Daily sardines

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UploadedJune 24, 2010
TakenDecember 23, 2009
ModelFinePix S5Pro
Exposure1/55 sec at f/5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length55 mm
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This is a daily scene at Singapore's MRT (mass rapid transit railway) stations during peak hours - in the suburbs or "heartlands" in the morning and in the city in the evening. Often, commuters have to wait for 2 or 3 or 4 trains before they can get on.

It does not get much better on weekends or even late at night, close to midnight. The trains are usually packed like sardines!

Despite such scenes, the company that runs the train system, along with the Land Transport Authority and the Minister for Transport, continue to cite statistics that say the trains currently average only 3.8 persons per square metre - during peak hours, along a particularly crowded stretch just before reaching the city in the morning - and can take lots more passengers before they are as crowded as the trains in London, Shanghai and Tokyo!

This is what happens when bureaucrats sit in their comfortable offices (drawing obscenely high salaries - Singapore's top civil servants and government ministers are paid many times more than US President Barrack Obama) and rely on statistical reports.

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