Category Archives: MRT

Future of KTM in SIngapore

As a result of the closure of the Tanjong Pagar and the Bukit Timah railway stations, the train now stops at terminates at the CIQ complex in Woodlands. The government of Singapore has indicated that there would be more buses routed to the train station to move more people to the closest MRT station.

The Singapore Johor rail connection which is said to be completed in 2018 will (may) connect Republic Polytechnic to JB Sentral as per reports from several news agencies from both Malaysia and Singapore.

A smarter approach as far as I am concerned would be to use land beside Woodlands Road to extend the KTM track South by 1.5 kM so that it would be closer to the MRT. The terminating building could always house the CIQ and possibly a museum of culture as well.

The tourism potential from the museum will also help in attracting more tourists to Singapore and by having the terminating station closer to the Kranji MRT, transfer times will be reduced and both KTM and MRT and both Singapore and Malaysia’s economy will do better as a result.

This idea may or may not be feasible considering the mature trees which line the route that I propose and right of way and security issues. I am proposing something which would have lower investment and higher return over the long term.

Harperism vs Mahathirism

I have a feeling that the future of Canada is under threat to a certain degree. The only good thing that I see out of this is the fact that the Tories do not have a 2/3 majority like the one Barisan Nasional had in the 1980’s. The other good thing that we have in this country would be relatively independent provincial and municipal governments which can also hold the federal government to account.

The similar narratives of the fighter jet purchase and the Klang valley MRT where both were not open to tender worry me as well.