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Four different designs for reserved seats on DTL trains

The reserved seats on all Downtown Line (DTL) trains will feature four different designs from next month.

SINGAPORE: The reserved seats on all Downtown Line (DTL) trains will feature four different designs from next month.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) had installed the seats in December 2013 and asked commuters to vote for their favourite design.

It has now decided to use all four designs following feedback from commuters.

"We were pleasantly surprised to see how evenly distributed the voting was. (This) tells us that the voters like all four designs," said Tammie Loke, the group director of LTA's corporate communications.

"In fact, many commuters said they would like all four designs to be installed so we are happy to use all four designs," she added.

The designs carried messages which encourage commuters to give up their seats to someone who needs it more than they do.

The LTA said in a statement that it received more than 2,000 votes in six weeks.

The most popular design received about 33 per cent of the vote, and the least popular more than 18 per cent.

Based on a straw poll conducted this month, eight in 10 felt that the new designs were effective in reminding commuters to give up their seats.

LTA said it will install all four designs on the DTL trains by the end of March and on all subsequent new DTL trains.

Besides the seats designs, it is also testing out new queue lines and ambient music at the stations.

The authority said it will monitor the effectiveness of the three initiatives for a year, before deciding if they should be introduced to other MRT lines.

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