Article: Full train service resumes; no suspension of North-South line at 11am (7/7/2015)Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/full-train-service-resumes-no-suspension-of-north-south-line-at-11am
The issue being discussed here is that a train disruption, which occurred after 7pm on a Tuesday evening, had caused an unprecedented delay on the two lines. There was speculation that a faulty train could have triggered a power surge which led to a shut down of power across the entire North-South East-West Line MRT network during the evening rush hour on that Tuesday. It was also the first time that services on both the North-South and East-West Lines were affected at the same time, in what is possibly the worst MRT breakdown Singapore has experienced. Going by the scale of the breakdown and the time it occured, it was estimated that more than 250,000 commuters may have been affected.
Upon hearing that another train breakdown had occurred, I felt very disappointed that so many problems are arising from our public transport systems. Delays such as this could affect our schedules greatly, and cause severe inconvenience to our daily lives. If our public transport system is so untrustworthy, what help would it be to implement a public transport system in Singapore? An ideal public transport system should be one that aids us in our lives and suggests an alternate convenient way to get to our destinations. It should not be bringing about inconvenience in our lives, let alone disrupt our plans and schedules for the day. It is definitely unpleasant to be caught in a train disruption, especially during peak hours when the train is usually crowded with commuters rushing to go home after a tiring day at work. Standing amidst the crowd can sometimes be very disturbing and irritating.
Having experienced the disruption myself, I felt the negative impacts of a train disruption, having reached home one hour later than usual because of this massive disruption. These train disruptions can be prevented if regular checks are done on the trains to see if there are faulty parts to be replaced. This could minimize the number of disruptions occurring and allow a smooth flow of trains during both peak and non-peak hours.