Satisfaction with public transport dipped last year
But annual survey shows vast majority had few complaints about trains and buses here
Fewer commuters were satisfied with Singapore's public transport last year compared with 2019, despite those who said they were happy giving it a higher score.
Still, a vast majority of Singaporeans - 97.6 per cent - did not have too many complaints about the trains and buses here, and three in four said services had improved from a year ago.
This is according to the annual public transport customer satisfaction survey conducted by the Public Transport Council (PTC). The survey seeks to better understand commuters' needs and identify areas for improvement.
In results released yesterday, the PTC said satisfaction levels recorded last year were consistent with the pattern established in the previous four years, despite the unprecedented circumstances caused by the coronavirus.
Overall, public transport here was given an average score of 7.8 - the same as in 2019 - by respondents.
"Commuters continued to be satisfied with public transport in 2020... even though the proportion of commuters who gave a score of six and above dipped from 99.4 per cent in 2019 to 97.6 per cent in 2020," the PTC said. Those who gave a score of six and above were deemed to be satisfied with Singapore's public transport.
The 4,110 respondents were asked to rate MRT trains and buses in eight categories on a scale of one to 10.
The categories were safety and security; waiting time; reliability; service information; bus interchange/bus stop/MRT station accessibility; comfort; travel time; and customer service.
The respondents had to rate the importance of each attribute to them, and their ratings for each were then weighted accordingly to give their overall satisfaction score.
The survey was conducted between October and November last year. To participate, respondents scanned QR codes found on publicity materials located at transport nodes such as MRT stations and bus stops.
The results showed that the satisfaction score for MRT trains was slightly higher than for buses, and that the largest improvement was in the safety and security aspect of MRT services, which increased from 7.7 in 2019 to 8.3 last year.
The PTC suggested that this could be due to the deployment of transport workers and ambassadors to facilitate movement.
For buses, longer waiting times in some areas due to reduced services led to a notable drop of one full point from eight to seven. However, this was partially made up for by a rise of half a point - from 7.5 to eight - for how accessible bus interchanges and bus stops were to the public.
The top three most important service attributes for people were reliability, travel time and waiting time, the last of which is a new addition. The first two were also the most important in 2019, with comfort being third-most important that year.