Priority cabins for elderly, disabled and children to be tested on North-East Line – AutismSTEP
SINGAPORE: By the end of this year, a year-long trial of priority cabins for the elderly, wheelchair users and families with young children will start on the North-East Line (NEL), as part of efforts to create a more inclusive transport system.
Under the initiative, the two centre cabins of each of the 19km line’s 43 trains will be designated as priority cabins.
The trial was announced by Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng on Thursday (Mar 5), during the Transport Ministry’s Committee of Supply debate.
“Commuters in these cabins, which will be located near station lifts where possible, are encouraged to give way to the more vulnerable commuters, such as the elderly, wheelchair users and families with young children,” he said.
Signs will be put up in these cabins to encourage passengers to allow more vulnerable commuters to board and alight first, as well as keep wheelchair spaces free and give up their seats to those who need them more.
“Besides in-cabin signage and visual identifiers, commuters will be informed of the new initiative through video clips and station announcements which will be played at all NEL stations,” said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a statement, adding that customer service officers will also be on hand to guide commuters.
LTA first announced plans for such priority cabins last year as part of the Land Transport Master Plan 2040 report, which highlighted a more inclusive public transport network here as one of its goals.
“Priority cabins complement other programmes aimed at fostering a caring and gracious commuting culture where commuters are more aware and sensitive to those in need,” it said.
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