Travel Smart Network

News Releases
14 Jul 2015

Re-Time, Reduce, Re-Mode-
Over 60 Organisations Onboard



1.   More than 60 organisations with over 160,000 employees have joined the Travel Smart Network since its launch on 1 August 2014. Under the Travel Smart Network, the Government provides funding to organisations that help their employees travel during the off-peak periods as well as to use alternative modes of transport such as walking and cycling.

2.   Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport said, “Travel Smart is about making more lifestyle choices available to Singaporeans with the help of their employers. It has gained much momentum since it was launched mainly because employers also recognise the value of giving staff the flexibility to adjust their working hours and daily commute. Joining the Travel Smart Network makes them more attractive as employers."


Corporate-Tier Travel Smart Rewards

3.   As part of the Travel Smart Network, employees of these organisations can enrol in Corporate-Tier Travel Smart Rewards[1] where they stand more chances to win monetary prizes. They can do so by playing games and redeeming their points directly at the Travel Smart Rewards website (https://www.travelsmartrewards.sg). Employees on the Corporate-Tier Travel Smart Rewards are also eligible to participate in lucky draws every month to win top cash prizes of $1,500.

4.   Mr Goh Yeh Hao, a winner of the $1,500 lucky draw cash prize said, “With Travel Smart, we can all play our part in decongesting Singapore and stand a chance to win rewards. It is a smart initiative that benefits individuals and various stakeholders.'


Travel Smart Consultancy Voucher

5.   Travel Smart Network organisations such as Barclays Singapore, RSP Architects, SGX, Surbana, Singtel and Ubisoft Singapore are tapping on Travel Smart Consultancy Vouchers to engage Travel Smart consultants. The Travel Smart consultants help organisations to conduct surveys on their employees’ travel patterns, and to develop travel demand management action plans customised to the needs of the organisation and its employees.

6.   Ms Li Li Kuan, Country Manager and COO, Barclays Singapore, said: Barclays is pleased to be granted the Travel Smart Consultancy Voucher. We look forward to gaining more insights into our employees’ travel patterns from the baseline survey. It has been a rewarding experience to be part of the LTA’s Travel Smart Network from an early stage. Through our involvement under the Corporate-Tier Travel Smart Rewards, we have been able to encourage greater off-peak travel amongst colleagues, which feeds into improved traffic efficiency and also enhanced the work-life balance for those participating."


Travel Smart Grant

7.   EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young), which has been on the Travel Smart Network from the start, has applied for the Travel Smart Grant to support initiatives such as the distribution of breakfast vouchers to employees who arrive before 8am. Such initiatives allow EY’s employees to benefit not only from the organisation’s FlexTime policy but also LTA’s Free Pre-Peak Travel and Corporate-Tier Travel Smart Rewards schemes. The Travel Smart Grant offers to co-fund the cost of initiatives which organisations put in place to support the transition to flexi-travel arrangements by their employees.

8.   Mr Max Loh, EY Managing Partner, Asean and Singapore said, “Travel Smart complements our Workplace of the Future programme, where we have created a trust-based and collaborative work environment that is underpinned by our flexible working initiatives. Our people are empowered to work more flexibly and productively, including choosing to start and end their work days earlier, and thus enabling them to tap on the off-peak travel perks under Travel Smart.”

9.   Ms Theresa Phua, Singapore Head of Human Resource, DBS Bank said, “DBS intends to apply for the Travel Smart Grant which is part of the bigger Travel Smart Network. It ties in well with our existing flexi-work arrangement programme, which helps our staff better manage their personal and work commitments. We believe that offering such work arrangements will drive greater productivity, better employee engagement and staff retention for the bank."

10.  Organisations that wish to join the Travel Smart Network can visit www.lta.gov.sg/travelsmart or email LTA-TravelSmart@lta.gov.sg for more details.


Better travel experience

11.  Other than Travel Smart Rewards, commuters are encouraged to “travel smart” with the Free Pre-Peak Travel[2] on rail and to enjoy fare discounts when they travel outside peak periods on bus and rail using the Off-Peak Pass[3].

12.  Our Travel Demand Management (TDM) schemes together have led to a daily average of up to 10,000 commuters shifting out of the one hour peak between 8 and 9am. That is equivalent to about six to seven train loads of passengers. This supplements our efforts to add capacity from the supply side and shorten wait times for commuters.  In 2014, a total of 13 new trains were added to the North-South and East-West Lines. For the Circle Line, four more new trains were added last month.


Annex A:   Corporate-Tier Travel Smart Rewards
Annex B:   Travel Smart Consultancy Voucher
Annex C:   Travel Smart Grant – Claimable Initiatives
 



[1] Employees of Travel Smart Network organisations enjoy a higher sign-up bonus of 1000 points (4 times more than the general public) when they enrol for Corporate-Tier Travel Smart Rewards. Corporate-Tier participants also receive higher returns of 5-8 points (compared to the 3-6 points for the general public) when they start their train trips during the shoulder-peak periods of 6.15am – 7.15am and 8.45am – 9.45am, and qualify for an additional monthly $1,500 lucky draw, on top of the one that is open to the general public.

[2] Under Free Pre-Peak Travel, commuters enjoy free train rides when they tap out at any of the 18 city area stations before 7.45am on weekdays, and a discount of up to 50 cents off their train ride if they tap out between 7.45am and 8am. The 18 designated stations are Bayfront, Bras Basah, Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Downtown, Esplanade, Lavender, Marina Bay, Orchard, Outram Park, Promenade, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer.

[3] With the Off-Peak Pass (OPP), commuters can enjoy unlimited rides on the public transport network every day, except the peak hours of 6.30am – 9am and 5pm – 7.30pm on weekdays. OPP for adults are available at $80, while those for Persons with Disabilities and Senior Citizens are available at $40.