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Thumbs up for LTA's bid to ease rush-hour crush

Firm backing for LTA's scheme to give grants for flexi-work plans

Published on Aug 2, 2014 6:54 AM
 
LTA's Travel Smart Network initiative hopes to ease the public transport crush during morning peak hours by helping employers bear the costs of developing flexible work plans. -- ST FILE PHOTO

Companies based near MRT stations have backed a government move to provide grants promoting flexible travel arrangements.

The Land Transport Authority's (LTA's) Travel Smart Network initiative, launched on Wednesday, hopes to ease the public transport crush during morning peak hours by helping employers bear the costs of developing flexible work plans.

In a trial starting in 2012, feedback from 6,000 people in 12 organisations showed 20 per cent changed their work arrangements and reduced their peak-hour travel by 12 per cent.

The LTA has approached some companies near MRT stations with more than 200 employees - the "critical mass" required for flexible travel schemes to work.

 
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