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  • The Straits Times - 20 Nov 2014

    Smoother ride on Bukit Panjang LRT (PDF File) - 1mb

    Two new train cars were added to the Bukit Panjang LRT system and started service yesterday morning. Another 11 new train cars will be progressively put into service and will be in operation by the end of 2015. The latest US-made carriages will feature more handrails and strap-hangers, and an air-conditioning system that provides better air flow through the cabin. LTA said that the new cars, which join the existing fleet of 19, will help to ease congestion during peak hours and improve frequencies. LTA added that the 13 train cars will cost about $42 million, with the Government paying part of the costs and SMRT funding the remainder. Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who took a ride on the carriages yesterday, said that a joint SMRT-government team meets regularly to oversee the long-term maintenance of the network and monitors not only the delays but also the operational issues that may have an effect on the daily operations of the LRT system. A commuter who takes the LRT from Jelapang to Choa Chu Kang every day said that he is unable to board the first train that arrives on some days and has to wait for the next train. He added that when the LRT first started out, it kept breaking down, but is now much better. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The New Paper - 19 Nov 2014

    S'pore's green game plan (PDF File) - 161kb

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had earlier announced that $1.5 billion will be spent over the next five years with the aim of making life in Singapore greener and more sustainable. This infographics highlights the numbers Singapore hopes to hit in becoming a greener and more sustainable city. Source: The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 17 Nov 2014

    Better public facilities for seniors on the go (PDF File) - 312kb

    Singapore will soon have a comprehensive plan for making public transport facilities more senior-friendly. This could include having more seats at bus stops, train stations or sheltered walkways nearby, more anti-slip flooring, and more toilets at bus interchanges and MRT stations. Further details are likely to be announced during the Committee of Supply debate next year. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    Lianhe Zaobao - 16 Nov 2014

    S'pore to have a comprehensive plan for making public transport facilities more senior-friendly (PDF File) - 1mb

    Singapore plans to take a comprehensive approach in making public transport facilities more senior-friendly. This will make it convenient for seniors to take public transport and encourage them to maintain an active lifestyle. Source: Lianhe Zaobao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Business Times Weekend - 15 Nov 2014

    SSA, MPA confirm no bunker disruption in wake of fraud at OW (PDF File) - 863kb

    The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has joined the MPA in confirming that there has been no disruption to bunker supply and bunkering operations in Singapore.  On Thursday (13 Nov), SSA and MPA organised an industry dialogue with close to 50 companies from the SSA to give updates and discuss how best to minimise any fallout on the local bunkering scene. Firms were advised to carefully inspect their contractual obligations, and to work closely with their stakeholders to avoid or minimise disruption in their operations, SSA and MPA said in a joint release on Friday (14 Nov). "The bunkering industry here is a well-regulated one," said SSA president Patrick Phoon. "While I urge my members to seek professional and legal advice as necessary, I also hope that those affected by this event will remain calm and not resort to knee-jerk reactions which may rock the stability and reputation of Singapore's bunkering industry. My association will be working closely with MPA to ensure that there will not be any unnecessary disruption in bunker supply and operations here." Meanwhile, MPA chief executive Andrew Tan added that the session was a useful one as it brought the industry together to understand the situation and explore how best to move forward. Source: The Business Times Weekend © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The New Paper - 14 Nov 2014

    The rail deal (PDF File) - 564kb

    LTA is organising the Rail Story road shows from now until next January to showcase Singapore’s rail network. This infographic highlights the ongoing efforts to improve public transport accessibility and connectivity, as well as the advances being made in the development of the public transport network.  Source: The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    Lianhe Zaobao - 13 Nov 2014

    Prime Taxi ready to take the lead in harmonising flag-down fares (PDF File) - 2mb

    Prime Taxi, Singapore’s smallest taxi operator, wants to take the lead in simplifying flag-down fares. It will immediately proceed to execute if at least 80 per cent of its drivers agree. Prime intends to harmonise five different types of flag-down fares to $3.60 while that for limousine taxis will remain unchanged. In order not to affect the income of taxi drivers, Prime would also adjust taxi rental rates correspondingly. Source: Lianhe Zaobao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 08 Nov 2014

    Big Idea No.10 - Downsize the PIE (PDF File) - 851kb

    Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Kishore Mahbubani said that his dream for Singapore is to reduce the number of vehicles from one million to 300,000. He suggested removing cars as status symbols, amend public policies on cars, fully liberalise the taxi industry, and to announce a simple idealistic goal during the SG50 Celebrations: that Singapore will become a society with zero private car ownership by 2065. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission. 

    Lianhe Zaobao - 07 Nov 2014

    MOT raised $888,888 for charitable cause (PDF File) - 2mb

    Some $888,888 has been raised for beneficiaries of Community Chest by MOT and its statutory boards. Minister presented a cheque to Mr Chew Kwee San, vice-chairman of the Community Chest, at the MOT Family Charity Outreach 2014 event on Thursday. Now into its fifth year, the charity programme has raised more than $4 million for Community Chest. On Thursday, some beneficiaries and their family members were also treated to a movie premiere of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar at Shaw Theatres Lido.  Source: Lianhe Zaobao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 01 Nov 2014

    URA chief planner cycles for work and fun (PDF File) - 333kb

    URA chief planner Lim Eng Hwee shares about how cycling to work has become a journey of joy and given him a new perspective on his work. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

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