In his recent blog post on 2 December, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan shared that 99 new trains at $1.1 billion will be added to the current fleet to help improve rail reliability.
He cited that train faults caused almost half of the major disruptions on the North-South and East-West MRT lines, and explained that as trains age, more effort is required to keep them in good condition.
Some of the reasons for the disruptions include equipment and component failure, operation and maintenance lapses by operators and contractors, passenger action, and design issues.
From now till 2019, fifty seven new trains will be added to the North-South and East-West lines, 18 for the North-East Line, and 24 for the Circle Line.
The new trains will come equipped with features such as improved propulsion systems, more reliable and durable AC synchronous motors, and electric train doors that require less maintenance. Commuters can expect to see a better service delivery with this fleet of trains.
What do you think of this measure to improve service delivery?
Source: “99 new MRT trains a 'worthy investment' to improve rail reliability: Khaw Boon Wan” (The Straits Times, Nov 2015)