Major Bus Events in 2021

Dec 31

New Year's Special

KMB ran 13 special routes out of Austin station for the New Year countdown concert at the West Kowloon Cultural District. Many buses with special liveries were used.

Dec 4 to Jan 16

Tai Tong Autumn Colours Bus

The MTR operates a special K66A route from Long Ping station to Tai Tong Shan Road to facilitate visiting the fall colours further uphill during weekends and holidays. While there is an existing MTR bus route running to the bottom of the hill, this route would help save a few kilometres of walking.

November 30

Queen's Hill Routes

Queen's Hill is a new residential area near Fanling in the northern party of the city. Far from existing urban areas, several new bus routes opened to connect the new residents to the city. 79X travels to Sham Shui Po and Mongkok.

KMB's shorter 78A route connects to Fanling station.

August 10

KMB's Olympic buses

Hong Kong's atheletes performed exceptionally well at the Tokyo Olympics, scoring 1 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze medals. KMB rolled out 2 Olympic-themed buses to celebrate our athletes, running routes 66X and 270B. Set against a white background, athlete silhouettes represent their participation in 13 Olympic sports.

July 18

Premium Bus Services

KMB launched 2 new premium long-haul bus services between the Northwest New Territories and Hong Kong Island, with no standing passengers allowed.

July 14-20

Book Fair Special Routes

The Hong Kong Book Fair was held at the Convention Centre in Wanchai in July. To facilitate visitors getting home without having to haul their purchased goods through the long footbridge to the train station, 6 direct routes were launched at night : 105R, 111R, 603R, 168R, 178R, 191R.

June 26

NWFB Launches X9

The weekend/holiday express bus service from Central to Shek O uses the Central-Wan Chai Bypass. Initially, service was provided every 20-30 minutes during the morning only from Central, and returning in the afternoon only from Shek O.

With the Tuen Ma Line's extension to Hung Hom opening on June 27 through Kowloon City and To Kwa Wan, 4 KMB bus route cuts have been suggested to the District Council - 11, 85B, 85S, and 286M.

May 23

China Motor Bus Returns

Common SENse promotes inclusive arts to the community, especially those with special education needs. They decorated a preserved China Motor Bus with an exhibition and parked it at the historic Stone Houses Family Garden for a weekend.

May 10

W3 Resumption

KMB's high-speed train station routes W2 and W3 were launched in September 2018 but were suspended in January 2020 due to the border closure as a result of COVID. W3 was revived with 2 rush hour departures in each direction on a trial basis with additional stops in Tai Po and Fanling.

May 1

Resumption of Rickshaw Bus Routes

With COVID infection numbers easing, Rickshaw Bus routes H1 and H2 resumed, offering limited weekday and a few more weekend services.

May 1

Tseung Kwan O Tunnel Bus-Bus Interchange

The Kowloon-bound Tseung Kwan O Tunnel Bus-Bus Interchange opened months after the Tseung Kwan O-bound facility was commissionned. Serving 30 routes, it is a simple sheltered structure.

Meanwhile, construction of a new footbridge continues across the street at the older bus interchange.

April 26

New Cross-Harbour Bus Routes to the Eastern District

Citybus launches 4 new cross-harbour express routes connecting the New Territories with Quarry Bay with 4 rush hour departures per direction each. In addition, Kowloon Motor Bus also launches 1 cross-harbour express route connecting Science Park with Wanchai, also with 4 rush hour departures in each direction.

The 9xx series routes all stop at the Western Harbour Crossing on the Kowloon side.

686 Tai Wai

989 Fo Tan

933 Tsuen Wan West

976 Yuen Long San Tin

900 Pak Shek Kok

A few days later, I headed to the Sai Wan Ho terminus to see the 2 stops set up for these 4 routes. 2 routes would depart from the 2 stops at the same time and the other 2 routes would depart 5 minutes after.

April 1

Kwun Tong's New Yue Man Square Bus Terminus

Yue Man Square is being redeveloped under a massive renewal scheme that will see lots of new residential skyscrapers as well as a landmark commercial tower. The original bus terminus was relocated here at the start of the redevelopment. With the residential portion almost complete, this relocated outdoor bus terminus closed on April 1 to move indoors.

The new transport interchange inside the Grand Central development's mall opened on April 2. The ground floor houses the minibus station with 21 routes while the first floor is the bus terminus for 8 routes. The bus waiting area is fully air-conditioned, the city's first.

Upstairs, bus routes are allocated dedicated gates. Passengers wait inside the mall and the glass doors will open when the bus arrives.

Various March-May Days

Ching Ming Festival Special Routes

56S is one of KMB's special routes for the Ching Ming Festival. The route connects Tsang Tsui Columbarium with Tuen Mun station and runs from March 20 until May 2.

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