New display panels for SMRT trains later this year

The new SMRT train display screen showing station information.
The new SMRT train display screen showing station information.PHOTO: SMRT CORPORATION
The new interactive panel to provide information to passengers, which will be placed at bus interchanges.
The new interactive panel to provide information to passengers, which will be placed at bus interchanges.PHOTO: SMRT CORPORATION

SINGAPORE - Commuters who are confused while making their way around MRT interchange stations such as Dhoby Ghaut or Paya Lebar will now get some help with directions through new display screens on trains.

From the second half of 2016, 50 new trains on the North-South and East-West lines will display not only route information but also station information to help commuters navigate from the train to the exit.

The screens, which replace the use of the current route map, will also have information about landmarks in the area.

Route maps on older trains, which were introduced in 2008, will be changed progressively over the next two years.

The use of these screens will allow SMRT to update route maps without needing to replace the existing display.

The SMRT Active Route Map Information System (Staris) 2.0 was on display on Thursday (Jan 21) at the public transport operator's first Customer Experience Innovation Conference, held at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability.

The conference, attended by 500 SMRT staff, featured presentations by nine speakers from various organisations on the topic of service excellence.

It also showcased other technological innovations aimed at improving customer service, such as a new passenger information system at bus interchanges.

The new touchscreen panels will show bus services and departure times as well as information about traffic congestion to help commuters plan their journeys.

These panels will be available at the upcoming Woodlands Temporary Interchange in March and then introduced at other interchanges.

Speaking at the conference, SMRT president and group chief executive Desmond Kuek said major train disruptions and reliability issues in recent years had "shaken public confidence" in the corporation.

He added that these incidents had prompted SMRT to focus on customer service and win several service excellence awards in the last two years.

"We needed to regain the trust and confidence of all our stakeholders," he said.