Excerpt from article on Fresh Grads:
The constant and regular hikes in fares have prompted calls for the authorities to do more. But what exactly are they supposed to be doing?
To be sure, the government has committed some S$60 billion over the next 10 years to expanding and improving the transport infrastructure. It has also given the PTOs S$1.1 billion to help them purchase 550 new buses and to fund their operations for the next 10 years.
There have also been a slew of initiatives, including raising drivers’ salaries and the recent carrot-and-stick incentives scheme, to improve service standards.
All these, however, have not convinced some quarters of the public that the PTOs are deserving of a hike in fares, or that such an increase is “justifiable”, as Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo said in 2011.
Read the full article on Fresh Grads here: “Public transport – not all doom and gloom”.