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Old July 11th, 2005, 02:38 PM   #1141
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Most SMRT buses now come fitted with LED displays in its interiors. Seems like in the near future we are going to see ''Next Stop, B01 Bras Basah Road'' or ''Next Stop, After Singapore History Museum'' or something like that while we are travelling in the buses...like how we are already used to seeing ''Next Station, NE4 Chinatown'' on the LED displays in trains already... After all, buses are already fitted with GPS and bus stops have been labelled, and the fact that they installed these...it seems only natural that this would likely be the use of such displays...

All we need now are wheelchair friendly buses. Damned LTA. Invest in these buses already, sooner or later they have to anyway. They can't avoid it...
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Old July 17th, 2005, 12:24 PM   #1143
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Old July 17th, 2005, 12:52 PM   #1144
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how come its not shiny in this pic? i always thought it was shiny
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Old July 17th, 2005, 12:56 PM   #1145
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how come its not shiny in this pic? i always thought it was shiny
I think it's becos it's a gloomy day......(the reflection from the sun makes it shiny....)....
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Old July 17th, 2005, 01:09 PM   #1146
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SMRT Stations Installed With Passenger Lifts
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Old July 17th, 2005, 01:14 PM   #1147
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Third Generation Automatic Fare Gates Used In Stations Along The North East Line & CG2 Changi Airport Station.
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Old July 17th, 2005, 01:17 PM   #1148
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Retrofitted Tactile Guidance System Used In SMRT Stations
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Old July 17th, 2005, 01:18 PM   #1149
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Kawasaki Heavy Industries & Nippon Sharyo 751B Cars Arriving At CG1 Expo Station
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Old July 17th, 2005, 01:21 PM   #1150
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The Tunnel Entrance/Exit To/From CG2 Changi Airport Station (Longest SMRT Tunnel)
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I heard the new SMRT's station anouncement today for the passenger using the lift.
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Old July 17th, 2005, 06:00 PM   #1152
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is that the longest tunnel? like longest tunnel between stations or what? how about those in teh city?
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Old July 18th, 2005, 12:54 PM   #1153
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City Hall Raffle place important interchange station plus many underground busy station no have lift. The city hall/raffle place station lift cannot go directly from concourse level to the lowest platform level right? or can?
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maybe is talking about longest tunnel in between station
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Old July 20th, 2005, 11:08 AM   #1155
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July 20, 2005
Cabbies' take-home pay drops as fuel costs soar

TAXI drivers have to work harder today to maintain their previous income levels, as a result of rising fuel costs.

The price of diesel rose by 48 per cent over the past two years.

But as fares have not changed much in the last five years, drivers have had to absorb these extra costs, Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong acknowledged in Parliament yesterday.

But he said it was 'up to companies to decide on what is the appropriate taxi fare level that will allow their drivers to earn a fair and decent income and at the same time, attract enough customers'.

He was replying to Madam Cynthia Phua (Aljunied GRC), who was concerned that more taxi drivers were unable to earn enough to pay their monthly rentals.

Mr Yeo said he was aware of that, but noted that the number of drivers who defaulted was less than 1 per cent per month. Taxi rental rates remained relatively stable, at around $90 a day.

There are 21,400 taxis in Singapore and 95,000 licensed taxi drivers.

He highlighted that average takings have improved over the last three years.

In one month, drivers on a single shift collect $5,780, up from $5,440 in 2002. Those on two shifts collect $7,940, up from $7,450 in 2002.

But their take-home pay has declined considerably.

Drivers on a single shift were taking home $1,880 for a single shift, down from $2,270 in 2002. Those on two shifts made $3,580, down from $3,980 in 2002.

And diesel costs now make up 34 per cent of the cost of running a taxi, up from 25 per cent in 2003. Drivers spend around $40 a day on diesel and parking.

Taxi companies have helped drivers offset this with bonuses and reliefs. Recently, three companies increased the peak-hour booking fee. Mr Yeo said he wasn't sure this would be enough to offset the fuel price rise.

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Old July 22nd, 2005, 10:14 AM   #1156
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22 July 2005

SMRT announces taxi fare changes after Comfort's move
By Johnson Choo, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : It will soon cost the same to take taxis in Singapore, regardless of which taxi company you choose.

A week after ComfortDelGro adjusted fares on for its Comfort, City-Cab and Yellow-Top taxis, SMRT announced a similar structure, which will take effect from August 1.

SMRT says the changes will help increase taxi hirers' income.

The new fare structure is as follows:

- The flag-down fare for Mercedes and London limousine taxis will rise by 20 cents to S$2.60;

- The rate of 10 cents for every 30 seconds of waiting is adjusted to 10 cents for every 25 seconds;

- A S$4 booking fee during peak hours (7.30am to 9.30am / 5.00pm to 11pm); S$2.50 for all other times. The advance booking fee of S$5.20 remains;

- A S$1 CBD Surcharge will be levied Monday to Thursday from 5.00pm to 8.00pm, and Friday to Saturday from 5.00pm to 11.30pm;

- A staggered midnight surcharge will also be levied.

To reward its customers, SMRT will also launch a three-month promotion until 31 October.

During that period, booking fees for normal taxis will be S$3.60 instead of S$4 during peak hours, and S$2 for off-peak hours.

The staggered midnight surcharge between 11.30pm to 11.59pm will also be waived. – CNA /ct

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Old July 23rd, 2005, 02:03 AM   #1157
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July 23, 2005
Bid for underground walkway to Orchard MRT, Far East Plaza

THE Scotts Shopping Centre project will likely be linked via an underground passage to Orchard MRT station and the walkway could go all the way to Goodwood Park Hotel.

Wheelock Properties (Singapore) chief executive David Lawrence told The Straits Times yesterday the link to the MRT station will be through the basement of Tangs department store.

'We may take the basement link all the way along Scotts Road, into the Grand Hyatt hotel, possibly into Far East Plaza. It could even go to the Goodwood Park Hotel, although it has no redevelopment plans now,' he added.

While he is keen, he concedes that linking all the way to Far East Plaza may be 'a bit more difficult', as it requires the consent of many owners.

Wheelock is now in preliminary discussions with the Government and adjoining owners about building the underground passage.

The Government has encouraged Orchard Road malls to link up to make the street more pedestrian-friendly, as part of a plan to make the shopping street one of the world's greatest.

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Old July 28th, 2005, 02:42 PM   #1158
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July 28, 2005
Buangkok MRT: New poll fails to move SBS
Company questions findings of latest grassroots survey

By Goh Chin Lian

GRASSROOTS leaders in Punggol South are making a fresh bid to have Buangkok MRT station opened, even though the authorities say there are still too few homes within 400m of it to generate enough passengers.

They polled 495 residents who walk to the Punggol station to debunk transport operator SBS Transit's argument that few people who live more than 400m from an MRT station would walk to it daily.

The survey showed that 363 commuters walk more than 400m to it and that 295 make the journey at least five times a week.

But the results have failed to move SBS, which insisted yesterday that it is still unclear if enough people would make the journey to Buangkok station.

The debate over how far people will walk to take a train came up two years ago, when SBS rejected residents' calls to open Buangkok station with the rest of the $4.6 billion North-East Line.

This was though an earlier poll - which like this one was initiated by Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Charles Chong - showed more than 80 per cent of residents in the 3,584 households within 600m of the station were willing to walk to it.

SBS asked then: 'How many will do that on a daily basis?'

The question came up again two months ago when Mr Chong told Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao the station should open now that 961 new homes have come up near it.

The Land Transport Authority's reply: Not all are within a 400m radius. And despite other homes there, they do not add up to the 2,000 needed for the station to be viable.

Madam Zaiton Hamzah, 44, was one of those surveyed in the latest poll.

She walks more than 800m five times a week from her Edgefield Plains flat to Punggol station to 'exercise and save money'.

Mr Chong told reporters yesterday: 'SBS Transit needs to relook its 400m rule because, in reality, Singaporeans are walking more than 400m, and on a regular basis.'

SBS Transit spokesman Tammy Tan acknowledged there will always be people willing to walk long distances, but said the latest survey does not make it clear if enough will walk more than 400m every day to the station.

She also pointed out that for those who live between Hougang and Buangkok stations, a distance of about 650m to either, 'it would actually be cheaper to walk to Hougang station and take the train from there to town, than to walk to Buangkok station'.

SBS will decide whether to open the station when the area is more built up, she said.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong estimated in 2003 that a critical mass could be reached by this or next August.

But Mr Chong said residents, especially those who live within sight of the station, have been 'reminding' him and his grassroots leaders about getting the station opened.

'Every morning, it grates on them to have to walk and take a bus to a station farther away and incur more cost,' he said. 'The transport fare hike has caused more irritation.'

He added: 'With or without elections coming up, we'd like to see that station open as soon as possible. It was built from public funds and has been completely mothballed.

'Every day it remains closed is a cause for irritation.'

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Old July 28th, 2005, 02:46 PM   #1159
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July 28, 2005
No firm decision yet on N-S highway

IT'S still not a done deal whether the North-South Expressway will be built.

The decider? Just how effective the new evening Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) charges on the Central Expressway (CTE) will be in reducing congestion. The charges kick in next month and will affect motorists heading north on the CTE between 6pm and 8pm.

Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said on TV news yesterday that if the evening ERP charges ease congestion on the CTE, there won't be a need for the proposed highway, which was intended to run almost parallel to the CTE to deal with the daily congestion.

'Maybe it will be built in the next 10 years, maybe not,' Mr Yeo said.

The Government will not rush into the project as it is not only expensive but also complicated, as it would mean having to cut through several nature reserves.

'The Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) cost us quite a few billion dollars. I think the North-South Expressway has to run through all these sensitive areas and will cost us even more.'

A priority for the Transport Ministry right now is to complete the KPE, as it will help alleviate the CTE's congestion. And with an eye to the future, Mr Yeo said Singapore's public transport system would be as extensive as those in London and Paris once the MRT Circle Line opens. It is expected to be running by 2010.

There will also be two new MRT lines linking Marine Parade with Bukit Timah. Once complete, the network will enable people to take an MRT train from the city centre to any corner of the island.

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Old July 30th, 2005, 06:16 AM   #1160
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July 30, 2005
$99.8m for MRT extension

A $99.8 MILLION contract to build the Boon Lay MRT Extension has been awarded to a joint venture of Japanese firm Sato Kogyo and local contractor Greatearth Construction.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) chose them even though the Manpower Ministry is prosecuting a joint venture of Greatearth and construction firm United Engineers for an accident at the Fusionpolis high-tech township in Ayer Rajah last April which killed two workers.

An LTA spokesman said Sato Kogyo, with a 70 per cent share in its joint venture with Greatearth, 'has assured us they will take the lead... in terms of project, safety and technical management'. The spokesman said Sato Kogyo had proposed a 'comprehensive' safety management system for the project.

The company will also provide the key project staff for the 3.8km fully elevated extension of the East-West Line from Boon Lay MRT station.

The Japanese company began construction here in 1981, with Benjamin Sheares Bridge, followed by Bukit Timah Expressway, Central Expressway and North-East MRT Line.

The joint venture beat 13 other contenders with the second lowest bid. The lowest bid was $82.9 million.

The Boon Lay extension is due to be completed in early 2009.

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