New chief for Public Transport Council from July

The Land Transport Authority's (LTA) deputy group director of Public Transport Group, Mr Tan Kim Hong, will be appointed chief executive of the Public Transport Council (PTC) on July 1.

Mr Tan, 44, will take over from current chief executive Alvin Chia, who will return to the LTA.

Among Mr Tan's achievements is the spearheading of initiatives such as the Bus Service Reliability Framework and Quality of Service review, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) said in a statement yesterday. He also oversaw the transition of the public bus industry to the bus contracting model. As chairman of the Manpower Transition Workgroup, he led an active engagement exercise with the National Transport Workers' Union and its members.

Current PTC CEO Mr Chia, 47, took on the role after the reconstitution of PTC as a body corporate entity on Jan 8 last year. He led the council during the annual Fare Review Exercises from 2013 to 2016, helping to strike a balance in public transport fares between the sustainability of Singapore's transport system and keeping fares affordable for commuters.

MOT, in its statement, expressed appreciation for Mr Chia's "significant contributions".

Lydia Lam

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2017, with the headline 'New chief for Public Transport Council from July'. Print Edition | Subscribe