Govt to fully fund trackless transit system connecting Po Tat and Choi Hung

The government will wholly fund the construction of an elevated trackless rapid transit system in East Kowloon connecting Po Tat and Choi Hung, said the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions on Tuesday.

"The route of the system will be less than five kilometres, starting from Po Tat via Sau Mau Ping, Shun On, Shun Lee, and Choi Wan to Choi Hung East Station, to provide the journey time from Po Tat to Choi Hung East around 10 minutes," said lawmaker Tang Ka-piu after the federation launched a meeting with the Transport and Logistics Bureau this morning.

According to the authority, the to-be-built Choi Hung East Station will be located next to St. Joseph's Home for the Aged, 100 metres away from the existing Choi Hung MTR Station.

"It is planned to be built as a Bus Rapid Transit system or Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit system", said Tang, "with a capacity for 250 to 300 passengers in each carriage and meet the travel needs of people commuting in East Kowloon."

He added the government will fully fund the construction, and a report of the construction's feasibility will be issued by the middle of this year.

However, Tang suggested the route could be extended to connect Tsz Wan Shan with Yau Tong and Lam Tin, citing less profit will be brought under the current system planning as fewer commuters are expected in Po Tat.