29 November 2000
Hong Kong’s First Joint-Operator Bus-Bus Interchange Scheme
to Take Off in Tin Shui Wai
 
Hong Kong’s first Bus-Bus Interchange (BBI) Scheme jointly operated by different bus operators will be launched in Tin Shui Wai Town Centre on 1 December 2000.
This was announced by Mr Daniel Au, Assistant Commissioner for Transport (New Territories) alongside representatives from the joint operators – Citybus, Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) Light Rail Division, Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) and Long Win Bus.
Under the Scheme, passengers taking Light Rail bus route 659 from Tin Shui Wai North to Tin Shui Wai Town Centre will be able to change to KMB Route 269C to Kwun Tong Ferry, Citybus Routes 969/969A/969P to Causeway Bay / Admiralty, or Long Win Route E34 to the Hong Kong International Airport. If they use the same Octopus Card on both legs of their journey, they will enjoy a fare discount of $1.50 if the Card is presented on the second leg within 45 minutes of using it on the first leg.
The same discount will be enjoyed by passengers travelling in the opposite direction if they board the first bus before the Tai Lam Tunnel, and if the Octopus Card is presented on the second leg within 150 minutes.
The passengers’ entitlement to the discount will not be affected if they use the Octopus Card for non-transport transactions between the two legs.
"Given the limited road space in Hong Kong, BBI schemes help reduce the unnecessary duplication generated by point-to-point services and minimise the need to introduce new long haul bus routes. Hence, traffic and air quality will be improved," said Mr Daniel Au.
"Customers interchanging to the Route 969 series can enjoy further Octopus fare concessions when interchanging to Citybus Route 973 to Stanley at the Hong Kong-bound bus stop at the Western Harbour Crossing," said Mr William Chung, Assistant General Manager (Operations) of Citybus.
KCRC Light Rail Division’s General Manager (Operations), Mr Tsui Wai Keung, said, "KCRC will construct a 2.7-km light rail extension in Tin Shui Wai North, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2003. Prior to the launch of this extension, we are operating three temporary bus routes to serve the residents of this area, one of which is Route 659, which is part of this BBI Scheme.
"So far, the Light Rail service and its feeder routes have been serving the regional transport needs of Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai. The launch of the Tin Shui Wai BBI Scheme greatly extends the scope of our services for the benefit of the travelling public," Mr Tsui said.
"KMB is delighted to be part of this BBI Scheme, which offers a fare discount with the Octopus Card. I am happy to report that KMB’s fleet of 4,000 double deckers – the largest in the world – alongside its 200 single deckers will be fully equipped with the Octopus system by the end of this year," said Mr Mark Leung, Planning and Development Manager of KMB.
"With the entire fleet equipped with Octopus, KMB plans to introduce about ten BBI schemes in 2001, to offer both discounts and convenience to passengers," Mr Leung added.
"Long Win is proud to contribute to the wide coverage of the Tin Shui Wai BBI Scheme, which aims to serve the diversified transport needs of the Tin Shui Wai North residents," said Long Win Bus General Manager Mr Kenrick Fok.