Reliability key to getting more to switch to trains, buses

The report on March 10 ("More leave cars at home to take trains, buses to work") shows an increase in the proportion of working residents aged 15 years and above going to work by bus, train or a combination of both, from 50.7 per cent in 2005 to 58.7 per cent last year.

However, there is hardly any improvement in the percentage of those who are satisfied with public transport - with the annual Public Transport Customer Satisfaction Survey reporting a rise of just 0.5 percentage point between 2014 and last year.

Despite the introduction of more MRT lines and bus services in the last 10 years, the percentage of residents travelling to work by car has dropped only marginally, from 22.9 per cent in 2005 to 21.9 per cent last year.

The reliability of public transport will be the ultimate factor in a car owner's decision to switch to taking trains or buses to work.

Gan Kok Tiong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2016, with the headline 'Reliability key to getting more to switch to trains, buses'. Print Edition | Subscribe