Fare increases on 11 minibus routes in Kowloon, with the 9M route in Sham Shui Po seeing the largest increase of up to 20%

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3rd December 2023 – (Hong Kong) In the wake of an economic downturn caused by the ongoing pandemic, several transportation services in Hong Kong have sought approval for fare increases. Following recent price hikes by the MTR, buses, and multiple ferry routes, the Transport Department announced today that eleven routes of minibus services in the Kowloon area will also raise their fares. The fare adjustments range from 8.05% to 20%, with the 9M route seeing the largest increase from HK$3.5 to HK$4.2, and the 54 route rising from HK$8.7 to HK$9.4.

The eleven minibus routes affected by the fare hikes are 12, 12A, 12B, 12S, 9M, 20, 20M, 82, 54, 54M, and 54S, primarily serving the Sham Shui Po district. Among these, five routes are located in Sham Shui Po, with fares for routes 12 and 12S rising to HK$6.2, routes 12A and 12B increasing to HK$5.7, and the 9M route reaching HK$4.2.

In addition to the Sham Shui Po district, fare increases have also been implemented for specific routes in the Wong Tai Sin and Kwun Tong districts. In Wong Tai Sin, the fare for route 20 has risen to HK$6.1, and route 20M has increased to HK$4.5. Meanwhile, in Kwun Tong, fares for routes 82 and 54 have gone up to HK$4.5 and HK$9.4, respectively. Route 54M has increased to HK$5, and route 54S has seen a fare rise to HK$7.8. Previous reports indicate that in the past year, 156 green minibus routes applied for fare increases, with the majority of routes seeing increases exceeding 60%.

The fare adjustments have sparked concern among residents who are already grappling with the economic challenges brought about by the pandemic. As the cost of living continues to rise, these fare hikes further strain the budgets of many individuals and families. The increased financial burden on commuters using green minibus services may lead to a reduction in ridership or a shift towards alternative modes of transportation.