In 2016, the government took back control of the train network and invested heavily in improving services. But has the system really been fixed?  

SINGAPORE (May 20): Annabelle Lee does not particularly enjoy her daily commute to and from work. “I get so tired by the time I get to work because of how stuffy the train is,” says the 28-year-old civil servant who spends an hour getting to her office in the city centre from her home in Sengkang. “The trains are always so crowded and everyone is packed like sardines in the carriages.” 

Even so, she concedes that the train system is much better now than it was a few years ago, with fewer breakdowns and delays. Indeed, according to data by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the public transport system hit a new high in reliability last year, with trains clocking an average of 690,000km between delays, 3.8 times better than the previous year’s average.

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