Singapore skyline viewed from Chinatown at sunset. (Image Source: Wikipedia.org )
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.
More: Video - Link >>> http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/newsline/201307032112.html
More about Singapore: Link >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore
More about the Singapore transportation system: Link >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore#Transport
Sources: NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation; Glenn A. Walsh Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friends of the Zeiss.
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