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Small mercies in one of the biggest bus and train fare hikes in years

Vulnerable groups shielded from brunt of increase but Network Capacity Factor component needs relooking

While making commuters pay for improvements which should arguably have been there in the first place remains a sticking point, the latest fare revision shows heart.

By not raising cash fares for bus rides for senior citizens, and capping rises to one cent for lower-income workers and people with disabilities, the Public Transport Council is shielding vulnerable groups from one of the biggest fare hikes in years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2018, with the headline 'Small mercies in one of the biggest fare hikes in years'. Print Edition | Subscribe