WHAT A DIFFERENCE 15 MINUTES MAKE
Did you know that just 15 minutes can make a difference when it comes to crowds at MRT stations? Crowds may be a fact of life during rush hour when everyone is going to work, but not many realise that the crowd size can be much smaller if you arrive at the station a little earlier. Check out these photos of the crowd situation at selected high-traffic MRT stations during morning peak hours. These photos are meant to give you an indication of the commuter traffic on a typical weekday morning so that you can plan ahead for a smoother journey. The photos are updated regularly.
Travel Early, Travel Free, Travel on the mrt
From 24 June 2013 to 23 June 2014
Free travel is available on the MRT for all commuters who tap out at 16 city areas* before 7.45am on weekdays (excluding public holidays).
If you are able and willing to make changes to your travel schedule and travel earlier into the city area before the peak hour, we encourage you to do so.
For those who miss the cut-off timing for free travel by a few minutes, you can still enjoy 50 cents off your train fare if you exit at any of the 16 stations* between 7.45am and 8.00am on weekdays (excluding public holidays).
To be eligible for free MRT rides or $0.50 off train fare, the point of entry cannot be from any of the 16 stations. The 16 designated stations are:
*Bayfront, Bras Basah, Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Esplanade, Lavender, Marina Bay, Orchard, Outram Park, Promenade, Raffles Place, Somerset and Tanjong Pagar.
More than 40 public agencies located near these 16 MRT stations have put in place flexi-work practices for their 14,000 public officers to support this trial to spread morning peak hour crowds.
In addition, the Association of Banks (ABS) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) welcome the free travel pilot that will help support a larger number of financial sector workers who can opt for flexible working arrangements.
Press Release: Travel Early, Travel Free On The MRT
Press Release: Public Sector Agencies Support Free Rail Travel Into City Area Before 7.45am
Press Release: Singapore Financial Sector Welcomes Government's Move to Relieve Morning Peak Hour Crowding on Trains Heading to the City Area
Frequently Asked Questions
Travel Smart Pilot Programme
In a two-year trial, starting from October 2012, the LTA is helping organisations to facilitate their employees’ to travel pre-peak to take advantage of the free travel.
To date, three of the 12 organisations under the Travel Smart pilot have put in place flexi-work arrangements such as staggering working hours, and measures to facilitate these arrangements, such as introducing IT facilities to enable employees to work remotely and even providing shower and locker facilities to encourage active travel.
The private organisations participating in Travel Smart include Rajah and Tann and BP Singapore, with over 600 employees each. They are starting to implement the recommended Action Plans. The remaining organisations are working with the Travel Smart consultant, AECOM, to develop their Action Plans.
LTA will be monitoring the progress of the implementation of these practices in all pilot organisations and will consider rolling out workplace-based travel planning beyond these pilot organisations after reviewing the results.
travel off-peak to earn cash rewards
You can earn credits to win cash rewards for the trips you make on the MRT and LRT, with triple credits for the morning off-peak trips.
The INSINC Off-Peak Rewards Scheme aims to encourage commuters to travel during off-peak periods.
Visit www.insinc.sg for more information.
SAVE MONEY WHEN YOU TRAVEL EARLY
If you are an adult or senior citizen, you can enjoy a special discount up to 50 cents for your journey (Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays) if it:
- starts from any Circle Line, North South line, East West line, or Bukit Panjang LRT station
- ends before 7.45AM at selected stations in the city
See www.smrt.com.sg for more information.
Between 7AM – 9AM, trains at North-South and East-West lines arrive at an interval of between 2.14 – 2.5 minutes.