MTR Line in 2020?

I stumbled upon this graphic from a Facebook share shows what a future MTR system map might look like in 2020. 

That is, of course, when all planned stations and lines are finished on time. Taking cue from the proposed lines, I think people’s behavior when it comes to commuting may change. As the city becomes more connected, it becomes easier to reach point B from point A. That is, there are better ways to travel in the future than current arrangements.

  • It will be a smooth ride from Po Lam to Hong Kong University, knowing that passengers don’t have to transfer at North Point interchange, thereby enjoying the seats they occupy until they alight, with Tseung Kwan O line expanded from North Point to Kennedy Town. As I live near Po Lam station, I feel this is a good place to start, not that I can guarantee I’ll be in Po Lam area in seven years.
  • It will be less messy for folks who live in Shatin area as the East Rail line, which now terminates in Hung Hom station, is extended to a place called Central South. I wonder if this new station is around Garden Road or Ice House street.
  • The new MTR line should benefit “long haul” travelers as some lines are composed of a long series of stations.  Travelers from Tung Chung to Chai Wan (and vice versa),  Wu Kai Sha to Tuen Mun (and vice versa, although there must be shorter way between the two points),  and LOHAS Park / Po Lam to Kennedy Town (and vice versa) need not make an interchange transfer.
  • Island Line will be swallowed by Tung Chung line as the latter is extended from its current end point from Hong Kong station all the way to Chai Wan.
  • I wonder what will happen with bus routes if this MTR system map indeed becomes a reality. Will there be new routes to cover previously untapped ones. Or maybe when new MTR stations open, surge in demand for residential units take place. That is why buses continue to play the role of complementing the subway line.
  • Admiralty and Kowloon could take the lead as the station with the most interchange line, with Admiralty connecting Tsuen Wan Line, Tseung Kwan O Line, North-South Line and South Island Line (East) and Kowloon station linking Airport Express, Tung Chung Line, West Kowloon’s high-speed railway to China and East-West Line.
  • I hope ferry services are revived at Hung Hom or Whampoa especially when Kwun Tong line extends from Yau Ma Tei to the new  Whampoa station since people wishing to go from  Whampoa area to, say, Sai Wan Ho needs at least two transfers. North Point, as interchange station for Tung Chung line and Tseung Kwan O line is the ideal location of the cross-harbor pier.
  • Areas popular to expats such as Sai Kung and Repulse Bay / Stanley remain “MTR-free”.
  • While most of the current Island line stations will become part of an extended Tung Chung line, Fortress Hill station gets detached from that group as it will connect to currently unavailable stations such as Victoria Park, Exhibition and Tamar.

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Of course, these are just assumptions that the system map, as it appears above, pushes through as planned. Until then, we’ll have to wait and make the most of the current MTR lines offer.

 

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