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  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Price is never the best indicator for winning the bid.

      Unless price is the main component to evaluation.

      Want to find out more? wait for results. Or work for LTA.

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    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Ok, so which of you siao gia did this?

       

      A teenager allegedly stole a private bus in Woodlands for a six-hour joyride around the island on Sunday, covering at least 155km before being caught in Bukit Batok.

      The suspect, believed to be 17 years old, allegedly stole the vehicle from a private bus depot at Woodlands Industrial Park E3 at 9am, evening daily Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday.

      He drove the 45-seater to Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Whampoa, Telok Kurau, East Coast Park, Toa Payoh, Choa Chu Kang, Boon Lay, Soon Lee Road, Bukit Batok, Woodlands, Jurong East, Kian Teck Road and Corporation Road.

      The bus' designated driver, Francis Toh, told Shin Min that he had meant to set off for Little India at 2pm that day when he discovered that the bus was missing. He immediately used GPS to locate it.

      "The bus appeared at Kian Teck Road around the Jurong area, so my boss and I went in our cars to look for the missing bus," said Mr Toh.

      He said that the suspect kept turning into small roads, making it difficult for them to follow. But they managed to cut the suspect off at a bus stop in Bukit Batok East Avenue 3, where he had stopped behind an SBS Transit bus.

      It was then that they realised the suspect was a teenager. According to Shin Min, the youth resisted his captors for about 10 minutes before police arrived, even attempting to drive the bus away.

      Mr Toh said he was surprised that the suspect knew how to drive the bus and seemed very familiar with how to operate it, including how to unlock its control system. He added that he had never seen the suspect before.

      To drive a private bus, a person requires a Class 4 driver's licence and a vocational licence. Only those aged 21 and above are allowed to apply for a Class 4 licence.

      Cynthia Yeo - general manager of AZ Bus, which owns the bus - told My Paper yesterday that some of its buses are already equipped with security cameras, and the company plans to add this feature to its entire fleet.

      The police confirmed that they received a report at 3.43pm on Sunday, and have arrested a male suspect. Investigations are ongoing.

       

      And kns he dare to do so much, but refused to have his face captured on film for the "historic" moment.

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      Edited by SBS2601D 10 Mar `15, 10:13PM
  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • When the power supply is burnt the backup is....? Your legs?

      And how is free service a waste of taxpayer money? Because of Temasek left-right-up-down pocket logic?

      SMRT take money from LTA follow same logic above?

      Wa. I think its probably fortunate that LTA people treat such cases of logical fallacies as "siao gao bui" (mad dog barking).

      Edited by SBS2601D 10 Mar `15, 10:13PM
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    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by randomguy10:

      Ok I dont take 964 regularly. I only saw how it loads up at WRI. 

      Hmm LTA is the governing body of Land transport. The PTOs CANNOT buy buses without LTA approval be it with or without bus contracting model. The 40 A24s were definitely bought under LTA approval. LTA could have just said no to SMRT if it wanted, SMRT has to go by governing rules. Once again let me remind you SMRT is owned by Temasek Holdings and I dont need to mention who owns Temasek holdings. You wont see LTA letting SMRT buy now and ask it to fly kite in future.

      The fact that Bendys in future will not be used like they are used today and LTA doesnt want to increase the bendy population is true but you cant say bendys will not be used future. They cant buy new bendys now without retiring the older O405Gs. SBST is not going to go out of its comfort zone and buy bendys now and LTA wont see a need to force it upon SBST to use bendys now when they are going to take over the fleet in future. I believe LTA will be objective and buy the right type of buses in future when they have more depots and parking space. Wherever can use DD, LTA will surely choose DDs. But there are bound to be services that are more suited for bendy and services that cannot use DDs. We will see what LTA does in future - but the fact is LTA cant do much now with its limited depot resources and LTA governs purchase of new bus models even now be they BSEP or non-BSEP.

      And FYI, there are close to 150 DD units that will retire after 2017 (Batch 3 VO, VSO and Tridents)

      I have no idea what weed you are smoking. But boy, the mere whiff of it is making me a little high too.

      You mean you aspire to become the top guy at Temasek Holdings.....to tell your kar kia what buses to buy?

      Gee. That sounds way too easy. I also want.

  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by SMB145B:

      they could just update the soft copy with the new names and leave the hard copy as it is.

      the fact is machines read all types of data. the five digit numbers happens to be the unique identifier for that bus stop. bus stop code, bus stop description (name), bus services, bus routes, destination, arriving time. system can read the record for this bus stop given the unique identifier.

      we are used to bus stop names, stations names or how many stops away from this stop or reference point. bus stop number 46509 or opposite marsiling station, which is clear to you? likewise, ns13 or yishun, is clear to you? bus stop names are not unique, blk 322 can refer to bus stop 59359 or 54247. how important are the names to you?

      After taking the time to read through, I still have no idea what your opinion is.

      I shall keep my stuff succinct:

      1. It is not critical compared to bus-stop code.

      2. I can live with out-dated bus-stop names.

      3. The staff at LTA are already close to being worked to death trying to do many things you guys asked for (notwithstanding the ridiculous ones).

      At the end of the day, instead of asking the govt what it can do for you, by the same token, you should ask what can you do for the govt as well. 

      Many here will probably not take the above sentence well. But it's ok to me. For every rigid fellow who refuses to accept or adapt to the realities, there will be people to take advantage and benefit.

      Who you choose to be, is ultimately your choice. Not LTA's.

      Mind too small to see this big picture? It's also ok. 

      Edited by SBS2601D 24 Feb `15, 11:14PM
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    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by dupdup77:

      Anybody knows the reason why the authorities are slow to rename the bus stops? Or they just want to leave it as it is? Cheers.

      Bus-stop names are not considered critical to identification unlike the 5 digit bus-stop codes. For purpose of data-capture for analysis, they are considered supplementary to the latter, exisiting for more intuitive identification. Obviously machines read integers (i.e. numbers) easier than "strings" (i.e. texts).

      Hence there is little incentive in "updating" bus-stop names. Frankly, it can also be good to leave them as they are - they remind us of certain legacies. In the pursuit of "efficiency", or "aesthetism", are we willing to completely forgo all vestiges of past memories? 

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    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by ^tamago^:

      Kowloon has a population density of 46,010 persons per sq km (6 times that of Singapore), HK Island has a population density of 15,990 persons per sq km (with much of that going to bungalows built on pockets of uneven terrain), with leaving a spacious 3,930 persons per sq km in the N.T. There is less usable land in Hong Kong than the whole of Singapore, and even fewer are truly flat grounds. That explains the popularity of point blocks, which makes it easier to build since you have fewer issues of uneven terrain to contend with for each building.

      And even with 3,930 persons per sq km, Yuen Long routes like 68M/968/68X/268C could come once every 4 to 8 minutes during peak hours, fill to the brim within a couple of stops and head out to the expressway. To support express bus services, you need that kind of density. There is enough demand to operate FFw-style peak routes like Rt.268X which skips Cheung Sha Wan and Sham Shui Po. On weekends where demand is lesser, Rt.268B runs express to Tsim Sha Tsui once every 30 minutes.

      Rt.260X sees brisk business competing with the MTR WRL for travels between Tsim Sha Tsui and Tuen Mun (with long queues to boot at nights) while Rt.269B offers an alternative for those who do not wish to have to transfer to the LRT system.

      Your point was obviously lost on the fellow who "replied" to you earlier.

      Sad but expected outcome really.

  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • No bendy means no bendy.

      Got seat means got seat.

      No seat means no seat.

      What's so difficult.teeth.png

  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Evidently not having bendies is tantamount to having armageddon in the backyard for some here.

      I lead a much simpler life I suppose, got bus, take, no bus, wait.

      Got seat, sit, no seat, stand.

      And for the umpteenth time, LTA is buying the buses.

      Period.

      If you want bendies, go elsewhere. 

      If you want varieties, cameo spotting, yada yada, go elsewhere also.

      We will probably be getting only 1 make here, 1 make there, 1 make everywhere.

      You don't like it? Too bad.

      It gets people like me from A to B and that's already good enough for me. Tyvm.

      Edited by SBS2601D 05 Feb `15, 10:11PM
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    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by SBS3688Y:


      when did i say LTA is slow? and i was merely expressing my own opinion and assumption it might be awarded to the new players only. why u say till like i am accusing LTA of being unfair? Just a mild opinion and u react to my post in such a manner!

      On 16 June 2014, at 8:52am, SBS3688Y posted in thread titled "SMRT launches Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 MMC"

      i believe is coz SMRT has financial constraints to buy more DDs now as the bus contractmodel has not been implemented yet. prob is LTA and the PTOs incl SBST are too slow in their reactions. LTA should by now work with the PTOs to help finance and buy more DDs to prepare for the future.

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      Mind you, it didnt even take 1 min to dig this out.

      All I did was do a google search with the following keywords: sgforums sbs3688y lta slow.

      And it took me only 1 min to write this post out also. Logging off for you to rue about your words! Good night!

  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by BusAnalayzer:

      If China can apply, HK surely can right!? HK was a British colony until late. It is sad though, how English is getting downgraded in HK. 

      Stop speculating la.

      Either you ask your LTA friend, and keep mum, or you don't assume this and assume that.

      Assumption kills the rat!

  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by SBS3688Y:


      i think the first package would be awarded to a new operator and possibly a foreign operator. to prevent gossips and show to everyone the tender system is transparent and not biased against foreign players.

      Look at the corporate structure of LTA carefully.

      Safety and Contracts - Provides comprehensive solutions for safety, time cost and environmental management for land transport system. They also oversee areas of safety and environmental management, planning and scheduling, tender and procurement, contract management and administration, as well as cost control and monitoring to ensure that all projects are delivered safely, with excellent environmental management, on time, within budget and are value-for-money.

      The tender evaluation is not any-oh-how hamtum you know. With the tender evaluation arm being a distinct entity in itself within LTA, your allegations hardly hold water under typical circumstances.

      Govt slowness in dealing with these sorts of contracts is precisely due to need for "fairness". And what do you do? You accuse them of both being slow and unfair. Seemingly contradictory?

       

      Edited by SBS2601D 27 Jan `15, 7:49PM
  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by BusAnalayzer:

      Yes how come no HK operators apply? Or did they and I don't know... 

      Ask your LTA kaki lor...

      Unless they are super busy now, doing the tender work, which I would imagine.

  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • It has been mentioned countless countless times that the buses will be purchased and provided for by LTA. 

       

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    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by BusAnalayzer:

      Facepalm!! Ha ha ha ... if you don't know and don't care... don't even bother to post here... stupilo!

      Just like how you embrace free speech and your choice in refusing to contribute substantively to the industry, I can choose not to contribute substantively to the discussions here. 

      I certainly am ok with you lambasting me.

      It just makes me laugh to know how little your sphere of influence is.

       

  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by A Bus Observer:

      Not related to buses---

       

      If u take mrt, lets say from Commonwealth u take EWL, then u end up at chinatown, NEL, Ewl is operated by smrt while nel is by sbst. So who get the profit? Or half?

      There is a routing algorithm that would apportion that said fare accordingly. I would assume that this is information enough and information more than the adjacent post above.

      If you wish to know more, you may wish to join the industry.

      Edited by SBS2601D 06 Jan `15, 10:32PM
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    • Originally posted by BusAnalayzer:

      Even 972 listed as improvement by SMRT... how!?! 

      You shld ask your LTA friend ma. Ask here also machiam rhetorical question.

      Anyhow, 972 has bendy now. Fleet add or what, I dont know, or care much.

      I took, I said, I log-out.

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    • Are you one of those who think a degree is a ticket to "success"?

      If so, I suggest you don't bother trying. Econs is not for the faint-of-heart.

      Then again, learning in general is not for the faint-of-heart.

      Learning to learn is not easy to learn. If what you "learn" does not challenge you in anyway, how is that learning at all?

      Have fun. teeth.png

  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • Originally posted by BusAnalayzer:

      Seems like sv 35 has 5 buses added to its fleet. Was expecting around 3... 5 seems a little too extravagant... but i am sure xilin, tanah merah ferry pax are super happy as they benefit as well with the frequency beef up. Sad to see no DDs :( 

      Give you DD you sure kpkb waste resources.

      No DD due to low (usual) demand, you express sadness.

      Opinions can differ, but at least must consistent maaaaaa.

      You like this, how to ask for people take you seriously. 

      #freespeech

      #logsoffinpoof

  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • No more access to such papers for me.

      That aside, the purpose of this thread is to encoruage off-tangent disparaging remarks that reflect general immaturity and lack of inclusivity?

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    • Passed Bedok yesterday.

      Super long queue of buses waiting to enter interchange, stretching all the way to New Upp Changi Road.

      Fortunately I didnt have to enter that place.

      I won't give sarcastic comments about the design, but it looks like something not quite right anyhow.

  • SBS2601D's Avatar
    8,435 posts since Apr '05
    • The bus would have to be speeding to produce a such a huge dent on the windscreen.

      It is also unlikely that an old man would make sudden movements unless pre-meditated, that would have resulted the bus being unable to stop in time (read: bus was speeding).

      It doesn't seem like that road has blind spots, that would have caused even a slow-moving bus to be unable to avoid the accident.

      You ask me and I would think that the bus was going at a very very decent speed.

      Life is short. Just another reminder to take care of yourself when you should.