Distance Fares Calculator

Coming soon on 3rd July at PublicTransport@SG portal. Till then, check out the roadshow venues & times here. (The purpose is to help commuters be more familiar with the new calculator as well as Distance Fares.)

Commuters can go online to check their fares before Distance Fares kicks in from July 3.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will launch the new Distance Fares Calculator on the PublicTransport@SG portal Wednesday to help commuters calculate their exact fares.

With fares shown against each journey option, commuters can then choose one that best suits their transport needs.

LTA says distance-related fared will bring about a more integrated fare structure where fares are calculated on the total distance travelled in a single journey.

It will also allow commuters greater flexibility in their travel choices.

Commuters do not pay more if they choose to make transfers during that journey.

Journeys with transfers cost more as commuters need to pay a transfer penalty.

LTA will launch a series of road shows at selected bus interchanges and MRT stations with high commuter traffic to help commuters be more familiar with the new calculator as well as Distance Fares.

From Channel NewsAsia, "LTA launches new Distance Fares Calculator".

Update on 04/07: A new fare system started on 03/07 & some customers have different views about it. (By the way, Distance Fares Calculator is already operational. Check it out here!)

A new fare system kicked in on Saturday for those taking buses and trains.

Public transport operators are using a new formula to calculate fares based on the distance travelled.

The transfer penalty has also been removed.

However, some commuters felt they had to pay more for their fares.

One commuter said: "This is more expensive. It charged us more by 20 cents."

Another commented: "It is a bit more expensive only. I still have to take (public transport), what to do?"

A third noted: "For people like me who always like to transfer, it is slightly cheaper, but not much cheaper."

These responses are within the Public Transport Council's expectations. With the new fare system, it expects 60 per cent of commuters to enjoy savings in their weekly fare expenditure.

However, one in three commuters would see a fare increase.

One reason is that they may hardly make any transfers and so they would not benefit from the removal of transfer penalties.

In addition, the temporary three per cent fare rebate offered last year by public transport operators expired on Saturday.

A commuter said: "We have a monthly budget for our travel, so we have to recalculate everything to find out the best route.

"But mostly, I do not think it will affect (me) because when I am going from office or going to office, it is only a straight bus; in the fare stage now, it is like a 2-cent increase."

The Land Transport Authority said the idea is to get everyone to pay the same transport fare for the same distance travelled.

From Channel NewsAsia, "New fare system kicks in, but some commuters have to pay more".

Update on 05/07: More complaints.

Monday was the first work-day after the public transport operators started calculating bus fares based on distance travelled on 3 July.

Those travelling to Malaysia by bus were in for a surprise.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has said that under the new system, one in three commuters would see a fare increase.

For those affected, LTA estimates the average weekly fare rise to be about 30 cents per commuter.

However some commuters have called the Channel NewsAsia hotline, saying the fare for the journey from Kranji MRT Station to Johor is up by 40 percent - from $1 to $1.40.

This has affected many who are working or studying in Singapore, as they are also not allowed to cross the Causeway on foot.

Meanwhile, private bus operators said they have not seen an increase in customers because "many commuters may not have realised that bus fares are higher now".

From Channel NewsAsia, "Some say bus fares up 40% after new calculation".


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