Saturday, May 1, 2010

More on Public Transport

Is recent propose change to have multiple transfers and do away with long distance bus route motivated more by profit and cost rather then efficiency and benefits to commuters ?

Have thoughts been given to our aging population of senior citizens ? Is it not inconvenient for them to make multiply transfers to get to their destination ? They have mobility problem and with these changes, likely it will discourage them from being active citizens and/or continue working till past 65 years old, which the government has been encouraging them.

Our basic public transport infrastructure has been overtax in recent years due to the substantial increase in population. Making more transfers likely will incur more waiting time, not less. For example our MRT is often so packed, one have to wait for the next train before one can get on it.

Then can we board the 'short' distance transfer bus service is another big question mark. Buses nowadays are packed to the 'brim' even at the interchange during the morning peak hours.

MRT commuters living in the East and West making a transfer at Outram or Dhoby Ghaut station, respectively, to broad the North East train has to walk a long distant in order to boarding platform. It is time consuming and a hassle. Thus, how can this be improving the quality of the journey ? In this case, MRT as a mode of transport is not elderly friendly compare to a a direct bus journey.

Common sense has it that it is more tiring and stressful to make numerous transfers for our daily trip to work and back home, even if we leave the high cost incurred out of the equation.

Do these folks penning policies about public transport know what they are doing? Have they taken public transport often enough to know what the average commuters are experiencing?

Singapore is only a small island. 'Long distant' bus route is the result of poor planning. They should solve the problem at its root instead of creating more hassle for the commuters.

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