The opening of two new MTR stations in Ho Man Tin and Whampoa should bring excitement to everyone as train itinerary apps, route maps inside trains and other materials involving the system map need to be updated.
The HK$7.2 billion 2.6 kilometer extension will run from Yau Ma Tei to Whampoa is expected to help ease traffic congestion in the area.
According to South China Morning Post, Whampoa will be served by a single platform and provide a train service every four minutes during peak periods, while at Ho Man Tin station there will be a train every two minutes.
During weekday non-peak periods, the average train service frequency will be three minutes for all Kwun Tong line stations. The ride between Whampoa and Yau Ma Tei will take five minutes.
But on a sober note, this opening of the Kwun Tong Line extension also coincides with scaling down or phasing out of cheaper public transport options.
To rationalize transport options near the new railway stations, the Transport Department said it plans to put in place four new feeder minibus routes. However, at the same time, it will decommission one bus and one minibus routes and shorten another, while reduce the frequency of 33 bus and 13 minibus operations.
The changes, according to a Department spokesperson, will be introduced gradually after six months of operations.
While it offers fixed travel time, the new transport arrangement will mean more expensive public transport option for some passengers. FOr instance, one of the planned routes to be removed, KMB route 212 from Whampoa to Sham Shui Po charges HK$5.1 fare while the same journey using the MTR costs HK$6.7.