30 March 2003
KCR passengers to get fare discount from Tuesday
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will introduce an enhanced bonus scheme on Tuesday (1 April) that will benefit all of East Rail domestic passengers using Octopus cards.
The "Second Trip Discount" Scheme will provide a 20% fare discount to all Octopus card users on the second trip, giving an overall discount of 10% or more for two domestic rides made within the same day.
All of East Rail’s domestic passengers, including children and the elderly now enjoying half fare, will be able to enjoy the benefit.
The fare discount will not apply to services to Sha Tin Racecourse and Lo Wu.
A KCRC spokesman said, "The scheme, which will end on 31 August 2003, would result in a revenue loss of up to $32 million.
"However, we hope the loss could be partially offset by attracting more people to use East Rail," he said.
Also from Tuesday (April 1), Light Rail passengers using personalised Octopus cards will enjoy a higher rate of rebate at $3.20 for every $30 they spend on Light Rail fares over a six-day period as opposed to the current rate of $3.00, during the next five months up to the end of August.