Transport ups and downs with MRT, COE, and an EV

Jan 20, 2017 08.42AM |

THE good news? Those who take trips to Tuas will have an easier time of it with the new 4.8km viaduct that will open on Feb 18 and four new MRT stations – Tuas Link, Tuas West Road, Tuas Crescent and Gul Circle – that will open in the second quarter.

The bad news? SMRT’s East-West line broke down again, with some commuters experiencing delays of an hour. The fault affected a stretch from Joo Koon to Clementi. Hang on, Joo Koon connects to Tuas. Oh bother.

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The good news? You can pay for your hour-delayed train ride with a fitness tracker now. Well, two specific fitness trackers, to be precise. One is the Garmin vivosmart HR with EZ-Link (S$259) available from March.

The bad news? The other is the Batman v Superman Fitness Tracker X EZ-Link (S$42.80), by Chinese company Watchdata. Yes, it has a Batman v Superman logo on it, making it a clear winner for Batman v Superman fans, all 36 of you.

The good news? There will be 8,795 Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) available each month from February to April, an increase of 8.9 per cent over the previous round. It doesn’t mean more cars on the road, though – the COE supply comes from old vehicles getting de-registered.

The bad news? Analysts and car salesmen don’t expect a significant dip in prices as there is a backlog of orders, plus the number of COEs available for motorcycles and goods vehicles is actually dropping, so prices of those are expected to rise.

The good news? The first Singapore-made electric super-car, the Dendrobium by Vanda Electric (very Singaporean names), will debut at the Geneva Motorshow in March. The 1,500 horsepower, 4,000 Nm torque, 1-100 in 2.6 seconds, two-seater was first announced early in 2016 and is developed together with Williams Advanced Engineering.

The bad news? Upper Thomson Road flooded again. This time it wasn’t as severe as it was in December, and the shin-high waters subsided in less than an hour. No businesses were affected by the flooding. It wasn’t clear if the contractor fingered for the last deluge also had a part to play this time around.

And, oh, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office today.



Featured image from TMG file.

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