Do you believe this?
The Public Transport Council (PTC) noted that between last December and May this year, buses were late on only 25 occasions and too crowded only 28 times. It put these lapses against the fact that 260 bus services ply the roads daily.
Late on 25 occasions? At first it seems impossible.
But someone from PTC explains to us their definitions of “late”.
To the PTC, a bus is “on time” if the computer at the interchange tracks it as leaving the interchange on schedule…… “We have to be fair to the bus operators and their long-term commercial viability…The delay on the roads caused by congestion is out of their control, so we cannot track them at bus stops,” he said.
In another word, if you leave your home on time but still end up late at work, you aren’t late. After all, the traffic condition is beyond your control. Your employer should be fair to you too. Right? Rubbish.
And over-crowded only 28 times? How can that be possible? Can somebody ask the PTC to go Boon Lay bus interchange in the morning? I’m sure you’ll hit your 28 times quota within a day. (PS: Especially the bus to NTU)
Sometimes I wonder what’s the point of having this useless council. The PTC isn’t helping consumers. Transport fare goes up every year. And they come up with some studies that is clearly flawed. Full of rubbish.