12 Jul '11, 10pm

WP reiterates call for National Transport Corporation

SINGAPORE: The Workers' Party (WP) on Tuesday reiterated its call for a National Transport Corporation to "oversee and provide universal transport service to all". The WP was responding to media queries a day after public transport operators SBS Transit and SMRT applied to the Public Transport Council (PTC) for a 2.8-per-cent hike in bus and rail fares. The two operators cited cost pressures such as rising manpower and fuel prices. WP pointed out that it had, in its 2006 and 2011 manifestos, "called for the MRT and public buses servicing major trunk and inter-town routes to be brought under a National Transport Corporation". It added that the entity "should not be profit-oriented but should aim to provide public transportation services on the basis of cost and depreciation recovery". The WP said: "This would avoid a situation like we have seen (on Monday) where, despite ea...

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