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Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Thursday said the Public Transport Council (PTC) has struck a good balance by keeping the bus and train fare increase a few notches below the average wage increase in 2013.
SINGAPORE: Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Thursday said the Public Transport Council (PTC) has struck a good balance by keeping the bus and train fare increase a few notches below the average wage increase in 2013.
He said the council managed to do so while enhancing concessions for a significant segment of commuters -- like students, especially the polytechnic students and NSFs -- and providing new products like the monthly unlimited travel passes for senior citizens and other adults.
Overall, he believes the move will continue to keep public transport affordable for Singaporeans.
Writing in his Facebook post, Mr Lui said this was the first time the government is funding two fare concession schemes -- for low-wage workers and persons with disabilities -- which, from the start, will benefit close to half a million Singaporeans.
He said the concessionary fare for low-wage workers will bring their fares to levels comparable to what they were paying 10 to 15 years ago.
The transport minister said as these are new schemes, government agencies will ensure that the application process is as "fuss-free and smooth" as possible.
Mr Lui said: "I expect we will encounter some hiccups along the way, given that we are setting up the infrastructure and processes from scratch, and close to half a million Singaporeans may apply, and hence half a million personalised concession cards will have to be printed and mailed out.
"I hope that applicants will understand and I assure you, we will try our best to get the concession cards to you as quickly as possible. We will provide more details of eligibility, how and when to apply, etc, in the next few weeks."
Mr Lui also thanked the Public Transport Council for undertaking this difficult and challenging assignment.