Tag Archives: public transport

WHY MUST THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT COUNCIL INSIST ON CONDUCTING FARE REVIEW EXERCISE EVERY YEAR?

The Public Transport Council has embarked on its annual fare review exercise, and public transport operators can submit their applications for a fare review (” ‘Keep public transport affordable’ “; Thursday). I would be surprised if they do not apply for an upward revision. What I find baffling is the need for this annual exercise. Surely, our public transport operators are not bleeding so much red ink as to require such regular adjustments.

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LUI TUCK YEW: PUBLIC TRANSPORT MUST REMAIN AFFORDABLE FOR ALL S’POREANS

Public transport must remain affordable to all Singaporeans, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said last night at the start of this year's fare-review exercise. He wrote in a Facebook post that he hopes the Public Transport Council (PTC) will study whether it is possible to insulate vulnerable groups such as senior citizens from a fare increase - or at least mitigate the impact on them.

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NO INCREASE IN BUS FARE TO M’SIA DESPITE TOLL HIKES

Commuters using public buses and tour coaches to travel to Malaysia can breathe easy despite the recent announcements on the Causeway toll hikes, at least for now. The three public bus services that go to Johor Baru are classified as basic services, for which fares can be revised only at the Public Transport Council’s (PTC) annual round of fare reviews. Similarly, private bus operators say they have no plans to raise ticket prices at the moment. Grassland Express and Tours’ general manager Tan Boon Huat and his counterpart at CitiExchange Express said their companies would absorb the hike.

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Siemens study: Singapore has best public transport system

Commissioned by Siemens, the study by Credo entitled “The Mobility Opportunity” presented today in Singapore looked at transportation networks in 35 major cities around the globe and assessed how prepared cities were to meet future challenges such as population growth and higher competition. With a high capacity system able to meet demand with minimal crowding and high levels of user functionality, Singapore is well able to cope with future growth, the study said. The country was also praised for its long-term planning – helped by highly integrated governance – reliability and punctuality levels as well as provision of air-conditioning on almost all of its public transport vehicles.

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Singapore is ‘priciest place to buy cars but its public transport is among cheapest’

SINGAPORE is the most expensive place in the world to buy a car, according to a survey by Deutsche Bank. The bank's annual survey of global prices released on Friday found that a new Volkswagen Golf costs US$126,499 (S$158,125) here. The amount far exceeds the next highest price tag of US$55,516 needed to buy the same car in Kuala Lumpur and is more than five times the US$26,700 cost in New York.

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