28 April 2005
East Rail passengers to enjoy more interchange discounts
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will introduce the first two interchange discount schemes for East Rail passengers in the North District on 1 May this year.
At the same time, passengers holding Octopus cards transferring between KCR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and the MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station will continue to enjoy the $1.5 interchange discount scheme until 30 June 2005. The scheme originally expires on 30 April 2005.
From 1 May to 30 November, East Rail passengers using Octopus cards will enjoy a discount of $0.5 when interchanging with green minibus routes 58K or 501K. KCRC and the operator of the two routes will review the schemes in six months.
Route 58K runs between Sheung Shui Station and Ping Kong every 10 – 18 minutes. Route 501K is a circular route plying between Fanling Station and Yan Shing Court at a frequency of 5 – 10 minutes. The full fare of both routes is $3.5.
KCRC General Manager - Marketing, Mr Michael Lai said, "We are pleased to introduce interchange discounts for the first time to East Rail passengers in the North District and to extend the Tsim Sha Tsui KCR/MTR interchange discount for another two months. The Corporation will continue to explore promotional initiatives with other operators to bring more benefits to passengers."
East Rail passengers can enjoy the discount only if they are using Octopus cards and interchanging with green minibus routes 58K and 501K at Sheung Shui Station and Fanling Station respectively within 45 minutes after exiting the East Rail station, or when entering Sheung Shui Station or Fanling Station within two hours after boarding minibuses 58K or 501K. Passengers using the East Rail One-Month Pass are not eligible to enjoy the MTR or the green minibus interchange discounts.