The article above talks about increase in public transportation. It is no surprise that most people will object to the increase in pricing of public transport system. Even I feel the pinch whenever I commute to school every day. But it is an inevitable process. The public transport pricing will always keep rising. The best than we can wish for is that public transport pricing would stay stagnant for a longer period before increasing. The thing in question is does the transportation system improve as we pay higher fares?
As what I have experienced, the public transport system has not changed much since I began using it as a teenager. Buses and trains are always crowded, even more so now, especially during peak hours. Although the government tries to increase frequency of the MRT trains, the number of trains that can be used is limited due to the system that they are using. The frequency of bus services is still irregular and sometimes I have to wait for a while before that particular bus comes again. The numbers of seats that are available on the trains are still limited and most people won’t have a chance to get a seat. But to be fair, I guess that’s the max number of capacity that is available per carriage. Short of increasing the number of carriages available, I guess that’s all the seats that we have.
So why are we having a periodic increase in cost of public transportation than? Well, we can attribute it to the rising cost of everything else. Fuel is increasing, cost of building the transportation infrastructure is also increasing and salaries of the workers also increasing. Therefore I guess it is reasonable to say that we have no choice but to succumb to the increase cost in transportation.
Actually if you sit down and think about it, the cost of everything else is also increasing, from food to clothes to even education. We just gripe about the increase in public transportation because we have to top up our EZ link card ever so often. In other words, we are able to see the money flowing out of pockets thus feeling the pinch.
To conclude this post, I would like to ask you if it is fair for the increase in public transportation and if you have witness any changes in the system, no matter positive or negative.