Fare hike for transport early next year?

By Ravi Philemon

From 2006 to 2013…in the last seven years do you know how much our transport fares
have increased? 0.3%. It has almost remained the same. Even though it increased for some years, during the 2008 financial crisis, it was reduced. In the past year, there was no change in the fare.” – Minister without Portfolio, Mr S Iswaran in a Tamil programme in Vasantham (link)

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1990: BUS FARE REVISION[i]

  • 10 cents increase in non air-con fares generally.
  • 5 to 10 cents increase in air-con fares with no change to the minimum (60 cents) and maximum fares ($1.20).
1994: BUS FARE REVISION
  • Extension of the maximum bus fare by another fare stage (over 14.4 km), to $1.00 and $1.30 for non air-con and air-con services respectively (equivalent to a 10 cents increase)
1995 : BUS FARE REVISION
  • Extension of the maximum bus fare by another fare stage (over 18.4 km) to $1.10 and $1.40 for non air-con and air-con services respectively (equivalent to a 10 cents increase).
  • 5 cents increase in feeder fares and industrial fares to 30 cents and 45 cents respectively, with the corresponding introduction of a 5 cents transfer rebate for feeder buses.
  • $2 increase in concession stamps prices for tertiary students, NS men and SBS shareholders.
1997 : BUS FARE REVISION
  • 5 cents increase across the board for non air-con services on farecard fares. No change for air-con farecard fares.
  • 10 cents increase across the board for air-con and non air-con services on cash fares.
  • Conversion of flat fare to distance-related fares for industrial bus services.
  • $3- $5 increase in non air-con bus concession stamp prices.
1999 : NEW FARES FOR BUKIT PANJANG LRT
  • Similar to fares on existing RTS lines, distance-related fares were adopted for Bukit Panjang LRT.
2000: BUS FARE REVISION
  • 10 cents increase in adult feeder bus fares (cash and farecard) with a corresponding increase in the feeder transfer rebate by 10 cents (from 5 cents to 15 cents).
  • 5 cents increase in child/student feeder bus fares (cash and farecard) with a 10 cents increase in the feeder transfer rebate (from 5 cents to 15 cents).
  • Extension of the maximum fare by another fare band (over 23.5 km) to $1.30 and $1.60 for non air-con and air-con services respectively for cash fares, and $1.25 and $1.50 for non air-con and air-con services respectively for farecard fares.
  • Addition of 2 fare bands to the fare structure of Jurong industrial bus services (maximum fare was increased by 20 cents).
2000: LIGHT RAPID TRANSIT (LRT) SINGLE TRIP FARE
  • 10 cents increase in the LRT Single Trip Ticket adult fares (the new minimum became 80 cents while new maximum was $1.00). No change in adult farecard fares (minimum was 60 cents and maximum was 80 cents).
2001 : BUS FARE REVISION
  • 10 cents increase in feeder bus fares with corresponding increase in transfer rebates by 10 cents (feeder bus transfer rebate became 25 cents, the same as the transfer rebate involving non-feeder bus services).
2002: BUS FARE REVISION
  • 3 cents increase in adult EZ-link card fares.
  • 5 cents increase in adult farecard fares.
  • 10 cents increase in adult cash fares.
  • 50 cents increase in concession stamp prices for primary/secondary students.
  • $2 increase in concession stamp prices for tertiary students.
  • $3 increase in concession stamp prices for NS men.
2003: NEW FARES FOR NORTH EAST LINE (NEL)
  • Differentiated fares for the NEL at 5 cents to 25 cents higher than the existing RTS fares, or an average of 16.5 cents more.
  • Fares for child/student/NS men concessions remained the same as that for the existing RTS lines.
2005 : BUS FARE REVISION
  • 1-2 cents increase in adult EZ-link card fares.
  • 10 cents increase in adult cash fares.
  • 1 cent increase in senior citizen EZ-Link card fares and 10 cents increase in senior citizen cash fares.
2006 : BUS FARE REVISION
  • 1-3 cents increase in adult EZ-link card fares.
  • 1 cent increase in senior citizen EZ-Link card fares.
2007 : BUS FARE REVISION[ii]
  • 1.8% fare adjustment on bus fares only. Bus fares go up by 1 to 2 cents
2008 : TRANSPORT FARE HIKE[iii]
  •  An average 0.6% fare adjustment on bus and train fares
2009 : TRANSPORT FARE REBATE[iv]
  • Government grants concessions and rebates on transport-related taxes and fees, including 30% road-tax rebates[v]
  • Public Transport operators decided to pass on some savings to commuters and did not apply for fare adjustments
  • Fare rebate and an increase in transfer rebate of up to 4.6%[vi]
2010 : DISTANCE BASED FARES IMPLEMENTED
  • Fares increase by 0.5% – 1%
  • Trips with transfers cheaper than single trips[vii]
2011 : TRANSPORT FARE HIKE
2012 : NO FARE REVISIONS[ix]
  • Government budgets $1.1 billion – $280 million budgeted for the purchase of the 550 buses over next 5 years, and $820 million to cover the net operating costs of public transport operators over 10 years[x]
2013 : FARES MAY INCREASE
  • Public Transport Operators to apply for fare hike [xi] by 19 Dec 2013
Year
Description
Fare
Description
Fare
1990
Lowest adult fare by bus
$0.60
Highest adult fare by bus
$1.20
2013
Lowest adult fare by bus
$0.73
Highest adult fare by bus
$1.94[xii]
Increase
22%
Increase
62%

This article was first published in Ravi’s blog, http://www.raviphilemon.net/2013/12/fare-hike-for-transport-early-next-year.html


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