More breathing space for everyone!

Good news for the daily commuter — The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced yesterday (19 Oct) that 17 North-South and East-West Lines MRT stations will be upgraded by 2018 to create additional space for commuters while waiting for the next train.

Under this plan, existing voids at 11 station platforms will be covered over, while seats at another six station platforms will be repositioned to free up more standing space. More seats will also be provided for commuters waiting for trains.

Here’s an artist’s impression of the MRT stations after renovations:

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Upgrading works are expected to kick off in mid 2016, but fret not because the majority of these renovations will be carried out during non-service hours.

Here are the 17 MRT stations that will be upgraded:

 

  1. NS1/ EW24 Jurong East
  2. NS4 — Choa Chu Kang
  3. NS13 – Yishun
  4. NS14 – Khatib
  5. NS16 — Ang Mo Kio
  6. NS17 – Bishan
  7. NS25 — City Hall
  8. NS26/ EW14 — Raffles Place
  9. EW1 — Pasir Ris
  10. EW2 – Tampines
  11. EW7 – Eunos
  12. EW15 –Tanjong Pagar
  13. EW21 — Buona Vista
  14. EW23 – Clementi
  15. EW26 – Lakeside
  16. EW27 — Boon Lay
  17. EW28 — Pioneer

Netizens react

Although this plan will bring about some much-needed breathing space for commuters, not everyone is applauding this move.

In fact, netizens appear rather displeased.

1. The fortune teller

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$$$.

2. The concerned

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This particular netizen is worried that Khaw Boon Wan might be the next Lui Tuck Yew.

A 4th Minister on standby? We have a list of suggestions for the right candidate.

3. More train breakdowns expected
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More ‘Exercise Greyhound’s to be conducted, please.

4. Population White Paper

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More seats for everyone!

5. The KJ

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6. The one urging current Transport Minister to do his previous job as Health Minister

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Or maybe he was just conveying a message to Gan Kim Yong.

7. The one who just wants space
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8. The complainer

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Looks like Singaporeans aren’t gonna give KBW the honeymoon period he asked for after all.

9. The one who wants ministers to take public transport daily

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We foresee KBW getting lost more often. Yikes.

(All screenshots above from Yahoo)

A good effort on LTA’s part

These measures by LTA show that they’ve been listening to our complaints, and acting on it. In light of the overcrowding situation, LTA is aiming to create more breathing space for commuters.

Kudos to LTA for being proactive.

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Featured image via LTA
With reference to LTA, Yahoo