We refer to Ms Cheralyn Nicole Lee’s letter, “Offer early-bird perks at stations outside city” (MyPaper, 27 June 2013) and Law Yong Wee’s letter, “Give free travel scheme a boost” (TODAY, 26 June 2013) asking LTA to consider extending free travel to commuters exiting all MRT stations.
The free pre-peak travel trial aims to ease crowding during the morning peak hour along the most crowded stretches of the rail network. These are typically the city-bound stretches. If we achieve a shift of 10-20% out of the morning peak period, many commuters will also benefit from a less crowded ride during peak hours, even if they do not exit at the city stations.
We hope this encourages commuters who are able, and willing to make changes to their travel schedule to enter the city area before the morning peak hour.
As we are in the very early stages of the trial, it will take time for people to adjust their travel patterns. We will monitor the results and review its effectiveness to see what lessons and ideas might apply.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority