When compared to Hong Kong, the travel subsidy seems to be poorer in Singapore.
I refer to the article “Billion-dollar boost for HK’s emerging industries” (Straits Times, Oct 12).
It states that “SUBSIDY FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT TRAVEL
Users of the Octopus card – which is similar to Singapore’s EZ Link card – will get subsidies up to HK$300 (S$52) if they spend more than HK$400 a month. The travel subsidy applies to all forms of public transport.”
In this connection, arguably, public transport may be one of the most basic and pressing needs of people with disabilities – which may also alleviate their financial strain.
The current concessions are
- “Enjoy 25% discount off adult fares.
- No additional cost for distance travelled beyond 7.2km.
- Option to purchase Monthly Concession Pass with unlimited bus and train rides at $60 per month”
25% discount one of the lowest in the world?
Our 25 per cent discount may be one of the lowest in the developed and developing countries – countries like Taiwan have 50% discounts and Hong Kong only charge HK$2 (35 Singapore cents) per trip.
Hong Kong monthly pass from S$60+?
In Hong Kong, I understand that an adult can pay just HKD360 (S$62) to 565 (S$98) for a monthly pass extra for unlimited travel on designated lines plus a 25% discount on other travel. So, people in Hong Kong can pay as little as S$62, especially for the poor who can try to limit their travel to within the designated lines.
This is about 50% cheaper than Singapore’s monthly unlimited travel pass which cost $120, and arguably cheaper than what an average Singaporean spends on public transport.
Also, the MTR adult single trip fare starts from HKD4 (S$0.69 ) compared to S$0.79 in Singapore’s MRT, and bus fares from HKD2 (S$0.35) to Singapore’s S$0.79.
And of course the Hong Kong MTR does not break down as often and as long as Singapore’s MRT!
Leong Sze Hian