Hong Kong MTR keeps its shine amid setbacks

Above: Commuters at Wan Chai station of MTR's Island Line. Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway has made enviable profits and is known for its largely sterling service record. Below: MTR Corp chief executive Lincoln Leong greeting passengers on a High-Sp
Commuters at Wan Chai station of MTR's Island Line. Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway has made enviable profits and is known for its largely sterling service record. PHOTOS: LIANHE ZAOBAO, MTR CORP
Above: Commuters at Wan Chai station of MTR's Island Line. Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway has made enviable profits and is known for its largely sterling service record. Below: MTR Corp chief executive Lincoln Leong greeting passengers on a High-Sp
MTR Corp chief executive Lincoln Leong greeting passengers on a High-Speed Rail train. He took the helm four years ago, and is leaving next year.PHOTOS: LIANHE ZAOBAO, MTR CORP

Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway (MTR), which turns 40 next year, carries 5.8 million people a day over a network spanning 260km. Operators of several metros the world over - including Singapore's - benchmark themselves against its high reliability standards.

The network has mostly eight-car trains running 19 hours a day, and is operated by MTR Corp, a listed company majority-owned by the Hong Kong government.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 31, 2018, with the headline 'Hong Kong MTR keeps its shine amid setbacks'. Print Edition | Subscribe