不過，港鐵昨日表示，因應疫情對經濟帶來的影響，將落實不同措施令使用八達通及車票二維碼的乘客，由今年4月1日至6月26日，節省約5%的實際車費，變相車費由8折改為95折，加價近兩成金額。至於「港鐵都會票」、「全月通加強版」 及「屯門－南昌全日通」的售價由7月起下調；六五折「早晨折扣優惠」將延續1年至2022年5月31日。新票價由6月27日實施，至明年1月1日，港鐵將提供約3%扣減優惠，連同1.7%減幅，港鐵指八達通乘客變相可持續節省5%車費，即繼續維持約95折。 東涌站往香港站成人單程八達通車費現時是$18.8（扣除車費回贈），原價（$23.6）95折即是$22.42，加幅約16%，比新巴、城巴加幅更高。
Yesterday (29th) MTR announced the fare adjustment plan this year, which will implement a 1.7% reduction in fares according to the mechanism. Some reductions are better than no reductions.
However, if you pay more attention, you will find that the fare actually increases instead of decreasing. In response to the COVID-19 last year, the government and MTR launched a 20% off discount for using Octopus cards last year. The government and MTR will each bear half of the relevant concessionary expenses. The discount will end at the end of this month.
However, MTR yesterday said that in response to the impact of the COVID-19 on the economy, different measures will be implemented to enable passengers using Octopus and ticket QR codes to save about 5% of actual vehicles from April 1 to June 26 this year. The fare decreases from 20% off to 5% off, which increases nearly 20% in total. For the "MTR Metropolitan Pass", "Monthly Pass Enhanced Edition" and "Tuen Mun-Nam Cheong All Day Pass", the prices will be reduced from July; the "Morning Discount Offer" with a 25% off discount will continue for one year until May 31, 2022. The new fare will be implemented on June 27, Start at 27th June 2021, MTR will provide a discount of approximately 3% off. Together with a 1.7% reduction, MTR says that Octopus passengers will be able to maintain about 5% off continuously. The adult one-way Octopus fare from Tung Chung Station to Hong Kong Station is currently $18.8 (deducting the fare rebate). 5% off of The original price ($23.6) is $22.42, which increase about 16%. It is higher than the increase of NWFB and Citybus.
The unemployment rate in Hong Kong has hit a record high in recent years. Many citizens are unable to afford high daily expenditure. Is the government really responsible for balancing the interests of public utilities with the affordability of the public?