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#11
SMRT should use rental and ad profits, not increase fare
From: Today
By Jimmy Ho Kwok Hoong
04:46 AM Aug 16, 2012

I write this letter in response to the Fare Review Mechanism Committee's public consultation for its review.

Despite SMRT Corporation's substantial profits every year from its non-transport sector involving rental and advertising, it has cited high operating costs as the reason each time for raising fares.

But company profits, as a whole, have increased from S$56.8 million in 2002 to S$161.1 million last year.

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(04 October 2012, 09:46 AM)SBS6019J Wrote:   Show/Hide

I was onboard C830 802 this afternoon from Bishan to Dhoby Ghaut. Two officers boarded the train at Bartley and manually operated the train until it reaches Promenade. During and after manual operation, the speed of the train slowed down, travelling at a slow speed until it reaches Dhoby Ghaut.
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#13
SMRT should hire a local spokesman.
From: TODAY
Date: 17th October 2012
From Thomas Lee Chee Chee

It was reported recently that an Australian from Temasek Holdings may become SMRT Corporation's new spokesman. If this is true, SMRT should reconsider.

It is alright if a foreigner with international experience is a spokesman for a local corporation dealing in international trade, such as Singapore Airlines, Keppel Corporation and DBS Bank.

However, SMRT needs someone who understands our culture and who speaks our lingo. Similarly, I do not see how a Singaporean could be an effective spokesperson for British supermarket Waitrose or Chinese beverage maker Wahaha.

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#14
Take pointers from Taipei Metro

From: Today
By: Darryl Goh Sheng En
Date: 27/11/2012

On its Facebook page recently, xinmsn asked about suggestions on train and station features for the upcoming Downtown Line. Perhaps there are some pointers to be learnt from the Taipei Metro.

First, the stations are tourist friendly, with brochures designed for tourists in almost every station (after enquiry). I visited some places of interest that were not in my original plan.

In Singapore, there is a recent brochure of a "one-day family trip on the Circle Line", for both locals and travellers to visit places of interest around its various stations.

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#15
MRT system, a platform for multicultural values.
From: TODAYonline
Date: 3rd December 2012

I refer to the letter "Why make station name announcements in Mandarin?" (Nov 30). Commuters would have noticed the recent change in the "next station" announcements on the North-South Line, benefiting those who do not converse in English.

However, the fact is that only Mandarin has been added in this change. Two main points have been raised on social media in response to the move: On its necessity and on the values it purports.

On the first issue, many have asked about the need to translate names that are familiar to Singaporeans after decades of nationhood. SMRT adds to the confusion by giving multiple versions of station names.

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#16
What's in a station name?.
A lot more than SMRT bargained for, says our intern columnist.
From: TODAYonline
Date: 5th November 2012

SMRT has been in the hot seat of controversy in recent days. Between the bus drivers' strike and the announcement of MRT station names in Mandarin - but not Malay or Tamil - the transport operator has drawn a lot of flak from the public.

Saying that the transport operator was responding to what the people wanted, an SMRT spokesperson added that the Malay and Tamil languages were not included in the change because most station names, when pronounced in English, sound similar to their Malay and Tamil equivalents.

This just made people more angry, and you don't have to be among the non-Chinese minority to see the problem with SMRT's reasoning. Bukit Merah vs Redhill was a frequently cited example.

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(05 December 2012, 12:22 PM)C651 Lover Wrote:   Show/Hide

Nobody remembered about the bilingual announcements on NEL, which has been there since day 1 in 2003.. Confused

EDIT: oops sorry, I thought the bilingual announcements were there since day one, thanks SgTrainLovur and Ethan777 for enlightening me! Big Grin
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(06 December 2012, 12:46 AM)SBS8300H Wrote:   Show/Hide

Yeah.. But I think the NEL bilingual announcements started in somewhere around 2005 or 2006.
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If people say that Redhill and Bukit Merah, they sound different, right? What if the commuters think that Redhill station is near to the bus interchange, which is not..?
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#20
The distance between stations are too short for 4 language announcements. There are also quite a handful stations that already have Malay origins for their names, Tanah Merah for example.

SBST has been doing the same thing for a long time, so SMRT being given the short end of the public's temper most likely has to be with other recent incidents (bus drivers strike, bad PR issues, etc). The chinese announcements are just there at the wrong timing. Remember that these announcements have already been through a trial.
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