22 Nov '11, 2am

30 new MRT trains on the way over the next 4 years to ease squeeze, with 17 of them coming next year

30 new MRT trains on the way over the next 4 years to ease squeeze, with 17 of them coming next year

Mrs Josephine Teo says the new trains, along with improvements to the signalling system, will allow for the interval between trains to be shortened. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING By Maria Almenoar, Transport Correspondent A total of 30 new trains will arrive in the next four years to ease the MRT squeeze, with 17 of them coming next year. The other 13 will be here only in 2014 and 2015. Another batch is due from 2016, said Minister of State (Transport) Josephine Teo without disclosing the number. Background story Other ways to solve peak-hour crush? Parallel bus services MANY commuters prefer to wait for a train at peak hours than take a bus whose route mirrors the train line. The behaviour is 'rather rational' because missing one or two trains adds about five or six minutes to the total journey time. But a bus journey could potentially be longer depending on road conditions, sa...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/Parliament/Story/STIStory_736...

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