mollymeek (mollymeek) wrote,

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Wheelchair-friendly Buses, Terror-proof Buses

As you can read here, world-class, first world Singapore is going to have a full fleet of wheelchair-friendly buses in another 2 decades or so. In fact, we already have a wheelchair-friendly bus. Ms. Valerie Tan of the CNA reports, "Wheeling up a bus has never been so exciting and easy for Accounts Manager Judy Wee."

Very exciting huh? Molly is thinking of buying a wheelchair for Valerie so that she could experience some excitement as she travels to work.

In any case, wheelchair-friendly buses are indeed going to be interesting, considering the crowd popularity of bus services in Singapore even at super off-peak hours such as 10 p.m. (And you don't suppose that buses are going to get any less crowded than they now are comes 2023, do you?) You see, buses can be designed to be as wheelchair friendly as they could possibly be, but just imagine the thrill a wheelchair-bound person is going to get when s/he is trying to get up a bus in which people are already flattening their noses against the front door. Or you can imagine the fun the entire lot of passengers are going to have when a wheelchair-bound person makes his/her way from the back of the bus to the door.

If you are not careful, the wheels might crush your toes and you become wheelchair-bound also. But this definitely gives the bus companies a very good excuse reason to have buses with fewer and fewer seats so that they can accommodate more wheelchairs. Who knows, we might even become a Wheelchair Hub. Definitely a great spectacle for all well-paid foreign talents who could afford cars.

Yes, so wheelchair-friendly in theory is not necessarily wheelchair-friendly in practice. I mean, it's cool, isn't it? This way, if there's something like an election in 2024, some politicians can talk about making buses less crowded by 2046. Yes, so Molly is predicting that, in forty years' time, we will have relatively good bus services.

Molly also predicts that the TV Mobile will be improved for the sake of the hearing-impaired or simply the elderly who are hard of hearing. The speakers will be upgraded and the volume made louder to aggravate their condition make sure that they will not be disadvantaged when it comes to the enjoyment of the latest Old-folks-Home Superstar TV show.

And since Singaporeans are going to get such a good deal, Molly shall do her part to celebrate the good quality of public transport in Singapore with her following thesis on why a terrorist attack on public buses is pretty unlikely in Singapore:

As everyone knows, terrorist attacks are very intricately and meticulously planned and timed. Suppose they plan for a bomb to go off at 8.30 a.m.. The terrorist will have to get up a bus and plant a bomb, won't he?

Now, what's going to happen when the bus doesn't come until 8.50 a.m.? Months of planning is going to be screwed, resources are going to be wasted and plans are going to fail.

Or, what if the bus is so crowded that the terrorist cannot get up the bus? Everything is going to to be screwed?

Or, what if the bus service meant to be bombed comes in pairs or in threes. This is going to confuse the hell out of the terrorist because he isn't going to know which bus to bomb.

Plus, Molly suspects, terrorists do not like to be outdone in their own game. They are going to lose face when passengers find them benign compared to the people who are making them flatten their noses against bus doors.

Thus, it's pretty clear that we are unlikely to face a terrorist attack when we are in a bus. Aren't we simply fortunate to have a terror-proof system?
Tags: bus, bus service, public transport, theory vs. practice, wheelchair, wheelchair-friendly buses

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