Recently I met a guy from London... introduced to me from another friend. We were drinking and I was talking to him about Singapore MRT as he is the engineer with SMRT, I found a few interesting facts from him....
-Singapore MRT is very efficient, but that's because the amount of people (ie human traffic) passing thru the system is lowest as compared to London, Japan, HK etc.
-Since the crowd is not that heavy, MRT runs slower then the rest of the top subway system, this is to enable better comfort. The acceleration and declaration is slower and that is why it cannot reach a higher speed as compared to the rest. 60kmh is the top speed in most cases, as it also depending on the distance btw 2 station.
-The escalator speed in average of MRT station is the slowest in the world (as in comparing with other escalators in other subways). The slowest is in Orchard, going to Tang. (I really agree on this... its super slow).
-Reason for setting the escalator so slow is because SMRT found that many people stood still after stepping out from the escalator, thus blocking the rest that is coming from behine.
Then got some other stuff I think better not tell... but anyway quite a interesting discovery.