Friday, July 18, 2008

A sense of proportion

As I entered the MRT station yesterday to take the train back home, I was surprised that out of the ten or so gantries at the station, only two were automated for passengers entering to take the train, the rest were programmed for passengers exiting from the station.

The ratio of entering gantries to exiting gantries is hence 1:4, but as I looked at the size of the exiting crowd and compared it with the entering passengers, the ratio should be at most 1:2. SMRT should really ensure that the number of entering and exiting gantries at MRT stations should really commensurate with the ratio of the number of passengers entering and leaving the station. Such ratio changes at different times of the day and instead of implementing a blanket-wide standard ratio that jams up crowds on one side.

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