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Going from Good to Great

I read the PTC’s Advisory Report and fully support their focus on commuters. We exist because of the commuters. Fulfilling their needs is our mission. Not all wishes that were expressed to PTC can be fulfilled because what…

Going into high gear for cycling

The island’s first large-scale bicycle sharing pilot is set to kick off in the Jurong Lake District from next year end, with a government tender called last Fri to find an operator to build and run the project.…

LTA partners Singapore startup nuTonomy for self-driving trial

LTA on Mon announced that the vision of using an app to summon a self-driving vehicle to take passengers to their destination is now one step nearer. LTA said nuTonomy, a startup founded in 2013 by Drs Karl…

PTC releases first report on ways to improve Singapore’s public transport

The Public Transport Council (PTC) on Mon released its inaugural report detailing suggestions on how public transport can be improved for commuters. The recommendations are meant to be integrated with evolving public transport governance, planning and design in…

Fault on antenna caused train to skip stations on BPLRT line: SMRT

A fault on an LRT train’s antenna caused the train to skip stations along the Bukit Panjang LRT line on Jul 28, SMRT said on Mon. The public transport operator was responding to feedback from a commuter, Ms…

Delphi, Singapore launch test of self-driving taxis

Delphi Automotive will launch a small test fleet of automated taxis in Singapore next year, aiming to ferry passengers around a city district in one of the first real-world tests of automated rides on demand, the company said…

Need for Reit sponsors to be more committed

Debt-laden Chinese developers have been quick to spot the beeline yield-hungry investors here have been making for reits, but they may not find it so easy to cash in. It makes sense for these developers to spin off…

Govt exploring tighter rules for factory-converted dormitories

The Government is exploring the need to tighten rules governing factory-converted dormitories (FCDs) to ensure the well-being of workers housed in such facilities, Minister of State (Manpower) Teo Ser Luck said on Mon. Speaking to reporters after a…

Extend ramp proposal to MRT stations, pedestrian bridges

I refer to the report “HDB to consider ramps for homes with multiple steps at entrance” (July 25). I hope the authorities will not stop there, but will also take another commendable step by replacing more stairs at…

Prioritise improvement of Causeway over toll fee collection

LTA is stepping up its measures against fee evasion at the checkpoints. While it has been lamented that we do not have a system such as Malaysia’s (barrier is raised only upon payment), I was surprised to learn…

Encourage cycling by installing bike racks on buses

The trial that lets cyclists and users of personal mobility devices carry their foldable bicycles and devices on public transport is a good step towards a car-lite society (“Bike-sharing pilot to start next year in Jurong East”; July…

Tender called to restore and maintain Haw Par Villa

An in-depth heritage study of one of Singapore’s rare and historical gems, the 79-year-old Haw Par Villa will soon be under way. NHB has called a tender to study the park’s some 1,000 Technicolor sculptures, dioramas and architectural…

Singapore’s biggest gymnastics centre opens in Jurong East

Singapore’s biggest gymnastics facility has just opened in Jurong East. Called The Yard, the 1,200 sqm centre in Science Centre Road is about the size of 1½ football fields. It boasts a wide range of equipment including eight…

Demand for turning condos to serviced apartments wanes

The surge of interest in 2015 among property owners to convert residential developments to serviced apartments may have lost some steam this year. Some market watchers attribute this to a pick-up in residential sales while others point to…

School property in Hillside Drive goes for $68m

Private equity investment firm Lucrum Capital has sold its 81,468 sqft school property in Hillside Drive for nearly double what it paid in 2012. Hong Kong-listed China Maple Leaf Educational Systems has picked up the property for $68…

Investors turning to Singapore and Hong Kong in 2016: Knight Frank

Japan and Australia have been the traditional safe havens for cross-border investments in the region. However, a dwindling stock of prime assets for purchase are pushing jaded investors to look for opportunities elsewhere, says Knight Frank in its…

Strata house at Estrivillas sold at loss of close to $1 mil

Another semi-detached house on Jalan Lim Tai See in District 10 was sold at a loss this year. This time, the loss amounted to $959,337. The 5,156 sqft strata house was held for more than six years. It…

Competitive pressures to hound CDLHT until 2017

Competitive pressures will continue to haunt CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDLHT), as analysts only see a turnaround for the hospitality sector in the latter half of 2017. According to a report by RHB, while visitor arrivals to Singapore climbed…

NGDATA sets up APAC hub office in Singapore

Companies worldwide are now increasingly looking to acquire and implement data-driven solutions that directly address their commercial priorities in big data. As such, in an effort to help the financial institutions in Singapore and the APAC region, NGDATA…

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