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Bus, train fares to rise by 7%
October 16,2019

Bus and train fares will rise by 7% from 28 December, although the hike will be cushioned for more than 50% of Singaporeans who enjoy concessionary fares.



Bus and train fares will rise by 7% from 28 December, although the hike will be cushioned for more than one in two Singaporeans who enjoy concessionary fares.


For the first time, this group will include polytechnic students, who will enjoy student concessions. The hike is the maximum allowed in this year's formula, and the biggest percentage jump since 1998 - driven largely by a spike in fuel and energy costs.


Adult card fares will rise by $0.09 per trip. In its annual revision announcement on 8 October, the Public Transport Council (PTC) said senior citizens, low-wage workers, persons with disabilities and students will see the smallest increase of $0.04.


On the other hand, those who pay by cash or buy single-trip tickets - mostly visitors or infrequent users - will pay $0.20 more per trip, believed to be the single biggest increase so far.


The majority who use adult ez-link cards - accounting for nearly two-thirds of all trips - will see each ride costing $0.09 more. Those who buy monthly concession passes will fork out $1 to $5.50 more, while frequent users who buy adult monthly passes will incur $8 more per month.