SMRT lending out power banks, umbrellas & trolleys for free at Bukit Panjang

This is once again a test of 'Do we deserve nice things?'

By Guan Zhen Tan | August 23, 2017

For the first time ever, SMRT is launching a new initiative which allows commuters to borrow things to facilitate the convenience of travelling on public transport.

Commuters can borrow items such as power banks, shopping trolleys and umbrellas after showing their identity card to the WeCare shop at Bukit Panjang.

Afterwards, they are free to borrow the items for up to three days, before the shop calls and reminds anyone who have yet to return the items.

Don’t be in a hurry to rush down to Bukit Panjang though, as the WeCare Shop is only opening from Sept. 4 — the same day when the shop’s venue, Bukit Panjang’s Integrated Transport Hub (ITH), opens to the public.

Greater inclusivity

This will be Singapore’s ninth ITH, which connects commuters to the new bus interchange, the MRT and LRT stations for Bukit Panjang as well.

Improved accessibility features include Braille plates in lifts and at the queuing area, barrier-free boarding and alighting, priority queue with seats, and a nursing room.

Interactive kiosks and charging stations will also be available to use for the general public.

Of course, while all these are great, we can’t help but wonder if people will misuse the trust system that the WeCare Shop will come to pride itself on.

If anything though, the umbrella-sharing movement at Sembawang goes to show that Singaporeans still can be trusted and deserve nice things — for now.

As long we don’t end up causing this shop’s items to endure a cruel fate like many an ofo bike, we’re certain this won’t be the first and last WeCare shop to pop up.

Top image via LTA’s Facebook page

About Guan Zhen Tan

Guan Zhen is a serial doodler with multiple pens with her wherever she goes. She loves listening to Visual Kei bands, Jamiroquai and random songs from the future-funk genre.

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