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People-centred

As you all know, the LTA’s vision is “a people-centred land transport system”. Oh you didn’t? How ignorant of you: it says so right there on their website.

Now, that is indeed a noble objective and one that will never be fully achieved, since people’s needs, and even the number of people, keep changing. Therefore, lifetime employment. Genius! Cyril N. Parkinson would have approved.

And sometimes this vision is manifested in the way things are done. Such as publicity for improvement works. Take the signboard for the Woodsville interchange. (Well don’t actually take it – that would be stealing). Rows of them are nailed up at the junction where the PIE meets Serangoon, Upper Serangoon, Bendemeer and Macpherson roads:

See, a good example is being set with the spiffy hybrid car and a multi-seater coach. Efficient, green, shiny, happy, etc. Fully on board with the people-centricity requirement.

What’s not to like? Yes, those standard Prius wheels are naff central, but that is hardly the LTA’s fault… What’s that you say? Where are the people? Why, right there in the green vehicles, of course. Look closer:

Hey, wait a minute. Where did you guys go? Maybe they considerately double parked in front of the bus and jumped out to go buy solar-fried char kuay teow. So the bus occupants must be jumping up and down screaming bloody murder, right? Let’s see:

Holy neutron bomb, Batman! There’s not a soul in sight.

Remind me of the vision statement again… “a people-centred land transport system”… ah, yes. So the thinking must have been, let’s put up signs showing the vision statement and vehicles with no people in, around or under them, just to reinforce the anthropocentricity of said vision. Nice one.

Here’s the irony: the actual construction of the interchange is being handled quite well from a disruption-reduction standpoint thanks to, IIRC, a switched-on project manager who was profiled in the State Times at one stage. But the graphic designers had a problem translating the vision into… reality? Whatapity.

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