With Chinese New Year right around the corner, it looks like buses and trains in Singapore are just as excited for the festive season as we are.
Our public transport has undergone a makeover to manifest an ox-picious start to the new year, and to brighten up the dreary morning commute for Singaporeans with some festive cheer.
Here’s a sneak peek of the newly decorated buses and trains, ushering in the new year with impeccable style.
Here’s Where You Can Find Ox-piciously Decorated SBS Buses & MRT Trains This 2021
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) released a Facebook post sharing pictures of some trains, buses, MRT stations and bus interchanges that have donned new outfits for the festive season.
The new decorations, most auspicious in vibrant shades of red and orange, feature illustrations of golden ingots, red packets, pineapples and oranges, not forgetting the all-important ox.
The graphics are also accompanied by short descriptions giving a brief background of the festive objects commonly seen during CNY celebrations.
A CNY-themed train will be operating on each of the five MRT lines (North-East Line, Downtown Line, Circle Line, North-South Line and East-West Line), so if you’re lucky, you might just happen to hop on one.
As for the CNY-themed buses, they will be running on eight services total: 61, 80, 143, 147, 166 174, 960 and 963. These buses will pass by areas inclusive of Chinatown, Toa Payoh Sengkang, Jurong East and Clementi.
Apart from trains and buses, MRT stations and bus interchanges have also had festive makeovers. CNY-themed murals have been put up at Bukit Panjang, Bedok, Chinatown and Serangoon MRT stations, as well as Boon Lay Integrated Transport Hub, so be sure not to miss them while you’re on your daily commute!
A Closer Look At Public Transport Decorations
Indeed, our public transport services can always be counted on to dress for the occasion.
Some of us might remember the Christmas-themed trains and buses that were promptly dispatched last year to shoo away the blues of vacation deprivation caused by the pandemic. When Deepavali and Hari Raya rolled around, public transport services were adorned in decorations and motifs befitting the respective celebrations.
Festive occasions aside, did you know that LTA once launched an inclusiveness-themed train back in 2018? The train displayed short nuggets of information on understanding the different types of disabilities in a bid to create “a more inclusive public transport environment”, according to LTA.
You can read more about the inclusiveness-themed train here.
A Much-Needed Upgrade For Buses
In other news, LTA has announced earlier in January that a new line of double-decker buses with three doors will be released. These buses also have a second staircase at the back.
LTA hopes that these added features will help to ease commuter flow by improving the processes of boarding and alighting.
To find out more about these new buses, click here.
Featured Image: Facebook (LTA)