14 Oct '11, 2am

No plan for early bird discount on NEL

No plan for early bird discount on NEL

SBS Transit, when asked why it was not offering a similar discount on the North-East Line (NEL), said the current discount on SMRT's lines is restricted to the older, more congested lines to try and smoothen out morning peak demand. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG A new 30 cent discount that SMRT is giving to early birds travelling on its train lines has made at least one commuter who travels by SBS Transit's trains unhappy. Ms Brenda Tan, whose letter to The Straits Times Forum page was published on Thursday, pointed out that the morning peak-hour commute is 'the same on every train line'. 'If train fares are raised across the board, regardless of the operator, the same should apply to rebates. SBS Transit should offer the same rebate as SMRT,' she wrote. On Monday, SMRT increased its off-peak morning discount from 10 cents to 30 cents and extended the discount period by 15 mi...

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