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SBS Transit Posts Profits Of 1.5%, But Still Warns Of Rising Maintenance And Staff Cost

SBS Transit Posts Profits Of 1.5%, But Still Warns Of Rising Maintenance And Staff Cost

This from a company that only just recently had a 7% fare hike. Yet they still said they are dogged by the rising costs, especially from their operation of the rail business. Less we forget, the government also pumps in billions of dollars into the company's operation, to ensure a working transportation network in Singapore. And the company has in fact, been making profits every year.

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PUBLIC TOILETS IN MRT STATIONS - PROFITEERING IN ACTON?

Because if a commuter were to travel from Novena to Orchard MRT for instance (which are 2 stations apart) one would need to pay between $0.70-$0.80/$0.90. But if one has to urgently use the toilet at Newton Station and taps back in to continue his/her journey to Orchard his/her fare would add up to an estimated cost of $1.40. In short SMRT would be making on average a minimum of 50% profit on the commuter just for using the toilet. And even if one manages to beat the 15 mins grace period to tap in to the Blue line to continue the journey to Orchard, it would mean a circular route will have to be used which would lead to travel fares of at least $1 or more, again a minimum of $0.30 profit by SBS/SMRT just for using the toilet.

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RUSH HR TRAIN DELAYS CRIPPLE NSL & DTL, MADE STUDENTS LATE FOR EXAMS

Our reader who takes the train everyday has complained about the massive train delay that crippled the NSL and DTL this morning. She claims SMRT reported shorter waiting time when passengers actually took more than 1 hr to reach their destinations. How will SMRT and SBS be accountable?

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NEWS REPORTS SILENT ON MOTIVE & IDENTITY OF BUS DRIVER WHO BULLDOZED BIKES

In what looks like a deliberate attempt to harm 4 motorcyclists queued in front of a red light junction, an SBS Transit bus bulldozed right through the waiting motorcyclists and continued on its way disregarding potentially fatal injuries that the driver might have caused to the victims.

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MRT STAFF DID NOT HELP MY 3 YR OLD NEPHEW WHO GOT HURT BY THE GANTRY!

A reader complained about MRT staff at Hougang station who did not help her 3 year old nephew when he got hurt from the closing gantry. "This kind of service standard is totally unacceptable. No matter what they were doing at that point in time, after they were informed, shouldn't they just come out to check on a child who could possibly be injured when the gates closed on him unexpectedly? They were given enough response time but they did nothing".

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LTA: STRAITS TIMES FALSELY REPORTED ABOUT LRT COLLISION AT SENGKANG

Orh hor, the Straits Times anyhow report that two LRTs collided at Sengkang! In its clarification today, the Land Transport Authority explained that ST's article was "erroneous" and "misleading" as there was no collision on the LRT line. It said the two LRTs were actually coupled and travelling as one train when it suddenly stalled, causing passengers to lose their balance. LTA believed people may have gotten the wrong impression that the trailing train-car collided with the one in front.

It assured the public that all passengers were alright as the staff manually drove them to another station safely.

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DRUNK BUS DRIVER DROVE SBS BUS ON HIS NORMAL SHIFT, MIRACLE NO ACCIDENT OCCURRED

Ever heard of drink driving, but this time the driver was actually a SBS Transit bus driver, driving a public bus service? This was what actually happened on June 29 last year.

SBS Transit bus driver Nagibullah Raja Saleem was so drunk he nodded off at the wheel, missed bus stops, and even veered his bus into oncoming traffic, almost crashing into several vehicles. Some of his passengers shouted at him, but he brushed them off. To add insult to injury, he even drank vodka from a bottle during the journey, having had alcohol before his shift began. He was so drunk that five hours after he stopped driving, his alcohol levels were still 2.4 times above the legal limit.

Footage of his drunk driving revealed that he drove recklessly by beating several red lights, occasionally dozing off at the wheel, swerved into other lanes or the road shoulder, and missed designated bus stops more than once, at one point allowing passengers to alight near a kerb along a bend on the road, rather than the bus stop.

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DOES LTA ALLOW PRIVATE BUSES TO PICK UP PASSENGERS LIKE PUBLIC BUSES?

What is the LTA doing lately? There are so many private buses appearing along Bras Basah, Orchard and Shenton Way area providing illegal bus services! Why no enforcement? I have seen private buses without any signage stopping at almost every stops at Shenton Way between 8.15am to 8.55am and also picking up passengers along Shenton Way and Orchard area bus stops between 5.45pm to 7pm!

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SBS TRANSIT POSTS RISE IN EARNINGS, CONSUMERS STILL FACE TRANSPORT HIKES

All the figures cited for the first three months for SBS Transit showed a healthy increase. While the company had said that operating costs will be higher with salary adjustments and increase headcount ahead of the opening of the Downtown Line 3, as well as repair and maintenance cost, this does not dilute the fact that in the first three months alone, their revenue has grown.

When times are bad, consumers are saddled with price increases to help pay for costs. Now, it seems like times are good. How come no price decrease for public transport, yet we hear of more price increase?

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