Public transport is first and foremost about getting you somewhere—and doing it safely and with ease. But for those with disabilities such as the elderly, parents with prams, and cyclists—travelling by public transport may still present difficulties.
LTA has been investing in accessibility for many years by purchasing modern vehicles. We have also upgrading public transport facilities like the following
- More than 80% of our MRT stations have at least two barrier free access routes.
- 40% of our existing stations are fitted with extra lifts to improve accessibility for less mobile commuters like the elderly.
- 95% of our pedestrian walkways, taxi and bus shelters are barrier free.
- 86% of our pedestrian overhead bridges are fitted with shelters.
- About 80% of our buses are wheelchair accessible, and we aim for 100% coverage by 2020.
Better Sheltered Connectivity to Transport Nodes
The Walk2Ride programme will make it easier for commuters to walk to MRT stations or bus interchanges, as more sheltered link ways will be built within a 400m radius from all existing transport nodes, compared to the current 200m radius. We will also link up developments within a 200 metre radius of all bus interchanges, LRT stations and high usage bus shelters. In total, some 200 kilometres of link ways will be added island-wide by 2018 – more than four times the existing 46 kilometres today.
Tenders for the Walk2Ride walkways will be called in batches.
Batch 1 of MRT stations
Admiralty, Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Batok, Bukit Gombak, Buona Vista, Chinese Garden, Clementi, Commonwealth, Dover, Khatib, Lakeside, Marsiling, Queenstown, Redhill, Tiong Bahru, Sembawang, Woodlands, Yio Chu Kang, Yishun
Batch 2 of MRT stations
Bartley, Bishan, Braddell, Caldecott, Choa Chu Kang, Eunos, Farrer Park, Little India, Lorong Chuan, MacPherson, Marymount, Pasir Ris, Paya Lebar, Serangoon, Simei, Tai Seng, Tanah Merah, Toa Payoh, Yew Tee
Lifts at More Pedestrian Overhead Bridges
More pedestrian overhead bridges (POBs) will be more elderly and wheelchair friendly. LTA will expand the installation of lifts to another 40 POBs. This will cost about $60 million, with the first half to be completed by 2016 and the remaining by 2018.
Taking Your FOLDABLE BICYCLEs AND PERSONAL MOBILITY DEVICES ON BOARD PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Commuters can bring your foldable bicycles and personal mobility devices (PMDs) on board trains and buses at all hours of the day. Just remember:
- Keep your device folded at all times
- No riding of your device in train stations and bus interchanges
- Hold your device and do not block doors and pathways