Bicycles part of the transport solution

Bicycles part of the transport solution

Hong Kong boasts some of the world's most efficient and cleanest public transport systems. Given how small our city is compared to many major world cities, there is rarely a real need to own a car.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 2:55am 5 comments

Trams best for Kai Tak transport

Free rides on Hong Kong's trams and ferries to mark the 150th anniversary of the HKGCC. Photo: Edward Wong

I refer to the report ("Trams may suit Kai Tak better than monorail, operator says", April 29).

4 May 2013 - 4:04am 4 comments

Chinese bidders on a roll with Asia rail projects

Manila's metro system is expanding and mainland companies are keen for a slice of the action. Inroads have been made into India and Thailand is a key target. Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese companies had expressed interest in winning transport contracts in the Philippines, said Rene Limcaoco, undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications, at the recent Asia Pacific Rail conference in Hong Kong.

3 May 2013 - 5:14am

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

Guangdong warned over infrastructure spending

Guangdong plans to complete 17 intercity railway projects in the Pearl River Delta by 2015, costing 111.2 billion yuan. Photo: Xinhua

Guangdong's decision to invest 1.41 trillion yuan (HK$1.77 trillion) to beef up its infrastructure over the next three years has been described as dangerous by analysts, since the province is already knee-deep in debt.

25 Apr 2013 - 5:38am

Hong Kong's growing network of walkways

Photo: Bloomberg

Depending on where you live in Hong Kong, you could walk to work, stop off afterwards to pick up groceries, have a jacket made and then head home without leaving the comfort of an air-conditioned environment; you can even make your way to the airport, catch a flight and return home without having to set foot on any Hong Kong pavement, as garment exporter Ivan Tang has done.

19 Mar 2013 - 10:09am

Cruise passengers arrive in Kai Tak, 15 years after airport closure

Kai Tak is a gateway to Hong Kong for international passengers once again as Celebrity Millennium becomes the first cruise liner to berth at the new terminal on the former airport site. Arriving passengers praised the as yet incomplete facility. Photo: David Wong

Passengers said the government's investment in the new terminal could not prevent teething problems for Asia's new cruise ship industry - such as the long distances between berths and onshore attractions.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:39am

Rail ministry's debts bring biggest freight fees rise in a decade

Freight charges accounted for 50 to 70 per cent of the Ministry of Railways' revenue.

The crushing debt burden of the Ministry of Railways has compelled Beijing to impose the biggest rise in rail freight tariffs in a decade. Although that may be bad news for freighters, it came as welcome news on the stock market.

21 Feb 2013 - 6:07am

Fast track to big economic benefits

Beijing will spend about 1.88 trillion yuan expanding the mainland's high-speed rail network between 2011 and 2015. Photo: Bloomberg

"High-speed rail will push [mainland] China's economy forward significantly," said Anthony Wong, a former president of the Hong Kong Logistics Association, citing the Chinese proverb, "When the road is through, the money will flow".

21 Feb 2013 - 6:07am

Debate on tunnel tolls long overdue

A proposal to increase toll at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel to ease congestion was released for public consultation. Photo: Dickson Lee

It may be a coincidence that the proposed toll increases aimed at easing congestion at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel were released for public consultation two days ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. As expected, the three highly controversial options tabled by the government have so far not generated much discussion. Now that the festive mood is fading, it is time we gave the proposals some serious consideration. Congestion goes beyond the nuisance of getting stuck in traffic. The economic losses arising from long journeys and emissions from slow-moving vehicles have huge implications. We cannot afford to miss this opportunity to get it right.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am 2 comments

Self-driving car is tested by scientists in UK

The self-driving car developed by Google. Photo: NYT

The new system has been installed in a Nissan Leaf electric car and tested at up to 64km/h on private roads around the university. Researchers hope the cost of the system can be brought down to £100 (HK$1,200) and it can be fitted to existing models.

17 Feb 2013 - 3:28am

Motorbikes best option for migrants on Lunar New Year trek

A migrant family preparing for their motorcycle journey home from Wuzhou, Guangxi, for the Lunar New Year holiday. Photo: Xinhua

Increasingly more migrant workers are riding motorbikes home from Guangdong for the annual holiday. In 2010, 100,000 people rode home for the Lunar New Year holiday, local media reported. The figure doubled to 200,000 in 2011 and doubled again to 400,000 last year.

4 Feb 2013 - 8:24am

Action at last on harbour tunnel woes

The government proposed to adjust tolls to ease congestion in the Cross Habour Tunnel. Photo: Ricky Chung

Two years after a consultant suggested ways to ease congestion in the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, the government finally seems to be taking action.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

Mass transit in Hong Kong is moving with the times

Commuters move through MTR station in Tsuen Wan. Photo: Bloomberg

We hear a lot about Hong Kong's future economic role. Much of the discussion seems to be little more than guesswork about which pillar industries or hi-tech sectors the government should encourage. Many economists, however, would say that the government should stick to the basics: welfare, education, housing, health care and transport.

11 Jan 2013 - 2:52am

Train driver killed, another injured in freak accident on Kunming subway

Train driver killed, another injured in freak accident on Kunming subway

A train driver was killed and another injured in a derailment yesterday during a test run on the second subway line in Kunming, Yunnan province.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am