Recommendations to improve public transport

Evening commuters waiting to board a bus at Lakeside MRT station on April 22, 2015.
Evening commuters waiting to board a bus at Lakeside MRT station on April 22, 2015. PHOTO: ST FILE

In its first report to the Transport Minister, the Public Transport Council (PTC) has made a number of recommendations to make travelling on buses and trains more comfortable and accessible to all.

Among its recommendations are that buses be designed to encourage people to move to the rear and not crowd the front, escalators at train stations be slowed down, open strollers be allowed on buses, and bus stops have more comfortable seats and space. These were distilled from six months of public consultation, in which people showed they were concerned over issues like crowding and comfort.

PTC chairman Richard Magnus said the report showed for the first time what commuters want and are concerned with.

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the transport system had to be more senior-friendly, child-friendly and inclusive.

The PTC took on its advisory role in January.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2016, with the headline 'Recommendations to improve public transport'. Print Edition | Subscribe