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PTC STARTS 2017 FARE REVIEW EXERCISE, MORE FARE HIKES FOR BETTER SERVICE EXCUSES TO COME?

The Public Transport Council announced that train operators SMRT and SBS Transit can submit their fare adjustment applications to the PTC for review. The maximum allowed adjustment for this year is -3.9% and due to the carry over -1.5% from last years, the total would be -5.4%. It is curious that PTC does not take into account SMRT's poor record of reliability especially in recent months. Shouldn't such severe breakdowns be taken into account to ensure these transport companies are not being rewarded for their poor unreliable service? If PTC is indeed an organisation set up for the benefit of Singaporeans, they should take firm action and reject all upward fare adjustments until SMRT and SBS achieve a certain level of reliability.

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TRANSPORT FARE GOING UP SOON!

From water price hike, S&CC hike, electricity hike, taxis adopting surge pricing. Next on the agenda, is the transport hike. The Public Transport Council (PTC) has started its review of the formula through which bus and train fares are adjusted yearly.

The PTC said that it would propose improvements to the formula, given the changes in the public transport industry. This definitely hints at a transport fare hike. Here we go again. Every year, fare increase, but it will never go down.

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FARES CUT 1.9% DUE TO LOWER OIL PRICES, BUT INCREASED 2.8% IN APRIL ALSO DUE TO LOWER OIL PRICES?

According to the Straits Times news report “Bus, train fares to be cut by up to 1.9 per cent from December: Lui Tuck Yew” (Aug 3) – “Transport fares will be reduced by up to 1.9 per cent from December, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Monday (Aug 3). He added that he would leave it to the Public Transport Council to work out the specific reductions, but expects “every commuter group” to pay lower fares.”

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[FARE HIKE] DO PTC COUNCIL MEMBERS EVEN TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT?

DO THESE PEOPLE EVEN TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT? These council members are the ELITES in the top 5% bracket. Do you think they take public transport to work and back home? Or do you think they drive their new spanking cars everywhere they go? Chances are, they drive and have not taken the public transport for years, many years ever since they became successful.

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PTC: Fare hike and breakdowns are separate issues

While yesterday's train delay led some people to comment that fares should not go up when trains are still breaking down, the Public Transport Council (PTC) has said that the two issues should be kept separate. PTC chairman Gerard Ee said the raising of fares is to cover rising costs for operators SMRT and SBS Transit, even as he noted that service reliability has to improve. Staff and material costs have spiralled upwards even as operators have been trying to improve productivity in the past few months.

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Fare hike for transport early next year?

From 2006 to 2013...in the last seven years do you know how much our transport fares
have increased? 0.3%. It has almost remained the same. Even though it increased for some years, during the 2008 financial crisis, it was reduced. In the past year, there was no change in the fare." - Minister without Portfolio, Mr S Iswaran in aTamil programme in Vasantham

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Public transport fare increases, and more fines. Tuck Yew, what the Tuck?

How about this suggestion, from one ex-Navy man to another? Tuck Yew, you can really Tuck up those errant public transport operators by BANNING FARE INCREASES, in lieu of fines. How's a six-month BAN ON FARE INCREASE sound? Not much, to irate commuters. But imagine the ban duration stacking up. Soon, it could be YEARS before they are allowed to increase fares. I'd imagine that to be way more effective than fines, which I assume would get passed on to commuters in the next fare hike.

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HOW COULD SINGAPOREANS ACCEPT THIS KIND OF RUBBISH SERVICES AS WORLD CLASS TRANSPORT?!

Tell me what is so world class about our public transport?! And mind you, our train ride are not exactly that cheap either. Taipei metro is so much more cheaper, on time and not as packed as a cattle car. And to make matter worse, we’re seeing an impending train fare hike on Thursday. The transport monster minister can come up with some long fb

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Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew Ignores the poor and the disabled?

Mr Lui also said that the discount under the scheme for low-income workers would lower their fares to around the same levels as 10-15 years ago, depending on the journey. Meanwhile, the discount for those with disabilities will be “even more significant”. Hey what about retirees and those who never got pay rises?

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The PTC should stand with commuters on fare issue

Nur Azlinawaty Abdul Rahman wrote: “Dear Mr Lui, major improvements in service on every level, ranging from the timeliness to condition of the public transport, are needed and should be above par (and not on par) before any price increase is warranted.” Jeremy Speaks said: “Breakdowns are still happening, and are we going to take that as a norm from now on? Please, don’t reward a private transport company which keeps earning good profits yet performs poorly in both capacity and frequency.”

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