For the longest time, bus commuters have not been spared from getting drenched during a heavy downpour when alighting from buses without umbrellas.
The gap between the shelter and bus at bus stops is just wide enough that one gets drenched even if one makes a dash to the bus stop when alighting.
Bus shelters should be functional and practical.
I note that at MRT stations where there is a bus stop, a bus shelter is erected at a clearance height of 4.5m. Those emerging from train stations are sheltered all the way until they board a bus.
Such tiny comforts make a big difference towards a pleasant journey - which would encourage more to take public transport.
For a start, I propose that the gap be covered at all bus stops in HDB estates. Alternatively, all existing bus shelters should be raised and extended towards the road with a minimum height clearance for buses when they enter the bus bay.
Andrew Seow Chwee Guan