People connected to substantial shareholdings of the SMRT do not usually take the public transport, but they are the ones who decide if the company has performed or if the CEO is acceptable.
The defects in our train systems are systemic in nature, and it would take a great deal of effort, resources and political will to get them fixed. Our engineering designs, the hardware, and the emergency procedures have all gone haywire.
Rather than apologizing for the endangerment to the health and safety of passengers, and promising to look into the emergency systems, SMRT instead berated the man for damaging the train, although it said it would not prosecute him for vandalism.
Source: CNA SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has ordered a public inquiry, after trains on the North-South Line broke down on Saturday morning – the third MRT disruption in four days. Speaking to reporters on Saturday afternoon, Mr Lee said the committee of inquiry will be similar to that formed after the Nicoll Highway… Continue reading
SOURCE: CNA SINGAPORE: Train services between Ang Mo Kio and Marina Bay stations have been disrupted, in the third service breakdown this week for Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT). SMRT in a statement on Saturday advised commuters on the affected stretches to use other transport modes or take bus bridging services provided between Ang Mo… Continue reading
The latest instalment in public transport disruption occurred on the North-South MRT line on Thursday, when train services on both directions from Marina Bay to Braddell came to a standstill during the evening rush hour.
Title: A Nation Awakes. Frontline Reflections Editor: Tan Jee Say Date & Time: 6.00 pm Friday 16 December 2011 Venue: 38 Orchard Road Singapore 238836 (next to Citibank at Macdonald House, Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station) Press conference: 5.00 pm Friday 16 December 2011 Press enquiries: [email protected] ISBN: 978981071037-8 Book Size: 150mm x 225mm Pages: 282… Continue reading
Taxis are an integral part of public transport. Taxis are not a luxury item, or something that the country can easily do without at the drop of a hat.
This stark sense that our generation has milked the system for what it is worth, such that we have little of value to leave the next generation is most clear in the Singapore context.