowloon Motor Bus within three months.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am 4 comments

Tough year ahead for needy as prices go up

Tough year ahead for needy as prices go up

As everything including food, transport and tunnel fares get more expensive, social workers say low-income families are feeling the pinch as they face tough times in the new year.

1 Jan 2013 - 4:53am

MTR fare formula must be reviewed

Public transport in Hong Kong is known for its efficiency and low fares. But that does not stop people complaining whenever an increase is in the pipeline. That is why a more transparent adjustment mechanism was introduced in 2007. Passengers were promised that a formula taking into account changes in inflation and transport workers' wages would enable increases as well as cuts.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Lawmakers urge lump sum to cover fare losses

The government should grant a lump sum subsidy to public transport firms to implement its proposed HK$2 flat-rate fare for the elderly and disabled rather than reimbursing them for revenue forgone because of the low fare, some legislators say.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Fare value

Ever felt like you've been taken for a ride by Hong Kong's (usually honest) taxi drivers? IPhone owners can now install an app that will give them an idea of whether their fare is fair.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

No free ride

Kowloon Motor Bus Company, a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties, issued a profit warning this week, saying it might have to raise fares again due to soaring fuel prices and increased operating costs.

23 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Taxi fare rise unavoidable

The flag fall for taxis has risen by HK$2. Some cabbies are happy about the increase, but others are worried it will drive away passengers.

However, I can't see anything wrong with it. There is inflation in every area of life. The fare increase was inevitable. An increase of HK$2 is not going to stop people who can afford to take a taxi from doing so.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Off-peak buses smaller, greener

Kowloon Motor Bus will introduce a new two-axle double-decker in a bid to cut costs and reduce pollution.

The new model, to be introduced next month during non-peak hours, meets the Euro V emission standard, which means it releases at least 40 per cent less nitrogen oxide emissions than most buses on the road.

27 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Welcome for fuel policy on bus fares

A government proposal not to include a separate component to reflect the cost of fuel in the mechanism for adjusting bus fares would mean the public would benefit, legislators and an economist said.

21 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

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