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Old February 19th, 2006, 03:33 PM   #1301
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"Please mind the platform gap"

Today when i board the SMRT train, i heard the announcement, "Please mind the platform gap" when arrive the station. Now the SMRT follows SBS Transit using these phrase.
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Old February 20th, 2006, 06:27 AM   #1302
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Not only that, sometimes when a train approaches Woodlands Station on the North South Line, automated announcements with something like ''Service 960 to Kotaraya II Terminal at Woodlands Regional Interchange'' will play. This is only heard on some trains though.

Same goes for the ''Please mind the platform gap'' too, it is only played on certain trains.

They are adding quite a number of new announcements. It all started with them putting back the City Hall Interchange announcements, and the ''Thank you for travelling with SMRT''. They are more or less keeping in line with SBS Transit's trains.

Does anyone think there is a chance that Comfort Delgro (which owns the Comfort & SBS Transit brands, and which is Singapore's most successful public transport company) will buy over SMRT? We have heard stories of SMRT buying the North East Line from SBS Transit, but what about the other way around? After all, Comfort Delgro is rich and successful... Just my two cents worth...nothing much...
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Old February 20th, 2006, 11:41 AM   #1303
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The transcript of the announcement is about like that: "Going to Johor Bahru? You need to take SMRT Cross Border Service Number 950 from Woodlands regional interchange or Marsiling MRT Station to Kotaraya Terminal II". I think that "Please mind the platform gap" annoucement is a little bit long. It is better to use the announcement like the SBS Transit ("Please mind the gap"). I think the word "platform" can be neglected.
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Old February 20th, 2006, 12:57 PM   #1304
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The transcript of the announcement is about like that: "Going to Johor Bahru? You need to take SMRT Cross Border Service Number 950 from Woodlands regional interchange or Marsiling MRT Station to Kotaraya Terminal II". I think that "Please mind the platform gap" annoucement is a little bit long. It is better to use the announcement like the SBS Transit ("Please mind the gap"). I think the word "platform" can be neglected.
Agreed totally!!! Mind the gap is obviously necessary and please is obviously needed so as to sound polite. Platform is so redundant. But its a shock that so many announcements are coming up. Last time they used to say that the capacity of the in train recording system was limited. Guess they have upgraded the system since.
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Old March 4th, 2006, 04:54 AM   #1305
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March 4, 2006
SBS plans another go at real-time bus info system

By Christopher Tan
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SBS Transit is expected to call a tender for a real-time bus information system around the middle of this year.

The company hopes a prototype of the system, which will tell passengers when their bus will arrive, will be up and running by early next year.

Although attempts by SBS Transit and other parties to implement similar systems have flopped in the past 10 years, the company seems more determined to make it work this time around.

SBS Transit, a subsidiary of transport giant ComfortDelGro, called for pre-tender qualifications late last year. Thirteen companies have pre-qualified.

Company spokesman Tammy Tan said the tender may be awarded by the end of the year.

'The system will greatly improve the level of service we provide our commuters,' she added. 'Not only will commuters know the exact time the bus is coming, they may also know why it is late and whether it could be caught in a jam further down the road.

'These are all issues we are looking at. Whether the system will be able to do it and at what cost is something we are evaluating.'

The main obstacle to real-time bus information so far has been cost. In 1997, SBS Transit said it would spend $100 million on a system, only to scrap it the next year. In 2003, the Land Transport Authority pulled the plug on a similar $40 million system it commissioned homegrown IT firm Stratech to deliver.

Today, however, satellite-tracked automated vehicle management systems, which will form the backbone of the project, are more sophisticated and cost-effective.

The Public Transport Council applauded SBS Transit's tenacity.

Council chairman Gerard Ee said: 'We cannot lose sight of it just because it failed to take off before. Technology, as well as the environment, is different today.'

Mr Ee said the system will help ease commuter anxiety.

'Not knowing why a bus is taking so long... will lead to more frustration,' he said.

Mr Ee also wants to 'review all the quality of service standards and to consider whether new ones could be incorporated'.

Currently, bus operators must comply with 22 mandatory standards, relating to things like accessibility, frequency and crowdedness.

On Thursday, Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong told Parliament new service standards will be 'more sensitive to individual incidents of overloading and long waiting time'.

The Public Transport Council is looking at conducting weekly instead of monthly service audits, as monthly audits can mask problem areas.

Elsewhere, Mr Ee said higher traffic volume is contributing to a slowdown in bus services.

There have also been reports that whenever electronic road pricing is introduced on an expressway, neighbouring roads become more congested, holding up buses.

'One thing that's very obvious is that there are many more vehicles on the road now,' he said.

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Old March 4th, 2006, 04:55 AM   #1306
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They are testing the train system very frequently......you can see them running every 5 mins.....
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Old March 4th, 2006, 04:57 AM   #1307
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I prefer bus to train sometimes......more relaxed.....
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Old March 4th, 2006, 01:28 PM   #1308
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depends...for me riding on the bus with numerous stops is more exhausting than the MRT....which is swift.....then again I dont have to make too many stops usually...
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Old March 6th, 2006, 02:54 PM   #1309
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Visited Sentosa today. Apparently stations along the Sentosa Express have platform screen gates installed in them, with about 2 glass entrances/exits per platform.

Also, most of the power supply lines have been installed on the concrete viaducts, except for certain sections (between Merlion Station & Beach Station).

The depot is located beside the Beach Station, above the Beach Car Park.

Beach Station is an integrated transport hub for taxis, Sentosa Blue Line buses, Sentosa Express trains, coach buses, a car park & beach trams, everything under one roof.

2 trains were clearly visible from the ground, one blue train and one green train, both in Sentosa livery.
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Old March 9th, 2006, 05:03 AM   #1310
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If you have a seat, a bus is usually more comfortable.
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Old March 11th, 2006, 04:24 PM   #1311
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Boon Lay MRT extension to have two stations

The Boon Lay MRT extension, which is scheduled to be completed by 2009, will have two MRT stations.

They will be located at Jurong West Street 63 and at Joo Koon Circle.

The names of the stations were revealed by Minister of State for Transport Mrs Lim Hwee Hua at the commencement of works for the $436 million extension.

They are Pioneer Station and Joo Koon Station.

Mrs Lim noted that the stations will be elderly-friendly, offering barrier-free access not just to the wheelchair users but also to the visually impaired.

The new extension will add 3.8 kilometres to the East-West line and travel time to the Jurong Industrial Estate is expected to be cut down by 15 minutes.

A bus journey now from the Boon Lay MRT station to the Jurong Industrial Estate takes between 45 minutes to an hour during peak periods.

Mrs Lim said this improvement would make it easier for employers in that area to attract and retain workers.

Elaborating on the decision to go ahead with the Boon Lay MRT extension, Mrs Lim explained, "Currently, Jurong West is served by two MRT stations - Lakeside and Boon Lay. Residents in this area and those working in the Jurong Industrial Estate are also served by the very busy Boon Lay bus interchange.

"Those of you who use the MRT or bus interchange during the morning and evening peak hours will definitely agree with me that you can feel the pulse and energy of the community just by looking at the throngs of commuters going through them.

"This congested situation is something that both the Ministry and LTA are aware of, and have in fact been monitoring for some years already." - CNA/ir
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Old March 13th, 2006, 12:45 AM   #1312
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March 13, 2006
Groundwork begins for new MRT lines
LTA checks for station locations and soil conditions for Eastern and Bukit Timah lines

By Christopher Tan

THE Land Transport Authority (LTA) has started preliminary work on two new major MRT lines - the Eastern Region Line (ERL) and the Bukit Timah Line (BTL).

They are expected to add about 60km to Singapore's current rail network of 178km.

The ERL will be a 40km rectangular loop around the Jalan Besar area and the East Coast, while the BTL will be a 20km line linking Upper Bukit Timah and the city.

Both will intersect with existing lines as well as the Circle Line, now under construction, and both will flow into the New Downtown.

LTA rail director Lim Bok Ngam told The Straits Times work could begin within six months of the Government giving the final go-ahead on the budget and the alignment of the routes.

When will the green light be given? Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong yesterday said it depended very much on the demand for housing and other developments in those areas, so that there was a viable load factor for the line.

'We don't want to build something that turns out to be under-utilised.' He was speaking to reporters at a community event a day after work started on the latest MRT project, the $436 million Boon Lay MRT extension.

In the meantime, Mr Lim's planners and engineers are already looking at possible station locations, as well as the soil profile and some of the engineering challenges that may crop up along these two lines, he said.

He said the LTA was likely to tackle the two projects in phases, just as it had done with the Circle Line.

The Straits Times understands that the upper loop of the 40km ERL is likely to be built first. This section will pass through the Jalan Besar area and onwards to parts of Bedok and Tampines.

Mr Lim, a 30-year land transport veteran who has long been in charge of road projects, succeeded former rail chief Rajan Krishnan last year. Mr Rajan left the LTA in the aftermath of the Nicoll Highway cave-in in April 2004, in which four people died.

The University of Singapore-trained engineer reckons that if work begins by 2010, when the Circle Line is due to be completed, the Bukit Timah Line will be completed by 2016. By 2020, the first stretch of the Eastern Region Line would be ready.

What's next? There is the Thomson Line, which will be the MRT equivalent of the Central Expressway - the highway that now links northern Singapore and the Central Business District.

There are also plans for a line to thread through the northern housing estates of Woodlands, Punggol, Seletar and Pasir Ris, possibly with a 10km line which will join the existing Punggol and Pasir Ris stations.

By 2030, the Government envisages a rail network of 540km - more extensive than London's 408km Tube system.

Mr Lim is confident this can be achieved. But for now, he is not looking beyond the Bukit Timah and Eastern Regional Lines, as plans do sometimes change.

For instance, the Jurong Region Line, a light rail system originally planned for the same time frame, does not currently seem viable.

In fact, Mr Lim says there are currently 'no plans to expand the LRT network further'.

'If there is a new township that's going to be very heavily built up, we'll do so,' he said. Otherwise, the LRT's role can be fulfilled by feeder buses.

But with more tracks laid, rail ridership will rise. Public transport ridership is now skewed heavily towards buses, which account for 2.5 million daily rides. The trains provide 1.2 million rides a day now. When the Circle Line is up, ridership will go up to 1.5 million a day.

The ERL and BTL may eventually tilt the balance in favour of rail.

All in favour of the BTL is Madam Halimah Yacob - an MP for Jurong GRC whose ward includes the areas around Beauty World Centre in Bukit Timah - as it will ease congestion along Bukit Timah Road.

She added: 'Having an MRT in the area has been the request of shopkeepers and residents there for some time now. So I hope the LTA will speed up in building the line.'

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Old March 13th, 2006, 03:21 AM   #1313
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Thomson Line?
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Old March 13th, 2006, 03:47 PM   #1314
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I have a question:

Are there any future proposals to build transit lines/railway links that would travel from Singapore to Malaysia (and vice-versa)?
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Old March 14th, 2006, 04:56 AM   #1315
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It will be kind of interesting to see some form of metro between Johor and Sing. Island...kind of like the Lo Wu station between HK and PRC.
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Old March 14th, 2006, 01:09 PM   #1316
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I would love to see such a similar arrangement between Singapore & Johor Bahru as well! Imagine a 5 minute station to station commute between Singapore & Malaysia, a smooth, efficient, environmentally friendly and fast ride (bumpy and slow ride if we take the buses).

But the bridge issue isn't even resolved yet so we can forget about such discussions for quite some time.

Furthermore, we can't really be building new tracks over a causeway that might be demolished in the future.
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Old March 15th, 2006, 10:57 AM   #1317
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Seems like they are going to open the new skytrain in 2006!!!!

Here's a model on display at T2


What's on display


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Old March 25th, 2006, 08:34 AM   #1318
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Some people are real funny!

'Mind the platform gap'. Has the gap become wider over the years?

Noise pollution in a city is inevitable but noise in our MRT trains and stations with unnecessary announcements through the public address system is not acceptable. It can and should be eliminated.

In recent weeks, such announcements include "Mind the platform gap". For more than a decade eversince the start of train operations, this announcement was deemed unnecessary. Suddenly, we wretched train commuters are forced to hear it at every station stop.

What has changed? Has the platform gap widened over the years? Have more shoes, slippers, key chains and loose coins dropped through the gap? Have commuters' legs suddenly taken a fancy to slipping into the gap?

As I recall, our MRT platform gap is considered tiny in comparison to other underground train systems like London's where such announcements are necessary.

While on the subject, please also stop the annoying "Do not eat or drink on the trains and stations for the comfort of all" announcements because they lack the power of enforcement.

We know that in highly-regulated Singapore, rules without enforcement are simply ignored. Implement fines for these offences. Otherwise stop such announcements and give commuters back the peace they used to enjoy.

Matthew Chang

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- North East Line trains starting playing the ''Please mind the gap'' announcements in 2003.
- North South Line and East West Line trains started playing the ''Please mind the platform gap'' announcements in 2006.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 03:04 PM   #1319
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SMRT has begun retrofitting first generation trains. 001 had the honour of doing its test run today on the NSL (002's 3 cabs have not been touched yet) with Train Run Number (TRN) "001".

Seats on every cab will now have the four colours, red/brown, green/dark green and blue/dark blue, and purple colour. The outer two seats will be one colours, followed by their darker/lighter variants for the middle 3 seats.

The interior flooring has been re-done and colour scheme changed to white, with tri-poles and 7-seat arrangement for better doorway flow, but more significantly, the exterior of the train is now as-per 3rd generation trains i.e. black colour with thicker red lining.
































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Old April 10th, 2006, 12:47 PM   #1320
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TV Prog on MRT Night Maintenance

SBS Transit's night maintenance works on MRT will be featured in a section of a variety show. Anyone has a DVD recorder or a computer with TV card to record the programme down in computer format??? :

TV Channel: MediaCorp Channel U
TV Prog.: Du Sh D Fa Xin (On the Beat)

First Telecast
Date: 11 April 2006, Tuesday
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Repeat Telecasts
Date: 12 April 2006, Wednesday
Times: 00:00 mn - 01:00 am, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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