The press must be so pressurised to sell Transport Minister Raymond Lim's distance-based fare system, their reading comprehension has been clouded over. TODAY titled Mr Tan Hong Boon's letter of August 24 as "Distance-based fare saves time, money".
For the past few years Mr Tan had been travelling from home to church by Service 132. "Under the old fare system, this option was the cheapest," he wrote. In rainy weather, not having to change buses must have been a plus factor too. He did explore Service 25/Service 145 and Service 74/Service 855 routes, both taking less travel time than the direct ride, but costing more in bus fares. Since the new distance-fare system kicked in, he has changed to the Service 74/Service 855 route, now cheaper than Service 132. He explains why:
"Were I to take Service 132 now, it would cost me an extra 17 cents and extra 15 minutes."
Final verdict on the new fangled system: more expensive, slower.
He has learned his lesson, the new distance-fare system has "forced me to think of alternative ways to save time and money." The corollary of this is that the recent spate of bad governance may force Singaporeans to think of alternative political parties to save time and money. Maybe then Singaporeans won't have to work till we keel over. Maybe we'll have time to bounce grandchildren on our laps, and money left over for our kids. Maybe.