SINGAPORE: Just four days into the 2014 Public Transport Voucher (PTV) Exercise and some 79,000 residents have applied for the vouchers worth S$30 each.
This year, S$7.5 million from the Public Transport Fund has been set aside to fund 250,000 PTVs to help needy families cope with the increase in public transport fares that will take effect from April 6, 2014.
Residents will find the application process for this year's exercise, which is carried out at 107 Community Centres and Clubs (CCs) islandwide, more convenient.
Unlike previous years where applicants had to make two trips to the CCs to apply and then to collect the PTVs, applicants this year need to make only one trip to the CC nearest to their homes to apply for the PTVs.
Successful applicants will receive a letter by post, which will serve as their PTV, to be presented at any TransitLink Office to top up their travel card, or purchase a monthly concession pass.
For added convenience, successful applicants can also top up their travel card at any of the 74 Add-Value-Machines (AVMs) located at selected MRT stations, interchanges and bus stops, thereby avoiding having to queue at the TransitLink Offices.
A joint statement from the Transport Ministry and People's Association said that unlike the last PTV Exercise in 2011, where there was a deadline for applications, this year's exercise will be opened for applications year-round. Thus, there is no need to rush to apply for the PTVs. - CNA/ac
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