Thursday, July 4, 2013

Singapore: Free Subway Fares For Early Birds

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Singapore skyline viewed from Chinatown at sunset. (Image Source: )

By Glenn A. Walsh
Reporting for SpaceWatchtower 

The congested subway system of Singapore is offering free rides to weekday commuters, who arrive Downtown on a train by 7:45 a.m.

Due to immigration, the population of this Asian island city-state, located at the southern  tip of the Malay Peninsula, has swelled nearly thirty percent over the last decade to a 2012 population of 5,312,400.

This has overloaded the Singapore subway system. Hence, to try to reduce subway demand during rush-hours, and make the demand more even during the morning, the government-affiliated transit system is conducting a one-year trial period with the early-morning free subway fares.

Some Singapore businesses are now considering instituting flex-time, so  their employees can take advantage of the free fares.

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Sources: NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation; Glenn A. Walsh Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friends of the Zeiss.

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