Discussion board: Particulars matter when designing public transport infrastructure – The Straits Instances


Some areas of our public transport infrastructure fall wanting expectations, from a human-centered design perspective (when public gateways, shelters fall wanting expectations, December 28).

Human-centered design pondering requires designers and engineers to basically think about how folks will behave and react when utilizing a facility, in relation to fixing useful necessities.

First, extra consideration might be given to the operation of outside amenities for commuters and pedestrians in wet climate.

I'm positive many individuals have encountered leaking bus cease roofs or getting moist utilizing driveway shelters that aren’t satisfactory.

Pavements can turn into a supply of anger for pedestrians when puddles collect within the rain as a result of surfaces weren’t correctly leveled.

Even the selection of flooring is vital for protected use in moist circumstances.

Second, it's vital to mannequin commuter habits to create an infrastructure that facilitates higher visitors circulate.

Take for instance the bus cease. Issues right here embody the place commuters sit or stand whereas they wait; how benches, pillars and billboards hold crowds out of the best way and impede visibility; and the way ready commuters have an effect on pedestrian and bicycle motion alongside adjoining sidewalks.

A cookie-cutter method to bus cease design may go for low-density areas, however extra thought is required for busier places like subsequent to MRT stations and within the central district. Enterprise.

Lastly, consistency, readability and ease of knowledge on the complete public transport community is crucial. That is primarily missing in our MRT system.

For instance, location maps on the identical station have totally different cardinal orientations.

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The digital shows of some newer trains on the North-South line additionally present schematics of MRT stations, with station exits highlighted.

These seem like difficult architectural plans and are of little use inside the seven seconds they’re displayed.

These examples I cited could look like minor gripes or refined drawbacks.

But when they’re left unaddressed it may result in substandard high quality with public works being the norm.

Planners and designers should go the additional mile in understanding the wants of commuters and planning for good outcomes.

Gurmit Singh Kullar


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