Do you know that by walking from Telok Ayer MRT station to Raffles Place MRT station, you could have been 18 minutes faster as compared to if you’re taking the MRT?
Maybe you were already aware, if you’re an especially street-smart individual. But I definitely ain’t one, so I was like “are you kidding me right now?”
Walking Train Map
With the rail network in the central becoming increasingly dense, walking on foot in between certain stations might actually be faster than taking the MRT.
To test out that theory, LTA conducted walking trials, based not on that auntie rushing for reincarnation, but that average Joe’s walking speed. And it actually turned out correct.
That led them to create the Walking Train Map (WTM).
This new MRT network map, that will display the walking time in between stations on different lines, will be available at the city’s stations, and will show commuters how they can cut travelling time and burn calories at the same time. #killingtwobirdswithonestone
Additionally, it will also be useful during train disruptions, according to The Straits Times.
I see what you’re trying to do there, LTA. 😉
The map will be progressively set up at 19 MRT stations, including Bugis, City Hall, Chinatown, Dhoby Ghaut, Esplanade, Little India and Raffles Place.
18 travel hacks in total
That’s right; in total there will be 18 travel hacks on the map, 8 more than the generic ‘Life hacks we all need in our lives’ list.
Another example is travelling from the existing Rochor station to the new Jalan Besar station (when the third phase of the Downtown Line opens on Oct 21).
While it takes just 5 minutes to travel from Rochor to Jalan Besar, it could take way longer via train as the MRT needs to take a loop to reach the destination.
Ms Jayne Tay, 28, a communications officers, approved of it, stating that the map would be useful during train disruptions, and that it also encourages more walking for a healthier lifestyle, provided it’s not too hot outside.
Well, I highly doubt it will ever be not too hot outside, unless one, it’s raining real heavily, or two, at the break of dawn when the sun’s too lazy to wake up yet.
There are of course, negative reactions as well. Housewife Yeo Lay Hong, 55, felt that some of the given walking times were underestimated. She said that the elderly might take longer, and instead of a single timing, a range could be incorporated.
Ashley Wu said…oh, wait. No more Ashley Wu.
Now, this could certainly be useful, seeing how there are so many damn disruptions lately. And if I could save on train fares, why not?
It won’t hurt to exercise my legs once in a while too. Not bad, LTA. This is the right way to go! Now, if only your train system could be rectified so that there will be no more disruptions…
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This article was first published on goodyfeed.com
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