The South Island Line (SIL, 南港島綫) was not as crowded as had been feared on 3 January, the first day of work and school in 2017. By 5pm, 61,000 passengers travelled on the new MTR line, about 30,000 fewer than on its opening day on 28 December.
The 'mega interchange', Admiralty (金鐘), was not too packed during peak hours. From 7am to 9am, about 8,000 people took the South Island Line to Admiralty.
There were fewer people at Admiralty during the evening rush hour too. Passengers on the Tsuen Wan Line (荃灣綫) only needed to wait two trains. Usually they had to wait longer. Many people got off at Wong Chuk Hang (黃竹坑) station after work, but that SIL station was also not crowded.
Mtr executive Francis Li Shing-Kei (李聖基) said that stations and trains ran smoothly during the morning rush hour on 3 January. He thought there would be many more passengers after the long school break, but passenger volume was lower than expected.
(This article is published on Goodies on 11 January 2017)