19 Oct '11, 1am

How to make train travel irresistible? Our reader shares his ideas. Got a constructive idea of your own to add?

MY FAMILY embraces public transport completely and willingly ('More money to expand rail network after 2020'; last Saturday). We have never bought a car and think twice before taking taxis, urged on by my teenage daughters who believe we must be environmentally responsible, apart from saving money by not owning a car. However, MRT stations must be more easily accessible and commuter-friendly, and more thought given to design and accessibility to make trains irresistible to commuters. Access to train stations is cumbersome with long walks and the added inconvenience of waiting with shopping bags for several minutes to catch the next train. Assuming a commuter must change three trains to get to work, apart from the walks between interchanges and standing in crowded trains, the prospect of a six-minute wait in the last leg of the journey is truly discouraging. Improving frequ...

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