Moving Millions

The Commercial Success and Political Controversies of Hong Kong’s Railway

Rikkie Yeung

Moving Millions

Rikkie Yeung

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

332 pages | 2 figures & 22 tables | 6 x 9
Hardcover $60.00 ISBN: 9789622098824 Published May 2008 AAUKEU - ALL AMERICAS & UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE
With the “merger” of the MTRC and the KCRC in 2007, the history of Hong Kong’s railways turned a new page. The two government-owned corporations were exceptionally profitable. Yet, this commercially successful railway model was not without social costs and political controversies. Moving Millions critically examines the governance history of the MTRC and the KCRC over the past three decades, and sheds light on the challenges to Hong Kong’s railway after the “merger”. The author discusses complex relationships between railway management, government policy and politics. Critical issues are analysed, including corporate governance; railway-property development; funding and managing new projects; mismanagement and controversies; public accountability; and passenger interest in fares, choice and convenience. The book compares how differently the MTRC and the KCRC dealt with the government, civil society, the market, and with each other to achieve commercial objectives and tackle public interests issues in a post-industrial society, where public expectations are rising despite constraints in democracy.
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