Updated: 01/17/2014 02:16

More enhanced concession schemes for poly students and other commuters

More enhanced concession schemes for poly students and other commuters

[More on PTC announcement]

Other groups of commuters, about half a million of them, will also get help. 

Polytechnic students, for one, will be able to cut their travel expenditure by close to half. 

They'll finally be able enjoy the same monthly concession pass prices as students in secondary schools, junior colleges and Institutes of Technical Education. 

A hybrid monthly concession pass - which allows for bus and train rides - will cost $51 , significantly lower than the current $97. 

Monthly concession pass holders will also be entitled to unlimited train rides. 

Right now, they're limited to four train rides per day. 

Chairman of Public Transport Council, Gerard Ee says the council will look into the possibility of allowing polytechinic students to pay the same per-journey fares as other students in future. 

"This is something that we have to tweak as we go along. Currently, from what I can understand, poly students are the people who use public transport to go to their school everyday, there's no reason why they wouldn't want to get the pass and benefit from it now. If you looked at it, the discount is quite a dramatic step down adjustment in one go, finally we have put them at least at par." 

In addition student concessions will also be extended to Singaporeans studying full-time in private institutions offering secondary level and higher education registered with the Council for Private Education. 

This will be implemented at the end of this year or early next year. 

More details will be released later. 

Children under seven will also be able to travel for free on public transport. 

Adults will be able to apply for a monthly travel pass priced at $120.

This will allow them unlimited rides of buses and trains. 

A new monthly concession pass for senior citizens will also be launched. 

Priced at $60, the hybrid pass will allow the elderly unlimited rides on buses and trains.

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