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SMRT praised for punctuality of train breakdowns

SMRT praised for punctuality of train breakdowns

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Always on time.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life who like to take public transport because cars are for rich people in a car-lite country, are clapping their hands and praising SMRT for its punctuality.

This after the East-West Line from Joo Koon to Clementi stations towards Pasir Ris was disrupted for two hours during peak hour on Jan. 19, boosting train breakdown punctuality.

One Singaporean, Huai Leow, said: “There is nothing unpredictable about this system.”

“The breakdowns are happening like clockwork in a disorderly, randomness laden world.”

“The predictability of breakdowns gives me everyone a sense of security.”

Other locals said the predictability could work against SMRT’s favour though.

Another local, Luan Luan Huai, said: “Imagine if the trains started to break down unpredictably? What’s going to happen then?”

“I don’t think Singaporeans can deal with that. It will be tough adjusting to not knowing what is going to happen next.”

At press time, Singaporeans are expecting the MRT to break down during peak hour in the evening and again in the morning the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans shocked no MRT train disruption this morning

S’poreans shocked no MRT train disruption this morning

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No train disruption on any given day is abnormal.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who like to take MRT train because cars are for rich people, said thank you to SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek on Nov. 18, 2016.

This after the MRT train system did not break down this morning as it had experienced a series of MRT and LRT disruptions the last six months.

This led to Singaporeans rejoicing as it is a different way to start the day.

One Singaporean, Jin Gan Ji, said: “We would like to collectively assure that we Singaporeans do not cause the SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek’s trains to break down again. We are very sorry that we did so the previous few years.”

“The SMRT CEO does not have to keep dealing with this kind of thing.”

Other Singaporeans said they are glad a lack of MRT breakdowns is starting to make the news these days.

Another local, Shang Bao Zhi, said: “This means Singapore has progressed to the next level already.”

“But the day has not ended yet, so I’m still keeping my fingers crossed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans apologise to Khaw Boon Wan for causing his NEL to spoil, make him lose his way

S’poreans apologise to Khaw Boon Wan for causing his NEL to spoil, make him lose his way

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They are truly sorry for causing him so much pain and suffering as Transport Minister already.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life who like to take public transport because cars are for rich people, have come out to publicly apologise to Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

This after they caused the North East MRT Line to break down again this Tuesday morning during peak hour as everyone got ready for work and school at the same time at around 8am.

One Singaporean, Jin Soh Lee, said he would like to personally apologise to Khaw Boon Wan for causing him inconvenience: “I’m sorry Minister Khaw Boon Wan. I caused your MRT system to break down even before you had time to warm up your Transport Minister seat in Parliament.”

“Please forgive me and my fellow commuters for making you work harder to oversee that there is no more train faults even when all of these problems are not your fault.”

Other Singaporeans, who are even more apologetic and guilt-ridden, said they are to blame for causing Minister Khaw to take the wrong train and ending his honeymoon period in the transport ministry so abruptly.

This after he posted on the morning of the NEL breakdown that he had taken the wrong train on the Circle Line as he had many things on his mind.

Another Singaporean, Zhen Bao Qian, went beyond apologising and insisted on doing more on his part to ensure Khaw Boon Wan will never be inconvenienced again since 70 percent of people voted for this: “Therefore, as Singaporeans, we must stop taking public transport altogether so that the train will never ever break down again.”

“And Minister Khaw Boon Wan will never have any more problems on his mind causing him to take the wrong train.”

“Furthermore, if Singaporeans everywhere stopped taking the MRT, Khaw Boon Wan will have the entire train to himself when he takes it.”

“Sorry, Khaw Boon Wan.”

 

 

 

 

 









North-South, East-West line breakdown unites S’poreans

North-South, East-West line breakdown unites S’poreans

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Singaporeans bond over calls to commit hara-kiri, meditate on their role in Singapore’s natural aristocracy.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life who are experiencing the complete collapse of the SMRT North-South and East-West lines system say they feel united as one people, one nation and one Singapore.

This after the breakdown brought a large number of Singaporeans together to commiserate with one another.

One Singaporean, Zuo Huang Di, said: “The last time I saw this many thousands of Singaporeans hanging out together was at Workers’ Party rally in Hougang, where Singaporeans turned up in droves and were united as one.”

“This 7/7/2015 complete collapse of the SMRT system really brings us back to those good times, and now at a time like this, it allows for each and every Singaporean to meditate on our role in this natural aristocracy.”

Other Singaporeans said given this current climate of immobility, it is a good time to put their heads together to go through the list of those who should take responsibility and commit hara-kiri.

Another Singaporean, Qu Zi Sah, said: “As the minion class, we deserve this cattle class treatment.”

“But it is also a good time to contemplate who in the upper management will need to commit hara-kiri because according to National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, those who cause lapses to occur must commit suicide via hara-kiri, as a matter of atonement and accepting responsibility for failure.”

At press time, other Singaporeans say they are already looking forward to more of such gatherings to allow locals to bond together in large groups as reliability of SMRT train services is increasing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





SMRT North South Line train undergoes routine breakdown on March 12, further improves reliability

SMRT North South Line train undergoes routine breakdown on March 12, further improves reliability

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SMRT sticking to daily breakdown routine, will be awarded ISO 9000 certification soon.

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An SMRT North South Line train broke down right on cue on March 12, 2015, in the afternoon, which cemented the transport operator’s pledge to improve reliability of train malfunctions so that they can occur predictably everyday instead of as and when it happens.

This occurred one day after it was announced in parliament that MRT reliability has improved as breakdowns are happening daily instead of unpredictably.

Singaporeans from all walks of life who like to take public transport because trains are for rich people said they are glad that SMRT will soon be awarded the ISO 9000 quality management certification for breakdowns as they can orchestrate the exact timing of train faults to within 30 minutes of the scheduled time.

The onus is now on SBS Transit trains to break down more routinely as it is leaving commuters guessing when exactly will the next malfunction happen.

Kuai Dian Huai, a local, said SBS Transit’s unpredictable breakdown schedule is taking a toll on commuters: “I have no idea when exactly to make plans for alternative transport arrangements as a result.”

“It is almost like riding blind. I cannot anticipate if SBS Transit North East Line trains will spoil today, tomorrow or next week.”

“This highly unreliable schedule is making taking the train a hassle.”

“SBS Transit really needs to buck up if they want the ISO 9000 certification as well.”

 

Breakdowns have to be more reliable to make it easier for commuters:

MRT reliability has improved as breakdowns happening daily instead of unpredictably

MRT reliability has improved as breakdowns happening daily instead of unpredictably

MRT reliability has improved as breakdowns happening daily instead of unpredictably

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Commuters glad they can look forward to a daily breakdown instead of not knowing when the next one might happen.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life who like to take public transport because cars are for rich people said they are happy that MRT reliability has improved.

This after MRT trains in Singapore have been breaking down regularly on a daily basis and Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said on March 11, 2015, that reliability is going up as a result.

One Singaporean, Didi Pai, said having daily breakdowns will prepare commuters mentally so they know they can count on the train to predictably malfunction: “Yes, I agree with Minister Lui as I can definitely feel MRT reliability improving. I can now expect the MRT system to break down every day instead of second-guessing when it will happen next.”

“However, more has to be done to ensure that the breakdown happens regularly enough because there are still some rare days where the MRT system goes on without a hitch and everything works fine.”

“That’s not ideal.”

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MRT operators, SMRT and SBS Transit, have also said they will look into commuters’ feedback to ensure breakdowns are more regular to continue to improve reliability in the occurrence of disruptions that lead to multi-station malfunctions.

One SMRT spokesperson, Gong Jiao Wei, said: “At the present moment, it is hard for us to schedule breakdowns on a timely basis, such as ensuring that it happens every day without fail during a specific time, like during peak hour at 8am in the morning when everyone is rushing to work, for example.”

“But what we can do is to make sure breakdowns can occur within a certain period, for example, between 8am and 10am or between 7pm and 8pm, when it is most packed and more people can be inconvenienced at the same time, which would lead to more news coverage and social media chatter and have a broader impact on public consciousness.”

“If we can keep this up, reliability will definitely improve as Singaporeans will know ahead of time when to avoid taking the trains and make plans for other transport arrangements.”

To make breakdowns happen in a more timely predictable fashion, some steps that SMRT and SBS Transit are expected to take include not taking appropriate measures to change train sleepers on schedule, putting off electrical wiring work to another date thinking it is not urgent and generally maintaining a lax system of checks and balances for crucial operating systems.

Both train operators have also said they are aware that while inaction on their part in terms of maintenance is crucial, improving the reliability of daily breakdowns will require working harder at non-transport competencies, such as the redirecting of vital limited resources to other money-making ventures like providing advertising space in train stations and coming up with more ways to increase rental returns from leased properties.

 

If MRT breakdowns are more predictable, none of these would have happened:

S’poreans shocked there was no MRT train disruption this morning

S’poreans hope ERP CEO can join SMRT to help trains run as smoothly as gantries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans shocked there was no MRT train disruption this morning

S’poreans shocked there was no MRT train disruption this morning

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No train disruption on any given day is abnormal.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who like to take MRT train because cars are for rich people, said thank you to SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek on March 10, 2015.

This after the MRT train system did not break down this morning as it had experienced a series of MRT and LRT disruptions last week and this week.

This led to Singaporeans rejoicing as it is a different way to start the day.

One Singaporean, Hen Gan Ji, said: “We would like to collectively assure that we Singaporeans do not cause the SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek’s trains to break down again. We are very sorry that we did a few days ago and also caused his LRT system to spoil at Bukit Panjang.”

“The SMRT CEO does not have to keep dealing with this kind of thing.”

Other Singaporeans said they are glad a lack of MRT breakdowns is starting to make the news these days.

Another local, Shang Bao Zhi, said: “This means Singapore has progressed to the next level already.”

“But the day has not ended yet, so I’m still keeping my fingers crossed.”

 

Go and die, please:

S’poreans commit suicide twice in one day after causing MRT to break down two times

What SMRT’s third breakdown really means

What SMRT’s third breakdown really means

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Singapore’s public transport in three-ring circus.

By Chong Zhi Ping

Early counting systems often relied on the “One- Two- Many” concept to describe counting limits.

In other words, early peoples had a word to describe the quantities of one and two. But any quantity beyond this point would be simply be regarded as “Many”.

It is, therefore, safe to say that our prestigious Mass Rapid Transit has broken down many times in the past week.

The Wall Street Journal suggested that “the disruptions are not just isolated events… Question then is what underlying systems and structures caused this, and then what mental models or deep assumptions underpinned those systems and structures.”

Nonetheless, I shall contribute my three cents worth of opinion, because three is simply the magic number now.

1) Breaking down is a norm, not breaking down is not

Get conditioned. SMRT may have over-performed in the initial years so that means we cannot not factor in complacency and always expect a smooth-running MRT as God-given.

Should you be sceptical, read up on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Seamless public transport was never a listed item.

In fact, train breakdowns happen world wide, be it on purpose like London’s or an honest mistake like Berlin’s. We Singaporeans are suaku and complain too much.

Transit map of the world, anyone?

2) Our current transport fare is undercharged

So why did SMRT’s CEO Saw Phaik Hwa apologise for the cock-up? Is she three bricks shy of a load, you asked?

Sit easy, have a Kit Kat and allow me to backtrack for you.

In July, SMRT and SBS submitted a joint application for fare adjustment. They sought a total increment of 2.8% to upkeep service standards.

Wary of the May election’s furore over increasing costs of living, however, the Public Transport Council only approved the fare hike allowing it to escalate by 1%.

We celebrated. We thought the government is finally listening and we can look forward to a better 5 years. Viva la revolucion!

Except there’s also this good old Chinese saying that goes: One cent money, one cent worth.

By paying less in public transport fees, we have unwittingly caused the demise of our First World MRT operations.

After all, who is going to cover that 1.8% revenue-cum-budget deficit? Surely not from Tuck Yew Tryingtoscorepoliticalpointz?

To save our blushes, Ms Saw and gang bravely put forth the self-demonising statement. It’s customer service that we should be concerned about. Do recognise, as such, that we have not been fair towards SMRT.

We ‘aint giving them enough benefit of doubt as a profit-based corporation.

Ms Saw being SMRT’s highest paid CEO ever is also irrelevant.

3) SMRT still have our interests at heart

True benevolence

Especially when we consider efforts shown by SMRT to cushion our shock: Live twitter updates. Free bridging bus services. Messages to increase cabbies to relieve the crowd. Not penalising the man who smashed one of the train window.

What more can you ask for? (A friend did suggest that SMRT could borrow the 40 topless models from Abercrombie & Fitch to stand outside Orchard station and sooth our feisty mood, but we are not that lewd, are we.)

Which is the reason why I totally sup-pork Straits Times’ timely reminder regarding SMRT coming tops among local firms:

Don’t ask what SMRT can do for you! Ask what you can do for SMRT!

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of SMRT!

Burp. Actually,I could well be three sheets to the wind.

Consecutive train breakdowns leave commuters in disbelief

Consecutive train breakdowns leave commuters in disbelief

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More dry humping. More buttocks rubbing buttocks action.

For the second day in a row, MRT commuters are forced to dry hump and rub buttocks against buttocks.

Yup, Dec. 15 is dry-humping-buttocks-rubbing-crowded alright.

This second incident is reminiscent of the events the day before on Dec. 14, where commuters were unwittingly made to create bodily friction because the Circle Line train system went tits up during morning peak hour commute.

The day before on Dec. 14, the Circle Line catastrophe saw an unprecedented number of dry humping and buttocks-on-buttocks action.

This time, the North-South line on Dec. 15 experienced technical difficulties that caused a shut down of all travel between Bishan and Marina Bay stations. The meltdown occurred some time around 7 p.m. during rush hour peak period.

Some commuters were reportedly held up in carriages that ran out of fresh air, lights and air-condition for as long as 45 minutes when trains came to a standstill underground. In an attempt to not meet the maker, a carriage glass door panel was reportedly smashed to allow life-giving sustenance to enter.

It is heartening to know that Singaporeans can take the initiative. Amen.

After passengers were evacuated through tunnel shafts that were meant for the smooth flowing of our First World transportation system, many proceeded with the walk of shame to find alternative means to get home.

This is SMRT's walk of shame. These are the commuters who have been let down. Many, and I mean many, missed an episode of something on TV because the train stopped working.

Remember, these are the same people who cannot afford cars because COE prices have let them down and where peak-hour taxi fares can cost more than air tickets from Bangkok to Singapore.

At 11 p.m. at City Hall MRT station, station staff were on hand to divert people out to alternative forms of transportation.

"Am I supposed to get the fuck out from there?"

Lastly, we leave you with feedback from a disheartened commuter:

“Look, I studied hard, did my ‘A’ Levels, scored distinctions to get to uni, hauled my ass through four years in uni and came out looking for a decent job. I’ve worked hard for the last few years but I cannot afford a car still. That’s ok. But is it so fucking hard to ask for the public transportation system to work properly? I’ve done my part being an upright citizen serving NS, contributing to CPF and paying taxes, so why can’t the public service return me the fucking favour? Is it fucking too much to ask for?”