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There are many interchange stations on Hong Kong’s MTR, but the connection between the Tuen Ma and Tsuen Wan lines at Mei Foo has something no other MTR stations have – ‘Paid Passageway Validators’. Photo by Prosperity Horizons, via Wikimedia […]
Until 2007 Hong Kong’s rail network was managed by two separate operators – the MTR Corporation that run the predominately underground network, and the Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation that ran the above ground lines. A side effect of this was two separate fare structures, and a peculiar situation at one interchange station – ‘double sided’ ticket gates.
Traveling on public transport in Hong Kong with an Octopus card is simple – load up your card with credit, tap on when you start every journey, and the lowest fare will be deducted each time – no more fumbling with coins! However it isn’t always that simple, as these are some anomalies in the Octopus card fare structure.
On such a busy rail network as the Hong Kong MTR, it isn’t just the operation of trains that has to be optimised – the passenger flows inside the station have to be kept separated in order to avoid crowds and congestion.
Way back in 1997 the Octopus card system was introduced to Hong Kong, providing a fast and easy way for passengers to pay their train, tram and bus fares. Teaching passengers how to use the new system is an essential part of the rollout, so to get the message across, television commercials such the following were produced.