The government put forward the "Railway Development Strategy" as early as 2014, and proposed to build the East Kowloon Line, but the plan has been delayed.
The Federation of Trade Unions today (3rd) met with Liao Zhenxin, Deputy Director of the Transport and Logistics Bureau, on the progress of the construction plan.
Deng Jiabiao, member of the Legislative Council of the Federation of Trade Unions, quoted that the project is called the Elevated Trackless Rapid Transit System, which will be built with a column-style viaduct. The total length of the route will be less than 5 kilometers, and the construction will be fully funded by the government.
Deng Jiabiao introduced the government's preliminary planning proposals. It is expected that the East Kowloon MRT may be based on the light rail model "ART", or the car-based bus system "BRT". The government cited several mainland cities' MRT systems as examples at the meeting.
The government plans that the East Kowloon MRT will not use tunnels, but will be built as a column-style viaduct with dedicated passages inside.
According to the authorities, the "ART" train can carry more than 200 passengers, while the "BRT" train can carry more than 100 passengers. Shun'an Station, and Baoda Station, the estimated journey time is about 10 minutes.
The route has become a "stubborn road" and it is difficult to meet the passenger flow
Deng Jiabiao said that the authorities will continue to listen to the opinions of residential areas and professional technology in recent months.
However, the Federation of Trade Unions is concerned about the passenger capacity and extension of the new mountain-crossing route. It refers to the one-way system from Rainbow East Station to Baoda Station, and describes the "stubborn road" after Baoda Station. It thinks that it is not convenient for residents to travel, and it is difficult to handle Passenger flow and economic benefits, but the authorities expressed understanding of the concerns of the Federation of Trade Unions and East Kowloon residents, and will further study the feeder system behind Po Tat Station.
In addition, the Federation of Trade Unions is also concerned about the passenger capacity of the elevated trolley rapid transit system.
The association was worried that the train would be full when it departed from Po Tat Station, and that it might not be possible to get on the train at the halfway stations of Sau Mau Ping and Sishun Neighborhoods: "The bureau stated that many of the stations are housing estates, especially public housing. Basically, there are relatively few passengers who will get off from Po Tat to Sishun, and basically ride one end to the other end. I am worried that such a passenger capacity will not be enough to meet the needs of residents in East Shantou, Kowloon, especially It’s the time to return to work after work.”
Advocate the increase of exits at Choi Hung Station, following the example of East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and Tsim Sha Tsui Station
Deng Jiabiao also quoted the government as saying that the Choi Choi East Station site was chosen near the already vacant St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly, within a walking distance of more than 100 meters from Choi Choi Station.
The Federation of Trade Unions believes that the location is ideal for the construction of the railway, but it is believed that many residents will transfer from Choi Choi East Station to Choi Choi Station. It is suggested that the government increase the exit and tunnel at Choi Choi Station, referring to the transfer from Tsim Sha Tsui East Station to Tsim Sha Tsui Station To facilitate the transfer of residents and dredge the flow of people.
Financial Secretary Chen Maobo had predicted that this year's fiscal deficit may reach as high as 100 billion yuan. When asked whether the MRT was fully funded by the government, whether he would worry about increasing the government's financial burden, Deng Jiabiao said bluntly: "The most profitable railway in the world is Hong Kong. You Just look at the annual report of the MTR.” He pointed out that due to the dense population in Hong Kong, the planning strategy of high-rise buildings makes Hong Kong’s fare income high. 2. The needs of 300,000 residents.
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