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Summary: Antonio Da Roza, Jessica Hefes

Originally reported: South China Morning Post

Date: 6/2/10

Originally: 24/08/09

Bus route rationing at its limits [1]

Efforts to streamline overlapping bus routes peaked in 2005, when over 1,100 daily trips were cut. According to Transport Department figures, in 2008, only 360 daily trips were cut from the busiest traffic corridors, less than 1% of the 37,000 daily bus trips on Nathan Road (TST), Yee Wo Street (CWB), and Des Voeux Road, Connaught Road and Queen’s Road Central (Central). Despite the proposal to cut a further 10% of daily trips to improve air quality, the Environment Bureau has no concrete plans on how to do so. With vested interests and opposition at district level, one official has commented that there is not much ‘fat to trim’. Franchised buses account for 6% of suspended particles emitted by road vehicles in Hong Kong.

Endnote

  1. Little headway made in bid to cut bus trips, SCMP, 24/08/09

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