STOMPer miyashio gave a thumbs up for SBS Transit's new SMS disruption alert service for train disruptions along the North East Line.
The STOMPer wrote:
"SMS alerts for NEL service disruptions.
"I noticed this poster in one of the North East Line stations.
"Good initiative by SBS Transit."
STOMPer Brekkie added:
"Can we have it for SMRT too?
"Good idea, spotted at Toa Payoh bus interchange."
According to an article in the Straits Times, the new alert service is available for free to all iPhone users through the iris mobile app push notification, and to all mobile phone users through the SMS alert service.
The service will provide subscribers with information such as the affected stations, availability of shuttle services, and the resumption of services. To sign up for free SMS alerts, commuters will have to key in 'NEL' and send it to 73535 from their mobile phones. Alternatively, they can also log on to the website www.sbstransit.com.sg to register.
They will receive an SMS acknowledgement to confirm that their requests have been successfully activated. To unsubscribe to this service anytime, they can send 'UNSUB NEL' to 73535.
For iPhone users who have downloaded the iris app, an alert will be sent out if there is a train delay or disruption lasting 15min or more. Users need to activate the push notification function on their mobile phones to get the alerts.