Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Last train from MRT does apply across the different lines

I had to go back on the very last train recently and that's when I realised a fundamental flaw in the design of the train. The last train timings are not aligned!

What does it mean? It means that if the last train for a particular train station in the East West Line is 12am for example, you would expect the connecting train to the North East line for example to also have the last train at 12am so that all the timings are aligned. After all, this is a public transport system.

No. That's where you're wrong. The last train for that station can be as early as before 11.30am. Why are we encouraged to take the public transport, touted as being very convenient and allows you to go everywhere by changing between all the lines, when the end time for your train timings do not match?

Do you know how frustrating it is to reach a connection train station, only for it to tell you that the train station for the other line has ended its service? What's more frustrating is when you get out of the station, you might find yourself in an area where taxis are hard to come by as that area is not frequented by taxis that often?

Try it and you will know how frustrating it is.

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