Citybus Route 3B
Citybus Route 3B
|Garage||to be determined|
|Vehicle||Volvo Olympian (9**/90**)
Dennis Dragon (7**)
|Start||Central (Rumsey Street)|
|Via||Mid-levels, the University of Hong Kong|
|Other routes||Citybus Route 12 and 12M|
|Competition||Minibus Route 8, 22 and 22S|
|Frequency||12 – 20 min|
|Journey time||29 min|
|Fare||HK$3.4 (Fully air-conditioned)|
The route was opened by The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels in the 1920s, between Royal Pier, Central and University of Hong Kong via Caine Road, with no route number. On 11 June 1933 the route was taken over by China Motor Bus as part of the Hong Kong Island bus franchise, and given the number 3.
In 1934 the Central terminus was changed to the Hongkong and Yaumati Ferry Piers. On 1 April 1935 the route became circular with the Central bound by way of Sai Ying Pun, but the arrangement was cancelled on 14 June 1937. During Japanese occupation of Hong Kong no service on the route was provided.
Service was resumed on 16 April 1946 between Royal Pier and University of Hong Kong. The Central terminus was changed to Central Piers on 13 May the same year, then to Jubilee Street on 1 January 1960. On 1 October 1963 service was extended to Pokfield Road bus terminus. On 16 April 1974 the route was changed to Robinson Road for the Central bound in conjunction with the inauguration of the first bus lane in Hong Kong. On 1 March 1976 service was extended to Queen Mary Hospital, but cut back to Pokfield Road on 1 September 1982. On 20 December 1985 the Central terminus was changed to Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier, and to Rumsey Street on 23 May 1986 in conjunction with the opening of Sheung Wan Station on Island Line of MTR.
Patronage decreased after Citybus took over routes 12 and 12M and converted to air-conditioned routes, since route 3 was still a non air-conditioned route with the same prices. On 2 June 1997 China Motor Bus gave up the route due to low patronage. Citybus was interested in taking over the route, and it did so immediately. Since the route was not taken over directly from China Motor Bus, Citybus cannot use the number 3, and the number was changed to 3B. The route became an air-conditioned, and patronage level had increased since then.
The journey is 5.9 km in total and 29 minutes.
In the following chart, the brackets denote locations of intermediate stops on that road.
Towards Pokfield Road
Towards Rumsey Street
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