23 June 2012
In most buses, there is a display panel to show that the bus is stopping or is about to move off.
This panel can be used to show the sequence number and location of the next bus stop. All the stops should be numbered sequentially for each bus service.
When a passenger wants to know which bus stop to disembark, the bus driver can give the sequence number of the bus stop. The passenger will be able to count the stops to the destination.
I have missed my bus stop on a few occasions when taking the bus at night. If there is such a display, it would have avoided the mishap.
This simple service will be useful for visitors to Singapore or to people who are not familiar with a particular bus service. It is easy for the bus driver to tell them the sequence number of the bus stop to disembark. This will improve the communication and quality of service.
It may even encourage more people to take the bus and help to take away some of the load from our over-crowded trains.
Tan Kin Lian