MTR offers half-price day on Lantern Festival tomorrow, enhances service frequency on 6 lines

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23rd February 2024 – (Hong Kong) In celebration of the Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) has announced a special half-price day as a gesture of gratitude towards its passengers. The discounted fares will be available on selected routes, including the East Rail Line’s Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations. However, the Airport Express and additional charges for first-class service on the East Rail Line are not included in the promotion.

Furthermore, the MTR will increase the frequency of train services on six lines throughout the day, adding approximately 370 extra train trips. The Light Rail network will also deploy more dual-carriage trams to facilitate passenger flow.

The introduction of the half-price day is part of the MTR’s fare adjustment mechanism, which stipulates that when the railway’s service performance is disrupted and incurs penalties of HK$25 million, a half-price day must be implemented to compensate passengers. The upcoming half-price day coincides with the Lantern Festival tomorrow.

Passengers using Octopus cards for MTR, Light Rail, and New Territories Northwest bus journeys, as well as those using QR code for MTR rides, will enjoy the half-price fare discount. However, it is important to note that the discounted fares do not apply to contactless credit card or debit card payments.

For those planning to celebrate the Lantern Festival by travelling to the northern parts of Hong Kong, the half-price discount is applicable to transit journeys between the Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations on the East Rail Line. The discounted fare does not cover additional charges for first-class service on the East Rail Line, Airport Express rides, and MTR feeder bus services. However, the discount can be combined with interchange discounts, concessionary fares, and the 25% discount for Monthly Pass holders.

Elderly passengers seeking the most cost-effective way to travel north can take advantage of the following example. Starting from Admiralty Station, the full fare to Lo Wu Station on a regular day is HK$25.4, while the half-price fare would be approximately HK$12.7. On the half-price day, senior citizens can first travel to Sheung Shui Station for just HK$1, exit the station, and then re-enter to continue their journey to Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau stations. The original fare for this route is HK$12.9, but with the half-price discount, it will be approximately HK$6.5. Adding the HK$1 fare to Sheung Shui, the total cost will be just HK$7.5, resulting in a saving of HK$5.2.

During the Lantern Festival half-price day, the MTR will increase train frequencies on six lines—the Island Line, South Island Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Kwun Tong Line, Tuen Ma Line, and East Rail Line—at different time periods, adding a total of approximately 370 train trips. Additionally, the Light Rail will operate more dual-carriage trams to accommodate higher passenger volumes.

The MTR has assured passengers that extra staff will be deployed at stations to assist commuters. They will closely monitor the railway’s operations and make necessary adjustments to train services and manpower allocation based on actual demand. Ms. Linda Lai, Executive Director of Hong Kong Transport Services, expressed her hope that the combination of half-price fares and increased train frequencies will provide convenience for residents to celebrate the festive season with their friends and families.