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Old September 23rd, 2005, 05:45 PM   #1181
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actually, its more like a universal law
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 05:48 PM   #1182
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an ugly monorail thats old is forgiveable, but a tacky, cheap-looking AND ugly NEW monorail is punishable by death
It's not fitted out yet.
Wait till it's on the tracks...
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Old September 24th, 2005, 04:32 AM   #1183
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Sept 24, 2005
SMRT acts to raise safety awareness

By Goh Chin Lian

AT LEAST once every two days, a commuter falls while riding an MRT station escalator because he fails to hold the handrail or feels giddy.

And at least once every three days, a commuter falls on the station platform, usually while rushing to board a train.

Transport operator SMRT believes many of these accidents can be prevented, and is conveying this message to its train, bus and taxi passengers in a month-long courtesy and safety campaign.

It has planned four public education roadshows starting today at Jurong East station, and over two weekends, at Tampines, Orchard and Woodlands stations.

There are also contests, including one on Oct 2 in which about 500 people will race to complete various courtesy- and safety-related tasks at bus interchanges, taxi stops and train stations.

Transport staff The Straits Times spoke to offered a few tips that can make travel safer.

Bus driver Jairam Sankar, 56, said passengers can help by flagging a bus earlier. 'Sometimes they are deep in thought and they just stand there.'

They should also move to the back of the bus to make room for others to board, he added.

Cabby Eric Chan, 50, said passengers sometimes flag down a taxi at a traffic light junction, ask the cabby to make an illegal U-turn, or demand to be let off at a bus stop.

He tells them such acts are dangerous.

Then, there are those who suddenly ask him to make a right turn. Mr Chan said if he misses the turn, he will make a U-turn and, out of goodwill, waive the charge for the extra distance.

A service operations manager with SMRT Trains, Mr Nasharudin Jantan, 35, also has to constantly remind train passengers to be considerate to others on his daily rounds.

He said he never fails to see people leaning on vertical poles in the train meant for others to hold while standing.

Some sit with their legs wide apart, leaving little room for others beside them.

Then, there are those standing at the station platform who fail to give way to passengers getting off the trains.

'It's a habit,' said Mr Nasharudin. 'They usually stand behind the line when I tell them. But once the train comes in, they will forget about it and rush in.'

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Old September 24th, 2005, 04:34 AM   #1184
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Sept 24, 2005
Orchard Road Saturday ERP from Oct 3 only

By Goh Chin Lian

MOTORISTS can enjoy a few more free rides in Orchard Road next Saturday.

The start of extended Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) in the area has been postponed from Oct 1 to Oct 3. This means motorists who drive into or through the shopping belt next Saturday will not be charged a levy between noon and 8pm.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is aiming to ease traffic jams in Orchard Road by introducing ERP on Saturdays and extending it from 7pm to 8pm on weekdays. The LTA said it decided to introduce the changes on a Monday 'so that motorists are able to get used to the fact that Orchard Road is now a separate ERP cordon which could have different rates from that of the CBD'.

It is setting ERP rates for Orchard Road according to the area's traffic conditions, rather than lumping it with the rest of the Central Business District.

It has scrapped the levies of up to $2.50 charged between 8am and 10am on weekdays. Now there will be no levy before noon in Orchard Road, when traffic is lighter.

Two new gantries are being tested. One is near Handy Road, in front of the former Cathay cinema, the other is next to the YMCA.

For six months, starting Oct 3, the bus lane along Orchard Road will also be off-limits to motorists not only during peak hours, but also off-peak hours. The LTA is trying out the scheme to allow buses to travel faster, in the hope that this will persuade more people to take the bus instead of driving.

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Old September 24th, 2005, 05:14 PM   #1185
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Why so dead?

hmm. how come this forum has becomed so dead? anyway i just read on the newpaper yesterday about this map that shows future stations in sg...

http://tnp.sg/news/story/0,4136,94921,00.html?



(c)tnp ?

anyone has a bigger and clearer and nicer img? =D i think it's starting to look like the tube doesnt it? haha
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Old September 30th, 2005, 05:20 AM   #1186
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Sept 30, 2005
Work restarts on Nicoll Highway MRT station

By Christopher Tan
SENIOR CORRESPONDENT

WORK on the Nicoll Highway MRT station for the Circle Line restarted yesterday, nearly nine months after a change in its location was announced.

Builder Nishimatsu-Lum Chang marked the start of work with an elaborate groundbreaking ceremony featuring a lion dance, rice-tossing and sake-sprinkling - a Japanese blessing - at the site opposite the Concourse building.

And in a conscious effort to distance the work from its disastrous past, Land Transport Authority chief executive Yam Ah Mee, the guest of honour, announced to loud applause that the contract had been renamed - C828 from C824.

Phonetically, the last two digits of 824 sound like 'die easily' in Cantonese, whereas 28 sounds like 'prosper easily'. Observers also pointed out that the Nicoll Highway tragedy happened on April 20, 2004, or 20.04.2004. In Cantonese, four sounds like death.

Work under contract C824 stopped abruptly on the afternoon of April 20 last year, when the original site collapsed, killing four people.

Said Brigadier-General (NS) Yam yesterday: 'This is a new beginning.'

But he said renaming the contract did not mean 'we are forgetting the past. We have learnt a lot from the past.'

Indeed, Mr Masaji Chiba, 55, Nishimatsu's project director, pledged that safety will be of the utmost importance now. He took over from Shun Sugawara, who is facing prosecution for his role in the cave-in.

Mr Chiba, a 34-year Nishimatsu veteran, described the project as 'challenging', but 'as a team, we will bring it to timely completion'.

The project involves rebuilding twin tunnels stretching 1.8km from a point near the Indoor Stadium to a spot across from The Gateway building. They will cross the Kallang Basin, about 25m below ground.

The station's retaining walls will now be permanent structures, measuring 1.5m thick and going as deep as 60m. This is 50 per cent thicker than the failed structures and twice as deep. As a result, the reconstruction will cost about $500 million, Mr Chiba said. This is nearly twice the $273 million bill for the original project.

Following preparatory works, excavation of the station is expected to start in August next year. Work is expected to be completed in 2010.
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Old September 30th, 2005, 03:16 PM   #1187
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30 September 2005

Most cab companies meet quality service standards
By Yvonne Cheong, Channel NewsAsia

Comfort was the safest cab to ride in in Singapore - at least in the first quarter of this year.

This is based on the Traffic Police's investigations on accidents involving taxis during that period.

The taxi company was the only one to meet the standard of having not more than two accidents for every 10 million kilometres travelled.

CityCab, SMRT Taxis, Yellow-Top Cab and Trans-Cab Services met the requirement for two out of the three months.

Premier Taxis and Smart Automobile managed to do so only in one month and will each be fined $1,000.

The accident rate standard is set by the Land Transport Authority.

Generally, most of the companies had improved from the previous quarter.

For radiophone bookings and quality of service, five of the seven taxi companies met the standards set for the period from April to June this year.

These include meeting a call answer rate of at least 90% and a waiting time of ten minutes for the taxis to arrive (for at least 85% of the time).

Trans-Cab was fined $7,290 while Smart Automobile was fined $8,400 for not meeting some of the requirements.

Their fines were also double what were imposed in the previous quarter - which was $3,000 for Trans-Cab and $4,000 for Smart.

CityCab did better this time round after having to pay a penalty of $24,600 in the first quarter. - CNA/ir

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Old October 6th, 2005, 01:12 AM   #1188
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Oct 6, 2005
COEs tumble, sending car prices to 1980s levels

By Christopher Tan
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CERTIFICATE of Entitlement (COE) premiums tumbled yesterday, and dragged car prices down along with them.

Now, car prices are at levels they were in 1980s, before the COE scheme to control the vehicle population took effect.

As a measure of how far they have fallen, consider this: A 1,600 cc Nissan Sunny now costs $47,000. Just five years ago, that amount would have only bought you a COE.

The fall in prices came about after COEs tumbled to their lowest levels since 1991. A COE for cars up to 1,600 cc now costs $11,991 - a fall of $3,318 over the last tender exercise - while those for cars above 1,600 cc now cost $11,002, or $3,806 lower.

The Open category, used exclusively for cars, closed $3,699 lower at $12,000.

The plunge came about because there are now a record number of COEs available. The Land Transport Authority released more certificates after a review showed that more people were scrapping their cars than expected. With more cars scrapped, more COEs are made available.

In the latest exercise, 5,500 car COEs - 20 per cent more than in the previous exercise - were available. Hence the drop in prices.

Car dealers reduced prices in tandem. Japanese favourites in the 1.5- and 1.6-litre ranges from Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi are now starting at below $50,000.

Prices of big cars followed suit.

A two-litre Toyota seven-seater now costs $82,388. In 2003, that kind of money would have only bought you a 1.6-litre Corolla.

The low COE prices caught some dealers off-guard, though. They will have to refund customers who secured certificates, with amounts as high as $3,000.

This is how it works: Dealers usually set a bidding level for COEs for prospective customers.

This level represents - but is often not - the minimum amount a dealer will bid for a certificate, and forms part of the car price.

If the COE price falls below this level, the dealer refunds the difference to the customer.

In the case of Tan Chong, the Nissan agent, the rebate level was set at $14,000. This means it has to refund more than $2,000 to each customer.

Based on average sales, Tan Chong's bill for the rebate could hit $2 million.

But will the good times last for car buyers? Probably so.

The low car prices are likely to draw more buyers to showrooms, causing an increase in the COE price. But this increase is unlikely to be significant, and will not last for long, dealers told The Straits Times.

In addition, because more COEs are usually available between this month and next March, prices can be expected to fall a little further once the initial spike cools off.

As Mr Steve Poh, sales manager of Volvo dealer S M Motors, said: 'It's the right time to buy. At $11,000, how much lower can COEs go?'

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Old October 10th, 2005, 02:45 AM   #1189
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Oct 10, 2005
Red line in Orchard Road marks longer bus lane hours
If successful, scheme to ease congestion could be extended to other areas, says LTA

AN EXTRA red line - the only one of its kind in Singapore - marks the new extended hours for the bus lane in Orchard Road.

The lane is out of bounds to motorists from 7.30am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, excluding public holidays.

Motorists caught using the lane between Paterson Road and Dhoby Ghaut during the forbidden hours can be fined $130.

The move is an attempt to improve traffic flow in the shopping belt, and is part of a six-month trial that started last Monday.

If successful, the scheme could be extended to more locations, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has said.

Bus lanes were introduced in 1974 to give buses a dedicated right of way during the morning and evening peak hours.

By extending the restriction to off-peak hours, the LTA hopes motorists will switch to using public transport for some of their trips to ease congestion in Orchard Road.

It has said that traffic along the road slows to less than 20kmh after noon on weekdays and Saturdays 'till as late as 8pm'.

Measures to ease congestion include changing the traffic flow in Orchard Link and Bideford Road, and stepping up monitoring in the area against illegal stopping or parking.

Images of errant vehicles are captured on traffic cameras and sent to the Traffic Police for action.

In August, 97 vehicles were issued summonses for offences made at Orchard Link and one at Bideford Road.

The LTA has also introduced Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) on Saturdays and extended it from 7pm to 8pm on weekdays.

By setting ERP rates for Orchard Road according to the area's traffic conditions, rather than lumping it with the rest of the Central Business District, the LTA has also scrapped levies of up to $2.50 previously charged between 8am and 10am on weekdays.

There is now no levy before noon in Orchard Road, when traffic is lighter.

The ERP rates will be reviewed next month.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 01:11 PM   #1190
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Oct 17, 2005
Bus, train-fare cheats face tougher penalties

THE Government will introduce a penalty fee system for those caught for fare evasion on bus and rail services.

This is a new measure over and above those already provided for in the Public Transport Council (PTC) Act.

Parliament has approved amendments to the Act which allows the PTC to impose a penalty fee of $20 for the underpayment and non-payment of fares; and $50 for the abuse of fare concessions.

Such a penalty fee system has already been implemented in cities such as London and Sydney.

Fare evasion will constitute an offence only if a fare evader refuses to pay the penalty fee.

Fare evaders who refuse to pay the penalty fee can be subject to a composition fine of up to $500 or face court action.

Offenders convicted in court for the first time will be liable to pay a court fine not exceeding $1,000.

Repeat and recalcitrant offenders will be liable, upon conviction, for fines of up to $2,000 or up to 6 months' imprisonment or both.

Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said that without a provision for a penalty fare, ticket inspectors can only require fare evaders when caught to pay the correct fare.

This, coupled with the very low possibility of being caught, does not provide much deterrence against cheating.

Even in the case of rail, where passengers have to enter and exit through fare gates, operators have encountered cases of underpayment, non-payment and abuse of concessions.

Mr Yeo said Public Transport Operators estimate that fare evasion on buses occurs on about 1.8 per cent of passenger trips.

Even though this figure may appear to be low, he said fare evasion should not be condoned.

Otherwise, the majority of commuters who pay the correct fares will be subsidising the small minority who abuse concession passes, avoid paying or intentionally underpay fares.
The changes will empower PTC to set penalty fees and regulate the imposition and enforcement of penalty fees.

Mr Yeo said commuters can appeal to the PTC if they feel that the penalty fee has been unjustly imposed.

The Minister was not convinced by public calls for penalties to be imposed on transport operators for over-charging.

He told Parliament that over-charging occurs when system faults on trunk bus services result in incorrect fare stages being updated.

It is not a deliberate attempt by the operators to cheat commuters.

He assured MPs that operators do not profit from such system faults.

On the contrary, they are penalised, as they have to absorb the revenue losses from undercharging, whilst commuters who are overcharged can get a full fare refund or a voucher for a free bus ride.

He said cases of wrongful deduction of bus fares have fallen drastically to only 0.006 per cent.

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Old October 18th, 2005, 06:24 PM   #1191
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One of my friends told me that SMRT is in process of upgrading older trains. Any pictures of upgraded trains?
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Old October 20th, 2005, 03:37 AM   #1192
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It took Hong Kong MTR 25 years or so before deciding to finally upgrade their rolling stock which was supposed to last 30 years on average. Singapore's SMRT rolling stock is only 18 years old. Then again, its always good if they decide to FINALLY upgrade now.

No older generation train has been seen to be installed with the Visual Passenger Information System yet, an obvious sign of an upgrade in progress.

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Old October 20th, 2005, 10:40 AM   #1193
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When did the upgrading complete.
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Old October 21st, 2005, 06:52 AM   #1194
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Old October 25th, 2005, 11:05 AM   #1195
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Rennovation needed for orchard underpass

I think the Land Transport Authority should make some rennovations for the hot Orchard Underpass to repair those spoilt aircons.
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Old October 25th, 2005, 03:26 PM   #1196
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Special Train Service On North East Line
Between Outram Park And Harbourfront Stations
On 30 October 2005


As part of the Circle Line construction, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be carrying out works in the tunnels at the HarbourFront Station. To facilitate the works, it is necessary to close Platform A (south-bound) of HarbourFront Station on Sunday, 30 October 2005.

Commuters travelling to HarbourFront Station on 30 October 2005 will have to alight at Outram Park Station to take a special train service from Platform B to HarbourFront Station.

Commuters travelling from HarbourFront Station to other stations will have to alight at Outram Park to board the train service bound for Punggol at Platform B to continue with the rest of their journey.

SBS Transit Ltd will operate a special train service between Outram Park and HarbourFront stations at every 13 minutes on 30 October 2005. Train service will continue to operate as usual on the North East Line between Outram Park and Punggol stations.

In the unlikely event that the works cannot be completed in time, the special train service will continue to operate between Outram Park and HarbourFront stations on Monday, 31 October 2005.

Notices will be put up at train stations and announcements will be made to advise commuters about the service arrangement on 30 October 2005. Customer service officers will also be at Outram Park and HarbourFront stations to assist commuters.

LTA and SBS Transit Ltd apologise for the inconvenience caused.
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SMRT LAUNCHES EXCITING 'RIDE SMRT & WIN' PROMOTION
FOR ITS ENTIRE TRANSPORT NET WORK


1. SMRT has today, 21 October 2005, launched the 'Ride SMRT & Win' Promotion at City Hall Station, to encourage commuters to travel with SMRT and to reward them, following the success of last year's SMRT Ride-for-Free Countdown Promotion.

2. The highlight of the six-month promotion is that commuters travelling on SMRT's entire transport network - MRT, BPLRT, buses and taxis will be eligible for the lucky draws.

3. From 1 November 2005 to 30 April 2006, commuters who make valid ez-link trips on SMRT trains, buses, BPLRT, or current bookings with SMRT Taxis will automatically stand to win Samsung products and Goldheart Jewelry vouchers worth more than S$100,000. Moreover, commuters who choose to pre-register their ez-link card number with SMRT before 1 November will stand to win additional prizes in two special draws in December and May, on top of being notified should they win.

4. City Hall Station was abuzz with activity, as more than 10 street mascots wearing oversized Samsung TV headgears distributed flyers and registration forms to commuters. And for the first time ever, the concourse level was adorned with huge aesthetically-pleasing floor stickers measuring 7m x 1.7m.

5. "SMRT is committed to enhancing the travel experience of our commuters, to make their journey with us fun and exciting. The 'Ride SMRT & Win' Promotion is our first commuter promotion that spans our entire transport network, and it is organised to encourage and reward all who choose to ride with us," said Ms Saw Phaik Hwa, CEO and President of SMRT.

6. Commuters can pre-register online at www.ridesmrtandwin.com, or send an SMS to 97375608 in the following format: 9-digit ez-link card no.<space>Name<space>NRIC/passport no. Registration forms can also be obtained from any SMRT station or bus interchange.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 01:53 PM   #1198
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Door Closing Chime of Singapore MRT train

Does anybody want to get some sound files of SMRT Trains? I will post some links to let you download in the coming days if there are many people want them.
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