SINGAPORE (Jan 29): The only thing worse than a train breakdown is a train breakdown that leaves commuters with no options to get to their destinations. It leads to unattainable expectations of reliability and a corrosive mistrust of the whole transport system. The Land Transport Authority finally seems to realise this.

On Jan 21, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan wrote in a Facebook post: “In tandem with the acceleration of rail-asset renewal, LTA is also considering running more buses along key rail stretches, especially during peak periods. This can strengthen the resilience of our public transport network, providing it with some sort of a backup when needed.”

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