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Old December 15th, 2004, 11:24 AM   #721
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Alright guys. Part #2 is now up. Feel free to continue the posts here (there is also a copy in the Singapore forums), and ignore, I retained your first post, so that you can edit it like how you used to!

Part #1 is now archived, and also copied into the sg forums.
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Old December 16th, 2004, 04:51 AM   #722
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Dec 16, 2004
$1m relief for SMRT cabbies
2,400 drivers to get $380 worth of vouchers in 6 monthly instalments from next month

TRANSPORT group SMRT Corp is handing out close to $1 million worth of vouchers to help its cabbies cope with the rising price of diesel.

The fuel now costs over 30 per cent more than at the beginning of the year.

The company, which also runs a bus network on top of its subway system and fleet of taxis, said its 2,400 drivers will each get $380 worth of vouchers in six monthly instalments from next month.

Announcing the relief package yesterday, SMRT chief executive Saw Phaik Hwa said: 'I'm sure this will help alleviate the problems that the drivers have with their income... It'll make a difference to them.'

SMRT is also asking those who hire its taxis to share the benefit with its 1,200 relief drivers.

The vouchers can be used only at the company's three diesel kiosks in Ang Mo Kio, Woodlands and Geylang, where the fuel is sold at 69 cents a litre, instead of the regular retail price of 95 cents a litre.

They come on top of the company's existing relief packages, which include discounts of up to $3 a day on its $90 daily rent for a cab, introduced in January.

Cabby Koh Yong Hua, who has been driving a taxi for almost a decade, said the new scheme could not have come at a better time.

'Business has been quite slow,' explained the 47-year-old. 'I'm getting only about three customers on most weekdays.

'It's very competitive now with so many of us on the road,' he added.

Singapore's main taxi operator, Comfort- Delgro Corp, also will be giving out a special one-off bonus to help its more than 16,000 cabbies with rising diesel costs.

It intends to give out an estimated $5 million to them in four equal instalments next month and in February.

Each driver will receive between $240 and $360 in cash, based on his years of service. The payout is on top of regular bonuses.

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Old December 16th, 2004, 04:53 AM   #723
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Dec 16, 2004
SMRT Corp lays off 21 employees

By Lynn Lee

TRANSPORT group SMRT Corp has laid off 21 employees from various departments, it said yesterday. SMRT's executive vice-president for corporate services, Mr Yeo Meng Hin, said in response to queries that the retrenchment exercise on Tuesday came after a review of SMRT's business in a bid to be 'more efficient and drive greater value'.

He added: 'Letting go of staff was a last - and painful - decision we took after much careful deliberation.'

The transport giant declined to reveal which departments the workers were from or details of their severance pay, but said that affected workers had been given a retrenchment package 'in line with market practice'.

They also received additional medical, dental and transport benefits and had been matched with employment agencies to help them find new jobs.

SMRT has also arranged for those interested to join the company as taxi drivers.

The news comes more than a month after SMRT announced net earnings of $81.3 million for the six months ending Sept 30.

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Old December 16th, 2004, 06:14 AM   #724
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Old December 16th, 2004, 12:20 PM   #725
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Old December 16th, 2004, 04:08 PM   #726
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Taxi drivers?? What the fish....the retenched folks must be jumping for joy or something??
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Taxi drivers?? What the fish....the retenched folks must be jumping for joy or something??
Haha...why leh?? Taxi drivers earn a lot mair??
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Dec 17, 2004
S'pore link in Asia-Europe tunnel project
Ex-PWD subsidiary is designing underwater railway connection in $1.65b Turkey project

By Tan Hui Yee

A SUBSIDIARY of what was formerly the Public Works Department has won a deal to design one of the world's deepest underwater railway tunnels, which will form part of a US$1 billion (S$1.65 billion) railway project in Turkey.

CPG Consultants has been engaged by a consortium of Japanese and Turkish companies, which is building an underwater crossing across the Bosphorus strait. The strait cuts through Istanbul, separating the part of Turkey which is in Europe from the part in Asia.

The roughly 1.4km link, which will sit on the seabed, will form part of a 13.6km earthquake-proof railway tunnel in Istanbul. It will be the first underwater railway tunnel linking the continents.

The Marmaray Railway Bosphorus Tube Crossing project will also include four underground railway stations and a flyover for cars at one end of the tracks.

Describing it as a prestigious project, the president and chief executive of CPG Consultants' parent CPG Corporation, Mr Khor Poh Hwa, said: 'CPG's transportation engineering and project management expertise will be our key contribution to the implementation of this mega project in Turkey.'

However, the company, which was bought by Australian company Downer EDI last year, declined to disclose the fee it is receiving.

When completed in 2009, the deepest point of the crossing in the Bosphorus strait will lie about 55m below sea level.

The deepest railway station in the project is about 50m underground.

That will make it about twice the depth of the deepest underground MRT station in Singapore, the Dhoby Ghaut station on the North-East Line.

The mega project is being built by the Taisei-Kumagai-Gama-Nurol joint venture, which comprises two Japanese and two Turkish companies.

It is CPG Corporation's first project in Europe.

CPG was formed after the Public Works Department was corporatised in 1999. It has been involved in building projects in several countries, including China and India, as well as Asean countries such as Indonesia and Vietnam.

It is now involved in the design of a $100 million residential and retail development in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, as well as a $10 million entertainment centre in Hyderabad, India.

CPG is also managing the building work for the $400 million Suzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the $250 million Suzhou Science and Cultural Arts Centre in China.

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Old December 17th, 2004, 03:30 AM   #729
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Old December 19th, 2004, 09:00 AM   #730
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Ground broken for first Hitachi Small (6/7/03)



Sentosa Island, Singapore. The first of a new breed of monorail systems by Hitachi has broken ground in Singapore. Hitachi Small, a smaller, more maneuverable and affordable monorail than earlier Hitachi systems, will debut for the first time here in 2006. A 2.1 km dual-beam line will link Singapore's MRT transit line to Sentosa Island, a popular resort destination. The Sentosa Express will be driver operated; yet fully computerized. The Hitachi Small two-car monorail trains are capable of carrying 3,000 passengers per hour in each direction with 174 passengers per train. To date, access to the island has not been easy and the new monorail is expected to encourage more visitations. With four stations, the Sentosa Express will start at Harbour-Front MRT Station, cross the Sentosa Causeway Bridge and stop at three stations on the island. The 21-year old Von Roll Sentosa Island Monorail that currently circles the island will be dismantled by 2005.
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Old December 19th, 2004, 09:02 AM   #731
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Alright guys. Part #2 is now up. Feel free to continue the posts here (there is also a copy in the Singapore forums), and ignore, I retained your first post, so that you can edit it like how you used to!
Haha.....so far.....he hasn't edit, it seems....
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Old December 19th, 2004, 12:50 PM   #732
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Haha...why leh?? Taxi drivers earn a lot mair??
Er..its not like anyone can just switch jobs lidat loh. And taxi drivers is hardly a job we can consider as offering much welfare...
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So few stations in such a big island?
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Old December 20th, 2004, 09:55 AM   #734
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Old December 20th, 2004, 05:30 PM   #735
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Wah you took that photo?!
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Old December 20th, 2004, 05:34 PM   #736
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Emm...yeah.....you sound "excited"??
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Bridges across the tracks at Bishan and AMK are very good places to take pictures of the trains coming in and going out.
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 01:16 PM   #738
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Business Times - 23 Dec 2004

SMRT is picking up pace

It plans to expand its business in the local retail and taxi sectors, as well as overseas operations, reports JOYCE KOH

THE ubiquitous SMRT logo is going to be a more common sight in the future.

The company, seen by some as a staid train transport operator, is eager to shift to a higher gear as more of its businesses comes from its retail, taxi and overseas operations.

This is a step in the right direction as the company is not exactly venturing into uncharted waters given it has a proven head honcho knowledgeable in the retail business.

The group also has the necessary accumulated experience as it seeks to have more earnings from overseas.

SMRT has been largely viewed by the market as a sound dividend play - none too exciting but nonetheless, a reliable and defensive stock to hold.

For the six months ended Sept 30, SMRT's net earnings rose 68 per cent to $48.6 million without the exceptional items, while turnover was up by 1.7 per cent to $338 million.

But the transport operator cautioned at that time in end October that fare revenue for Q3 will remain stable, with lower profit partly due to higher repair and maintenance costs.

Even so, it remained sanguine about its growth because of the pipeline of plans it has going forward. Indeed, its share price has risen more than 20 per cent since the start of November and yesterday closed 1.5 cents lower at 86 cents.

Perhaps it is time to relook the stock in line with the uptick in its share price.

Riding into retail

Certainly, retail has been one project that SMRT is eager to sink its teeth into and no wonder, since the potential for developing these unused pockets of space is immense.


Ride 'n shop: Converting the unused space into retail outlets can help boost SMRT's revenue. It expects rental income to rise by $3 million this year

With 250,000 square feet of rentable retail space, it has already set aside $20 million to makeover 18 of its 51 stations.

To this end, SMRT has also engaged property firm Knight Frank as a consultant and marketing agent to help in its efforts.

The company is projecting rental income to rise by $3 million this year, and $10 million next year. For FY2004, rental income was about $20 million.

Indeed, retail can be a breath of fresh air for SMRT's business which can dramatically transform the company's image and branding, if its stations are renovated with style.

After all, train stations are naturally a good catchment area for people, and if SMRT can entice people to linger and shop, that is all the better for its business.

SMRT's chief executive Saw Phaik Hwa is in a good position to spearhead the new direction, having spent almost half her life in the retail business.

She started her career at Metro before joining duty-free chain DFS Venture Singapore and climbed her way up to become regional president in charge of Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia during her more than 20 years there.

But retail is only one area that SMRT wants to make aggressive inroads into. In the taxi business, the company has also sounded its horn in wanting to become a more visible player on the roads.

For now, it has 2000 taxis plying the roads but its subsidiary Tibs Taxi wants to expand this to 3,000 by end FY2005 and capture 30 per cent of market share from around 10 per cent now.

With high-profile recruitment drives for more taxi drivers, the company contributed to 62 per cent of the 825 new taxis in the market between January and October this year.

It recently shared the limelight with market leader ComfortDelGro Corp when the two rivals said they will hand out a one-off bonus to help its cabbies cope with higher diesel prices.

Then there is its overseas operations which admittedly are still in the nascent stage, but could hold promise if SMRT can be involved in the infrastructure development of developing regional countries.

Indeed, SMRT told BT it wants to move away from one-off engineering consultancy projects and move into more operations and maintenance (O&M) projects which offer more recurring income.

It said it is close to finalising consultancy agreements on the US$630 million Jakarta monorail project, and will also bid for Shanghai's urban rail project, where SMRT is already acting as a consultant.

Seizing opportunity

Finally, when its 29-station Circle Line is up and running by 2010, there is expected to be a daily ridership of 550,000 and this will further add momentum to its revenues in the long run.

On all its plans, SMRT spokesman Goh Chee Kong told BT: 'Can we not afford to change? Can we afford to stand still?'

Of course, these initiatives will take time to take off.

In retail, the company still faces regulatory hurdles for approval to revamp its stations.

In the taxi business, economic volatility and more aggressive competition might stall its plans to increase the number of cabs on the roads.

It could also find it difficult to get licenses to run public transport services in other countries.

But what is noteworthy is that SMRT is seizing its opportunities by the horns and isn't content to simply be on cruise control.

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Old December 23rd, 2004, 07:09 PM   #739
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Circle Line daily ridership of 550,000? Well I sure hope they dont grossly over-estiamate the numbers again for their own sake!
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Anyone seen the MRT entry in wikipedia? a lot of stuff there. Who wrote it??

Wonder what the author meant by Punggol Line Extension. Does he mean NorthShore Line or the extension to Pulau Ubin?
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