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Kampung Admiralty is on Track

Two years ago, I unveiled the plans for Kampung Admiralty, next to Admiralty MRT Station. It is an integrated development, a one-stop hub to meet the community’s diverse needs. Besides two blocks of housing for the elderly, this…

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…

On track to better reliability

Yesterday, the North-South Line (NSL) achieved 100 days without any major incident! It joined Downtown Line, which has passed the 178–days’ mark and is working towards its 200-day milestone next month! For us in the rail industry, clearing…

Downtown Line 2: Promising start

Ridership on the Downtown Line (DTL) has been good and continues to grow steadily. It has risen by up to 30% since 4 Jan, the first school/work day of the year. This has also brought benefits to the…

Battling unknowns

Trains are a significant cause of our past disruptions. We will spend over $1 billion to expand and upgrade our train fleet. These new trains will help address past train-related faults. This is a considerable but necessary investment…

Six days to enjoy free Downtown Line (DTL) ride

DTL2 will start tomorrow, 27 Dec. We have been working hard and are doing all we can to ensure a smooth service, free from major incidents. Our immediate priority is for a good start. My worry is that…

Cutting teeth

As a young, inexperienced father, my firstborn’s teething when her first pair of teeth cut through the gums was quite an experience as she became irritable and restless. My wife and I felt helpless, not quite knowing what…

A worthy investment

The first step to improving rail reliability is to know what causes disruptions. There are several reasons: equipment and component failure, operation and maintenance lapses by operators and contractors, passenger action, and design issues. Fortunately, with time, better…

Deepening capabilities

As rail technology continues to evolve and improve, our rail engineers have to keep up. Every new line and every new train must be better than their predecessors. This way, we keep our train systems and fleet up-to-date,…

Restoring reliability of the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL)

While discussions on the detailed plans are still on-going, the principal elements of the strategy to restore the NSEWL’s reliability are becoming clearer to us. First, replace, overhaul and upgrade. The NSEWL are nearing their 30th year. Just…

Larger than trains

When I joined MND 4 years ago, I spent a lot of time thinking about public housing, but I was mindful that MND is more than HDB, much more. While HDB and housing were hot, I also could…

Let’s protect and give way to the weakest!

We want to encourage walking and cycling: a green and healthy lifestyle. We will have more footpaths and cycling paths. Meanwhile, the market is responding with different types of PMD. We need a simple, clear and consistent set…

Watching out for seniors!

As we get more senior citizens in our midst, we must make special efforts to ensure that Singapore is fully elderly friendly. I will do my part in MOT. We will build on some existing initiatives. LTA’s Green…

Remember Murphy’s Law

A new train being tested in the early morning caused a power failure on the North East Line (NEL) earlier this week. I do not know yet why the new train failed, but I made two observations about…

Catching rats

There was another disruption this morning. Such breakdowns tarnish our reputation, and we are re-doubling our efforts to improve train reliability. Singaporeans deserve better. Mr Tan Gee Paw sent me this email recently. His years of experience and…

Maintenance isn’t sexy

No one appreciates it until something goes wrong. Sexy or not, maintenance is the most valuable work we need to do well, to keep a complex system humming. Much preventive and corrective maintenance is carried out in the…

The first hour

Our recent emergency exercise, simulating a very severe train disruption which impacted all stations across the East-West Line, was useful to test our ability to mobilise additional bridging buses and to raise awareness. But realistically, we know that…

Passion and proficiency

To horticulturists, cycads are precious find, with a long fossil history dating back millions of years ago. They grow slowly and live very long, some for as long as 1000 years! There are two known naturally occurring cycad…

Avoiding another system-wide disruption

The 7 July train disruption was a disaster because of its scale. Two major lines, the NSEWL, were simultaneously affected. No service recovery plan can adequately address the sudden and large loss of supply in the public transport…

If and when it happens…

We are committed to minimising rail disruptions. But when even the best in class, Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR), experiences on average one major disruption monthly. So the key question is, if and when it happens, what…

Engineers unite!

Singapore has produced many very good engineers over the years. They dedicate their life to building modern Singapore and fly Singapore Engineering Flag high. One of my most respected Singapore Engineers is Mr Tan Gee Paw who devoted…

Catching up with HK

Experts tell me that the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is amongst the best in class on rail reliability. Our operators, SMRT and SBST, must seek to match MTR’s reliability and close the gap as soon as…

Still on track to reach KL in 90 minutes

The KL-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project will be a game changer for both countries and our people. This is the most important bilateral cooperation project and can be exemplary for regional cooperation. I am honoured to co-chair…

Sharing economy in transition

I have been intrigued by the emerging sharing economy. Technology, internet are combining to make this simple concept (we share surplus resources for maximum public good) viable. Uber, Grabtaxi and the likes help to link up (surplus) supply…

Our most precious…

Our rail networks are very costly, multi-billion-dollar assets. We have spent some $14 billion in public transport in the past five years alone, and will spend another $26 billion over the next five years as we look to…

Thankless job or transformational opportunity?

Many friends have advised me against taking on transport. But when asked by PM, I said yes, because of three strong beliefs. First, I believe in raising Singaporeans’ quality of life further in a city where public transport…

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