“People can board the trains – it is whether they choose to.”
Perhaps after looking at the picture below, one wonders what SMRT’s CEO Saw Phaik Hwa was thinking when she made the above statement.
Ms Saw was responding to questions about crowded trains, in a Sunday Times’ article, which I strangely can’t find online, but I found a screenshot of it in The Online Citizen.
She ‘doesn’t think that trains here are as packed as Hong Kong, Taipei and Shanghai”, which brings me to the question if she has ever took a train during peak hours. Maybe not, since she doesn’t have to, since she’s SMRT’s Highest paid CEO.
I’m still seriously dumfounded as to why SMRT are not running more trains and reducing the waiting time. As Nelson Poon wrote in his blogpost titled ‘An open letter to SMRT CEO’:
…I am seriously infuriated with the trains coming at intervals of 4 ~ 5 mins between 7pm ~ 730pm while a lot of people are still just getting off work. While statistically one train coming at 4 ~ 5 mins and another coming at 2 mins gives you an average interval of 3.5 minutes a train, that is not the same as trains coming at a constant interval 3.5 mins. Running some of your trains at higher load than another is creating uneven wear and tear on your trains and the tracks and it definitely hurts your bottom line.
Guess it’s time for Ms Saw to take a train ride. During peak hours.