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Sustainability: In Hong Kong, a bus interchange showcases life with lower carbon emissions

HONG KONG — Urban Renewal Authority (URA) proudly organized the YM2 “Summer Green Tour” event from today to August 28. The Yue Man Square Public Transport Interchange (PTI) has been in service since April 02 as the first PTI with an indoor air-conditioned bus waiting area in Hong Kong where passengers and vehicular traffic are separated, serving the public with a safe and cozy experience.

Joining hands with The Kowloon Motor Bus Company Limited (KMB), URA will take the public on a time travel journey, immersing them in Kwun Tong’s development over the decades via the exhibition themed “Smart, Green City Life with Less Carbon Emission.” Featuring smart, eco elements and technology, the event features a kaleidoscope with a funny and educational experience this summer.

New-generation electric bus

Propelling the smart city and the concept of green and sustainable living, a showcase of selected vintage buses and the new-generation electric bus of KMB will be facilitated at the YM2 UG Main Entrance for four consecutive weeks during the event period.

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“Red Lantern”
“Hot Dog” Leyland Olympian 11M
“Whiteboard”, the first-generation air-conditioned bus

On July 31, Leyland Fleetline was nicknamed “Red Lantern” because of its red livery. The bus was imported from the UK and began serving Hong Kong on March 22, 1978. Other buses to be exhibited include Dennis Dragon 11M, Volvo Olympian 11M, “hotdog” (non-air-conditioned bus), and “whiteboard”, the first-generation air-conditioned bus with a white livery. The new-generation electric bus which has been in service for couples of KMB routes will also be featured. The public at large are cordially invited to appreciate the evolution of buses in Hong Kong and their journey towards a greener future.

“Hot Dog” Dennis Dragon 11M

At the YM2 UG Lobby, the public can visit another exhibition, “Green Tour – Kwun Tong Development”, which heralds the new Yue Man Square PTI facilitated by the URA, empowered with many sustainable and smart features, such as the concept of separating passengers and vehicular traffic. The exhibition also sheds light on the development of KMB services in Kwun Tong from past to future through a number of rare artifacts like antique bus tickets, staff cards, and badges. Meanwhile, the models of vintage buses and alongside life-like KMB bus stop dioramas will also be showcased.

KMB bus stop diorama

 

The highlight of the exhibit is the “Junior Bus Captain Experience,” where children can ride on electric buses tailor-made for them and learn about sustainable development cum energy-saving concepts. They will also wear bus captain uniforms and learn about the work of bus captains. Shoppers simply need to spend HKD 200 on the same day at YM2 via epayment and like the Facebook page or Instagram account of the mall to join. This experience zone will be opening soon.

The public should not miss the free-of-charge remote-controlled bus experience zone and a profile-pic-worthy bus-themed photo spot. Adults and children are all welcome to play with the remote-controlled buses and races. They can also take plenty of snapshots on the bus captain’s booth photo spot for a thrilling bus experience.

The pop-up store sells a variety of souvenirs at YM2, embracing a series of attractive YM2-exclusive products such as Q Bus models, folders, and keyrings for enriching customers’ experience ubiquitously.

Models of vintage buses

 

Please refer to the website of YM2 for details of the program.

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