Friday, 11 November 2016

Picture of the Day: Friday Rush Hour

An MTR worker held a plastic tape preventing commuters from going down
My office is in Taipo in the New Territories, and our company provides us shuttle buses to get to and from work, otherwise no one would want to work so far from town.

This morning we were on Hennessy Road in Wan Chai, trying to turn left to get over to the Harbour Tunnel when there was a massive traffic jam and the traffic cop directed our bus go eastwards to the Eastern Tunnel.

Interestingly we arrived at the office only about five to 10 minutes later than usual.

Then in the evening, I decided it would be better to take the shuttle bus to Kowloon Tong and then take the MTR back home.

But when I got down to the station, past the turnstiles, no one was allowed to take the escalators down to the platforms. There were too many people already down there.

There were so many people waiting to get onto the train
After a few minutes we were allowed down and the platform to take the train towards Whampoa was several people deep. I had to wait for three trains to go by before getting on, and even then it was a tight squeeze.

What happened? Why an unusually large number of people today?

It was partly because of the new MTR stations at Ho Ma Tin and Whampoa on the green line, because a number of people were still on the train, while the rest of us got off to get the train to Central.

So by the time I arrived at Kennedy Town station, it was exactly an hour and 10 minutes later, which usually would have taken an hour if there weren't so many people at Kowloon Tong.

Very strange, but hopefully this is not the new normal. We can only take being squished like sardines for so long.

Speaking of which, have Hong Kong's senior officials ridden on the MTR during rush hour lately to see for themselves what we plebs go through everyday?

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