Upgrading of signalling system, more trains, new rail lines planned
By Maria Almenoar
RELIEF from overcrowded trains will come no later than next May, when the first of 22 new trains are added to the rail system.
Together, they will cut waiting time by a minute on average for commuters using the North-South (NS) and East-West (EW) lines during the peak period, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) yesterday.
In the meantime, one extra train during the peak hour and the opening of the rest of the Circle Line next year should tide commuters over, said the LTA.
'PM has given concrete plans on the expansion measures and this will give residents a little hope that the situation will improve,' she said.
[Waiting times will be down to between 2 and 3 minutes (from 2.5 to 4.5 minutes) and trains will come every 100 secs down from 120 secs. Commuters have been complaining that they have to wait up to three trains before they can board. Wow. Assuming they just miss one train, they would have to wait up to... 13.5 minutes!...? At the short estimate, 7.5 minutes. And this is... intolerable? Unbelievable hardship? Enough to drive one to buy a car (so that we can complain about roadworks, traffic congestions, ERP prices, COE, fuel prices, inconsiderate drivers, road tax, parking, etc)?
Singaporeans really have nothing to complain about. You will be able to get on a train, if not the first, the second, or the third, most likely within 10 minutes during morning rush hour. Unlike buses where a crowded bus comes along and you try your best to get on because you can't be sure when the next one is coming, for trains during morning rush hour, you can be pretty sure another one will be along shortly - within 5 minutes. Skipping the first 2 crowded trains is not that big a hardship.]
Sep 4, 2010
'Victims of own success'
'I want to put these challenges into perspective with the overall needs of our society,' said SM Goh.
SENIOR Minister Goh Chok Tong has chided Singaporeans for complaining too much about overcrowded trains and the lack of carpark spaces and public housing.
He said that these were problems created by Singapore's success, and urged the nation to look at them in context.
'I want to put these challenges into perspective with the overall needs of our society,' he said.
'There are still some poor people. Those who are disabled and those who needed help.'
SM Goh was speaking on the fringe of the 10th anniversary celebration of Ramadhan On-Wheels (ROW), organised by Malay voluntary welfare group 4PM.
He was giving his take on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally speech last Sunday.