Under the Travel Smart Programme, the first Travel Smart initiative started in 2012 as a trial to incentivise commuters to travel during off-peak hours. In 2014, LTA started to work with organisations on re-timing, re-moding and reducing their journeys. Read on to find out more about the various initiatives under the Travel Smart Programme.
Travel Smart Journeys
In Feb 2020, Travel Smart Journeys (TSJ) was introduced to help distribute peak hour public transport demand by encouraging commuters to adopt alternative modes of travel. This trial will benefit residents in Punggol, Sengkang and Buangkok who need to get to their workplaces in eastern Singapore.
Commuters who currently commute via the North-East Line from Punggol, Sengkang and Buangkok stations, or the Sengkang-Punggol LRT lines, heading towards Paya Lebar and MacPherson, stand to receive cash rewards if they switch to bus Service 43e instead. This express bus takes them directly to major employment centres in MacPherson, Paya Lebar and Marine Parade via the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway.
To qualify, commuters must first sign up for an account on the SimplyGo portal. They can then start to earn 150 points per trip, equivalent to $1.50, when they take Service 43e from 7.00am to 9.00am on weekdays. Commuters who participate consistently in the TSJ trial should be able to cover at least half of the express bus fares by converting their points. Earning a minimum of 500 points allows commuters to convert these points into $5 rewards in their travel cards.
Visit the TransitLink's website for more information on TSJ.
Launch of Travel Smart Journeys to Distribute Peak Hour Travel Demand