KMB justifies fare hike

In their letters, Kenny Pun Tsz-him ("A well-worn path for KMB fare hikes", December 7) and Pun Ka-hung ("Driven to distraction by KMB claims", December 8) question the need for KMB to raise fares.

Wednesday, 11 December, 2013, 3:32am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 17, 2013

Lu Ping's appeal makes perfect sense. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Blame tycoons, not dockers, for social ills

Joyce Hung says that the logistics sector has been hurt by the dockers' strike and says we all have a responsibility to try to create a harmonious community ("'Success' for strikers has hurt society", May 10).

17 May 2013 - 3:17am 2 comments

Some KMB routes inefficient

With a more efficient network, KMB can help cut pollution

KMB fully realises that it is not an ordinary business, but a company providing an essential public service to more than 2.5 million passengers per day.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am 1 comment

KMB plans route reorganisation to ease congestion, cut emissions

KMB will reorganise its bus lines in Northern District this summer in the first stage of a territory-wide bus route reorganisation. Photo: Sam Tsang

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.

7 Mar 2013 - 9:26pm

Misinformation on KMB

Kowloon Motor Bus

I refer to Albert Cheng's column ("Fare's fair: property development profits and bus fare rises cannot go together", March, 1), which contains misinformation that needs to be clarified.

5 Mar 2013 - 3:59am

Letters to the Editor, March 1, 2013

Model of Xiqu Centre at the arts hub. Photo: Sam Tsang

I read with shock the news that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hong Kong is axing the HK$500 a month it currently pays out to refugees. How can this be? Is the UNHCR broke?

1 Mar 2013 - 3:32am

Property development profits and bus fare rises do not go together

Fare's fair: property development profits and bus fare rises cannot go together

KMB's deputy managing director, Evan Auyang, said that the government had not supplied land at below-market rates for the company to build staff quarters and bus depots. He also defended KMB's operating policies concerning its property development and its advertising business, RoadShow.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 1 comment

Clarifying KMB's land deals

Clarifying KMB's land deals

I refer to the article by Albert Cheng ("Government must stop private firms getting a free ride on public money", February 22) which contains misinformation and misunderstanding that need to be corrected.

The article wrongly states that the government has supplied plots of land at below-market rates for KMB to build staff quarters and bus depots.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:57am

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

KMB fare increase cut to 4.9pc, due in March

Transport secretary Anthony Cheung Bing-leung. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government has slashed an 8.5 per cent fare rise request by Kowloon Motor Bus to 4.9 per cent, but pledged to help the loss-making company change some of its routes.

The decision to cut back the increase was taken with public affordability in mind, Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said on Tuesday.

19 Feb 2013 - 11:50pm

City Digest, December 29, 2012

Exco member named ICAC committee chief

Executive Councillor Chow Chung-kong has been made the chairman of the advisory committee on corruption at the Independent Commission Against Corruption. His term will start on New Year's Day and last for two years.


Jewellery robbery trio hunted by police

29 Dec 2012 - 4:17am

Letters to the Editor, December 6, 2012

John Allen should have set a good example. Photo: Reuters

Supporting our refugees has its rewards

I learned first-hand over 2-1/2 years the difficulties asylum seekers face living in limbo in Hong Kong.

Through the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre in 2010, I met Gabriel, then a 20-year-old Rwandan asylum seeker with little hope, no family and no connections here. He had survived horrendous atrocities in his youth.

6 Dec 2012 - 3:29am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, December 4, 2012

MTR needs to have more CCTV cameras. Photo: Sam Tsang

A full-page advert from the manufacturers of formula milk states we should "Help Mothers Make the Right Choice" (November 23) by allowing formula companies to continue promoting their products in Hong Kong.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:10am 2 comments

KMB losses show we may need to rethink transport pricing

KMB losses show we may need to rethink transport pricing. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

My relatives in Canada have a name for the bus. They call it "the loser cruiser". Bus service for them is substandard and passengers are too frequently pickpockets, drug addicts and people of erratic behaviour.

2 Dec 2012 - 5:14am 11 comments

Bus company KMB bids to increase fares by 8.5pc

KMB, which has 3,900 buses, says it has lost 500,000 passengers over the past 10 years, with more people using the expanding railway network. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

KMB has applied to the government for an 8.5 per cent fare increase next year, after it lost HK$12.5 million in the first six months of the year.

Managing director Edmond Ho Tat-man said 70 per cent of the company's 400 bus routes were running at a loss, which he largely attributed to high fuel prices and a significant increase in wages and other operating expenses.

30 Nov 2012 - 11:47am