Public transport can be “very safe” if commuters put on their masks and refrain from talking, says transport minister


SINGAPORE: Although there may be “transient” congestion at some stations, public transport is “very safe” if commuters refrain from speaking and keep their masks on, Transport Minister Ong Ye said on Friday (May 14th). Kung.

He was responding to a journalist’s question on possible measures to limit crowds on public transport during a press conference of the COVID-19 multi-ministry working group.

The Minister of Transport said: “Rest assured that the ventilation inside the train is actually very good. With the exception of opening and closing the train doors, every six minutes all the air is replenished. “

He added that until Friday’s announcements of the latest measures, commuter volumes were around 70% of pre-pandemic levels, with the figure dropping to between 50 and 60% for public transport heading to the central district. Business.

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The Land Transport Authority (LTA) monitored overcrowding on trains and observed that overcrowding usually occurs at a particular station at some point, dispersing once the train reaches the next station.

“So with good ventilation … (if commuters) refrain from talking, keep your mask on, and LTA and public transport operators running the train frequencies normally like before COVID, I think we can keep public transport very safe, ”Mr. Ong said.

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