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SMRT AND SBS TRANSIT SUBMIT FARE REVIEW APPLICATIONS

Both public transport operators SMRT and SBS Transit have submitted their applications for fare adjustments to the Public Transport Council. (PTC) The council said on Friday that it had started its annual fare review exercise, and its decision on the applications will be announced in the first quarter of next year.

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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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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS: MOSTLY RIDER’S FAULT

Nearly three in four motorcyclists here have had an accident before, and most admit that the mishaps were of their own doing. Poor judgment calls - from tailgating to cutting off other vehicles - were the leading reason why they lost control of their motorbikes, a recent survey has found.

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AUSSIE FIRM EYES SINGAPORE BUS ROUTES

The company's Singapore office is located off West Coast Highway, and is manned by three employees, including a former SMRT operations executive. Mr Smith added that Tower - which operates buses in Perth, Sydney and Adelaide, as well as in Greater London - will not be competing solely on price. Rather, its focus is on providing quality service by concentrating on human resources. He is aware of the bus-driver shortage here, and wants "to understand whether it has to do with working conditions, salaries or something else". While he admits the salary range here seems "low", he wants to first learn more about the cost of living here, other jobs that are open to bus drivers and what they pay.

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WHEN ERP RATES RISE, TRAFFIC SPEED GOES UP TOO

MORE than three-quarters of Singapore's 74 electronic road pricing (ERP) gantries have not had their rates changed in the last three years, Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo said in Parliament yesterday. Of those that saw changes, only eight showed a discernible upward trend in rates, she added.

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FAKE LTA PRESS RELEASE CIRCULATING ON INTERNET AND WHATSAPP

A press release supposedly by the Land Transport Authority about a five-fold increase in Causeway toll rates has been revealed to be a fake document, reported The Star. The release, which was circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp on Friday, carried the LTA logo and included a detailed table on the supposed revision in tolls. It also claimed the changes would kick in on Sept 15.

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THE ROOT CAUSE OF SINGAPORE’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT WOES

Commuter complain to the government. But what can the government do. They tried their best by arranging special bus lanes, allowing bus companies to employ foreign drivers, allowing supplement buses to operate during peak hours etc, etc and now changing the whole fleet of buses (which the bus companies will use as an excuse to increase fare)

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MORE THAN 300 BUSES ADDED TO NETWORK

A total of 361 government-funded buses have been added under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) as of June 30 to introduce new bus routes and improve existing bus services, the Land Transport Authority, SBS Transit and SMRT said yesterday. This has helped reduce crowding, improve bus frequencies and provide better connectivity for commuters, they said in an update on the BSEP for the second quarter of the year.

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LTA’S STAND ON COE CONTRADICTORY

I was one of several people who have written to The Straits Times Forum asking LTA to extend the COE tenure. LTA stood firm, citing road congestion among several reasons. How is road congestion addressed if motorists are prepared to pay the PQP, extending their vehicle COEs by up to 10 years? LTA should consider the public's feedback and have open discussions with them.

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