Whereas the MTR was once a fast, convenient ride from main areas of the city, it has now become a cramped, and often unenjoyable way to travel.
Despite the maneuver last year to remove rows of seats from cars to increase capacity, the congestion in the trains doesn’t seem to have thinned.
Likewise, the lines at some of the stations remain dangerously long – even during off-peak hours.
Transferring trains at Admiralty station used to be a simple, fluid procedure, but it now often makes more sense to continue on to Central and get on at the beginning of the line, thus avoiding the long lines like the ones pictured in the photos.
Aside from increasing the frequency of trains, could express trains help to restore the quality of the MTR ride?
In other international cities, express trains skip certain stations in order to transport a large number of people to heavily trafficked, central hubs.
However, is this even an option in Hong Kong? Does the MTR have additional tracks to allow express trains to run? Would it be feasible to expand the tracks in this way?
Potential express stations could include locations such as North Point, Causeway Bay, Admiralty, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, and Kowloon Tong.
With Hong Kong’s population set to grow exponentially, perhaps it’s time that the MTR started looking at solutions to maintain the ride quality in addition to expanding its service to new areas.