A KMB bus in Hong Kong. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Kowloon Motor Bus Co (KMB) has proposed opening two new routes from the New Territories to Hong Kong Island that will use premium buses – but the fares would be 50% higher than normal.

According to a proposal submitted by KMB to Tuen Mun and Yuen Long District Council, the two new routes – P968 from Yung Long in the New Territories to Tin Hau on Hong Kong Island, and P960 from Tun Mun to Wan Chai – would start in the fourth quarter at the earliest, Headline Daily reported.

The premium buses will have wider seats, USB charging sockets and free Wi-Fi. Passengers will be guaranteed a seat and no standing will be allowed.

The routes will have few stops, so the traveling time will be 10 minutes shorter than the existing Routes 968 and 960.

However, the proposed fare for P968 and P960 will be HK$35.10 (US$4.49) and HK$31.20 (US$3.99), which are 50% higher than on the current routes.

District councilors slammed the proposal as the fares are quite high. They urged KMB to improve services for the existing routes and increase the frequency of the buses, Oriental Daily reported.

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