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Old June 29th, 2005, 03:23 PM   #1121
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Old June 30th, 2005, 08:44 AM   #1122
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Old June 30th, 2005, 11:27 AM   #1123
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Old July 1st, 2005, 03:34 AM   #1124
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July 1, 2005
Public transport rides slump to seven-year low
Drop may be because of expanding rail network and rise in number of car users

By Christopher Tan
SENIOR CORRESPONDENT

PEOPLE are travelling less often on public transport. And when they do, many tend to take the train rather than the bus.

The slide in public transport ridership, which began from 2001, is puzzling transport planners because the population has grown, by over 200,000 since 2000.

Yet, public transport rides slumped to a seven-year low last year: 4.997 million rides a day against the peak of 5.273 million in 2000.

Although no study has been done to explain the 5.23 per cent drop - which translates to about 100 million rides a year - the growing car-owning population, an expanding rail network, as well as the bigger pool of out-of-work Singaporeans have been offered as possible reasons.

With the supply of certificates of entitlement at record levels and prices at their lowest in more than 10 years, more people are buying cars. There are about 420,600 private cars here, from 392,024 in 2000.

Singapore's rail network has extended by nearly one-third since 2000 to about 120km.

As a result, bus services along MRT lines were removed to avoid a duplication of resources.

The last possibility is the number of jobless Singaporeans. The unemployment rate now hovers around 4 per cent, from 2 per cent before the Asian financial crisis of 1997.

The falling ridership, if it persists, could have serious implications for the authorities, which have invested billions in public transport infrastructure.

Transport operators will increasingly have to seek growth overseas, said Citigroup Smith Barney research head Lim Jit Soon.

ComfortDelGro Corp, the parent group of Singapore's largest bus operator, SBS Transit, has already shifted gear.

So far, it has invested more than $500 million on overseas projects that contribute 35 per cent to group revenue.

It aims to invest another $200 million or so to ramp up the contribution to 50 per cent by 2009.

SMRT Corp has been exploring overseas ventures, but is in less of a hurry as train ridership is growing steadily.

The Land Transport Authority believes the growth in the rail network is behind the overall drop in public transport numbers.

But its figures indicate that the rise in train rides is not enough to make up for the fall in bus trips.

For the year up to March this year, bus rides fell to 2.788 million a day, a 6 per cent drop over the previous year. At the same time, train rides reached a high of 1.333 million a day, about 5 per cent more than the previous year.

People hailed cabs more often last year, but the average daily taxi ridership of 876,000 last year was still about 7 per cent off the peak of 940,000 in 1995.

The expansion of the rail network was also singled out by observers like Associate Professor K. Raguraman of the Centre for Transportation Research, a National University of Singapore think-tank.

He said: 'As the rail system becomes more comprehensive, people are replacing bus-MRT trips with all-MRT trips. Previously, they might have accounted for two trips - one bus and one MRT - but now, they account for only one MRT trip.'

Prof Raguraman also noted the 2.4 per cent increase in private cars between 2003 and 2004, compared to 0.38 per cent between 2002 and 2003.

SBS Transit concurred. 'There has been a gradual shift to private car ownership. Many of the new car users would have been bus, train or taxi users,' a spokesman said.

Vehicle traders, such as Chevrolet agent Starsauto, are seeing an influx of first-time buyers. Said its general manager, Mr Lee Chiu San: 'We have been seeing a lot of customers like that lately.'

One such customer is systems engineer Simon Ng. The 37-year-old bought his first car, a 1.4-litre Chevy Aveo, for slightly more than $50,000 early last month.

Mr Ng said he switched to private transport because his new job is in Tuas. The Telok Blangah resident said: 'Public transport is great in the city. But for Tuas, you have to wait quite a long time for a bus.'

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Old July 3rd, 2005, 03:23 PM   #1125
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Old July 3rd, 2005, 03:35 PM   #1126
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Old July 6th, 2005, 03:10 PM   #1127
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06 July 2005

Names of 12 Circle Line stations finalised
By S. Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : The names for the 12 stations for stages one to three of the MRT Circle Line have been finalised.

For Stage One, the five names picked are Bras Basah, Esplanade, Promenade, Nicoll Highway and Stadium Stations.

The four stations for Stage Two will be called Mountbatten, Dakota, MacPherson and Tai Seng.

While the three stations for Stage Three will be named Bartley, Lorong Chuan and Marymount.

LTA said it had received overwhelming and positive response from the public on the proposed names.

It is now inviting feedback on the names for the eight stations along Stages Four and Five of the Circle Line.

You can give your views till July 20 through the Feedback Unit's e-consultation portal or the LTA website.

When completed by 2010, the 33-kilometre Circle Line will run from Dhoby Ghaut Station in Orchard Road to the HarbourFront Station at the southern tip of Singapore. - CNA/de

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Old July 7th, 2005, 02:59 AM   #1128
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July 7, 2005
Comfort, Yellow-Top cabs to stagger midnight surcharge
Scheme may solve problem of scarce taxis pre-midnight

By Goh Chin Lian

COMMUTERS will start paying a staggered late night surcharge from 11.30pm in all 17,000 taxis under ComfortDelGro, under a scheme to solve the problem of taxis vanishing just before midnight and reappearing afterwards.

At 11.30pm, an extra 10 per cent will be added to the fare; at 11.45pm, 20 per cent, and at midnight, 35 per cent.

The full surcharge of 50 per cent will kick in only at 1am and will apply until 6am.

Currently, only ComfortDelGro's 5,000 CityCab taxis start the levy at 11.30pm and increase it at 15-minute intervals.

Several industry sources told The Straits Times that the remaining 12,000 Comfort and Yellow-Top taxis will do the same from July 15.

When asked, ComfortDelGro spokesman Tammy Tan said only that the company is 'looking to tweak its fare structure to better reflect demand and supply'.

'We hope that the staggered rates for late night rides will address the perennial problem of 'missing taxis' during the midnight hour.'

She added that staggering CityCab's late night levy in January last year has 'helped to alleviate' the shortage, but did not provide figures.

Commuter Melissa Low, 34, who takes a cab around midnight four times a week from Boat Quay and Orchard Road to her home in Hougang, said she is not aware that CityCab taxis stagger the levy.

The project manager said she used to wait more than 10 minutes for a taxi, but noticed cabs are easier to get this year.

On Comfort's planned changes, she said: 'If I'm not in a rush, if I'm going home, I don't mind waiting for a cheaper taxi.'

Transcab, which will have 1,110 cabs by the end of this week, said it is likely to follow ComfortDelGro's lead.

However, like SMRT Taxis, Premier Taxis and Smart Automobile, it will monitor the outcome of Comfort's move before making any changes.

A 54-year-old Comfort cabby who declined to be named reckoned that with the bulk of taxis starting the levy earlier, taxi drivers may simply take a breather at 11pm instead of at 11.30pm as they now do.

The cabby of 20 years believes the nub of the 'missing taxi' problem is the taxi driver's attitude - whether he will ply the roads as long as there are customers, or only when the surcharge is higher.

He said in Mandarin: 'I hope they'll have a good attitude. We're providing a service, after all.'

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Old July 7th, 2005, 05:28 PM   #1129
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07 July 2005

Comfort, CityCab and Yellow-Top revise taxi fares
By Valarie Tan, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : ComfortDelGro Corporation's three taxi companies - Comfort, CityCab and Yellow-Top - are revising their fare structures from July 15.

They said this was to even out demand for taxis and resolve taxi shortage problems before midnight.

Passengers who board Comfort or Yellow-Top cabs after midnight, now pay a flat 50 percent levy surcharge, while those taking CityCab, pay a staggered surcharge of 10 percent to 50 percent from 11.30pm.

From July 15, staggered rates from 11.30pm onwards will apply for all taxis from the three companies.

To even out the demand for taxis, the current booking charges will be raised from $3 to $4 during peak hours from 7.30am to 9.30am and 5.00pm to 11.00pm on weekdays.

This will be reduced to $2.50 during non-peak times, including weekends and public holidays.

The advance booking charges will be standardised to $5.20.

The waiting time fare will be 10 cents per 25 seconds.

Passengers will pay a standard $1 City Area Surcharge from 5pm to 8pm from Mondays to Thursdays, and from 5pm to 11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

And it will cost $2.60 - 20 cents more when a commuter flag down a Mercedes taxi.

The other taxi companies - SMRT, Transcab, Smart Automobile and Premier Taxis - are not available for comment.

But earlier reports have said they will not raise fares unless ComfortDelGro, which dominates the market with 17,000 cabs, do so. - CNA/de

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Old July 9th, 2005, 11:21 AM   #1130
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Wow. SMRT actually replies to customer feedback. Always thought that the customer feedback icon was just for show only...

All that remains now is LTA's replies to my many queries...haiz...

Dear Mr X,

Thank you for your email. We are pleased to share that we are currently in the midst of revamping our website. You can expect to see an exciting new look for our website soon. Meanwhile, we seek for your kind patience and support.

Once again, thank you for writing in to us and we look forward to serving you better.


Best regards

Michelle Yap (Ms)
Executive, Customer Relations
Corporate Marketing and Communications
SMRT Corporation Ltd

Tel: 1800-336 8900
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Old July 9th, 2005, 11:24 AM   #1131
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Since you put Mr X in the first place, shouldn't you put Miss Y at the back too??
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Old July 9th, 2005, 11:36 AM   #1132
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Originally I did put my name...but when i cut and paste the message over to here I intentionally substituted it with X. Think you got the wrong idea...
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Old July 9th, 2005, 11:41 AM   #1133
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Originally I did put my name...but when i cut and paste the message over to here I intentionally substituted it with X. Think you got the wrong idea...
I know...

I was just joking.....forget to add the sign
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Old July 9th, 2005, 12:23 PM   #1134
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haha okay never mind...its hard to convey messages online...
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Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 09 July 2005 2245 hrs

Singapore to set up police MRT unit to enhance security of transport system
By Valarie Tan, Channel NewsAsia


Singapore will be setting up a new police MRT unit that will be operational soon.

This is the latest measure to enhance the security of Singapore's public transport network.

Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said this when he visited Dhoby Ghaut MRT station on Saturday to see the security measures in place there.

Security will be enhanced with the unit which is specially trained to deal with incidents in trains.

Besides trains, buses will also install cameras to record everything that goes on inside.

Trains also have emergency exits at the ends which can be easily opened for escape.

He said: "I was told that in the trial runs that they have with members of the public who did not know what to do at all, it just took them 20 seconds to get there and open the emergency exits and to leave the trains, so it's a very simple mechanism."

But the Transport Minister says it is not about teaching every Singaporean what to do during an emergency.

"The key thing is you test the system with strangers, people who don't know about the system at all, to make sure that you understand what is their reaction, and to get their feedback on how things can be improved," he told reporters.

So do commuters know what to do during an emergency?

"Don't know," one told our reporter.

"Not very sure," said another.

"I would press the emergency button and listen to the adults' instructions and exit through the emergency exits," said a young commuter.

Commuters still unsure about what to do during an emergency can pick up one of the useful pamphlets avaliable at the information counters of all MRT stations.

At the end of the day, the Transport Minister says it is the people who will make an impact against terrorism.

Mr Yeo said: "There have been an increasing number of feedback from the public about suspicious objects that they see within the train or within the station. And I think that's good, better to be safe than to be afraid of looking stupid."

This is something commuters are told everytime they board the trains or buses. - CNA /ch

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Posted: 08 July 2005 2030 hrs

Singapore steps up security in public transport network
By Valarie Tan, Channel NewsAsia


SINGAPORE : The Central London bomb blasts have prompted the Singapore government to do even more to tighten security on the public transport network.

Acting Prime Minister Dr Tony Tan says increased measures have been put in place, even though there are no specific threat against targets in Singapore.

He said Singapore has, in the last year, tightened security measures in trains, buses and MRT stations and all these have been stepped up.

He said: "We've got better close circuit televisions now. The police have also plain-clothes policemen riding the trains in order to put an extra layer of security. We've taken measures within the MRT stations. For example, there are now no disposal bins or something where people can put bombs in. And this will continue."

Both SBS Transit and SMRT say they will increase checks and security patrols on buses, trains and terminals.

These will include bag checks, and "walk through" checks by staff.

Frontline staff will also be more vigilant while on duty and monitor the closed circuit TVs for suspicious activity.

Dr Tan, who was impressed with London's swift response to the bombings, said that Singapore authorities will work closely with the British to learn what to do in case something similar happens here.

"The Singapore police force is also liaising with their counterparts there and they'll be sending a team to London in order to study how a post-attack management is carried out," he added.

The Public Transport Security Committee, which was set up last year, not only looks into security issues but also how to manage the consequences of an attack on people, and on the economy.

Members of the public have been urged to report suspicious activities to authorities.

Dr Tan said several reports have been made to police. - CNA /ch/ir

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^Yeah saw a security standing outside the MRT exit yesterday.......
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Security as in policemen or security guards?

Security guards are seen checking the bags of commuters more frequently though...

Maybe once a month I see policemen patrolling the platforms.
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Security as in policemen or security guards?

Security guards are seen checking the bags of commuters more frequently though...

Maybe once a month I see policemen patrolling the platforms.
Security guard that looks like policeman..... He was just standing at the entrance looking serious........
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Hahaha.....I guess they would have to build it the Outram way.......my thinking is just an ideal (like city hall & raffles places)...... Dun worry, nothing will crumble......
The 2 lines intersect in a perpendicular way, if they build the CCL platform directly under NSL, if that is possible, it means the line has to make a turn to be parallel with the NSL, then turn again to continue on its way.....Harbourfront NEL and CCL lines seems to meet parallel. i dont know if the CCL station can and will be built directly below NEL station. seems that it isnt.

building stations like Outram Park way actually has benefits also. for e.g., because the 2 lines platforms are quite a distance apart, the station as an interchange is in effect spread over a larger area; for example, prev it is not possible for the EWL Outram park to have an entrance at Police Cantonment Complex. For the Bishan CCL, i think there will be entrance next to current bus interchange or something, and this is not possible for the NSL.
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