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IS SMRT’S MILLION DOLLAR CEO DESMOND KUEK WORTH HIS SALT?

Desmond Kuek earned over S$1 million in his first 6 months as CEO of SMRT, according to SMRT’s annual report for 2013. That’s from the period of October 2012 to March 2013. Let’s take a look at the breakdown of this (we’ll move on to the SMRT breakdowns in just a bit). Mr Kuek received a basic salary of S$305,000 for 6 months on the job. In addition to this, he was paid a performance bonus of S$274,000. And in even more addition to this, he was given S$32,000 in ‘benefits’. That’s a neat sum of S$611,000. But that’s not all.

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SMRT DEFENDS STAFF’S ACTIONS DURING LAKESIDE MRT STATION OVERCROWDING INCIDENT

Train operator SMRT has defended its staff's actions on Tuesday when the Lakeside MRT station platform on the East West Line was overcrowded due to train delays. A commuter had taken a video of people pouring onto the packed platform and jostling others when they came up on the escalator. The commuter said announcements had been made about train delays on the line but claimed SMRT ground staff did not tell people to stop using the escalator.

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SINGAPOREANS ARE VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM

I was so disappointed with SMRT service. I left Somerset station at 930pm on 24 September 2014 but it took me nearly two hours for me to reach Sembawang. No train service between marina bay and newton in both directions at late hour. SMRT staff said there will be shuttle bus at somerset exit A. But we waited for 15 minutes and the bus has not arrive

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8 TYPES OF PEOPLE YOU’LL SEE ON SINGAPORE’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT

With so much time spent on public transport here in Singapore (estimating 3 hours a day X 300 days would be 900 hours on the public transport alone for 2014), it would seem that that I've learnt to categorize the people on the public transport into different groups automatically. It helps with managing my expectations of how to deal with them and as psychologists would say, it's an energy efficient way to think about people. So below are some of the categories that my brain has come up with in regards to the different types of people that I could usually find on public transport. Is it the same with you?

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SMRT CEO IN TROUBLE FOR LETTING ACS PRIVATELY CHARTER TRAINS WITHOUT LTA APPROVAL

Train operator SMRT could face possible sanctions by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for allowing the use of its trains for private purposes. Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) yesterday chartered five MRT trains to ferry its students, staff and alumni to the Schools National C Division rugby final at the Singapore Sports Hub - the first schools final at the new National Stadium. An LTA spokesman yesterday said: "Under the Circle Line licence, SMRT has to seek LTA's prior approval for the provision of train services that are not open to the general commuting public. In this case, SMRT did not seek our approval before agreeing to provide the service. We are looking into the appropriate action to take.

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SMRT SHARES SOARED 20% AMID SPECULATIONS OF GOVERNMENT BUYOVER

LISTED public transport operator SMRT Corp's shares yesterday staged their biggest-ever one-day gain in recent memory, soaring almost 20 per cent, as investors speculated that a plan for SMRT to sell its rail assets to the Government was imminent. Shares of rival rail operator SBS Transit and its parent company ComfortDelGro also rose 7 per cent and 3 per cent respectively. Market watchers said punters may be assuming that SBS Transit will do likewise with operating assets of its North-East Line.

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SINGAPOREANS ARE MOST DISSATISFIED WITH TRANSPORT

FRUSTRATED with rising car prices, train delays and fare increases, Singaporeans have dubbed transport the Government's worst failure since the 2011 General Election. The label was given by 45 per cent of 500 citizens polled in a Straits Times survey. Around 28 per cent rate it as bad or very bad. Only a tad more - 31 per cent - say the system is good or very good. They reserved most of their ire for the MRT, with over half of the regular train commuters saying services have declined since 2011. Only 21 per cent say services have improved. For bus services, it is the reverse: Two in five regular commuters say services are better while 19 per cent say they have deteriorated.

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MORE BUSES FOR FEEDER ROUTES IN BEDOK, WOODLANDS, ANG MO KIO, BOON LAY

Commute Solutions and BT&Tan Transport will run service 912P, which will start from Woodlands Regional Interchange and ply Woodlands Avenue 5, Avenue 2, Avenue 1 and loop at Woodlands Street 41 before returning to Woodlands Regional Interchange. It will operate between 6am and 8am and between 5.15pm and 7.15pm. Tong Tar Transport Services will start Service 240P from Lakeside MRT Station, which will ply Boon Lay Way, Corporation Road, Boon Lay Drive, Boon Lay Place and Boon Lay Avenue, and make a loop at Jurong West Street 64 to connect to Boon Lay MRT Station, before returning to Lakeside MRT Station. It will operate between 6am and 7.30am and between 5pm and 6.30pm.

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6 APRIL 2014: ADULT CARD FARES WILL INCREASE BY 4 TO 6 CENTS PER JOURNEY

With effect from April 6, 2014, adult card fares for buses and trains will increase by 4 to 6 cents per journey . Senior citizen concessionary fares will increase by 2 to 3 cents per journey, while student concessionary fares will increase by 2 cents per journey .Cash fares for train and adult bus rides will increase by 20 cents per trip , while senior citizen and student concessionary cash fares for bus rides will increase by 10 cents per trip .

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