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Proposed Electric Bus System for Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Trolleybus News

Buses are much more efficient in terms of road space and energy per passenger than cars. Zero emission electric buses take this advantage to the ultimate. For example, 1 vehicle in 20 travelling round Parliament Square is a bus and yet they carry 50% of the people. To encourage motorists to use buses more and drive less, new designs of buses need to provide the facilities people have got used to in their cars and avoid the pollution cars create. State-of-the-art electric buses will be a fundamental step in achieving a smooth, clean and quiet traveling experience.

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updated 1/2/06

  The Problem
Faced with a proposed South Island monorail, Citybus, the major bus operator, is proposing an extensive tbus scheme that will equal the MTR Corporation scheme.

Why Tbuses?
Tbuses offer the most cost effective form of electric transport and are the only practical zero-emission road passenger transport. They have much lower sound levels, fast and sustained acceleration, better hill climbing ability, non-dependance on oil, regenerative braking, virtually maintence-free motors and 100% low floors for easy boarding. Tbuses offer the only real solution to Hong Kong's poor air quality and high noise levels.

What's the proposal?
80 one way kilometres of route with a fleet of 191 double deck tbuses to provide service frequencies of up to 12 per hour per route. 14 routes would serve Cyberport, Ocean Park, Aberdeen Harbour as well as Central areas. Cost would be 1.2 billion HK$ and could be complete by 2006.

The full 60 page A3 report has been prepared by WS Atkins (Hong Kong).