Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Infrequent trains

I waited for the MRT at Bugis station at 7.50 pm (after the rush hour). The train was packed and some passengers could not board it. The next train arrived 6 minutes later. I changed train at City Hall station. The trains were at 5 minutes interval and were packed on most of the way.

MRT should have scheduled the train at intervals of 4 minutes during the off-peak hours to give passengers a more comfortable ride, instead of packing the train for most of the journey.

1 comment:

  1. Obviously there are fixed costs running a train/bus. What is the optimal level of fullness for the company to make a profit? To break even?

    They might run at a loss in the early mornings or late evenings when the trains are half empty, so they would have to look at the entire day (or week) to determine how to maximize profits.



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