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Old May 6th, 2005, 01:51 PM   #1001
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Which was what I was arguing against what. I dont agree that they should be relying on buses at all. That the capacity of the line has increased just makes things worse. And isnt it strange they arent serving Sentosa Cove?
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Old May 6th, 2005, 01:57 PM   #1002
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If they increase the price hike, then can forget about elections for the rest of the year.
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Old May 6th, 2005, 03:17 PM   #1003
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i'm not saying i agree with the changes. yes i too find it strange that they're not serving sentosa cove - perhaps the people there dont have to work or they find it an embarrassment to be on public transport.
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Old May 7th, 2005, 04:31 AM   #1004
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May 7, 2005
Bus and MRT fares: To raise or not to raise?

By Sue-Ann Chia

MADAM Lee Bee Lian earns less than $40 a day, and spends at least $2 of it on public transport.

Naturally, she could do without fares going up, says the gardener whose salary has remained stagnant for the past three years.

'How to cope?' asks the mother of three children. One is in the army and two are still of school-going age.

Her monthly take-home pay is about $700. Her husband is an odd-job worker. On good months, the family monthly income may hit $1,500.

They are the bottom rung of low-income earners who will feel the biggest pinch if fares go up.

But bus and MRT operators say it's time to raise fares.

They have applied to the Public Transport Council after holding back for two years during the Sars outbreak and economic downturn.

Operating costs and fuel prices have gone up, they point out. But so too have their profits.

From a business perspective, analysts say it is reasonable for a company to want to maximise profits and increase shareholder value.

But how much profits should public transport firms make before it is considered excessive?

The Consumers Association of Singapore also believes any fare increase now is ill-timed as the economy is just showing signs of recovery.

Timing is everything, going by the last fare hike controversy in 2002. Then, it provoked a huge outcry as the economy was in the doldrums and unemployment was up.

The anger spilled into Parliament as a group of MPs called for a reversal of the hike in a heated debate rarely heard in the House.

Is a price hike justified this time? Or will it cause an uproar reminiscent of the 2002 mutiny among backbenchers? Insight finds out.

Copyright © 2005 Singapore Press Holdings. All rights reserved.
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Old May 7th, 2005, 05:47 PM   #1005
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Updated 7 May 2005

The Full Range Of Barrier Free & Disabled Friendly Facilities (Lifts, Ramps, Tactile Guidance System, Toilets For The Physically Handicapped, ETC) Are Now Available @
- 18/25 Stations On The North South Line
- 21/29 Stations On The East West Line
- All 16 Stations On The North East Line
- All 14 Stations On The Bukit Panjang LRT
- All 14 Stations On The Sengkang LRT
- All 15 Stations On The Punggol LRT

By End 2006, The Full Range Of Barrier Free & Disabled Friendly Facilities (Lifts, Ramps, Tactile Guidance System, Toilets For The Physically Handicapped, ETC) Will Be Available @ The Remaining
- 7 Stations On The North South Line
- 8 Stations On The East West Line
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Old May 7th, 2005, 05:49 PM   #1006
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Hey...write it for wiki!
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Old May 7th, 2005, 07:02 PM   #1007
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Done!

Added more information to wiki too.

For a lot more information about Singapore's MRT & LRT, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_Ra...28Singapore%29
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Old May 8th, 2005, 07:19 AM   #1008
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Updated 7 May 2005

The Full Range Of Barrier Free & Disabled Friendly Facilities (Lifts, Ramps, Tactile Guidance System, Toilets For The Physically Handicapped, ETC) Are Now Available @
- 18/25 Stations On The North South Line
- 21/29 Stations On The East West Line
- All 16 Stations On The North East Line
- All 14 Stations On The Bukit Panjang LRT
- All 14 Stations On The Sengkang LRT
- All 15 Stations On The Punggol LRT

By End 2006, The Full Range Of Barrier Free & Disabled Friendly Facilities (Lifts, Ramps, Tactile Guidance System, Toilets For The Physically Handicapped, ETC) Will Be Available @ The Remaining
- 7 Stations On The North South Line
- 8 Stations On The East West Line
Wah where did you get the information??
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Old May 8th, 2005, 07:41 AM   #1009
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Wah where did you get the information??
Sometimes you just have to look that bit harder when you are on the MRT.

Look inside the lifts in the MRT stations. A4 colour sized posters are on the lift walls, detailing which stations have lifts installed already.
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Old May 8th, 2005, 07:44 AM   #1010
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Sometimes you just have to look that bit harder when you are on the MRT.

Look inside the lifts in the MRT stations. A4 colour sized posters are on the lift walls, detailing which stations have lifts installed already.
Yeah......notice on the northeast line, they put the travelling time beside the route map from one station to other stations on the northeast line.......
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Old May 8th, 2005, 07:46 AM   #1011
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For Passengers With Disablities
The full range of barrier free & disabled friendly facilities such as lifts, ramps, tactile guidance system & handicapped friendly toilets are present at:
* 18/25 Stations On The North South Line
* 21/29 Stations On The East West Line
* All 16 Stations On The North East Line
* All 14 Stations On The Bukit Panjang LRT
* All 14 Stations On The Sengkang LRT
* All 15 Stations On The Punggol LRT

Retrofitting works are currently ongoing at the remaining:
* 7 Stations On The North South Line (Due 2006)
(Marina Bay, Raffles Place, City Hall, Orchard, Newton, Braddell, Bishan)
* 8 Stations On The East West Line (Due 2006)
(Buona Vista, Tiong Bahru, Tanjong Pagar, Raffles Place, City Hall, Bugis, Lavender, Paya Lebar)

All future lines will incorporate barrier free & disabled friendly facilities in its stations & trains. These include:
* All 29 Stations On The Circle Line (Due 2010)
* All 2 Stations On The East West Line Boon Lay Extension (Due 2009)

Note:
* Information correct as of 7 May 2005
* For disabled passengers & passengers travelling with prams or luggage, please ensure that your station of origin & your destination station have been retrofitted with these facilities before embarking on your journey.
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Old May 8th, 2005, 07:58 AM   #1012
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Platform Screen Doors
Platform screen doors are installed at all underground Mass Rapid Transit stations in Singapore. The Singapore Mass Rapid Transit was the first Heavy Rail system in the world to incorporate platform screen doors in its stations in 1987 (as according to Westinghouse Platform Screen Doors).

These doors serve to
- prevent suicides
- enable climate control within the station (better ventilation & air conditioning)
- better security control as access to the tunnels & tracks is restricted
- passenger safety considerations

These are manufactured by Westinghouse Platform Screen Doors, A Member Of The Knorr-Bremse Group. There are 2 series of the platform screen doors in use. The first series, installed at the underground stations along the North South Line & the East West Line (except Changi Airport station), have been in use since 1987. The latest series of platform screen doors, sporting a sleeker design & incorporating full length glass panels, are installed at the Changi Airport station & all stations (all underground) along the North East Line in 2002 & 2003 respectively.
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Old May 8th, 2005, 08:01 AM   #1013
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Infrastructure & services

All stations along all MRT & LRT lines are equipped with
- lifts (All stations to be equipped by 2006)
- ramps (All stations to be equipped by 2006)
- disabled friendly toilets (All stations to be equipped by 2006)
- tactile guidance system (All stations to be equipped by 2006)
- LED displays showing train arrival time information and important messages
plasma display screens showing train arrival time information, commercials/movie trailers, date/time and safety messages
- male & female toilets
- passenger service centre
- General Ticketing Machines (GTM)
- Add Value Machines
- standard size fare gantries
- wider fare gantries
- information boards & maps
- payphones

Some stations along the MRT & LRT lines also come with
- a selection of retail shops/kiosks, supermarkets (NTUC FairPrice, Shop N Save), convenience stores (7 Eleven, Cheers)
- TransitLink ticketing counters
- Mobile ezlink Card Top Up station
- Automated Teller Machines (ATM)
- Self Service Automated Machines for stamps, movie passes, bill payments
mailboxes
- Free ''Today'' newspaper distribution point
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Old May 8th, 2005, 08:04 AM   #1014
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Rolling Stock

Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151 cars
Operating on the North South Line & the East West Line since 1987, these are the first generation of train cars used on the MRT network. These cars are still in operation today (everything still works as well as they did at the beginning), though a major train overhaul programme is on the cards. 66 trainsets of 6 cars each were purchased.

Siemens C651 cars
Operating on the North South Line & the East West Line since the mid 1990s, these are the second generation of train cars used on the MRT network. These cars come with green tinted glass windows. They look almost identical to the first generation train cars except that they make a very different sound when accelerating/braking and when the train doors open or close due to the different system used. 19 trainsets of 6 cars each were purchased.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries & Nippon Sharyo C751B cars
Operating on the North South Line & the East West Line since early 2000, these are the latest train cars used on the original MRT network. The cars are equipped with Liquid Crystal Displays and LED Displays showing station information, commercials and movie trailers. They also come with more grab poles, wider seats, more space near the doors and wheelchair space. 21 trainsets of 6 cars each were purchased.

Alstom Metropolis cars
Operating on the North East Line since 2003, and on the Circle Line in 2007, these are the first generation of trains cars to be used on the new MRT lines. These cars are driverless, fully automated, come with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), have wider seats, have more grabpoles, more space near the doors, have wheelchair space and are equipped with Liquid Crystal Displays and LED Displays showing station information, safety messages and videos, commercials and movie trailers. For the first time in Singapore MRT history, these train cars are powered by overhead catenary, in contrast to the train cars on all the other operating lines prior to this, which are powered by third rail. 25 trainsets of 6 cars each were purchased for the North East Line, while another 40 trainsets of 3 cars each were purchased for the Circle Line.
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Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit system has several distinctive features that differentiate it from other metro systems in Asia and the world.

- The EZ-Link Card enables residents & foreign visitors alike to travel freely on the MRT, LRT & Bus system without the need for multiple cards, saving them both time & effort as they no longer need to figure out which card to use for which system.

- Commuters travelling on the MRT & LRT system are not hindered when transferring lines (which could be run by different operators), by the need to exit the faregates and re-enter through another in order to change lines. In general, once one has tapped the ezlink Card on the card readers and enters the MRT & LRT system, he or she never has to tap it again until he or she has arrived at the desired destination station.

- Singapore is one of the few cities in the world to utilise plasma displays in metro stations to display train service information. Metro systems worldwide usually use LED displays (or none at all) instead as they are cheaper to install. Critics have opposed the use of plasma displays as they are considerably more expensive to install and are susceptible to the problem of burn-ins. However, the rail operators see this as a medium to earn advertising revenue from commercials shown on these displays. At the same time, they are able to display all the train service information, safety messages and time/date on these screens clearly (Using the flip dot system previously, only a limited amount of information could be displayed).

- All underground stations, current and future, come with platform screen doors.

- The train operators in Singapore also run bus and taxi services, thus ensuring that there is a full integration of services (Rail To Bus & Vice Versa).
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Still looking forward to pics of the Raffles Xchange by any kind soul...
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Platform Screen Doors In Singapore
Source: Westinghouse Platform Screen Doors

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Old May 8th, 2005, 09:07 AM   #1018
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ok next time i go there i'll try to take pics without embarrassing myself
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Thanks so much. I look forward to seeing those pics...
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Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit system has several distinctive features that differentiate it from other metro systems in Asia and the world.

- The EZ-Link Card enables residents & foreign visitors alike to travel freely on the MRT, LRT & Bus system without the need for multiple cards, saving them both time & effort as they no longer need to figure out which card to use for which system.

- Commuters travelling on the MRT & LRT system are not hindered when transferring lines (which could be run by different operators), by the need to exit the faregates and re-enter through another in order to change lines. In general, once one has tapped the ezlink Card on the card readers and enters the MRT & LRT system, he or she never has to tap it again until he or she has arrived at the desired destination station.

- Singapore is one of the few cities in the world to utilise plasma displays in metro stations to display train service information. Metro systems worldwide usually use LED displays (or none at all) instead as they are cheaper to install. Critics have opposed the use of plasma displays as they are considerably more expensive to install and are susceptible to the problem of burn-ins. However, the rail operators see this as a medium to earn advertising revenue from commercials shown on these displays. At the same time, they are able to display all the train service information, safety messages and time/date on these screens clearly (Using the flip dot system previously, only a limited amount of information could be displayed).

- All underground stations, current and future, come with platform screen doors.

- The train operators in Singapore also run bus and taxi services, thus ensuring that there is a full integration of services (Rail To Bus & Vice Versa).
But why are these considered "distintive" features when they can sometimes be found elsewhere?
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