主持人：Jim Gould and Mike Rowse
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8:30am-9:00am: Star Ferry
8:30am-9:00am: Alok Jain, CEO & Managing Director of Trans-consult
8:30am-9:00am: Prof Stephen Cheung, the chair of the Transport Advisory Committee
9:00am-9:30am: Promoting Hong Kong
9:00am-9:30am: Johannes Hack, member of the government’s Task Force on Promoting and Branding Hong Kong; President of the German Chamber of Commerce
9:00am-9:30am: Brett Free, principal of BMF Consulting; former deputy director in the Infor-mation Services Department of the HKSAR government
On Thursday's Backchat we're talking about the future of Hong Kong's oldest mode of public transport.
Fares on the Star Ferry will go up by more than 50 percent starting in April as its debt-ridden operator struggles to stay afloat.
It had wanted to double fares, but the government decided that was too much for the public to bear, and approved a scaled-down increase.
Still, a weekday journey between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central or Wanchai will go up to HK$5 per trip for adult passengers — up from HK$3.20, while children’s tickets will rise by HK$1.
Weekend adult tickets will go from HK$4.20 to HK$6.50.
Is this a good balance? Can the fare rises keep the iconic ferry on solid fiscal ground? Can it turn to any other sources of revenue?
After 9am, we’ll look at the newly set up task force on Promoting and Branding Hong Kong.
主持人：Jim Gould and Mike Rowse
8:30am-9:15am: public transport fare increase
8:30am-9:00am: Alok Jain, CEO and Managing Director, Trans-Consult
8:30am-9:00am: Gary Zhang, New Territories North lawmaker; deputy chairman of the Legisla-tive Council’s subcommittee on railway affairs
9:00am-9:15am: Michael Tien, Roundtable Convenor and Legislative Councillor
9:15am-9:25am: Malaysia new political set-up
9:15am-9:25am: Tricia Yeoh, CEO of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, an in-dependent policy think tank in Malaysia
9:25am-9:30am: World Cup 2022
9:25am-9:30am: Atom Cheung, RTHK sports reporter
On Monday’s Backchat, we’re talking about pressure from transport operators for substantial in-creases in their fares.
The bus companies have applied to raise fares by as much as 20 percent, amid higher operating costs and falling passenger numbers, with lawmakers suggesting that the government extend fuel subsidies to lessen fare increases.
Urban taxi operators are also seeking a $6 rise in the flag fall, pointing to higher costs for insurance and fuel, while the Star Ferry wants to double the amount that adult passengers have to pay -- up to $8.40 per trip.
Tram fares have already gone up by 15.4 percent this year.
After 9.15am, we’ll talk about the new political set-up in Malaysia.
And at 9.25am, we'll be joined by RTHK sports reporter Atom Cheung with the latest on the football World Cup.