Better perceptions towards public transport quality and affordability: Reach

80 per cent of respondents agreed that Singapore has a good public transport system, up from 74 per cent last year.
80 per cent of respondents agreed that Singapore has a good public transport system, up from 74 per cent last year. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Commuters' perceptions towards both the quality and affordability of the public transport system have improved since last year, according to a poll by government feedback unit Reach.

In a telephone poll with 1,200 randomly selected Singapore residents aged 15 and above, Reach said 80 per cent of respondents agreed that Singapore has a good public transport system, up from 74 per cent last year.

Sixty-six per cent agreed that public transport in Singapore is generally affordable, up from 63 per cent last year. The poll was conducted from Feb 29 to March 4, Reach said.

On bus services, 37 per cent of respondents felt that the wait time has improved compared to one year ago, while 10 per cent said it was longer.

Twenty-nine per cent said buses were less crowded today, whereas 20 per cent thought it was now more packed.

Overall, respondents who use the bus as their main mode of transportation were more likely to feel that bus wait time was shorter, and that buses were less crowded compared to a year ago.

About six in 10 respondents were confident that the Government's efforts will help improve the reliability of train services.

Reach noted that, in general, respondents who use the bus or train as their main mode of transportation were more confident that the Government's efforts will help improve train reliability.

Half of all respondents were also supportive of moving towards lower car ownership in Singapore.

Only 16 to 18 per cent of bus, MRT and taxi users were not supportive, whereas 31 per cent of car users did not back the idea.