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Transport in Hong Kong

Post  kosovohp on Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:52 am

Hong Kong's transportation network is highly developed. Over 90% of daily travels (11 million) are on public transport,[159] the highest such percentage in the world.[160] Payment can be made using the Octopus card, a stored value system introduced by the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), which is widely accepted on railways, buses and ferries, and accepted like cash at other outlets.[161][162]

The city's main railway company was merged with the urban mass transit operator in 2007, creating a comprehensive rail network for the whole territory.[163] This rapid transit system has 150 stations, which serve 3.4 million people a day.[164] Hong Kong Tramways, which has served the territory since 1904, covers the northern parts of Hong Kong Island.[165]
A dark tan double-decker bus with advertising-banner promoting clean environment.
A Kowloon Motor Bus double-decker bus in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's bus service is franchised and run by private operators. Five privately companies provide franchised bus service across the territory, together operating more than 700 routes. The two largest, Kowloon Motor Bus provides 402 routes in Kowloon and New Territories; Citybus operates 154 routes on Hong Kong Island; both run cross-harbour services. Double-decker buses were introduced to Hong Kong in 1949, and are now almost exclusively used; single-decker buses remain in use for routes with lower demand or roads with lower load capacity. Public light buses serve most parts of Hong Kong, particularly areas where standard bus lines cannot reach or do not reach as frequently, quickly, or directly.

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