Why aiming high is a must for the MRT

Last July, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan set a target for Singapore's MRT network - to have no more than one delay in one million kilometres travelled.

The international measure for this is MKBF (mean kilometres before failure), which averages the number of five-minute-or-more delays over the total distance clocked by trains in a system. The higher the number, the more reliable a system is supposed to be.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline 'Why aiming high is a must for the MRT'. Print Edition | Subscribe