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Moving MillionsThe Commercial Success and Political Controversies of Hong Kong's Railway$
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Rikkie Yeung

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098824

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098824.001.0001

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Passenger Fares, Choice and Convenience

Passenger Fares, Choice and Convenience

(p.201) 9 Passenger Fares, Choice and Convenience
Moving Millions

Rikkie Yeung

Hong Kong University Press

The main themes of Part IV concern how the MTRC and the KCRC confronted operational challenges and handled the social benefits and costs in relation to the passenger interests. This chapter looks into the evolving politics in three aspects of passenger interest: railway fares, passenger choice through competition, and passenger convenience through collaboration among railways and other transport operators. The discussion recounts the political tug-of-war on fare autonomy, how and why in recent years the government tried to change the policy that it had defended for decades, and changes in the politics of transport competition and collaboration. Again, the MTRC and the KCRC did not always respond to the challenges in the same way.

Keywords:   MTRC, KCRC, passenger interests, railway fares, passenger choice, transport operators, competition

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