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  • The Straits Times - 19 Jan 2015

    Changi scores in punctuality among Asia-Pacific airports (PDF File) - 2mb

    A global ranking conducted by aviation industry consultancy OAG has named Changi as the Asia-Pacific's second most punctual in the large-airport category. Tokyo's Haneda airport tops the list, with Sydney's airport in third place. OAG said that Changi is world number 4, with Munich, Haneda and Seattle in the top three.  Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 12 Jan 2015

    A life's work dedicated to building rail network (PDF File) - 2mb

    In this Straits Times feature, LTA Deputy Chief Executive Chua Chong Kheng recounts his involvement in LTA over 29 years in helping Singapore build the rail network. Mr Chua has been involved in almost every rail project in his 29-year career - from the North-South Line launched in 1987, to the Thomson-East Coast Line, slated to be fully operational in 2024. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 25 Dec 2014

    Rules for taxi apps show they’re here to stay (PDF File) - 70kb

    With the growing popularity of independent taxi-booking apps in Singapore, the Government recently announced a regulatory framework for these services. This move seems to suggest that such apps are here to stay, and the Government is laying down rules to make sure the interests and safety of commuters using them are safeguarded. While some have argued that the regulations do not go far enough to cover all risk, the commentary opined that the regulations are sensible and will create more peace of mind for taxi app companies, cabbies and commuters alike. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 19 Dec 2014

    Free Wi-Fi at 32 MRT stations by end-2015 (PDF File) - 237kb

    By the end of next year, all 16 MRT stations on North East Line (NEL) and 12 more on the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) will offer free Wi-Fi access. With this, 32 stations across the entire MRT system will offer free Wi-Fi.  LTA also gave updates on its upgrading works to make train services more reliable. LTA began extensive renewal works for the North-South Line (NSL) and East-West Line (EWL) in 2012. These included replacing timber sleepers with concrete ones. Replacement work on the NSL is about 76 per cent complete and due to finish by the middle of next year. The signalling system is being upgraded to let trains run more frequently. Works are 73 per cent complete for the NSL and will start early next year for the EWL. On the NEL, wires and U-bolts are being replaced. Meanwhile, construction on the Downtown Line’s second stage is close to 90 per cent complete. Work has started on the northern stretch of the Thomson-East Coast Line, with tenders for civil works to be called early next year for its eastern stretch. Existing lines are getting greater capacity, with a 48 per cent increase in the train fleet underway. The LRT lines are also getting a boost, with 13 more train-cars for the Bukit Panjang LRT and 16 more to arrive for the Sengkang-Punggol LRT from 2016. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 17 Dec 2014

    Talks under way to inject more money into aviation fund (PDF File) - 5mb

    Talks are under way with key stakeholders to keep the Aviation Development Fund (ADF) going before it expires in March, said CAAS. The move is to ensure rival airports in the region, do not get any opportunity to snatch away business due to Singapore. The ADF has helped cement Singapore's status as a premier hub for intra-Asian and global air travel. Over the past four years, more than half of the $100 million fund has been spent on projects that benefited travellers, airlines, ground handlers, agencies and firms based at the airport. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    Lianhe Zaobao - 15 Dec 2014

    Nee Soon South organises Responsible Cycling campaign (PDF File) - 2mb

    Nee Soon South launched Singapore’s first cyclist education campaign on 14 December to remind cyclists to cycle with care and consideration for the safety of pedestrians. Speaking to reporters at the launch of the campaign, MP (Nee Soon GRC) Lee Bee Wah said that while cycling as a means of transport is good for the environment, cyclists need to be responsible and must not cycle in void decks or on pedestrian walkways. She added that cyclists should also cycle at a suitable speed to avoid knocking into pedestrians. Source: Lianhe Zaobao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 15 Dec 2014

    Cheaper rides for 10,000 with disabilities (PDF File) - 815kb

    Close to 10,000 people with disabilities have been issued concession cards that allow them to travel more cheaply on public buses and trains, under a scheme which began in July. As of early this month, LTA has given out about 9,800 cards so that the disabled can receive a 25 per cent fare discount and will not have to pay additional fares for distances beyond 7.2km. They can also buy a monthly pass offering unlimited travel for $60, instead of $120. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 09 Dec 2014

    15 foreign officials attend MPA Academy programme (PDF File) - 2mb

    MPA Academy, the training arm of MPA, launched the five-day Port Management Programme yesterday. Developed for port masters, harbour masters and middle managers from various maritime and port authorities, it covers a broad range of topics related to the maritime industry, such as vessel traffic management, emergency planning and response, port security and crisis communications. 15 officials from around the world attending this week's programme are recipients of the MPA Academy Training Award, which covers their programme fees, airfare and accommodation. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Business Times - 21 Nov 2014

    PSA S'pore, Changi Airport Group win awards (PDF File) - 627kb

    Singapore port operator PSA Singapore and the Port of Singapore have won awards given out by industry body Supply Chain Asia. PSA Singapore was the Container Terminal of the Year, beating four other contenders including Hong Kong and Shanghai, said a statement from Supply Chain, Asia. Port of Singapore is the Asia Container Port of the Year, beating three of China's ports and South Korea’s Port of Busan. Changi Airport manager Changi Airport Group won the Asia Air Cargo Port of the Year award, beating Hong Kong International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport to the title. Kelvin Wong, the assistant managing director of the Singapore Economic Development Board, said in a statement that the PSA and Changi Airport awards show Singapore's success in positioning itself as a key node of global trade flows. He said the expansion plans of Changi Airport and the Tuas "megaport" will reinforce Singapore's status as a leading logistics and supply chain management hub. Referring to PSA's development of driver-less Automated Guided Vehicle prototypes to transport containers between the quay and container yard around the clock, he said: "Such initiatives will not only enhance productivity, but also point the way towards how ports of the future will operate. This in turn strengthens our thought leadership position." Source: The Business Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission.

    The Straits Times - 20 Nov 2014

    Just the ticket for MRT art (PDF File) - 959kb

    Some 27,000 EZ-link cards which were phased out in 2009 have been put to fitting use at the new Marina South Pier (MSP) MRT station. The station is the newest station on the North-South Line. It opens on Sunday, 23 November 2014. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.   

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