We are awaiting proposals from the Transport Department (TD) addressing problems encountered with the 8 and 28 services to and from Baguio Villas.
The online petition in November 2015 resulted in 250 submissions to TD urging improvements. My office has also regularly submitted reports of surveys conducted at bus stops and along the route.
In response, TD conducted its own surveys in December 2015 of the demand and actual operating frequency of the 8 and 28. The TD is now reviewing the information and various proposals.
First, there is proposal for the 28 to go direct from Caine Road to Kennedy Road without passing through the congested Ice House Street. This would reduce the journey time by 15-20 minutes and help improve the frequency. The shorter route would also help retain drivers who are unhappy with the long time between rest stops. Residents at Kennedy Road however would lose their service from Central, and changes to the 28 require consensus and no-objection from as many as three district councils.
The second proposal is from the 8 operator who wants to run the 8X only. This is unacceptable unless Transport Department can resolve the availability of seats between Caine Road, Bonham Road, HKU Station and Baguio Villa.
The third proposal, a merger of the 8 and 28 services appears to be too complicated.
Last week we sent a letter to TD (click here) urging them to come up with workable proposals, and to present these to you – the residents - soonest.
We will keep you posted on the discussions with Transport Department and the operators.