Posted by : Terence Yeo Monday, May 6, 2013

[Savings type - $$; Annual - up to $360]

...now we're often pretty skeptical about our government and especially so with greater transport-related issues in recent times. Having insufficient infrastructure to support a 5.1million (and growing) population, public transport congestion woes seem to be one of the top problems facing this nation today.

Thankfully (and finally) the government together with SMRT have managed to think out of the box and a one year trial will commence starting June 24th 2013 - offering free rides to commuters who exit at any of the 16 designated stations in the Central Business District before 745am. If you hit that snooze button and end up exiting between 745am - 8am, you save $0.50 on your ride instead.



Let's breakdown the numbers for you:
  1. Before 745am - Let's assume an average ride into town costs $1.50. Making an effort to arrive at work early for 20 working days a month, 12 months a year translates to annual savings of $360!
  2. Between 745-8am - At $0.50 savings a ride, 20 working days a month, 12 months a year translates to annual savings of $120!
Now, how do we translate this savings to reality without the need to incur more working hours? One important thing to do is to propose staggered work-hours to your supervisor ie. working from 8-5 instead of 9-6.

P.S. The 16 designated stations are Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Lavender, Orchard, Outram Park, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar, Bayfront, Bras Basah, Esplanade, Marina Bay and Promenade.


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