15 Aug '11, 5am

Does having 2 MRT operators make a difference, our reader asks. What do you think? #FareHike

WHEN the licence for operating the MRT North-East Line was given to SBS Transit, the rationale was that competition between SBS Transit and SMRT would result in increased efficiencies and reduce costs to the public. Years later, it appears that having two operators actually adds cost to the public transport system, because of duplication of overheads, and there is no real competition. The public transport system need not be nationalised, but are there any benefits in having two MRT operators ? If yes, what are they? Is there any incentive for one or the other to win over each other's commuters?

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/OnlineStory/STIStory_...

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