A monthly pass to put a cap on your travel bills

A monthly pass to put a cap on your travel bills

SINGAPORE - There are 100,000 commuters who take long and frequent trips every day across Singapore. At each gantry, the charges mount.

One option for them currently is an ez-link season pass that costs $190 a month. But more help could be at hand if an affordable monthly pass, suggested by the Fare Review Mechanism Committee, kicks in.

Some live far away from their places of work. Others have jobs that require them to shuttle through the day from one point to another, racking up large amounts on their bus and train rides.

One way for them to cap their travel expenses was to buy an ez-link season pass which costs $190 a month for unlimited bus and train travel.

Now more help could be at hand, if a recommendation by the Fare Review Mechanism Committee (FRMC) is implemented.

FRMC has suggested an affordable monthly pass to help around 100,000 commuters who travel heavily on public transport.

It said that the pricing of such a pass will be decided by the Public Transport Council during a fare review.

The committee did not reveal more, but chairman Richard Magnus said in a blog post in March that "there are some heavy public-transport users who spend some $120, or even higher, each month".

Transport expert Lee Der Horng from the National University of Singapore believes that the monthly pass will "definitely be lower than the current rate (of $190)".

The pass could bring cheer to many commuters.

Commuters in places like London, for example, enjoy big savings if they opt for weekly or monthly travel cards. A weekly Oyster card for travel in Zone 1 costs £30.40 (S$60.73), while a monthly pass is £116.80.

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