Mr Magnus added that “there will need to be equitable cost sharing among commuters, taxpayers and public transport operators”, and that there was a need to consider the long-term financial viability of the public transport system” – does it make much sense to you that the Government is willing to spend $8 billion to, in essence help the transport operators, but is arguably not willing to spend any money to help commuters – and want to increase fares?
With regard to “Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan also raised the possibility of higher transport fares last month. He had said in Parliament that it was not sustainable for taxpayers to increasingly subsidise the costs of running the public transport system” – since the Government’s revenue from transport was $9.2 billion in the last financial year – isn’t it still making money from transport, even after spending the projected $8 billion in the next five years, and “the $20 billion that the Government has committed to building new infrastructure” (over how many years? more than five years?)?