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REPORTS ON TUAS MRT EXTENSION ALL POSITIVE, SO EXPECT DELAYS SOON

Today is the first day of the official running of the Tuas MRT extension line on a weekday morning. And based on news reports, the running of the line was smooth, with no breakdowns. The extension, which opened on Sunday, got it's first weekday test today, and so far, it's all positive.

But, as per other train breakdowns previously, they were always preceded by news reports of how well the trains have been run, and how the breakdowns have stopped. Once they report something good, then some sort of train breakdowns or delays will happen.

So, lets hope this reports trumpeting the success of the Tuas extension will not lead to bad karma. The 100,000 or so commuters expected to use the four new stations on the line have waited long enough for this.

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ANOTHER DELAY ON THE MRT EAST WEST LINE, TRACK FAULT BLAMED THIS TIME

SMRT reported that there is a delay in the train services between City Hall to Dover Station on the East West Line. At 8.32am, it tweeted that service would be delayed by 25 minutes. As of 9.14am, SMRT tweeted that the delay was still 25 minutes. This was revised to 20 minutes at 9.56am.

This delay is blamed on a track circuit fault at Buona Vista station, which is an interchange for the East-West Line and the Circle Line. Train services at all stations are still available, but SMRT advised to add more minutes to the travelling time. SMRT are currently working to recover the service at normal levels.

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FIRST PERSON QUESTIONED BY POLICE OVER MRT PROTEST

The police have questioned at least one of the man involved in an alleged protest that took place on an MRT train. The group were protesting against the he detentions under the Internal Security Act (ISA) 30 years ago. The man, Mr Sean Francis Han, 22, is an activist and also the editor of wakeupsg.com.

Mr Han spoke to the media after the left the Police Cantonment Complex, where he was questioned today, and said he did not know if there were any charges against him or the outcome of the questioning. He was also not sure if the rest of the group that took part in the protest will be called up for questioning by the police. Police had earlier said that they were looking at the protest, where the alleged protesters were seen riding a train on the North-South Line while holding copies of the book and wearing blindfolds in a silent protest.

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OLD UNCLE STARTS SCOLDING PEOPLE FOR NO REASON ON MRT ESCALATOR

Old Uncle (60+ yrs) dressed in short sleeves shirt & pants, carrying a laptop bag, did a 3 seconds stomping of feet just before getting on the escalator. Did not think too much as thought that he may have psychological barrier stepping on the moving escalator. (Some people do, esp kids/elderly)

Because of the stomping, there was a big gap between the person in front of him, about 5 or 6 steps. Noticed that throughout the ride, he would turn his body behind and keep staring at people, as if getting ready to fight. Then something unbelievable happened. One Indian man overtook him on the right and shifted to the front of the Uncle, about 3 steps in front of him. Ample space, did not even brush/touch the Uncle. Uncle shifted to the right and walked up the steps to the Indian Uncle and scolded him saying "Hey what you did was very dangerous ok! How can you overtake me and push me aside!?", all this while jostling with the Indian man. Indian man stunned, don't know wtf happened and just try to ignore.

At the end of the ride, Uncle purposely removed one of his shoes and stood still while saying "I dropped my shoes! I dropped my shoes!". People behind of him, me included, almost banged into him. Then after he wore his shoes, he acted like nothing happened and just walked normally away. People who saw this incident kept staring at him but no reaction from him, he just seemed contented.

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TUAS EXTENSION MRT LINE OPEN, BUT NOT ALL TRAINS WILL HEAD THERE

SMRT announced in a media statement that the 4 new stations on the East West Line's Tuas Extension will start operations from June 18 onward.

The four stations, namely Tuas Link, Tuas West Road, Tuas Crescent and Gul Circle, will however, only operate at an interval of four to five minutes during peak hours, and every eight to ten minutes during non-peak hours. This means that not every train that stops at Joo Koon station will continue on to Tuas.

Instead, it will be every alternate trains that will proceed on. LTA and SMRT will monitor the demand and ridership along the new extension and increase train service frequency accordingly. No explanation given as to why the authorities decided not all trains will continue on to Tuas.

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