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    8,467 posts since Apr '05
    • These concepts, implemented over the long term, will pan out better than the current system. It is a question of whether commuters/motorists will respond maturely if these changes come.

      These ideally should go and hand in hand with chopping up those long legacy bus routes which not only gives the OCC extra work in controlling the headways, but also runs contrary to the concept of depot-centric packages.

      I am afraid these are painful steps that people may not be willing to take. That being the case, we can just go on the same path with little real improvements.

      As for the ad-hoc termination of service, that has been done before, but the practice stopped because commuters didn't like it (obviously). This probably epitomises yet again the painful steps we need to take if we really want to improve reliability.

      On the topic of holding buses at bus-stops, the infrastructural issue will bite: can the bus-stop bay hold buses without disrupting traffic? If this proves otherwise, LTA may not allow it, or I would guess that the incumbents may lobby against it as it affects their operations.

      Edited by SBS2601D 02 Jan `16, 11:20AM
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    • Originally posted by SG5001C:

      That is a good argument for a common rego prefix. However, I am still unsure of LTA's commitment to the common SG prefix, given that the latest batch of BSEP B9TL Wrights were registered in the SBS35XX series, which directly conflicts with SMRT's own double deck BSEP series.

      This should be answer enough: 

      LTA to take over SBS Transit's contracts for new bus purchases


      I would presume that would mean the takeover has a vertical component to it (likely a duh). This means that registration of the buses is now LTA's matter.

      Edited by SBS2601D 29 Dec `15, 11:45PM
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    • The significance of the SG prefix is likely to lie also in data consistency for bus identification.

      Consider SBS3000 and SMB3000, if we take only the integers (which is quite probably the preferred way for machine-reading and identification), the buses can't be reconciled by the system.

      If we begin the gradual process of converting all eventually to a single prefix, this complication naturally disappears. This approach is preferable to living with different prefix, and worse, having the same integers, which is the case now.

      I can't imagine Singapor will have 10,000 public buses, so unique 4 digit integers for bus ID sounds like a very good solution to me.

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    • Originally posted by sgbuses:

      That's the way it is.

      How do you expect them to suddenly appreciate fine dining when they were given bread crumbs to eat all their lives?

      Ouch icon_lol.gif

      Well, I guess that analogy will be extending to the future price of our bus services. I personally think it may be for the better. But I really doubt it will go down well with those who were given bread crumbs all their lives.


      Edited by SBS2601D 14 Nov `15, 12:35PM
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    • Originally posted by dupdup77:

      Hi mr SBS n SMRT, I agree with you. Somebody is up to mischief. There is now even PornAnalyser and curbikebas. Really mimick the original users. This forum is tuening to a real farce. Hope the admins ban all the nicknames appearing after 11 nov 2015. Cheers. Thanks. 


      I have always thought "BusAnalyser" was an unfortunate name to start with...

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    • Originally posted by dupdup77:

      Hi mr AJQZC, it is sad that this forum has turned into this stage. After mr P disappeared suddenly, lots of other nicknames all appear suddenly after 11 nov. Where is our beloved forum? Cheers. Thanks. 

      The problem is age-old.

      Well - it's not like its really worth bothering. 

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    8,467 posts since Apr '05
    • It is very evident that a lot of people's interest in the bus scene in Singapore is either skin-deep, or delusional to an extent.

      Please do yourselves a favour and read the news releases before wishing for buses with wings, or duck-tour style whatevers, or speculating on transfers like the way we change underwears.

      How do you expect people to take you seriously for all the "professionalism" in opening threads to discuss "specific matters"?

      Edit: The link doesn't work, so pasted below for your benefit.

      8.          Bus services in Singapore will be bundled into twelve bus packages with about 300-500 buses each. For a start, LTA will tender out three packages of bus services, starting from the second half of 2014 for the first package, for implementation from the second half of 2016. The contracts will be for five years, and can be extended by another two years on good performance. In total, the three packages will comprise about 20% of existing buses.

      9.          The other nine bus packages, comprising the remaining 80% of existing buses, will continue to be operated by the incumbent operators. LTA will negotiate with the incumbents to run the nine packages under the contracting model, for durations of about five years when their BSOL expire on 31 August 2016. After these negotiated contracts expire, more bus services will be gradually tendered out.

      Edited by SBS2601D 14 Nov `15, 11:30AM
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    • Yeah well, the point I was driving at is that Singaporeans are not likely to take up this job the way it stands.

      And there is no reason to hamtum them for it.

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    • Originally posted by TIB868X:

      I fully sympathize with BCs but are you 100% sure his day lasts from 4am to 9pm?

      Yup. He does have a lengthy break in afternoon. So it won't breach the union's thing.

      And unless the express bus he drives early in the morning is a ghost bus, and the normal bus he drives during off-peak after that also ghost bus, and then the evening express route also ghost bus, then I am pretty sure it's him.

      It's a rather strange question to ask.

      Akin to saying: Are you sure it's 5 o'clock and not 5pm...?

      Though to be fair, it's hard to believe.

      Until you get a BC that drives you to work, and then drives you home from work practically almost everyday, and then bump into him even on Saturday mornings, I really don't think you have a sense of how tough being a BC may well be.

      I have taken his buses this way for 2 years already. But according to him, he has been doing this routine already for 10 years. And I don't see why I should be cynical at that.

      Edited by SBS2601D 31 Aug `15, 10:20PM
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    • I chatted with a BC once. He told me his typical week-day begins at 4am (wake up), and ends at 9pm (reach home). 

      He works 6 days a week.

      Don't say Singaporeans weak, but when Singaporeans feel they have a choice, do you think they would take it up?

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    • What is the purpose of this thread?

      Do you guys even stop to guess why the predictions turned out wonky? Data processing and data supply hold a fair bit of answer.

      And why suddenly talk about QoS?

      Wa, like that I should talk about train signalling upgrade here?


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    8,467 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by FireIce:

      he's not bad

      he's just suay



      anyone put in tt position is just suay

      Actually I am inclined to beg to differ. I would say he played his cards well.

      To be fair, he wasn't a lazy slouch, and yes, he "suay" to kena this portfolio.


      How many who had served as MOT can have claimed to:

      1. Over-turn a long-standing policy of SG govt in not subsidising public transport (in terms of paying for bus and bus driver). 

      2. Over-see a radical change in bus industry structure to contracting model.

      3. Do so many upgrades to the existing NSEWL all at once and in haste following the major train disruptions.

      These are the 3 off the top of my head and I imagine these are like shining medals on his CV. Not to mention, the transport industry has always been, and will always be a major mover of the economy, and people also forget MOT deals with AIR, LAND, SEA.

      In short, the MOT portfolio is more zai than what most people perceive it to be. That perception won't be the case for the industries. They will be ready to pounce on him.

      If I were him, I would have demonstrated to others (using CV) what I am capable of. I would sell myself after serving 2 terms (no mean feat ok!) for the people, and I would call it quits, while I can do so gracefully.

      And then I head to private sector for a not-so-xiong life (compared to MOT). Really, I dont know why people say chenghu life is keow kar. 

      Lui Tuck Yew is suay? It really depends on how you use the "suayness" and make it work you eventually.

      He decided time's up and left, and I would say fair winds and following seas to him.

      Edited by SBS2601D 11 Aug `15, 11:29PM
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    • 1. Skip lessons.

      2. Procrastinate.

      3. Work the minimal amount.

      4. Surf sgforums frequently.


      That's what I did in uni.

      I found it effective.

      Moral of story: You have to find your own way. 

      During this year’s Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting, Buffett also told a curious seventh-grader that the key to making friends and getting along with coworkers is learning to change your behavior as you mature by emulating those you admire and adopting the qualities they possess.

      So stop asking to be spoon-fed and learn to learn by learning!


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    • It may be just you. But the current flavour of the newly introduced services lean heavily towards shorter routes.

      This is in sync with the tune of hub-spoke and last-mile concepts. 

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    • I propose we have bus-stops every 30 metres because of the precedence that is distance between Clementi Interchange and the MRT bus-stop.

      Going by what you say, legs will no longer be needed as walking was not what was aimed for.


      That aside, it seems likely that this legacy issue will have to be resolved soon because the jam is extremely bad and the taxi stand directly behind contributes also to the jam.

      However, they seem to be expanding the bus-stop, who knows? Maybe they increased the size specifically for this issue (i.e. the services won't be removed).

      If dupdup's strange logic applies, we may as well make the HG Int services call at the 101/72/80/87 bus-stop as well as people should not be made to wait 2 min or walk 20 metres.

      Edited by SBS2601D 31 May `15, 10:45AM
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    • I have heard about the bad name that these people give, especially when they give endless "feedback" about these that. A lot of them contain a huge dose of self-righteousness and a number are rude.

      Spare a thought for the poor fellows who have to entertain you at LTA.

      It's not as though they have too little work especially now.

      Edited by SBS2601D 06 May `15, 11:11PM
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    • Originally posted by sgbuses:

      It is true that the competitive tendering model has no guarantee of being better. You are right that compliance involves costs, and there are risks involved in GCM (including bankrupcy and labour disruption). There is no shortage of literature out there arguging for and against this model.

      I am more inclined to think that all these changes are highly driven by national politics. Public transportation is one of the hottest political hot potato in the last election (and the most visible impact of Singapore's immigration policies), and the government probably felt the need to just something about it to placate the voters.

      In a way it's a political gamble, and so it will be very interesting to see how this eventually plays out.

      P.S. I don't like mytransport either. It gives me a lot less information than I could get out the previous publictransport.sg portal.

      Unfortunately mytransport will be THE land transport portal.

      As evidenced by the sheer amount of things stuffed into it.

      The saving grace however would be the new data mall, which allows developers to get hold of some critical data (such as bus routes) to develop minor spin-offs.

      Those who had learnt IT-related engineering stand to benefit from these recent events. The new systems such as the IBMS and beeline.sg are clear trends towards the use of big data in many of the public transport problems.

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    • Ya - there is no harm in rocking the boat now.

      And it isn't really like the PTOs will die. If anything, these incumbents have the advantage of having experience running the ops, as evidenced by them having the lowest bids for Bulim.

      They will also be happy (I may stand to be corrected), in being able to shake off the revenue risk and the need to hold (and think about) fixed assets.

      With the consolidation of the bus industry and the fact that the buses will be owned by LTA, LTA will have a significant clout over the bus manufacturers.

      From that perspective, it will certainly make sense now to rock the boat a bit by calling for new bus concepts. They can then learn better about what is good/possible, and call for appropriate tenders.

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    • Originally posted by SMB145B:

      ...omg what is wrong with you? i find you so funny lor. You know our govt is good at something. the 12.4m DD with lift is the main thing not the 23.5m bendy. lol

      Non-compliant bids are not funny.

      Imagine you are the project manager and you managed to smoke your bosses and really put a bendy up as proposal, which is eventually ruled as non-compliant by the Authority. 

      Are you prepared to face the music from your boss?

      If not, then you have zilch credibility and I have no qualms in being that slightly more rude.

      Edited by SBS2601D 06 May `15, 10:34PM
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    • My opinion is for LTA to stop the "we should not be operating buses but we know better than PTO" mantra.

      It is contradictory and counter-productive, especially at this transition point. The PTOs are not going to be particularly cooperative, and the public will suffer.

      Anybody noticed that with the upgrade to the bus arrival times to mytransport, the estimations have gotten even worse?

      My guess is that the data supply is now controlled by LTA. Not from PTOs, and the algorithms are not as correct as previously before.

      Will the PTOs help sort this out? I doubt it.

      I would like to see the industry nationalised - the true cost may become more transparent, and there would be less oddities such as having "packages" on this rather small island.

      And yes, GCM or nationalisation, the bus-fan hobby stuff will be dead very soon either way.

      And bendies will be gone. As simple as that. The signs have been there for so long.

      Edited by SBS2601D 06 May `15, 10:28PM
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    • Ya - if you hadn't scoured (I presume you had) GeBiz, then few if anybody at all, would have seen this.

      I can only say that LTA is getting increasingly aggressive in wresting control of the public transport industry back.

      But is competitive govt model the way to go forward? For all the talk about big govt being inefficient, people tend to forget that the cost price of the tender doesn't reflect the true cost of the model.

      The true cost actually includes: writing the tender, answering feedback, audits etc etc. These costs are borne by taxpayers eventually.

      These costs aren't reported obviously, which under-states the true cost of GCM, and over-hypes the supposed benefits of lean governance.