Smoother rides within 5 years: minister
More trains, new MRT segment every year, better bus service soon
[SINGAPORE] Frustrated commuters don't have to wait until 2030 to see an improvement in Singapore's overloaded public transport system.
Though the White Paper on Population sees "a very convenient and high-quality" ride for commuters only in 2030, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew yesterday told Parliament that they will begin to see a difference in the next five years.
"Over the next five years, we will significantly increase capacity with additional trains, open a new MRT segment every year and work hard to improve reliability for train and bus services," he said. "You have my assurance that I will do my utmost to improve our public transport system."
Mr Lui noted that commuters currently have to put up with congestion in the morning peak hours. Many take a feeder to reach an MRT station or from the station to their destination, extending travel time. Plus their journey is made less predictable because of the variable waiting times and overcrowded buses.