Free tram rides Wednesday to toast transport company’s Guinness World Record and city’s Olympic success

Hong Kong Tramways will be offering free rides to commuters on Wednesday. Photo: Hong Kong gov’t Information Services Department
Hong Kong Tramways will be offering free rides to commuters on Wednesday. Photo: Hong Kong gov’t Information Services Department

Commuters who hop on a tram Wednesday will have their fare waived thanks to the Hong Kong Tramways’ Free Ride Day, a celebration of the transport company’s new Guinness World Record and the city’s success at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Hong Kong Tramways, which owns 165 trams, announced in a press release that it has been awarded the title of “largest double-decker tram fleet in service” by the international records database.

“HK Tramways is a living legend that has served HK since 1904, it carries not just the passengers but also our collective memories,” said transport chief Frank Chan.

The award came as the Hong Kong team achieved historical success at the Olympics, winning a total of six medals. (Prior to the Tokyo Games, Hong Kong had only racked up three medals since it began fielding athletes to the sporting event in 1952.)

Last month, Pantone Color Institute worked with Hong Kong Tramways to create a signature green shade, an ode to the funicular’s cultural significance in Hong Kong.

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