December 12, 2017 – 2:25 pm


As of now, we have stopped all restarts of older shows to reduce the cost of running the site. Readers who can donate towards the cost of the site, please open a Skrill account.

Yes, we do need your donation.

Readers who wish to contribute to BigO will now have to use Skrill (click here). We are no longer able to use PayPal to receive donations. Register an account at Skrill. To make a payment, use this e-mail address as recipient’s e-mail address in Skrill. Looking forward to hearing from you.

+ + + + +

To reduce spamming, the BigO website is going through Cloudflare. What it does is scan your browser to ensure the visitor is not a spam. Do not be alarmed as this usually takes only a few seconds. Email us if you still have difficulty accessing the BigO site; or playing or downloading the tracks. If you know a better way of reducing spam, do let us know.

+ + + + +


Picture: Dhany Osman/Yahoo News $ingapore

Nineteen stations of two major train lines of $ingapore’s mass rapid train system were shut on Sunday (December 10, 2017) for the first time. The $ingapore nation-builder press reported:

“The 19 stations on two lines - those on the 17-station stretch from Tiong Bahru to Tuas Link on the East West Line, as well as Bukit Batok and Bukit Gombak stations on the North South Line - will be closed all day again next Sunday (December 17). Travel times yesterday were as much as three times longer for some people.”

The reason?

Long-ignored maintenance work had to be done. The full-day closure at the 19 train stations and shorter operating hours over the past two days is to allow for more track access time for engineering staff to carry out maintenance and renewal works. Another full-day closure has been scheduled for Dec 17 (click here).

“Long queues formed last night, especially for shuttle buses towards Choa Chu Kang, as heavy rain slowed traffic in Jurong Gateway Road. Queues stretched for about 100m… The 350 shuttle buses, driven in shifts by more than 700 drivers, plied the same route as the trains. The fares on these services followed the rail fare structure.” Watch the video (click here).

So commuters had to pay train fares while using buses. Currently, there is differentiated pricing for MRT and buses. The public perception is that public transport pricing is confusing. See this article.

Read the full article here.

Have you ever experience a planned shutdown of a mass rapid transport system for maintenance work in your country before?

Your No B.S. comments will earn you a pass to free music.


More B.S. Contest No. 1 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 2 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 3 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 4 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 5 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 6 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 7 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 8 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 9 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 10 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 11 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 12 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 13 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 14 (click here)
More B.S. Contest No. 15 (click here)

  1. 16 Responses to “THE MORE B.S. CONTEST No. 16”

  2. Definitely have not experienced a shut down of that magnitude. It sounds extreme, to say the least.

    By trevor on Dec 12, 2017

  3. In the UK, panic strikes immediately there is the slightest sprinkling of snow.
    Only yesterday, massive disruption on public transport following 2cm of snow!
    So, yes, I experienced it as well as I was unable to get to work - not because of the weather conditions but because the people in charge wouldn’t take the risk of releasing vehicles in case of accidents.
    As far as maintenance is concerned - maintenance does not come onto the radar of the authorities. It’s a pity that they don’t adhere to the same philosophy on maintaining rail and road routes as they do when it snows for 3 minutes.

    By Daij on Dec 13, 2017

  4. Planned shut down of mass transit? No. But my daily commute to Boston drives through construction projects that are seemingly never completed. Publicly financed, public union labor keeps these projects going forever, which adds hours to my daily drive. And it’s all endorsed by the corrupt political party in power.

    By steve22 on Dec 13, 2017

  5. @Steve22 - Commuting into Boston sucks for sure! But we are proud of the fact that Massachusetts has the BEST POLITICIANS MONEY CAN BUY…

    By TDC on Dec 14, 2017

  6. Sounds like Toronto, where parts of the subway is closed basically every weekend in the summer.

    By Milner on Dec 15, 2017

  7. Seattle and Portland stop mass transit if a snowflake is found in either place

    By Randy on Dec 15, 2017

  8. Sydney Trains recently introduced a new timetable supposedly to ease congestion. Essentially, they’ve removed every last bit of “slack” in the system and scheduled trains to run three to four minutes apart at peak times on key CBD routes.
    It took two weeks for the first disaster to strike.
    Because there is no longer and leeway to absorb problems and delays, or reschedule any services, gridlock ensued when someone suicided on a suburban line and police closed the station.
    The death occurred at 6.30am. The system was so screwed, people were still trying to get home from the CBD at 9pm that night.
    “Routine maintenance” is a sensible practice but you have to wonder why it cannot be better planned/advertised and compensated for.

    By (the real) Tony on Dec 16, 2017

  9. They shut down the 405 freeway in L.A. a couple of times for repairs/maintenance. People were very inconvenienced by those events.

    By Phil on Dec 18, 2017

  10. Well, this sounds bad for sure. Here in NYC there are planned and unplanned outages all the time. It adds HOURS to commuting.

    By Len37 on Jan 7, 2018

  11. be grateful it’s just for a day, Sydney happens most Sundays twice a month

    By Liam NSW on Jan 31, 2018

  12. just back from the UK and Sundays are a big day for shut downs there too, what’s the complaint, engineers are bound to work on quiet days

    By Liam NSW on Apr 10, 2018

  13. Late to the game on this one BigO. Yes, have been challenged with travel on two occasions regarding planned shutdowns in Wash DC as a tourist and in Philadelphia on business travel. Was unaware of both and had to change plans. Not much fun!

    By Bubbles on Jun 6, 2018

  14. I’m not sure why they aren’t doing this work during off hours (i.e. night time), over a period of time, so as not to provide disruption during peak daytime hours (?)

    By BGS on Jun 12, 2018

  15. Worse than NYC…

    By Len37 on Mar 31, 2019

  16. Adelaide South Australia, on again, off again transition from diesel to electric has caused enormous shut downs. Commit to electric and build it!

    By Peter Nixon on Jan 30, 2020

  1. 1 Trackback(s)


Post a Comment