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Needy families to get $30 transport vouchers

EVEN as bus fares go up, needy families will once again get help - transport vouchers worth $3 million will be given out to help them cope.

Some 100,000 families are expected to each get a $30 voucher, which should cover the increase for a year.

The once-off vouchers can be used to buy or top up ez-link cards - electronic farecards - or to buy monthly concession passes.

A Transport Ministry spokesman estimated that, typically, a single voucher could defray a poor family's fare increase for one year.

For example, a family spending, say, $100 a month on public transport will have to pay about $2 more a month with the fare increase.

'This means about $24 more a year, which the $30 voucher will more

than cover,' the spokesman said.

Acknowledging that some families might spend more than $100 a month on travel, he said they can turn to the CCC ComCare Fund, which provides interim cash relief to those who need it urgently.

The Government will shoulder $2.4 million of the cost of the vouchers, while the remainder will be footed by SBS Transit ($0.5 million) and SMRT Corporation ($0.1 million).

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) will help to disburse $900,000 of this sum to its needy union members, who number about 27,000 to 30,000.

The rest will be given out by the Citizens' Consultative Committees (CCCs).

The announcement on the vouchers was made jointly by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Transport on Tuesday, in tandem with an announcement from the Public Transport Council (PTC) that it was approving a rise in bus fares.

From next month, adults using ez-link cards will pay one to two cents more for each bus ride, while senior citizens using ez-link cards will pay two cents more per ride.

MRT fares will remain unchanged.

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