Nearly 70pc of citizens say trains more crowded: survey
The Democratic Party urged MTR to add extra capacity to ease carriage congestion as 70 percent of citizens said trains were more crowded after the opening of the cross-harbor section of the East Rail Line.
The extension commenced service in May, which allowed passengers to reach Exhibition and Admiralty stations directly without interchanging.
The Democratic Party interviewed 1,238 citizens in June, of which 70 percent agreed that their transit time shortened after the extension opened. However, some two-thirds also said that the train had become more crowded
In addition, 60 percent of respondents agreed to cancel the first-class compartment in order to ease carriage congestion.
Half of the interviewees suggested ladies-only compartments should be provided during peak hours.
The Democratic Party suggested that MTR should add extra capacity throughout the day and study the possibility of adding extra carriages.