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Public transport not all doom and gloom

Unfortunately, such an improvement, which is no small undertaking, will take time. The upgrade by Thales is expected to be completed only in 2018. So, commuters will have to be patient. As for the people at the helm of the two PTOs, in particular the CEOs, given the plans in place, a little more time perhaps should be given to them to buck up. But they should also work with the government and ask serious questions of it – such as: what exactly is the government’s population plan? This will impact the transport system, as indeed it has the last 10 years when the population increased at speed. Truth be told, the agencies which should be keeping an eye on things – the PTC and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) – should also buck up.

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SMRT, IF NEED BE, FORGO PROFITS TO RIGHT THE SYSTEM

SMRT should have the courage to face its problems squarely and rectify them before any fatal accident happens. (“SMRT taken to task over spate of disruptions”; Jan 24) It should employ experienced engineers to review and come up with the necessary rectifications. Ex-staff — some may be retired — with knowledge of the operations and system design could be tapped.

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Better transport before higher fares

Public transport companies should have been giving commuters reliable, quality service because we take buses and trains daily and have been paying the fares all these years. There must be thorough investigation and proper explanation of the breakdowns to assure commuters that these faults will not recur. With Singapore’s growing population, public transport must be more reliable. The Government and the operators should have had measurable plans in place before the fare hike, to cope with the demands in the transport sector and ensure that these problems were addressed first.

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PTC: Fare hike and breakdowns are separate issues

While yesterday's train delay led some people to comment that fares should not go up when trains are still breaking down, the Public Transport Council (PTC) has said that the two issues should be kept separate. PTC chairman Gerard Ee said the raising of fares is to cover rising costs for operators SMRT and SBS Transit, even as he noted that service reliability has to improve. Staff and material costs have spiralled upwards even as operators have been trying to improve productivity in the past few months.

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