If we compare Singapore to the rest of South East Asia, our public transport is definitely better and more efficient. But as the older generation always tell us, when we compare, compare with someone better, not someone who is lousier. Moreover, Singapore is a city state and based on PAP's logic, we should always compare apples to apples, pear to pear.
Therefore, Singapore should be compared to the likes of the London, Hong Kong and Tokyo where they have a well-established train network. If we closely observe the public transport system in Singapore, our standards have fallen tremendously as compared to ten years back.
Here are the top 6 reasons why Singaporeans totally hate taking the public transport in Singapore.
IT IS TOO CROWDED
During peak hours if you are not first in line, you will probably be struggling to get through the entrance of the MRT or bus. If you are tenacious enough, use your elbows and body fat and you might be able to squeeze into a tight spot. If you do not throw yourself into the carriage, get ready to wait for five to six trains before getting on.
WAITING TIME DAMN LONG
If peak hours was bad you expect off-peak to be better right? Fat hope! During off-peak, their own set of troubles appear due to the operators trying to conserve resources and save money. They will schedule the trains for every five minutes instead of the usual one to two minutes and we are back to square one and start squeezing with one another.
Experienced waiting one full hour for the bus and suddenly three same buses appear out of no where? Always happen to us and screw up our time table, our lives. You get the drift.
FARE KEEP INCREASING
Considering that SMRT and SBS are the only players plying the respective train and bus routes, the public transport industry is essentially a monopoly that lacks competition. Meaning to say that SBS and SMRT are confirm going to make money out of Singaporeans. Whether we like it or not, the fares we pay will definitely go into their pockets. These companies have no incentive to think of better solutions to fight increasing operational costs other than to raise the fares. For most Singaporeans, we just suck thumb and will forget after a while.
SEATS ARE TOO SMALL
Always bump into others? Always intrude into other's space or people always intrude into your personal space? You get the drift. Packed like sardines with no space to go.
TAXI ALWAYS GO MISSING WHEN YOU NEED THEM
When it rain in the morning, when it rain during knock off, taxis always disappear and you can call Comfort a million times, no cab will come pick you even if you are willing to pay for the booking charges. They will go into "internet hiding" until the rain stops or until the evening traffic subside. If we can wait, we still call taxi for what?
Are these the reasons why you are feeling as pissed off with public transport in Singapore? Share and like if you agree!