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LTA studying commuters’ travel patterns to ease jam

LTA studying commuters’ travel patterns to ease jam
Posted: 21 November 2011 1700 hrs





SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority is studying how to manage train travel patterns and will make their ideas known soon.

Minister of State for Transport and Finance, Josephine Teo, gave this update in Parliament on Monday.

She said parallel buses have been introduced along train lines where loading levels have been heavy.

But commuters still prefer trains as taking buses may mean a longer travel time due to road conditions.

She added that the upcoming Downtown Line should ease travel loads when it opens. And changing travelling behaviour of commuters may need more work.

Mr Cedric Foo, the chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Transport, said: “Other than just supply-shaping, can we look into demand-shaping?

“In other words, how to further incentivise commuters to travel pre-peak hours through discount?

“Today, there’s a 30-cent discount but can that be increased?”

Mrs Josephine Teo said: “Since the enhanced discount for pre-peak travel was introduced, the numbers are not completely in yet.

“But anecdotally, the shifting of behaviour has not been great.

“And it looks like more needs to be done to encourage people to travel earlier.

“The feedback that has been given is that often, our commuters value their sleep more than what they have to pay.”

– CNA/ck

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