LegCo Panel on Transport discusses increase in tram fare from HK$2.60 to HK$3

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20th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Legislative Council’s Panel on Transport held a meeting this morning (20th) to discuss the tram company’s application to increase the adult fare from the current HK$2.60 to HK$3, an increase of about 15%.

Legislative Councillor, Chan Hok-fung is concerned about whether the increase in tram fares will reduce the number of public rides, and hopes that the government will subsidise the tram companies’ preferential rides for the elderly. Deputy Secretary for Transport & Housing 2, Amy Wong said that the fare concessions for seniors over 65 have always been borne by tram companies, but since February this year, the HK$2 ride discount for passengers aged 60 to 64 has been subsidised by the government.

Hong Kong Tramways recently submitted an application to the government for a fare increase, suggesting that the fare should be increased by 1 to 4 cents. According to the document, the fare for passengers aged 12 or above is proposed to be increased from HK$2.6 to HK$3. The fare for children aged 3 to 11 is proposed to be increased from HK$1.3 to HK$1.5, both by 15.4%. The elderly fare is proposed to be increased from HK$1.2 to HK$1.3, an increase of 8.3%; the monthly pass is proposed to be increased from HK$220 to HK$260, an increase of 18%; and the tourist fare will be cancelled.

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