PTC has decided
in the 2019 Fare Review Exercise to grant enhanced concessions to ensure fare
affordability for more Singaporeans. This is despite the higher cost pressures
faced by public transport operators from rise in energy prices worldwide in
2018, local manpower wages and other macroeconomic factors. The fare formula
protects commuters’ interests and prevents public transport operators from
fully passing down their cost increases to commuters.
into consideration the various factors, the PTC will implement the fare
adjustment in accordance to the fare formula. The adjustment in fares,
applicable from 28 December 2019, is summarised below:
4-cent increase (card fares)
Person with Disabilities
Student (Primary, Secondary, JC and ITE)
Polytechnic* and other diploma students (New) (see Annex A)
Up to $1.54 fare savings per journey (card fares)
9-cent increase (card fares)
Cash Fares and Single Trip Tickets
Monthly Concession Passes
$1.00 - $5.50 increase
Adult Monthly Travel Pass
*Today, polytechnic and other diploma students pay adult fares. With
the change, polytechnic and other diploma students will enjoy student
concessionary fares which are capped at $0.63 for each journey, instead of up
to $2.17 previously.
The full 7.0% fare adjustment quantum was necessary to sustaining a high level of service as the costs of running the public transport system continue to rise. These cost pressures are a direct result of the rebound in energy prices, wage increases, and the increase in resources required to run an expanding public transport network. A widening gap between cost and fares is not sustainable for the continued operation of our public transport network.
Even with the fare changes, fares continue to remain affordable In terms of percentage of household income spent on public transport, the average commuter (second quintile income households) and lower-income commuters (second decile income households) have seen their PTAI improve from 2.7% to 1.7% and 4.1% to 2.4% respectively since 2008. Singapore’s bus and rail fares also remain one of the most affordable among the cities in the world.
Why is there a fare increase when public transport operators have been recording good profits?
Both SMRT Trains and SBS Transit incurred significant losses for their rail businesses; with SMRT train reported losses of $155 million, and SBS Transit incurred losses in the tens of millions for its train operations.
I am a low-income earner. What are some of the channel of assistance available to me and where can I apply for the Public Transport Voucher for the 2019 Fare Exercise?
The Government offers targeted assistance through various community-led initiatives and work support schemes under MSF/Community Development Councils and the Citizens’ Consultative Committees (CCCs) ComCare Fund. Commuters who require more help to cope with their public transport expenditure may approach their CCs for assistance, such as the Public Transport Voucher, or TransitLink Ticket Offices for assistance on how to obtain a fare card, and the various concession schemes available. Eligible households may approach their community centres to apply for the Public Transport Vouchers.