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Transport and logistics

Smart Hong Kong ideas for happier bus rides and fewer traffic jams

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 July, 2018, 8:02pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 July, 2018, 8:02pm

During rush hour, long lines often form at the bus stop in my neighbourhood, with commuters waiting for a short ride to the MTR station nearby. However, elderly passengers are able to leave the queue when buses for long journeys arrive, because they only have to pay HK$2 for a ride on these buses, which also stop at the MTR station.

In view of this, I urge KMB to develop a GPS-enabled smartphone app that charges passengers based on the distance travelled, so that everyone, not just the elderly, can take long-distance buses even for short trips. The number of buses on the road could then be reduced, thus easing traffic jams.

Such an app should also count the number of passengers at bus stops and enable the bus company to dynamically adjust the frequency and sizes of buses (single- or double-deckers) to improve the overall efficiency of its services.

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A smarter bus system may even allow passengers to ask for bus services on personalised routes and so encourage more private car owners to travel green.

Simon Wang, Kowloon Tong