A mobile application that alerts bus drivers to passengers with special needs who are boarding or alighting has won the Land Transport Authority (LTA) an international prize. The app, Mobility Assistance for the Visually Impaired and Selected Users, allows those with visual disabilities to activate audio announcements for upcoming bus stops. The audio announcements can be transmitted to hearing-impaired passengers via T-Coil enabled hearing aids. LTA won in the Diversity and Inclusion category at the 2019 International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Awards held in Stockholm on Wednesday. The app was developed together with German company Init as part of a trial on the use of an "assistive passenger information system" to help commuters with special needs take public buses. The ongoing trial, conducted in collaboration with SG Enable and SBS Transit, began in January this year. LTA also got the UITP Asia-Pacific Special Recognition Award for the app at the association's summit … [Read more...] about LTA wins international award for inclusive bus trip app
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SINGAPORE: Train services, as well as selected bus services, will be extended for passengers travelling late on Jun 4 - the eve of Hari Raya Puasa, said SMRT on Tuesday (May 28). The last trains on the North-South Line and East-West Line will depart City Hall station at 12.30am on Jun 5. These trains are bound for Jurong East, Marina South Pier, Pasir Ris and Tuas Link.On the Circle Line, the last train to HarbourFront will depart Dhoby Ghaut at 11.55pm. The train running in the opposite direction will leave HarbourFront at 11.30pm.Several bus services will also be extended for passengers travelling from various interchanges.The last buses on services 300, 301, 302, 307 and 983A will depart Choa Chu Kang interchange at 1.35am on Jun 5.Meanwhile, the last trip for buses 901, 911, 912 and 913 will leave Woodlands Interchange at 1.20am. Last buses for services 920, 922 and 973A will also depart Bukit Panjang Interchange at this time.From Sembawang interchange, the last … [Read more...] about Extended SMRT train and bus services on eve of Hari Raya
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry could table amendments to the Local Government Act 1976 next year to reinstate Local Government Elections. There is much expectation that local councillors will be elected again. Since 1965, Malaysians have been denied of their third vote to elect their local representatives. There are 154 local authorities in Malaysia and the effectiveness of these councils varies. But at some point they have all been open to abuse of power and mismanagement. It is likely that local elections will be introduced in stages. Problems with the local councils include the lack of action over draft amendments to the Petaling Jaya Local Plan’s land status despite findings by a Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency. The Kuala Lumpur Draft Plan was only gazetted last year after 10 years and cost RM30 million. The decision-making process in local governments need to be restructured to empower its officers to check and balance decisions in … [Read more...] about The third vote next year?
At a busy intersection outside Johor's largest bus terminal at Larkin, buses, cars and trucks were bumper to bumper. Pedestrians and touts were milling about amid the honking by impatient drivers whose ire was aimed at illegally parked vehicles along the pavement. Come 2022, such chaotic scenes in Malaysia's southern economic development region might be a thing of the past, as the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) prepares to roll out a comprehensive plan called the Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, to beat congestion and pollution and encourage more people to use public transport. As its name suggests, the BRT combines the speed and reliability of the light rail transit (LRT) with the affordability of a conventional bus system, Mr Rudyanto Azhar, Irda's director of Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit told The Sunday Times as he unveiled the latest plans on May 10. First conceptualised in the Transportation Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia in 2009, the authorities are currently … [Read more...] about Forget LRT, Johor wants to beat jams with BRT
MALACCA: Out of the 86 pledges Pakatan Harapan (PH) has made in its 14th General Election manifesto for the state, 41 have been fulfilled within almost one year of its administration. According to the Tun Perak Institute based here, 34 other promises were still in the process of being implemented while the remaining 11 have yet to be implemented. Chief Minister Adly Zahari (pix) said the state PH’s success in fulfilling almost half of its election pledges showed that the state government was on track. However, he added, the main indicator of the state government’s success would be how all the initiatives implemented thus far have helped to improve the quality of lives of the people. Adly also said that he did not want the state government to just focus on fulfilling the key performance indicator (KPI) of its manifesto but also to be sensitive to the needs of the people. “To me, what’s most important is how the people evaluate (the performance of the state … [Read more...] about Nearly half of Malacca manifesto pledges fulfilled