Responding to a media enquiry, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said that even if the public transport system has been nationalised, bus fares will still be raised. Without giving any explanation on the measurement of affordability, Minister Khaw Boon Wan claimed that the fare raise will remain “affordable”. However, given that the existing fares are already not affordable in the present, Minister Khaw’s fare increase will miraculously make it “affordable” somehow.
According to Khaw Boon Wan, the government’s Public Transport Council (PTC) will ensure the fares remain affordable and that the raised fare “is not an undue burden on the people”. There is however no mention when will the next fare raise be or how much increase will be imposed.
When questioned about the state of traffic congestion when the MRT lines expand by 360km by 2030, Minister Khaw Boon Wan said he doesn’t know and that it is hard to predict traffic conditions after 2030.
The nationalisation of public buses will take place this coming Thursday (Sep 1) where all operating assets will be state-owned and leased to private companies for operation services. Approved without parliamentary debate, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) confirmed they are spending S$7.185 billion to nationalise the public bus transport system assets of SBS Transit and SMRT. From the purchase, SBS Transit and SMRT earned S$5.322 billion and S$1.865 billion respectively.