Public transport is about connecting people to places. Ramps, lifts, tactile guiding system and barrier-free features ensure that all commuters, e.g. the elderly and persons with disabilities can use public transport to get around more independently. To make public transport more accessible, LTA focuses on efforts to include more accessible features in and around stations.
|Did You Know?|
- More than 80 per cent of our MRT stations have at least two barrier free access routes.
- All our covered linkways are barrier free and more than 90 per cent of our taxi and bus shelters are barrier free.
- 86 per cent of our pedestrian overhead bridges are fitted with shelters.
- All buses will be wheelchair accessible by 2020. These buses have a wheelchair decal on the windscreen.
Other accessibility projects include retrofitting pedestrian overhead bridges across Singapore with lifts and ramps, particularly those located next to MRT or LRT stations, bus interchanges, integrated transport hubs and health care institutions.
Open Strollers, Wheelchairs and Other Personal Mobility Aids (PMAs)
Open strollers, wheelchairs and other Personal Mobility Aids (PMAs)* such as mobility scooters for the elderly are allowed on board public buses. Ramps and priority queues make it more convenient for wheelchair users and parents with young children to board and alight.
* PMAs are devices that provide mobility to people who have difficulties walking. They differ from Personal Mobility Devices, which include kick-scooters, electric scooters, electric unicycles and electric hoverboards.
Using an open stroller, wheelchair or PMA? Take note of these tips.
- Right-sized: Ensure your open stroller, wheelchair or PMA does not exceed 120cm in length and 70cm in width. Wheelchairs or PMAs must not exceed a total laden weight of 300kg.
Prams from the front, wheelchairs and PMAs from the rear: Open strollers should enter from the front door. If your stroller is too large, please inform the bus captain. The bus captain shall set the rear fare card validator to Entry/Exit mode to facilitate your boarding and paying of fare at the rear door. The bus captain will deploy the ramp if the gap between the bus and road kerb is wide or if you request for assistance. For your safety and convenience, Passengers using wheelchairs or PMAs should wait for the bus captain to deploy the ramp at the rear door and assist you in boarding.
Space made for you: Use the designated space for open strollers, wheelchairs and PMAs. Position the open stroller, wheelchair or PMA to face the rear of the bus. Do not obstruct the aisle, stairway and entry or exit of the bus.
New technology is also being piloted to make public transport more hassle-free for persons with disabilities, the elderly and parents with young children. This includes a hands-free ticketing technology that uses either radio frequency identification cards or customise bluetooth mobile application to allow easy access through MRT gantries. The trial started since June 2018 and there are plans to explore extending it to buses.