Discounts for off-peak travel may remain

Commuters on buses during off-peak travel hours.
Commuters on buses during off-peak travel hours. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The Public Transport Council (PTC) is assessing whether cheaper fares for off-peak travel should become a permanent feature of the transport system, its chairman Richard Magnus said in a blog post yesterday.

The council is studying travel patterns to see how differentiated fares can help smoothen travel demand here, he said, adding that it will keep the commuters' interests "at the forefront", even as improvements to the transport network have raised operating costs.

The PTC is in the midst of its annual fare review exercise and evaluating this year's fare adjustment as well as proposals from rail operators, SBS Transit and SMRT.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2017, with the headline 'Discounts for off-peak travel may remain'. Subscribe