Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Public Transport Strategy Not Working

The public transport strategy to raise its sare to 79% of all trips by 2020 has suffered a reversal.

From the ST today,

"..public transport's share of the total number of trips made during the morning peak period shrank to 59 per cent last year from 63 per cent in 2004 and 67 per cent in 1997..."


"while public transport journeys increased by 16 per cent, car journeys jumped 31 per cent.

'The heavier car usage has led to an overall drop in the public transport mode share last year,' said the minister.

Between 2004 and last year, car numbers grew by 32 per cent to 550,500."

What this means is simple. Cost of owning a car would have to go up. Car use charges will also be creeping up. The current transportation trend is not tenable.

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