Category Archives: Rail
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.
I have been thinking about the possible future of regular passenger rail in this country. The interesting thing is that the minute intercity passenger rail is talked about it automatically reverts to high speed rail, land acquisitions and the amount of tax payers money that will need to be spent.
Does it have to be high speed rail to begin with? The best thing would be to see if the 2 big railway companies will be able to run one or two passenger cars together with their freight rail. The idea would be to attach 1 or 2 passenger cars to freight rail and test it to see if passengers are interested in using the service.
There are specific services that can be introduced in Saskatchewan considering the province has it’s own bus company the STC. The government of Saskatchewan could create a couple of small spur lines and get a couple of second hand rail buses that could be used as transportation between Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert with an expansion to other communities who have access to rail.
More rail, in many ways, will help in terms of affordable housing as more and more people will be able to live in smaller communities which have lower houses prices and will be able to commute to work.