Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Can someone explain SMRT's Logic...

SMRT's train frequency to be reduced if flu alert hits red
SINGAPORE: SMRT said train frequency will be reduced by 30 per cent once Singapore's pandemic alert level hits red. This is because its service staff are divided into two teams to prevent the potential spread of the H1N1 virus. SMRT has increased its cleanliness vigilance level in trains and buses by more than three times ever since the Health Ministry raised the flu alert to orange. Public areas are cleaned once every two hours and temperatures of SMRT officers are checked twice daily. There is also a quarantine room for passengers who display flu symptoms.Ventilation within the trains has been increased, while windows and doors of buses parked at interchanges will remain open.Temperature of bus captains are also being checked at bus interchanges.- CNA/so http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...426860/1/.html

The person who decided to do this probably doesn't take the MRT everyday. By reducing the trains by 30%, the sardines will be packed 30% closer and the risk of spreading the flu will increase.

The best thing the SMRT to do if the alert turns red is to increase the train frequency by 30% so the trains are less packed.

As for cleaning the trains obsessively every 2 hours - don't they know that unlike SARS, flu is spread by people coughing and proximity to the person coughing is probably the most important factor in its spread.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe MRT should just say that their manpower resources are so stretched that they have to cut train services.

Or that more and more of their staff are calling in sick.

Or that they just want to save more money.

Anonymous said...

don't u guys get it?
smrt is a company just like singapore. profit is no. 1

they prob are not paying any more for the extra checks & cleaning, but when reduce the frequency of trains by 30%, shazam! instant extra profit.

Anonymous said...

You are looking for logic,
when you should be looking at profits.

Anonymous said...

wow, they divide the staffs into 2 teams, one working while the other on no pay leave?? hey, this is not the same like office staffs where the staffs can be split to work at 2 different location!

Anonymous said...

i was thinking of the EXACT SAME THING when i heard of the news! and the WHO is preparing to increase it to level 6 anytime!. OMG, i think the staffs in SMRT are not thinking at all. in fact, the MRT driver seats are enclosed and the drivers are the one with LEAST contact with the public.

they just dun give a shit about the packed cabins. DAMN

yamizi said...

I have morning sneezes, that would make me easily to get quarantined should I take the train right?

Anonymous said...

to yamizi,

yes you should take the train. I suppose the quatantine portion of the train won't be as jam-packed as the other sections. So there isn't a better time to take mrt than now.

Anonymous said...

In the event of a real pandemic, all schools will be shut down and if the effects are really devastating, they will be followed by all non-essential services. Maybe SMRT were basing their policy on the above scenario but I do agree that it would be dumb to reduce the number of trains just to save money.

Anonymous said...

We always given crap logic when they want to increase prices of food and transport or increase gov pay or increase GST. For the SMRT move, I don't find it surprising at all instead more of amusement. If H1N1 spread because this I wonder who they will blame. LOL

pojaya said...

What's wrong with s'pre and its policies these days!!!!???

It's just ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

To reduce the train frequency by 30% in a jam-pack train, causing many people to be even more sardine-packed is a clear reflection how illogical and lack of common-sense SMRT's management are.

Anonymous said...

their staff are human and need to be protected....communters are not and can just catch the flu.....

lazylizard said...

what has LTA to say about mrt frequency? mexican flu is good excuse for everyone to slack? doesnt a public service provider have to provide a certain guaranteed level of service? what if tomolo singpower also say they want to 30% power cut? or sbs? or hospital staff? or police?

Anonymous said...

Anyone who to guess when the swine flu happened where is the 30% MRT frequency is going to be cut ?

It will surely be a excuse to cut in the time where the MRT is not sardine-packed ! In other words, 30% reduction means that all time, MRT will be sardine-packed throughout the day, increasing the possibility of flu transmission while reducing the operational cost of SMRT ! Such is the genius and foresight of our clowns. What can I say ?

Anonymous said...

Instead of spliting 2 groups of staff to dettolise the MRT, they might as well install those temperature sensing equipment on all the mrt station so that they prevent those people with flu to board the MRT to prevent cross-infection and they dun need to spilt the group and use existing MRT staff at the control point to initiate the screening.

Anonymous said...

Barring people from boarding trains?

HAHAHAHAHA

If anyone here is working in SMRT, you might want to implement this WONDERFUL suggestion.

Anonymous said...

Now is a good time to get H1N1. It is not so deadly now.

So when it becomes deadly you already have immunity! OK.

SMRT is just helping you.

tiredman said...

I fell of my chair the second time. The first time was when PTC fine SMRT and SBS a small little sum of money for being inefficient.

Anonymous said...

SMRT & SBS reflect our PAP's lack of talent at solving problems.

Why are taxpayers paying them millions in salaries when a moron can think of this stupid & useless suggestion !

Anonymous said...

First think first. SMRT is after all a corporation. Profit is definitely a must for a very simple reason, for maintainance growth only.

The only capital it cannot earn is the gridlock overcrowded MRT system we have, which is unable to keep up pace with the population growth.

The only soultion is not just the circle line, which can somehow cover North-South line. We need overlapping lines for the East-West line as well.

More trains is also a must. But sadly, the coming on it is very slow.

I've been to Hong Kong, a city almost like Singapore. I seen it 10 years ago and I seen it now. Its system has improved, even though there is population growth.

I believe our MOT and LTA are lacking in a lot foresight in our land transport.

Our roads are congested due to a lack of control car population. ERP & COE doesn't work. We all seen it.

People are still having cars.

The mass transit is also in gridlock. How to encourage people to switch to public transport?

Even at the sea, for civilian maritime, our puny cruise center is just too small to handle civilian maritime traffic. I hope the new one coming up is gonna be better. So its gonna boost our tourism here.

Anonymous said...

Later they privatized the Police Force and need to increase taxes to improve services.

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