I suck at public transportation. Actually, make that ‘I suck at nearly all forms of transportation‘. I’ve had panic attacks in cars, buses, planes, trains, subways…it’s actually a miracle that I don’t get seasick or this blog wouldn’t even exist. It’s not even just panic attacks that make me so incompetent; I simply turn into a 2 year old trying to figure out who’s got my nose when I am trying to get from point A to point B, besides in my hometown (after 24 years I’ve finally nailed it). I will literally pay a cab any amount of money to avoid having to figure out a new city’s public transportation system. Those transportation route guides look like alien markings, if you ask me. Well long story short, I’ve finally found a transportation system that is made for fools like me- the Singapore MRT.
I was reluctant at first to try it for myself, even after hearing success stories (yes, that’s what I call them) from others. When I have a day off, that time is precious and I don’t want to waste it getting lost on a bus and ending up using all of my brain power just to find my way back. After being in Singapore a couple months however, I was running out of ideas for my time off and thought that it was the perfect opportunity to try it out. Turns out, the Singapore MRT was made for me. It’s literally foolproof.
When you get to a station, you click (CLICK!!) on your destination on a virtual map and it tells you how much the farecard will cost. No calculations? I’m down with that. Better yet, you wont end up paying more than $3 to go pretty much anywhere (hello cheapskates!). And if money is your concern, upon reaching your destination, you can insert your farecard back into the ticketing machine for a $1 refund. Cheap AND eco-friendly; what’s not to love?
The stations and MRT cars are immaculate and there are electronic signs everywhere informing you of where to find the rail you need and how many minutes until the next one arrives. Once after getting out at a station there was even a sign that said how many steps (seriously, like one foot in front of the other) to the exit. You also wont run the risk of getting pushed onto the tracks (cough, NYC subway) as it is sealed off until the train arrives. It’s unreal.
Singapore is a small country and the MRT makes getting around and seeing it all a breeze. While I prefer to walk most places, the MRT comes in handy for quick and efficient travel. It’s comprehensive, dummy proof, cheap, clean and eco-friendly, earning it my seal of approval.
…Now back to tackle the Perth bus system in a week. UGH. (I’m the worst traveler ever).