Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Riding the K-Town Train

Chinese calligraphy saying "Kennedy Town" greets passengers at the station
I'm over a week late, but tonight I got my first opportunity to ride the MTR to Kennedy Town station!

What normally takes me 20-25 minutes to get home, now only takes 10 minutes -- what a change.

The nifty new exit gates look sleek and hi-tech
Three more stations were added to the Island Line in addition to Kennedy Town: Sai Ying Pun and HKU or the University of Hong Kong. Sai Ying Pun station is not yet complete but will be before the end of the first quarter of this year. The train did stop at the station, but did not open its doors.

Once we arrived at Kennedy Town, there was a short ride up the escalator and the exits have new gates that look hi-tech, but even more so are the "3-in-1" ticket machines, where passengers can either buy single-journey tickets, add value to their Octopus card, or get ticket information on their Octopus cards like the remaining balance or even pay HK$3 to print out their transaction records.

The new 3-in-1 ticket machines
How cool is that?

Stepping out of Exit C, the neighbourhood wet market is on the right, and Forbes Street in front, which is fast becoming occupied with restaurants as well as Cadogan down at the end of the street on the left.

Since December 28 when the extended stops opened, Kennedy Town has jumped several notches up on the cool scale...

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