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154 REPORT ON MRT TRIES TO CONFUSE WITH IRRELEVANT STATISTICS

I refer to the article “Reliability of North-South and Circle MRT Lines improves; East-West Line maintains same standard” (Straits Times, Apr 24). It states that “In the year ending Q1, the NSL clocked an average of 180,000km before a delay lasting more than 5 mins, bettering the 156,000km registered in the year ending Q4, 2016.”

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SMRT SAYS THEIR NORTH -SOUTH AND CIRCLE LINE IMPROVING

SMRT has released its report on their train performances and indicated that The reliability of the North-South (NSL) and Circle MRT Lines (CCL) has seen a marked improvement in the year up to Q1, while the East-West Line (EWL) has maintained its current level of performance.

So, breakdowns are still happening, but at a shorter rate, and less of them are happening. That is a marked improvement, and SMRT must go and report and hope the public clap for them. Actually, if breakdowns still occur, don't even need to talk about improvement in performance. People will always remember the MRT trains for another breakdown that causes them to be late for work or school.

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SMRT LOOKING TO SELL TAXI BUSINESS, WILL STAFF KEEP JOBS?

If even a government owned entity is to be sold to a private-hire operator, does this signal that the private companies running the taxi business are winning the battle? Grab and Uber is surely eating up a big share of the market for SMRT to almost give up now.

Problem now is, SMRT staff are not guaranteed jobs if Grab buys the company, and that is what is holding the deal back, currently. It does seem that SMRT wants to refocus their energy on managing the MRT and LRT lines, and it may be just a matter of time the SMRT taxi business is sold. This cannot be good news to the many SMRT taxi staff.

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TRAIN ENTHUSIAST: NEW SMRT TRAINS MAY SOLVE DELAYS & BREAKDOWNS

<Reader Contribution by CK>

I'm one of the lucky ones to have a chance to take SMRT's new trains a few days ago. I'm excited to see the new features and happy that many ppl will be able to enjoy it! Who knows, this new system can maybe put a stop to all this faults!

There's a new signalling system so hopefully it will prevent circuit faults and train breakdowns. I know many ppl always complain about the regular delays but I'm sure the new trains can be a solution.

They really look improved.. three's new LCD display boards to show ppl what are the attractions near diff mrt stations and other safety related messages. Plus they also have energy efficient LED lighting that is better for the environment.

I also take public transport and understand the frustration ppl face with train breakdowns.. but I hope we can all can be patient as it's not an easy thing to solve. Maybe we can look forward to the new trains for a start!

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RUSH HOUR TRAIN DELAY ON NORTH-SOUTH EAST-WEST LINES

Rush hour crowds are experiencing yet another train breakdown on Tuesday morning (18 Apr). The breakdown was due to a track fault which affected both the North-South and East-West lines. SMRT initially informed of a 10-minute delay from Bishan to Khatib before increasing it to 20 minutes. It also told commuters that they will have to wait for an additional 15 minutes from Paya Lebar to Simei stations. Train service is still slow but still available, and SMRT has just updated that it is working to recover its services.

Delay during rush hour again. #NorthSouthEastWest #Forevertrackfault

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SINGAPORE MRT TRAINS TO START LATER & END EARLIER

I refer to the article “Why train services must end earlier” (Straits Times, Apr 8). It states that “This is why SMRT is ending service between Lakeside and Joo Koon, as well as between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport, earlier at 11pm on April 14 and 21 (Lakeside-Joo Koon), and April 28 and May 5 (Tanah Merah-Changi Airport).

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LTA TO TEST NEW SIGNAL SYSTEM, TRAINS TO STOP MOVING FOR 10 MINUTES

On Tuesday night, SMRT and LTA have announced that trains will be stopped for 10 minutes at 11pm, for the new signalling system to be tested. About 30 trains will be in operation at this time, and all 30 trains will be stopped on tracks for the tests. These tests are done on the North South Line (NSL). Once the signalling mode has taken over, the train service will resume, said LTA and SMRT again.

Strange. First, they said for 10 minutes, then the train service will resume once testing passed and the new signalling system goes into effect. Which is which? Never mind that, let's just hope the maximum time the trains will be stopped on the tracks is 10 minutes, and not 10 hours.

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MAN DIES AFTER BEING HIT BY TRAIN AT FAJAR LRT

A man is believed to have been struck dead by a train at Fajar LRT station early this morning. The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the incident at 1.05AM. Rescue vehicles were dispatched to the scene but paramedics pronounced the man dead on arrival.

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