SINGAPORE: To make it easier for commuters to plan their travel journeys, a new information display system for buses will be used in a two-month trial by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
Starting Thursday (Dec 8), the trial will take place on one single-deck bus plying the service 106 route.
The trial involves the testing of a new LCD panel, which displays information like the bus service number, current and upcoming bus stops, and the end destination.
Currently, there are only single-line LED dot matrix panels on some buses, which inform commuters of the next stop and that the bus will be stopping when passengers press the bell.
The existing basic dot matrix display vs the LCD panel to be tested as part of the PIDS trial. (Photo: LTA)
In response to media queries, LTA said the passenger information display system (PIDS) and other new features, such as USB charging ports on buses, will not translate to higher fares for commuters.
“Under the bus contracting model, LTA will own all operating assets including buses and their on-board equipment. LTA has been reviewing and upgrading the design and interior features of public buses and the costs of these, like USB ports introduced in September 2016, are included in the cost of the bus," it said.
LTA's group director of public transport Yeo Teck Guan said the real-time information will allow commuters to "make more informed decisions on the go”.
“Through this trial, LTA can better understand what information our commuters would like to see on buses for their public transport commute,” he said, adding the feedback from the trial will be used to update the display system before it is rolled out.
At a later date, LTA will also test the display of real-time information, like messages on MRT service delays and traffic congestion that may affect the service route.
To help seniors and the visually impaired, the next bus stop will also be announced via eight speakers that will be mounted on the bus.
Commuters can provide feedback online at www.lta.gov.sg/feedback/ and LTA will also conduct surveys on board the bus.This will help authorities understand what commuters would like to see before it is eventually rolled out.