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Free rides bring fares reprieve

Commuters can hop on a tram for free on Monday as part of the Hong Kong Construction Association’s efforts to build on the momentum of celebrations for the SAR’s 25th handover anniversary.
That coincides with the day higher fares take effect following last month’s approval by the Executive Council for a hike in tram fares for adults from HK$2.60 to HK$3, meaning commuters won’t be paying the higher fares until Tuesday.

The association said yesterday it wants to share the historical occasion of the 25th handover anniversary with the people of Hong Kong.

“In the meantime, we try to spread joy and positivity to the community when the local Covid-19 epidemic is under control,” it said.

It is also the Lo Pan Patron’s Day on July 11. Lo Pan is the patron god of builders, carpenters and engineers.

Apart from the free rides, the association will also hold a series of events, including an evening gala, an 18 districts Lo Pan rice distribution campaign and a one-day local tour, on the day.

Celebration banners will also be put up, while a large flower plaque will commemorate the occasion at the association’s office at 180-182, Hennessy Road, Wan Chai.

The news of the free rides came as Hong Kong Tramways and beverage manufacturer Pocari Sweat launched the first brand-naming Tram “Tokkyu PS” to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary in Hong Kong.

In a departure from the usual tram body advertisements, passengers can experience an interesting and interactive cool ride on Tokkyu PS, Tramways and Pocari said in separate joint statements.

Inside the tram cabin, riders can pick up useful “tips” about the human body’s water and electrolyte absorption and retention rate.

Also, by scanning the QR code at the seat backs, commuters will be linked to a performance by the endorser of girl band Collar, brand ambassadors for the energy drink. Photo spots are also to be had in the Tokkyu PS tram cabin.

“Pocari Sweat highly appreciates the dedication of tram frontline teammatese on duty during the scorching summer season and especially provides Pocari Sweat for free to them,” the popular drinks maker said.
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