New digital MRT train display screens have countdown timers to doors closing

Fancy schmancy tech.

By Belmont Lay | April 26, 2017

Now, here’s something fancy schmancy.

It appears that new trains on the North South and East West MRT lines operated by SMRT are equipped with digital display screens that replace the current static route map:

As seen in the video, the screen shows the route, next stop and a countdown timer when the doors are closing.

Even though the tweet above was put out on April 23, according to this post below, the new SMRT trains with the new screens had began operating on April 16:

According to The Straits Times in January 2016, some 50 new trains will feature this new screen and were rolled out since the second half of 2016.

Called the SMRT Active Route Map Information System (Staris) 2.0, the use of these screens will allow SMRT to update route maps without needing to replace the existing display.

Route maps on older trains, which were introduced in 2008, will be changed progressively over two years from 2016.

However, not all commuters found this technological upgrade as something to be swooning over. (This is the Twittersphere, after all.)

Out of the more than 3,000 retweets, even though plenty were impressed with what they were seeing, there were also detractors.

Some of the retweets of the video questioned if the countdown timer was to inform commuters of the time left to the next breakdown (oooh snarky) and if train operators should spend money fixing existing problems instead of trying to look like Korea (oooh Singaporeans quite well-travelled):

At the end of the day, it’s something.


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