News Summary: The New Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange
Referring to the article, ‘Tampines to get new bus interchange with elderly- and disabled-friendly features‘ by The Straits Times, a new bus interchange called the Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange will open in Tampines on 18 December 2016 that offers residents more bus services and improved connectivity. It will also be geared towards being elderly- and disabled-friendly and complements the operations at the current Tampines Bus Interchange. This is one of the infrastructure upgrade in Tampines in the last two months, including ‘Our Tampines Hub’ , the one stop community & lifestyle hub.
The Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange will be equipped with the following features: (1) barrier-free facilities; (2) a dedicated boarding point; (3) graduated kerb edges to help passengers in wheelchairs board buses more easily; (4) priority queues with seats for the elderly and disabled; and (5) the Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange will also have 40 bicycle lots for commuters who cycle there.
The Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange will be featuring,
- Barrier-free facilities;
- A dedicated boarding point;
- Graduated kerb edges to help passengers in wheelchairs board buses more easily;
- Priority queues with seats for the elderly and disabled; and
- The Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange will also have 40 bicycle lots for commuters who cycle there.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) had stated that the new interchange is part of the authority’s efforts to create an environment that is more inclusive and a family-friendly public transport system. This is consistent with the Government’s policy to improve first-and-last-mile connectivity for public transport.
Finally, the LTA said that the changes for new bus routes are aimed at improving the overall connectivity of Tampines Town.
Opinion & Comments
Preparing for an Ageing Population
The creation of the new bus interchange in Tampines is certainly a hallmark of the Government’s forward thinking and effective attempts at improving the standard of living of Singaporeans. Given Singapore’s ageing population, it is undeniable that there will be significant numbers of the elderly who would appreciate the efforts taken by the Government to improve their quality of commuting by public transport and this complements the Government’s long terms efforts at promoting public transportation.
Moreover, the secondary benefits from the building of this new interchange is that this project is a test to see what works and what doesn’t, which would translate into better policies and implementation of projects related to bus interchange at other parts of Singapore, such as in Bishan and Toa Payoh.
Improved Standard & Quality of Living for residents of Tampines
Finally, such improvements at Tampines town undeniably provides various tangible and intangible benefits. For instance, it improves the standard and quality of living for the residents of Tampines, especially for those who are heavily reliant on public transportation. Furthermore, it makes Tampines town a more popular location to live in given the increased quality of amenities, along with the ‘Our Tampines Hub’ lifestyle and community hub, this could translate into increased value of homes located within Tampines. It should be noted that the point regarding increased value of homes is pertinent in Singapore because it is conventional wisdom that Singaporeans are generally cash poor but asset rich and the majority of the value of their asset is based on the value of their homes. This means that in the event that there is a desperate need for finance, a Singaporean family may decide to sell their present home and buy a cheaper one so that they could use the profits realised from the sale or they could re-mortgage their present home for the money needed.
Ultimately, there are various primary and secondary benefits that can be derived from the building of this new bus interchange in Tampines.