08 Jan '12, 10pm

The key questions about SMRT - the "backbone" of our public transport system - that beg answers

As Parliament sits today in hopes of shedding some light on the unprecedented disruptions to MRT services on the North-South Line last month, and a Committee of Inquiry delves into the issues involved, here are the key questions about the "backbone" of our public transport system that beg answers. INFRASTRUCTURAL SOUNDNESS Has the integrity of the rail system kept pace with the rapid population growth and the increase in ridership? The SMRT, in media conferences addressing the breakdowns, has said maintenance was stepped up as demands on the system grew over the years. Annual ridership, which used to grow by 1 to 2 per cent, has risen by as much as 9 per cent per annum more recently. But greater, and more specific, assurance that the operator has not grown complacent over the years is needed. Clarity is needed on the frequency and comprehensiveness of the SMRT's - and SBS ...

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