Public Transport Voucher 2015
- More than 1.1 million commuters will be shielded from the fare adjustment, including young children, senior citizens, Lower-Wage Workers, Persons with Disabilities, and adults and students using monthly concession passes.
- 250,000 Public Transport Vouchers of $30 each are available to help needy families cope with the fare adjustment.
- Public transport continues to be affordable for all commuters; fares in Singapore are generally not more expensive than other cities.
- Commuters can look forward to less crowded and faster journeys from continued improvements to our public transport system, e.g. new buses and bus services, new trains and system upgrades.
- The Public Transport Council has granted an overall fare adjustment of 2.8% for the 2014 Fare Review Exercise, a lower increase than the 3.2% adjustment effected for the last exercise. Hence, this translates to lower fare adjustments across the board. From 5 April 2015:
- Adult card fares for buses and trains will increase by 2 to 5 cents.
- Adult cash fares for bus and train rides will increase by 10 cents.
- Student concessionary fares will increase by 1 cent.
- More than 1.1 million commuters will be shielded from the fare increase:
- Senior citizens
- Lower-Wage Workers
- Persons with Disabilities
- Monthly concession pass holders – adults, national servicemen, senior citizens, and students (all primary/secondary/ITE/junior college/tertiary levels)
- Children below 7 years of age (free travel)
- The Government will also introduce a new Off-peak Monthly Travel Pass for commuters who are able to travel during off-peak periods1. Paying only two-third2 the price of a full-day pass, these commuters are able to save money and cap their monthly transport expenditure. The two-year trial will start from July 2015 and is expected to benefit around 40,000 commuters, including senior citizens and Persons with Disabilities, and cost the Government $10 million a year.
- Similar to last year, the Government will set aside another $7.5 million to disburse 250,000 Public Transport Vouchers of $30 each to help needy households3.
- Vouchers can be used to purchase or top up fare cards or buy monthly concession passes. Applications for the vouchers will open from 16 March and will be available year-round through CCCs. The vouchers will be sent out from mid-April 2015 onwards.
1 The Off-peak Monthly Travel Pass will offer unlimited travel on the bus and train network on weekdays from – (i) the start of service to 6.30am, (ii) 9am to 5pm, (iii) 7.30pm to the end of service; as well as all day on weekends and public holidays.
2 The Off-peak Monthly Travel Pass will cost $80 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, and $40 for Persons with Disabilities concession pass holders.
3 To be eligible for the Public Transport Vouchers, applicants must meet the same guidelines as that for the CCC ComCare fund (the prevailing guidelines are as follow: household income of $1,700 or below, or per capita income of not more than $550, with at least one Singaporean Citizen member in the household).