I’ve written about the MTR in Hong Kong before – it’s a great and very efficient system to travel across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories (and also fairly priced).
The West Island Line, which is the blue line running on the Hong Kong Island side, connects Sheung Wan in the West to Chai Wan in The East. The line is going to be expanded further West, all the way over to Kennedy Town (which is three additional stops away from Sheung Wan – an extra journey of 3 kilometres).
The project began in 2009 but it was delayed numerous times because of difficulties with the completion of exits. It now looks like the two stops Kennedy Town and Hong Kong University will open in the last week of December.
However, the opening of Sai Ying Pun station will be delayed until March – from the outset all three stations looks like they are almost finished, but apparently difficult ground conditions are delaying the opening at Sai Ying Pun.
A ride on the new line from Kennedy Town to Causeway Bay, for example, will cost 6.20 HKD – almost double the bus fare – but probably much quicker!
There will be 2 HKD discount machines in Sai Ying Pun (if you board at Sheung Wan or HKU) and commuters will also get a discount of 50 Hong Kong cents when they change between the MTR and six green-top minibus routes and one Citybus route at Kennedy Town station.