28 Feb '18, 2am

'Tip-up' seats on new trains to allow for more passenger standing room

SINGAPORE - Two trains which will join the North-South East-West MRT fleet soon will have three new features. Commuters will first notice their red-green livery and Land Transport Authority logo. This signifies the ownership of MRT trains under the New Rail Financing Framework, where the Government owns all rail assets. When commuters get on board, they will notice rows of tip-up seats. The operator will tip them up (or down), depending on passenger load. If all these seats - 12 per car - are tipped up, the trains will have standing room for 100 more passengers, increasing their peak capacity by around 8 per cent. Lastly, and not so visible to commuters, is a feature that will improve reliability. The trains are fitted with automatic alerts once any of their current collector shoes - which draw power from the third rail - is dislodged. This helps the operator fix any probl...

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