|My dear friends,
Welcome to the 2005 edition of "A Guide to Public Transport for People with Disabilities". This booklet is dedicated to provide updated information to facilitate people with disabilities to use public transport services.
Over the past two years there has been considerable progress in making public transport more accessible for people with disabilities. With continuous support from our stakeholders, the awareness and understanding from public on the "Transport for All" concept is ever increasing. The new railway networks, like the West Rail and Ma On Shan Rail, are fully accessible and with facilities, such as lifts, wide ticket gates, Octopus reader with audible signals, tactile guide paths, Braille plates, high contrast signs, electronic message boards and induction loops, allowing people with disabilities to use the service with ease and convenience. The existing metro and rail networks are being retrofitted and renovated to improve their accessibility. The number of low-floor wheelchair accessible buses continues to grow, and is now an obligatory requirement for new buses. Taxis and public light buses are installed with Braille vehicle registration number plates. More green minibuses are installed with call bells. All these improvements lead the way in building up Hong Kong as an accessible city.
Although a lot has been achieved, much still remains to be done to make transport services and traveling accessible to everyone. The Transport Department will continue to work closely with our stakeholders under the framework of the "5-Betters Strategy" to promote accessibility on our public transport services. These are:
- Better accessible transport services for all;
- Better public transport infrastructure and facilities for all;
- Better streets and pedestrian areas for all;
- Better planning standards, guidelines and procedures; and
- Better partnership for actions and results.
I look forward to your continue support and participation in shaping Hong Kong into a barrier-free environment. If you have any suggestions on this booklet or the "Transport for All" vision, please write to us or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commissioner for Transport