SINGAPORE - Pregnant women, senior citizens or other passengers in need are now able to request "care stickers" aimed at making it easier for them to get a seat.
Public transport operator SMRT said on Friday that commuters can ask for these stickers at all passenger service centres along its MRT lines and bus interchanges.
They are meant for expectant mothers, senior citizens, parents travelling with infants, commuters with mobility needs and unwell passengers.
SMRT vice-president for rail operations Alvin Kek said: "While passengers are generally courteous and are willing to offer seats to those in need, we feel that a sticker could help commuters identify and extend care more easily."
SMRT is also testing out priority queue lines to lift entrances at selected MRT stations that are either busy or located near medical facilities such as hospitals.
The stations are Simei, Bugis, Outram Park, Buona Vista, Kent Ridge, Jurong East, Yishun, Novena, City Hall, Orchard and Tanjong Pagar. The operator hopes the stickers and new queue lines will "work well together to encourage good travel etiquette amongst all our commuters".
Mr Kek said the stickers will help ensure that passengers in need can be identified easily. "But we do also hope that commuters will continue to extend care to others in need even if they are not wearing a care sticker," he said.
The announcement comes several days after SMRT said it would install mobile phone charging points at four MRT stations.
It again assured commuters that it remains focused on ensuring reliable train service, even as it rolls out initiatives to "enhance travel experience".