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SMRT PROFITS UP 37% AFTER SERIES OF FARE HIKES LAST YR

Looking ahead, SMRT says its prospects are expected to improve with the impending regulatory changes. The transport operator booked a net profit of S$22.4 million for its fiscal first quarter, the three months ended June. This is an increase of 37 per cent compared to the same period a year ago. Group revenue climbed 4.3 per cent to hit S$297.1 million.

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Gilbert Goh has resorted to spitting

After three Population White Paper protests and one Transport Fare hike demonstration, the ideas and slogans seem to be running dry for Gilbert Goh, a NSP candidate in the 2011 General Elections. With crowds similar to PAP rallies, dwindling sale of memorabilia and cash donations, Gilbert Goh has resorted to more eye-catching measures to attract the waning interest.

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Will Bus Service Reliability Framework Work?

Land Transport Authority ("LTA") will introduce the Bus Service Reliability Framework ("BSRF") in a two-year trial to improve en-route bus regularity, and reduce instances of bus bunching and prolonged waiting times. Twenty-two bus services, which include a mix of long and short trunk services and feeder services, have been selected for the trial.

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ANGRY SINGAPOREAN WANTS TO KNOCK DOWN TRANSPORT MINISTER LUI TUCK YEW

Over an annual $36.50 increase in adult transport fares, this person Ernest Gip wishes to throw Minister Lui out of the window and knock him down on the road!? Is this rational behavior or are Singaporeans going crazy? Low and behold, Ernest Gip is a fervent Opposition supporter and supports the Worker's Party? What happened to civil discourse and debate?

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Commuter woes at Jurong East MRT station

Jurong East MRT station is getting more congested. I reach the station around 7.57am on workdays and can no longer board the first or second train. Track upgrading has also slowed down the journey.I have resorted to taking the train to Chinese Garden MRT station, where I can board the eastbound train without the human traffic. Still, this takes more time than before. As there are two North-South tracks at Jurong East, two or more trainloads of passengers may be transferring to an eastbound train. I wonder how this problem is being tackled.

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Mindset change needed to solve transport woes

This requires bold, innovative solutions and a focus on commuter convenience and experience, rather than on the profitability of the transport operators. For example, we could allow dedicated minibus services, operated by retirees during peak hours, to ferry residents from each public housing precinct to the MRT stations — similar to services provided by several condominiums. Second, we need to moderate the allocation of land for private housing around MRT stations and downtown. We should build dense public housing on these pieces of land instead.

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The luckless Mr Lui

So there was an effigy paraded on Saturday – and people were spitting on their EZ-link cards, probably because spitting on the ground is an offence. Eeew. Frankly, I cringed at the photographs that are being circulated on social media. I say (and I will probably be whacked for this) that it is not the Singapore way. In fact, I am hoping that the action is not a manifestation of the feelings of the majority of commuters.

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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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GILBERT GOH: THIS IS THE FIRST EVENT WHERE WE EXPERIENCED ACTIVE POLICE INTERVENTION

When the idea to burn an effigy was botched, there was the expected resistance from the group as no one has done it before and the usual question was - is it legal? I couldn't find anything on effigy burning on the internet here and to me if there is no law against it there is this grey area that we could breach. No one in our five decades of PAP's rule has ever burn an effigy in Singapore before! Of course, burning an effigy in Singapore is a serious business especially when you can still be fined for drinking water in our modern sparkling clean trains. So we approached this with alot of caution and apprehension.

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