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Bus reliability scheme a welcome move: Observers

Published on Jan 7, 2014 8:17 AM
A commuter boarding the new City Direct service 652, which travels between Upper Thomson and the city centre during peak hours. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

By how much will Singapore's Bus Service Reliability Framework improve service punctuality?

The jury is still out, but observers agree that the first incentive-and-penalty scheme of its kind here is a step in the right direction.

A two-year pilot scheme will begin next month, which Public Transport Council chairman Gerard Ee called "work in progress".

"It's a start point," he said. "We have to give it time to work. And everyone must play a part - including motorists giving way to buses, or playing cat-and-mouse with enforcement officers. But quite logically, a carrot-and-stick approach should help."

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