Experts: Transport policies shouldn't be anti-car
Transport policies shouldn't be anti-car.
Rather it should aim to make public transport as attractive as driving a car.
This is what experts have to say about Singapore's updated Land Transport Master Plan.
Assistant Professor Paul Barter of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy says, for example that he's very hopeful about the trend towards "combined mobility".
It describes a scenario where public transport works together with all its "allies".
Dr Barter thinks that more car-sharing stations can be added, especially in higher-income residential areas, where car ownership is high.
And he suggests exempting car-sharing businesses from paying COEs to spur their growth.
He said that carpark charges can also be smarter, for example, by charging drivers less if they park in a less crowded carpark.
But Tony Dufays, a director at the International Association of Public Transport, says people would be more willing to use public transport if it makes travelling in the city more pleasant.
Tramways, for example, can be re-introduced in the city, like in some European cities.
The experts agreed that an immediate priority would be to make public transport more reliable.
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