Smart bus stop prototype aims to 'make waiting fun'

Smart bus stop prototype aims to 'make waiting fun'

Named Project Bus Stop, the prototype situated at Jurong East comes with free Wi-Fi, handphone charging points, e-books for downloading and even a swing.

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SINGAPORE: There is a new bus stop concept in town, and it aims to 'make waiting fun' for commuters through features such as free Wi-Fi, e-books for downloads and even a swing.

Named Project Bus Stop, the prototype was conceived by a group of architects from DP Architects to re-imagine the daily commuting experience and how people "transit, interact and socialise" in this social space, according to a joint press release by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, Land Transport Authority, National Parks Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority on Thursday (Aug 18).

The result: A bus-stop with free Wi-Fi; handphone charging points; interactive smart boards that provide content and services such as bus arrival timings, e-books download and journey planner; a green roof; bicycle parking; and even a swing (see below). It also showcases artwork by local illustrator Lee Xin Li, the agencies said.

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This experimental project is located along Jurong Gateway Road at Jurong East Central. Its new features will be in operation for a year from August 2016, and the public are encouraged to share their experiences of using the bus stop.

The feedback received will help the agencies understand and ascertain the merits and value of the various features for consideration in the planning and design of bus stops going forward, they said.

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Source: CNA/kk