The MTR Corporation will give passengers who use its train, light rail, and bus services on two weekends 50% off their fares. Anyone who uses these modes of transport on April 8-9 and May 13-14 will pay half the regular ticket prices as part of the rail corporation’s Thank You Days initiative.

Passengers who use Octopus cards on the MTR, Light Rail and MTR Bus, or QR codes on the MTR heavy rail network are eligible for the discounted fares, which also apply to trips to Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations.

Train frequencies on seven MTR lines – the Island Line, South Island Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Kwun Tong Line, Tuen Ma Line, East Rail Line and Disneyland Resort Line – will be enhanced to 2.8-6 minutes for most of the day during these weekends. In addition, more coupled-set light rail vehicles will run in anticipation of higher passenger traffic on these days.

The rail giant also announced that it will provide more than 700 extra trips on April 5 on account of increased passenger traffic due to the Ching Ming Festival. Train services will be enhanced on the East Rail Line, Tsuen Wan Line and Island Line to run at intervals of about 2.8-3.5 minutes on the evening of April 5.

Last month, the corporation revealed that it would hike fares for the first time in four years, with new ticket prices set to increase by 2.3%. However, the rail operator will increase interchange discounts on more than 500 routes for commuters on the Green Minibus, and maintain existing concessions for senior citizens, children, eligible students, and persons with disabilities.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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