“Mana Rapid Transit” app to keep commuters updated on Singapore’s ‘up and down’ MRT network
Posted by temasektimes on April 11, 2012
The frequent breakdowns and delays of MRT trains in Singapore has led to one local start-up to design an unique app to keep commuters updated on Singapore’s ‘up and down’ MRT network.
Known as ‘Mana Rapid Transit’, it allows commuters to update others on the crowd situation at all the MRT stations in Singapore as well as to report train breakdowns.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew has said earlier in Parliament that while the government will try to minimize ‘major disruptions’ of more than 30 minutes, some disruptions and defects on the heavily-used MRT were ‘unavoidable’.
“We will try and minimise as much as possible the major disruptions and to keep them in check. But I think it is unavoidable that a system that is as heavily utilised as ours is today will not face any disruptions. Every day there are about 2.7 million passenger trips. We are running thousands of train trips for more than 18 hours a day. And I dare say that there is no way you can prevent disruptions from occurring.”
In contrast, Japanese railways are among the most punctual in the world. The average delay on the Tokaido Shinkansen in fiscal 2006 was only 0.3 minutes and when trains are delayed for as little as five minutes, the conductor makes an announcement apologizing for the delay and the railway company may provide a “delay certificate”.
You can download the app for free here.