Train Cracks Cause Embarrassment, Not Panic

SMRT Train

There are many times I wonder if a prerequisite to being a politician is having a screw loose in one’s head. I’m sure we can identify numerous instances when the messages coming from them just seem completely illogical, and we stop in our tracks (pun intended) to wonder what did we just hear. According to Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, going public…

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Tower Transit Bus Services Are Rolling Out

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Bus operator Tower Transit has begun operations late last month. They are the first company to be awarded a tendered bus package under the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) new bus contracting model. In a sweeping restructuring of the public bus industry, the authority will own buses and infrastructure, while tendering out operations and service management to bus operators. Tower Transit…

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The NTA Has Competition

Traffic at Upper Bukit Timah Road

Two weeks ago, I joked about how the likes of Grab and Uber should band together to form a national association for private hire drivers, the equivalent of the National Taxi Association (NTA) for taxi drivers (NTA Just Cares For Themselves). It turns out such an association has indeed been formed. I suppose it was a matter of time that it…

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NTA Just Cares For Themselves

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The National Taxi Association (NTA) is an association that represents taxi drivers. If there is some threat to taxi drivers, of course, it’s the NTA’s job to protect them. Let’s just forgive their executive adviser Ang Hin Kee. The remarks he makes about Grab and Uber, it’s just what he has to do. We’ve heard him, so now lets move on. Let’s hope…

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Reminder To SMRT: Claw At Root Cause

SMRT Train

SMRT’s investigation of the fatal accident on 22nd March has concluded that failure to follow key safety procedures led to the deaths of two SMRT employees. I think most of us have pretty much reached that conclusion ourselves, as soon as sufficient details of the accident had been made known, over a month ago. Thank you for stating the obvious. According…

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Celebrate By Keeping Quiet

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It’s funny how things can come back to bite us, and yes that also happens to me, so before I go on, I’m making sure that I’m touching lots of wood. Checked. Table is made of wood. This is about how Transport Minister Mr Khaw Boon Wan jinxed the MRT after celebrating his 100-days of no-break-down milestone. On Tuesday, Mr…

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More COEs Coming, But Higher Prices Expected

Traffic at Upper Bukit Timah Road

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced yesterday that there’ll be an increase of 14.7% of Certificate of Entitlement (COE) quota in the coming quarter. More quotas should normally mean that COE prices should see a drop. But it seems that this might not be the case anymore, thanks to new players in the market to compete for COEs. COE quotas are…

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SMRT Embarrassed About Reliability

SMRT Train

Last week LTA very stoically announced how the MRT has gotten more reliable despite a rise in major breakdown. Yes, I know, we are all shaking our heads in disbelief. This is what happens when you ownself check ownself, you can ownself position own goalpost. It seems SMRT played along, then perhaps felt exceedingly embarrassed. Initially, it looked like SMRT was…

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Ownself Protecting Ownself

SMRT Train

Earlier this week, two young men lost their lives. They were new SMRT staff who met with a fatal accident because, apparently, someone or some people did not observe proper safety protocols. This is happening while the cases of Pte Dominique and the SGH Hepatitis C outbreak are still filling our newsfeed. The deaths of Nasrulhudin Najumudin and Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari are…

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Non-Vehicles On The Road

Traffic at Upper Bukit Timah Road

It used to be just cyclists which drivers had to contend with on the roads. In recent times, we’re seeing other forms of transportation gadgetry, like motorised micro-scooters, e-monocycles and hover boards, coming onboard to compete for road space. It is high time that the regulators take a clear position and decide if and how these non-vehicles fit on our roads. It…

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