26 Feb '12, 1pm

S$1.1b spent on buses to include addressing operational cost issues

S$1.1b spent on buses to include addressing operational cost issues

SINGAPORE: The government's plans to spend S$1.1 billion on increasing bus capacity is not just for buying buses, but also address operational cost issues. This was one topic discussed at a post-Budget dialogue, following Minister S Iswaran's walkabout of MacPherson on Sunday. Transport, healthcare and immigration were some issues brought up during the Budget and which had residents of MacPherson abuzz. Richard Kong, who is a second year student at Nanyang Technological University, asked whether the S$1.1 billion spent on the purchasing of buses will result in an increase in transport fare over the next few years." Mr Iswaran replied: "We're increasing the bus fleet by 20 per cent - ask yourself, do you think our ridership will go up by 20 per cent? If our ridership doesn't go up by 20 per cent, what it means is the buses would be less utilised, and there's a financial cha...

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