Tag: Public Transport

Netizens fume as Khaw Boon Wan claims higher public transport fares are necessary to combat rising subsidies

Netizens on social media are fuming after Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan asserted in Parliament on Monday (8 July) that higher public transport fares are necessary to combat rising subsidies for the young, elderly and underprivileged. The ruling People's Action Party (PAP) politician said that...

Goals: A more inclusive transport system

Obbana Rajah On Monday, an advisory panel submitted 22 recommendations to Senior Minister of State for Transport Dr Lam Pin Min on how to make Singapore’s transport system more family friendly and inclusive. The Family-Friendly Transport Advisory Panel consists of members from key stakeholder groups, such...

Netizens flame Khaw Boon Wan for saying “Cheap fares are popular, but they are not sustainable.”

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan drew more flak online after he announced that the current public transport fare formula is "inadequate" and that the Public Transport Council (PTC) is reviewing it to better track "total costs," in Parliament yesterday. Khaw opined that local public transport fares...

Finally, a welcome move on buses

By Vignesh Naidu At last, it is happening. Yesterday’s announcement of the restructuring of the public bus industry is a policy decision that should be welcomed. The government will be taking over all bus operating assets and infrastructure and will contract out the provision of bus...

Low on compassion, high on pragmatism

Let’s face it, Singapore will never top any chart measuring kindness, compassion or happiness. We all know that. So BBC correspondent Charlotte Ashton’s commentary on experiencing a lack of compassion on a packed MRT train in her first trimester came as no surprise. No...

Disquiet in the Singapore air

It’s midnight. Leaning against a railing on the highest rooftop bar in Singapore, I look down at the city in awe. Everything below looks bright, prosperous and organised – very Singaporean. A place for everything and everything in its place. Downtown Singapore isn’t static:...

SMRT stuck in a dark tunnel

Singapore's land transport policy is stuck in a dark tunnel of bad planning, funding contradictions, regular breakdowns, late arrivals and a human crush that has reached unprecedented levels. And if the government response is any guide, no discernable light is evident at the end...

William Lim: Unhappy commuters, unhappy society

Dressed in a blazer and knee-long skirt, Sherry got off her bus at Tanjong Pagar. She was heading back to her office after her lunch break when I approached her. Wiping of a bead of sweat, she said she no longer takes the MRT...

English as it is spoken in Parliament

By Augustine Low Doublespeak. Beating around the bush. The art of answering without answering. Call it what you will, some of the Ministerial replies to MPs’ questions in Parliament this week can be seen as baffling at best and excruciating at worst. The Ministry of Transport takes...