Transport Subsidies for Low-income Individuals

REACH contributor Oh Ying Huat raised a suggestion on providing increased transport related subsidies for lower-income families on the REACH Discussion Forum.

Appended is the Ministry of Transport’s response to contributor Oh Ying Huat’s feedback.

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Lower-Wage Workers under the Workfare Income Supplement scheme can apply for the Workfare Transport Concession Scheme (WTCS) to enjoy discounts of 15% or more off adult fares. The WTCS scheme, along with the Persons with Disabilities Concession Scheme, was introduced by the Government in July 2014 to keep fares affordable for financially-needy commuters.

With the recent 2016 Fare Review Exercise, the Government further reduced concessionary card fares for Lower-Wage Workers by 1 to 25 cents from the year before, which took effect on 30 December 2016. In 2015, the Government had also reduced concessionary card fares for Lower-Wage Workers by 1 to 4 cents from the preceding year. This corresponded with the fare reductions approved by the Public Transport Council following the 2015 and 2016 Fare Review Exercises.

For more information about the Workfare Transport Concession Card, do visit TransitLink’s website (http://www.transitlink.com.sg/PSdetail.aspx?ty=art&Id=95). Alternatively, you can reach them at their hotline at 1800-2255 663.


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