Anyone who takes the escalator can qualify for a $2 discount on next subway ride Commuters now have an extra incentive to use the Mid-Levels escalator, which carries thousands of people up and down the slopes behind Central every day, as the MTR is offering $2 discounts to anyone using it. The Mass Transit Railway Corporation yesterday said its latest 'fare-saver' machine would be installed on the walkway at Hollywood Road, where commuters could swipe their Octopus cards and receive the discount. The railway operator is hoping the fare-saver machines will help boost passenger numbers. 'We hope to encourage even more residents to take the MTR,' spokeswoman Catherine Sing Kit-tak said. 'We are always looking for ways to make our service even better value for money. 'One of the main purposes of doing this is to really help our passengers save more when they take the MTR.' Under the Mid-Levels promotion, which will run from Monday to the end of September next year, escalator users will receive $2 off their next MTR trip taken on the same day from Central or Hong Kong stations, excluding the Airport Express. The MTR has no estimates of how many people are expected to use the machine for discounts, although Ms Sing said: 'Based on our past experience with other locations, the machines have proved to be popular.' The Hong Kong Tourism Board says the escalator carries 33,000 people during the peak hours of 8 to 10am, noon to 2pm and 6 to 8pm. Although no recent figures are available, a 1996 government report found that 34,000 people used it each day. The people-mover has been billed as the world's longest covered outdoor escalator system and it was completed 10 years ago this month. The fare-saver machines have also been installed in Central Plaza and the CC Wu Building in Wan Chai; China Hong Kong City, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Fu Ning Commercial Plaza in Tsim Sha Tsui; Sheung Tak Shopping Centre and Fu Ning Commercial Plaza in Tseung Kwan O; and Enterprise Square in Kowloon Bay. Ms Sing said that the railway operator would be looking to expand the programme to even more locations near MTR stations in the future.