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  • QX179R's Avatar
    67,571 posts since Feb '08
    • SINGAPORE: Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said the government is studying how it can help bus operators SBS and SMRT grow their fleet and drivers in a sustainable manner.

      He said the issues are complex, and details will be announced early this year.

      He said the government will do this even as it expands the rail network.

      Mr Lui was speaking at the opening ceremony of two new MRT stations on the Circle Line, namely the Marina Bay and Bayfront stations.

      "LTA will be putting in place a programme to partner the bus operators in ramping up bus capacity significantly over the next few years. This will allow us to reduce crowding and waiting time for commuters, and provide some relief until the ongoing works to significantly increase rail capacity are completed," said Mr Lui.

      Mr Lui had previously said that to boost bus capacity in a timely fashion, it cannot be left to the operators alone.

      LTA's review is expected to look into common complaints of commuters - such as congestion and bus frequency.

      Turning to the rail network, Mr Lui said the two new Circle Line stations will significantly enhance connectivity to the Marina Bay area.

      With the new Bayfront station, commuters no longer need to take a 10- to
      15-minute walk to get to the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort.

      The average daily ridership on the Circle Line is expected to reach some 500,000 with the new extension, compared to the current ridership of about 300,000.

      Other attractions within reach are the Helix Bridge and the Gardens by the Bay, which will open later this year.

      - CNA/cc

  • dragg's Avatar
    49,302 posts since Mar '05
  • jgho83's Avatar
    1,542 posts since Dec '07
    • Originally posted by dragg:

      to do that they need another fare hike?

       

      Yay! Time to repent!

  • watson374's Avatar
    336 posts since Dec '10
    • Well, this is an income opportunity.

      SMRT jokes aside, this is great. What we need is massive expansion by SBS with lots of 11m DDs to duplicate the SMRT lines with trunks and parallel expresses, for now.

      When the DTL is complete, shift the fleet's priority to feeding the DTL.

  • dragg's Avatar
    49,302 posts since Mar '05
    • Originally posted by jgho83:

      Yay! Time to repent!

       

      they added 2 million people.  of course they need to expand the transport system to cope.  thats an expansion, not improvement.

  • horny_ugly_bitch's Avatar
    147 posts since Sep '11
    • they just need to give sg a week of public holiday to work on the smrt tracks.. but knowing how sg ggovt is so money minded i think they would rather havee the breakdowns and get free money from smrt thhen lose money from other business sectors

  • Summer hill's Avatar
    6,635 posts since Dec '11
    • i am guessing.....next time we have trains.....

      20 m apart from each other...one stop....every train stops

  • Fcukpap's Avatar
    7,290 posts since Dec '09
    • the govt has made many mistakes...and they are trying to rectify before 2016...

      one of the biggest folly was the biased gender policy ...

  • Summer hill's Avatar
    6,635 posts since Dec '11
    • And the healthcare need to be improved.

      i once had a sore throat and i arrive at a polyclinclic at 7am, 1pm go home.

      a very simple checkup takes so much waiting time.

      piss me off.

      and the hospital also overcrowded. what if something like sars hit sg?

      will the hospital even have a place for someone to breathe?

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  • alize's Avatar
    3,369 posts since Dec '10
    • We've had three terms of transport ministers who did nothing, let's see if Lui Tuck Yew will be the fourth.

      Raymond Lim presided over the largest hikes in all of Singapore's history and oversaw the decay of SMRT.

      His 2-term predecessor Yeo Cheow Tong said the future was in trains and not buses, but did NOTHING to expand the rail network. As transport minister, he couldn't even provide a proper single feeder bus for his own estate.

      So far, what has Lui Tuck Yew done except cut COEs within 4 months of the election?

  • Summer hill's Avatar
    6,635 posts since Dec '11
    • Originally posted by FireIce:

      can they control the lumber of ppl using public transport?

      by introducing ERP granties at the entrance of the mrt...icon_lol.gif

      Edited by Summer hill 14 Jan `12, 9:31PM
  • troublemaker2005's Avatar
    8,443 posts since Dec '05
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    6,635 posts since Dec '11
  • watson374's Avatar
    336 posts since Dec '10
    • Originally posted by Fcukpap:

      the govt has made many mistakes...and they are trying to rectify before 2016...

      one of the biggest folly was the biased gender policy ...

      What, NS for men only?

  • mancha's Avatar
    8,961 posts since Sep '04
    • Originally posted by troublemaker2005:

      say only lah what you can improve? icon_lol.gif

      Every Tranport Minister say they will improve the transport system.

      They can only make changes, here and there, but the changes always do not mean improvement. And always being in a different set of problems.

      Is the EZ-Link system an improvement? It only reverses the problem of fare cheats.

  • I-like-flings(m)'s Avatar
    17,699 posts since Feb '04
    • cut all their salary... then transfer those money to a prize money for the one that invent teleportation tech lor....

  • watson374's Avatar
    336 posts since Dec '10
    • Originally posted by mancha:

      Every Tranport Minister say they will improve the transport system.

      They can only make changes, here and there, but the changes always do not mean improvement. And always being in a different set of problems.

      Is the EZ-Link system an improvement? It only reverses the problem of fare cheats.

      It's an improvement over the plastic magnetic farecards.

      Some decisons have proven to be unwise. For example, I think that merging SMRT with TIBS was a bad, bad idea. Why? When the MRT broke down in the nineties, both TIBS and SBS rushed to provide bus bridging, because the MRT was under a statutory board, so neither bus corporation had any commercial reason to not help.

      But this time, because it was its own problem, SMRT had to bridge the NSL. It apparently didn't have enough buses to do this properly.

  • RalliartTurbo's Avatar
    125 posts since Jan '12
    • Originally posted by dragg:

      to do that they need another fare hike?

       


      When they say that they want to improve on transport services,it can mean that another price hike is on the way. 

  • watson374's Avatar
    336 posts since Dec '10
    • Originally posted by RalliartTurbo:


      When they say that they want to improve on transport services,it can mean that another price hike is on the way. 

      Improvement = fare hike = income opportunity

  • Summer hill's Avatar
    6,635 posts since Dec '11
  • watson374's Avatar
    336 posts since Dec '10
    • Originally posted by Summer hill:

      Income opportunity again.. 

      If it's not an income opportunity, make it one by introducing a fare hike. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

  • charlize's Avatar
    31,131 posts since Mar '05
    • Originally posted by watson374:

      If it's not an income opportunity, make it one by introducing a fare hike. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

      We have another talent here.

       

      You can be the ceo. icon_lol.gif

  • watson374's Avatar
    336 posts since Dec '10
    • Originally posted by charlize:

      We have another talent here.

       

      You can be the ceo. icon_lol.gif

      I'm not Singaporean.

      Hence, I am acceptable because I'm an FT.

      YEAH!!! XD

  • mancha's Avatar
    8,961 posts since Sep '04
    • Originally posted by dragg:

       

      they added 2 million people.  of course they need to expand the transport system to cope.  thats an expansion, not improvement.

      It like planning for a feast, but forgetting about the toilet.

      The first problem to hit was housing for the influx. No plan was made to house them. So they rent out unsold  HDB flats to the construction companies. Until the heartlanders complain. Then the build domitories.

      Then the transport system. The transport system, trains and buses, was based on studies of the local population centres and travel pattern. The almost 1 million foreigners were not factored into the calculations. That was a fatal error that caused the system to fail.

      When such a large number of people come in in a short space of time, the infrastructure has to be ready.

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