Update: Alex Au of yawningbread.org gives his take on the taxi problem and concludes that the taxi problem reflects 3 of the biggest ills of Singapore: Elitism, Over-regulation and Protection of government-linked companies.
Saturday night. Only one bus to take you from Upper Paya Lebar to Adam Road and that's 93. 93 takes more than 25 minutes to come.
No cabs for half an hour. You decide to call a cab but you don't have an exact address because you are at a bus stop along the road. So the booking process takes longer than usual. The call centre girl is polite and trying to help but still, it is a challenge to give her an exact address. "There are no buildings near by, miss. All Circle Line construction."
Then I think of the delays to the launch of that line (now due 2010), it makes me mad.
On the days I do take the trains, they are almost always packed. And it's not even rush hour.
Why is it so easy to get cabs in Hong Kong? Why do their trains run so much more frequently? Why is their single trip ticket system so much less of a pain than our get-$1-deposit system?
If the Singapore public transport system is so stretched now, I can't wait when our population hits 6.5 million people.
And people ask why I ride a bicycle everywhere.