24 Dec '11, 7pm

Looking at SMRT breakdowns from a Macro View #singapore

Profitablity (or the lack of it) is dependent on the government, not so much on the efficiency of the operators or their profit motives. Train lines are planned and built by the government! For example, the EW and NS Lines are profitable because they run through densely populated areas. On the contrary, the Circle Line will be loss-making. The $10 billion Circle Line is actually a monster LRT that is twice longer than the NE MRT but with half the no. of cars. It has to work 4 times harder just to carry the same number of passengers. SMRT may be profitable today but not so tomorrow. Are people going to sing a different tune 3 months later? Also competition is determined by the government. If more parallel bus services are rolled out tomorrow, will SMRT still remain a virtual monopoly in its routes? Please don’t forget demand is inflated by the 2 million foreigners here. If ...

Full article: http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/12/looking-at-smrt-break...

Tweets

Opposition parties express concern over #SMRT train breakdowns

Opposition parties express concern over #SMRT t...

straitstimes.com 19 Dec '11, 2am

Singapore's opposition parties have expressed concern over the recent MRT breakdowns. In statements at the weekend, both t...

Seng Han Thong: No intention of pushing blame t...

sg.news.yahoo.com 25 Dec '11, 3am

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ang Mo Kio GRC Seng Han Thong has emphasised that he had no intention of belittling or blami...

SMRT Board appoints Ong Ye Kung to head investigation on MRT breakdowns

SMRT Board appoints Ong Ye Kung to head investi...

straitstimes.com 22 Dec '11, 8am

SMRT's Board of Directors has appointed Mr Ong Ye Kung, an independent director of SMRT, to head an investigation team to ...

LTA to request all records and information from SMRT

LTA to request all records and information from...

straitstimes.com 22 Dec '11, 9am

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will require SMRT to provide all its maintenance records, operations and systems logs a...

Breakdowns And Breaking Points: Alex Au, Yawning Bread This tells us something else about our overall transport...

Breakdowns And Breaking Points: Alex Au, Yawnin...

yawningbread.wordpress.com 17 Dec '11, 7am

The chief talking point this weekend would certainly be the breakdowns in our metro network. There were three this week. F...

Public inquiry on MRT train breakdowns: PM Lee #SMRT

Public inquiry on MRT train breakdowns: PM Lee ...

straitstimes.com 17 Dec '11, 12pm

A public inquiry on the two train breakdowns will be convened similar to what was done for the Nicoll Highway collapse, sa...

‘Floods worse than breakdowns for economy’ #Singapore

‘Floods worse than breakdowns for economy’ #Sin...

sg.news.yahoo.com 26 Dec '11, 5am

Orchard road flood worse than breakdowns in terms of impact on economy. (Photo courtesy of James Chua) Flash floods, which...

SNA - OPINION: Singapore rattled by week of sub...

Singapore's subway system restarted Sunday after a week of breakdowns inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of commuters an...

MRT breakdowns hit downtown shops hard the weekend before Christmas

MRT breakdowns hit downtown shops hard the week...

straitstimes.com 20 Dec '11, 2am

Shops yesterday at Dhoby Ghaut Xchange. Beauty outlets there say customers called to cancel weekend appointments due to th...

‘SMRT has a lot more to learn about social medi...

sg.news.yahoo.com 22 Dec '11, 9am

It took SMRT over one hour to update the public regarding train delays. (Screenshot from Twitter) It took SMRT three train...

Trains on track to resume normal service: SMRT ...

sg.news.yahoo.com 22 Dec '11, 8am

(SMRT) says that a train fault on its North-South Line on Thursday morning that caused service delays was an isolated one ...

No defects found on MRT lines, SMRT to run trials

No defects found on MRT lines, SMRT to run trials

straitstimes.com 21 Dec '11, 3pm

SMRT has found no further visible impairments on the track in its daily inspections, and is working to restore the operati...

#SMRT shareholders can expect generous dividend...

straitstimes.com 28 Dec '11, 1am

Commuters at City Hall MRT station waiting to board a train after services resumed on Dec 18. A UBS analyst noted that SMR...

SNA - Thursday's train fault an isolated incide...

Yahoo! Singapore News, 22 Dec 2011 Beleaguered train operator Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) says that a train fault ...

Lui Tuck Yew shocking statement on #smrt breakd...

yoursdp.org 16 Dec '11, 6am

These breakdowns have taken place across many months and not days as Mr Lui says. Alarmingly, some of them occurred on the...