Private versus public transport


Based on all the improvements, policies and initiatives the Government has announced in the recent months, and in today’s news report, I’m skeptical about how public transport can improve the lives of those who need to travel from the far East to the far West.

Screen shot | Internet | SMRT's East-West and North-South lines

Screen shot | Internet | SMRT's East-West and North-South lines

Yes, we will have better bus services, shorter waiting times, smoother bus rides, more efficient transfers and all, but all those good improvements will not shorten the travelling time for commuters commuting between Pasir Ris and Joo Koon. Assuming the journey between stations takes 2 minutes (sometimes much longer though), the train ride from the East to the West takes an hour.

However, 1 hour’s worth of car ride can get you from the East to the West, and back! To get from Pasir Ris to NTU in a car will set you back by about 30 minutes 1-way. Essentially, car/private transport will get you to your destination faster if you travel from one end to the other end of this island nation.

With this in mind, how will the population respond should there be a drastic cut in the number of Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) next year? I don’t want to imagine that situation yet.

*note that all travel times assume the ideal situation of no traffic snarls, no train breakdowns, good weather and visibility.

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