A woman had her leg stuck in the platform gap at Buona Vista MRT station this morning. Although she escaped mostly unharmed, an observer noticed that many Singaporeans were selfish and did not try to help. While the SMRT staff tried their best, they did not look like they were first-aid trained too. In times of emergency, do you think we will be able to depend on people for help?
15th November morning, I was riding the MRT towards Joo Koon from Pioneer. I was at the front cab of the train that almost reached Joo Koon MRT. At exactly 8.20 am, there was a loud bang, and a violent shaking threw everyone onto the floor. The lights also suddenly went out. I almost thought we were about to fall over.
The optimal train of 12 - 16 carriages can carry more than 1000 commuters from point A to point B for an average distance of 30km in less than 30 minutes. Whereas, a bus can only carry up to 80 people even if it's double decker. Do your math and you will know that buses are not feasible nor efficient to transport commuters from one part of the island to another.
I refer to the editorial “Track weakest link in rail operations“, the articles “SMRT gives staff a chance to admit lapses“, “WhyItMatters: Fare move to ease congestion” and the five letters (5 out of the 7 letters in the Forum Page were on the MRT) in the Forum Page of the Straits Times, (Nov 3).