Have eyes can see….
The authorities are looking at piloting a public transportation service, which can be activated at the drop of a hat for deployment at places where demand for both taxis and buses heats up, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has revealed.
It is envisioning 20-seater mini-buses for this on-demand express shuttle service, which can run ad-hoc routes with limited stops and levies fares that fall between what commuters pay for taxis and buses — somewhere between S$5 and S$10. Pre-booking should also be an option.
The IDA’s deputy director of Government Analytics Liu Feng Yuan floated the idea at the Smart Nation Innovations Forum on Wednesday (Apr 22), saying his agency is looking at engaging user groups to start a pilot. With big data, routes where express services such as this could be popular can be spotted, he added, noting that Finland already has something similar.
“I don’t need big data to tell me there is a problem,” said Terence See, 24 a system engineer.
“Just go to any bus interchange or MRT stations during the peak hours and see for yourself the congestion.”
“If this is what they meant by Smartnation, then I’d rather be stupid,”