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Old October 27th, 2005, 01:48 AM   #1201
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Old October 28th, 2005, 08:44 AM   #1202
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Old October 29th, 2005, 04:04 AM   #1203
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Oct 29, 2005
Retail plan for MRT stations picks up speed

NEXT stop, Dhoby Xchange mall. Passengers are advised to bring cash or carry credit cards.

Train operator SMRT Corp's plans to turn its network of 51 MRT stations into a retail paradise are gaining momentum after a slow start.

Announced in 2003 by chief executive Saw Phaik Hwa, a veteran retailer, the plan calls for expanding and glamorising retail space in MRT stations, and is expected to boost SMRT's rental income by 50 per cent or $10 million a year.

SMRT leases space within the MRT network from the Government at a nominal fee, and charges shopkeepers as much as $10,000 each in monthly rent.

It has about 20,000 sq m of lettable space - occupied by more than 230 shops - yielding $20 million a year in rental revenue.

'Our objective is to enhance the quality of lives of commuters by providing them a new travel experience,' said an SMRT spokesman, adding the rental would also defray operating costs 'to mitigate fares' and 'increase shareholder value'.

The first major makeover, at the Raffles Place interchange, was completed in February. Branded Raffles Xchange, its leasable space rose from 1,700 sq m to 2,600 sq m.

Next on the list is Dhoby Xchange, at Dhoby Ghaut interchange, which will become a sizeable MRT mall when it is ready next year. Following that will be Tanjong Pagar Xchange, expected to be the largest of the three 'Xchanges'.

Stations like Eunos, Simei, Tampines and Pasir Ris will also be revamped next year, followed by Bugis, Tiong Bahru, Khatib, Expo, Kranji, Paya Lebar and Redhill 'over the next two to three years'.

SMRT has earmarked about $20 million for its retail project, which will increase lettable space by over 4,000 sq m in three years.

Commuters are ambivalent, though. Spa supervisor Christopher Toh, 36, said: 'Sometimes I wish the shops weren't there. They can be obstructive to traffic.'

Entrepreneur Lau Sau Kuen, in her 30s, said that shops do provide some convenience 'when I need to pick up light groceries, breakfast or something from the pharmacy', although commuters are 'often in a hurry and not in the frame of mind to shop'.

'But if the shops are interesting, I might check them out on weekends,' she added.

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Old October 29th, 2005, 01:25 PM   #1204
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October 29 2005
ComfortDelGro buys second bus company in China's Shenyang

Transport operator ComfortDelGro is expanding its operations in northeast China.

It's buying a second bus company in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province.

Comfort will pay some S$73.2 million to acquire Shenyang Passenger Transport.

The latest purchase brings Comfort's total investment in Shenyang to over S$120 million, making it the largest operator there with a 40% share of the market.

Shenyang Passenger is the city's largest public bus with rights to 50 bus routes and over 1,200 buses.

Comfort already has a bus venture and taxi services in Shenyang. - CNA/ir

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Old November 2nd, 2005, 01:37 AM   #1205
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Nov 2, 2005
SBS takes fresh look at providing real-time bus info

By Goh Chin Lian

PLANS to provide commuters with real-time information on bus arrivals have flopped at least twice, but that is not stopping SBS Transit from trying again.

The transport operator is looking for a system that can give its passengers current bus arrival and departure times, as well as information on bus routes, via the Internet, cellphone, personal digital assistant (PDA) and other channels, a spokesman told The Straits Times.

At the moment, SBS is looking for a supplier for the system, which will be based on an existing bus fleet management system that relies on real-time data to pinpoint the positions of its 2,400-plus scheduled buses.

The company did not want to say how the system would be of use to commuters, who make more than two million rides a day on SBS Transit buses.

Neither did it want to indicate how soon the project would take off, or how much it would cost.

The idea of supplying real-time information on bus arrival times has been around for a decade.

In a 1996 White Paper outlining the Land Transport Authority's (LTA) vision of a world-class public transport service, the LTA envisaged a system that would be available at bus stops, over the phone, on Teleview, or via the lnternet and enable commuters to 'plan the timing of their trips from home'.

It conducted several small-scale trials in 1995, 1997 and 1999, putting sensors on a few buses and displaying their arrival times at some bus stops.

In October 1997, SBS announced its own satellite-tracking system, the $100 million SBS OnTime system, which would use display units at 1,000 bus stops.

It said the system would not only allow it to better manage its fleet, but also alleviate commuter anxiety.

Some commuters complained the money could be better spent elsewhere, such as on disabled-friendly buses.

A year later, SBS pulled the plug on the project, saying it was not satisfied with the development of the system.

The following year, LTA took up the idea.

It wanted to integrate the fleet management systems that bus companies were developing on their own and add a new feature that would predict bus arrival times.

But the LTA and bus operators severely underestimated the complexity of the $40.3 million project.

The computer software to interface the different systems turned out to be complicated, resulting in delays. LTA canned the project in 2003.

SMRT, which operates about 800 buses, says it will make a 'careful assessment of the cost effectiveness of the real-time bus arrival information system to ensure the prudent use of resources'.

Mr Ong Kian Min, chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport, said commuters would find the real-time information useful, especially if a bus were delayed in a traffic jam. He said bus operators, and not the LTA, should be providing this information.

Mr Gerard Ee, chairman of the Public Transport Council, said: 'Commuters will welcome the additional information to plan their trips, as long as it does not translate into increased fares.

'If this can be done, it could also encourage people to switch over from cars.'

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Old November 2nd, 2005, 02:23 PM   #1206
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ITS ABOUT TIME! Taipei has them, Tokyo has them, London has them, even Kaohsiung has them........................................& they are cities far larger than Singapore, meaning harder to implement but yet they pulled it off.
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Official Singapore MRT & LRT System Map (Includes All Future Projects Under Construction Except Circle Line Downtown Extension).
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Old November 11th, 2005, 12:27 AM   #1208
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Nov 11, 2005
Buangkok MRT station may open in January

By Goh Chin Lian

TWO years of lobbying by grassroots leaders in Punggol South may finally have paid off, with plans underway to open Buangkok MRT station in January.

The Straits Times understands that Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong could reveal the details officially tomorrow.

The station would have opened only in 2008, based on the Land Transport Authority's previous guideline that there must be 2,000 to 3,000 housing units within 400m of a station to justify opening it.

But Mr Yeo indicated in August that the guideline was not set in stone.

He said the 400m radius could be extended to 500m and the station could open as long as there were close to 2,000 units within that larger area.

Based on figures from Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council, there are already about 2,300 units within 500m of the station.

Asked to comment on the plans to open the station, the authorities, plus transport operator SBS Transit and even the usually vocal Pasir-Punggol GRC MP Charles Chong were keeping quiet.

But sources told The Straits Times the go-ahead has been given.

Before the station can open, operational trials have to be conducted, including ensuring that the trains stop properly at the station. When The Straits Times visited the station earlier this week, maintenance staff were working inside and the ticketing machines were switched on.

The opening of the station should bring an end to a two-year saga that started in June 2003, when SBS announced, four days before opening the $4.6 billion North-east Line, that Buangkok station would stay closed.

Many residents in the area felt cheated, particularly those who had bought a home in the belief that the station would open. Instead they have to walk, cycle or take a feeder bus to Hougang or Sengkang stations if they want to use the MRT.

Mr Chong and his grassroots leaders lobbied SBS to change its mind, producing polls which showed people were willing to walk more than 400m to the station, but SBS rejected the findings.

Several ministers spoke publicly on the issue and held out the promise that the station would open once more people moved in.

Unconvinced, someone placed eight cut-outs of white elephants on a road divider outside the station before a minister's visit in August, sparking a public debate about protesting and political expression, and ending with the culprit receiving a stern warning from the police.

So is the planned opening of the station a sweetener for the upcoming general election?

Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport, Mr Ong Kian Min, did not think so.

'It's coincidental,' he said. 'There's been a lot of pressure for them to open Buangkok station. The pressure has been piling up. It's good for them to review and make a decision.'

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Old November 12th, 2005, 04:42 AM   #1209
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Nov 12, 2005
It's confirmed: Buangkok station opens in Jan

By Goh Chin Lian

TRANSPORT Minister Yeo Cheow Tong yesterday confirmed that Buangkok MRT station will finally open in January next year - 2 1/2 years after the rest of the North-East Line.

The decision, which confirms a report in Thursday's Straits Times, comes after appeals from the local MP and residents, and even a public protest.

It reverses the Land Transport Authority's recent review, which concluded that there would not be enough people living in the area to warrant opening the station until 2008.

Still, in a statement yesterday, the Transport Ministry said the LTA had recommended the station be opened early to better serve residents of recently-completed housing developments nearby.

It will also 'provide additional public transport choices for residents in Hougang North and Sengkang South', the ministry said.

Transport operator SBS Transit said it had agreed to the opening in light of declining losses from its rail operations. The number of people taking the North-East Line has risen steadily, with average daily ridership passing the 200,000 mark last month.

It also expects ridership to increase in March, when over 400 Housing Board units in the area will be ready.

Mr Yeo denied the Government had pressured SBS to open the station.

'We have left it to them... This has to be a commercial decision because there is no way we are going to step in to offset any losses.'

Asked if the opening of the station was a sweetener for the upcoming general election, Mr Yeo said it had more to do with tireless appeals from Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Charles Chong.

The timing of the opening, he said, was a coincidence.

Ms Malathi Maratheyah, 29, a conference producer, is glad the wait is over. She bought her four-room flat in Hougang Street 51 three years ago and walks to Hougang station because she feels the feeder bus is not frequent enough.

'It's troublesome to walk all the way to Hougang station. It takes 15 minutes, and that's a fast walk. It will take me only five to 10 minutes to walk to Buangkok station.'

Mr Chong had only words of gratitude yesterday.

'I would like to give our thanks to SBS Transit and the various authorities for reconsidering the case,' he said.

'I want to thank all grassroots activists and residents who have facilitated in one way or another the opening of the station.

'I want to express my thanks to residents for their patience.'

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Old November 12th, 2005, 03:21 PM   #1210
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Buangkok Station To Open In January 2006

11 November 2005 – Next stop, Buangkok station.

The station along the North East Line (NEL) will open its doors for revenue service in January 2006.

The opening, which comes two-and-a-half years after the official launch of NEL, had been delayed because of the lack of housing development in the vicinity. The Land Transport Authority had earlier projected that there should be a minimum of about 2,000 dwelling units completed within a 400m radius to sustain the opening of Buangkok station.

And while that figure has yet to be reached, a steady rise in NEL ridership coupled with significant cost control efforts, have made it possible for SBS Transit to open the station for public service.

Mr Ong Boon Leong, Executive Director, SBS Transit said, “For the past 2½ years, we have been closely monitoring the developments around Buangkok station. At the same time, we have not been sitting idle and have been looking at ways to keep costs low so as to enable us to open the station earlier. I am glad to say we have been successful in this,” he said.

Since the commencement of service, losses at SBS Transit’s rail operations have narrowed considerably. Ridership on NEL has also been growing steadily and for the first time saw an average daily ridership for the month surpassing the 200,000-mark in October.

These factors, coupled with the fact that over 400 dwelling units under the first phase of the Coris project are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2006, have made it possible for SBS Transit to open Buangkok station.

The exact date of the opening will be announced at a later date after equipment checks and changes to the system maps are completed.

The station will be opened daily from 0530hrs to 0035hrs with the first train leaving the station at 0546hrs and last train arriving at 0022hrs. The train service frequency is targetted at 4 mins during peak hours and 6.5 mins during non-peak hours. The fare will be pegged to distance, following the existing fare structure with the rest of the stations in NEL.

Bus Services 27 and 43 will continue to serve Buangkok station.
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Clarification,

A light rail system is a tram like system, just that it has a certain degree of technology which is higher of that of a tram, there are no proper light rail systems in Singapore currently, all the systems in Singapore are either heavy rail or people mover systems.
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Clarification,

A light rail system is a tram like system, just that it has a certain degree of technology which is higher of that of a tram, there are no proper light rail systems in Singapore currently, all the systems in Singapore are either heavy rail or people mover systems.
The government calls it light rapid transit. KL also calls their metro LRT although its heavy rail. The definition of light rail transit is rather bluured though. To my understanding, the Vancouver skytrain may be called LRT too.
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Old November 14th, 2005, 02:03 PM   #1213
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14 November 2005

Bombardier opens new regional office in Singapore

SINGAPORE : Transportation manufacturer Bombardier has opened a new regional office in Singapore in a bid to gain market share in this region.

Bombardier is the world's largest train equipment maker and the third largest aircraft maker, after Airbus and Boeing.

Currently, Asia accounts for less than 10 percent of Bombardier's rail business.

But the company says it is confident of raising that to as much as 25 percent, as regional economies continue to grow.

For Singapore, Bombardier sees a market potential of S$2 billion annually over the next 15 years, as the country expands its train network islandwide.

Said Rauno Boga, general manager (Asia), Bombardier, "Singapore is very low on procurement at the moment because you have basically no main line traffic; you have only mass transit traffic -- MRTs and LRTs. At the moment, Singapore is busy building the Circle Line and I think it will take two to three years before they go for new procurement. So for next two years, Singapore will not be very significant.

"However, there are all the other Asian countries that are expanding -- Hong Kong, Taiwan, even Thailand is investing again and that's our target."

As for its aircraft business, Bombardier says it aims to double its sales in this region to 400 aircraft within the next five years.

Going forward, it expects Asia to contribute 30 percent of its global aircraft sales.

Said Tony Romano, director (regional aircraft), Bombardier, "The Asia Pacific region holds great potential for Bombardier regional aircraft, not only with our current product offering but also a new aircraft that we are currently offering to our customers called the C series. That is a 110 to 130 seat aircraft, which we believe the low-cost carriers are going to be attracted to because of its range and its low operating cost." - CNA /ct

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whats main line traffic?
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Old November 25th, 2005, 11:34 AM   #1215
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I am guessing intercity rail services, something we will never have.
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Old November 26th, 2005, 03:37 PM   #1217
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Singapore Mass Rapid Transit
- 3 Lines
- 109.4 Kilometres
- 63 Operational Stations
- 2 Stations Constructed But Not Opened

Singapore Light Rapid Transit
- 3 Lines
- 31 Operational Stations
- 12 Stations Constructed But Not Opened
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Observations
- ''Palawan Station'' located directly above ''Beach Car Park''.
- Most of the monorail viaduct, including the power rail, as well as all stations, have been generally completed. What's left are the station interior finishes, surrounding landscaping and electrical works.
- Part of the viaduct leading to VivoCity has not been completed yet.
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Old November 26th, 2005, 04:44 PM   #1219
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^ Great....ready for operation next year.....
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Nov 27, 2005
TOP OF THE NEWS
Top bus woes: Long wait and overcrowding

By K.C. Vijayan

BUS commuters have two major complaints: they are waiting too long for the bus and resent having to squeeze into overcrowded buses, the latest public transport survey shows.

The bus passenger satisfaction survey of some 1,000 regular bus passengers islandwide also shows a dip in the overall satisfaction level for bus services.

The rating, on a scale of one to 10, slipped to 6.4 this year, from 6.86 last year.

Commuters polled in the annual survey - commissioned by the Public Transport Council (PTC), the industry regulator - said bus companies need to shape up on these two fronts. They want shorter waiting times and less overcrowding on buses.

These grouses are not new - they were among the top four bugbears in last year's survey, the first one conducted. It was the same story in a 2003 audit of bus service standards by the council.

'I get tired of having to wait for 15 minutes,' said marketing executive Johnny Koh, 35. 'What's worse, sometimes the driver drives slowly.'

So, why has it taken so long to lick these problems?

PTC chairman Gerard Ee told The Sunday Times yesterday that commuters cannot expect a 'miracle' and said motorists had to do their part by staying out of the bus lanes at peak hours.

He said: 'There is a lot of room for improvement, but to put all the blame on bus operators would be grossly unfair as there are 1,001 factors to be considered.

'We have to keep pushing at it. I don't think this report will produce a miracle, but the surveys help us to look at areas to tweak as we go along and improve.'

He said the PTC intends to sit down with bus operators and explore ways to tackle the situation.

But things should get better with recent changes, he added.

For one, the Land Transport Authority has introduced, as a pilot project - an all-day bus lane system on busy Orchard Road to improve the traffic flow. If it is successful, it may be extended to other roads.

Both the bus companies - SBS Transit and SMRT Buses - said they would look at the survey to see how they can improve.

SBS Transit, which controls 75 per cent of the business, said it has made several improvements, such as introducing eight new services this year and lengthening the routes of another four to cover more areas.

Spokesman Tammy Tan said that traffic congestion is not predictable and is beyond the firm's control, but said the company would work with the authorities to see what more can be done to give buses priority on the roads.

An SMRT spokesman said the company would continue to try and match commuter demand.

Despite the bugbears, the survey also had positive results.

For instance, seven out of 10 commuters were more than satisfied with the services. Almost nine in 10 felt fares were affordable, up from seven in 10 last year.

But commuters The Sunday Times interviewed yesterday want more.

Clerk Tham Ngan Chan, 55, said courteous bus drivers do not quite make up for having to wait 15 minutes for the bus, which takes her from Jurong to her workplace.

Ms Catherine Tan, 45, a customer service officer who waits 20 minutes for her bus in the morning, said she has grown weary of surveys. 'We have them all the time,' she said. 'But after the surveys, the improvements are slight.'

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