To celebrate the latest addition to Singapore’s rail network, the Land Transport Authority is holding the Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) Open House today to give commuters and their families a free preview of the DTL3’s 16 new stations. Themed “Rail of Fun”, everyone can enjoy the fun-filled activities at the stations stretching from Fort Canning Station to Expo Station, from 10am to 6pm. Please refer to Annex A for more details of the Open House.
The successful completion of Downtown Line 3 would not have been possible without the strong support of the community. Months before the Open House, LTA started a series of community engagement activities to let more people familiarise the stations and celebrate the completion with us before its official opening on 21 October 2017.
Preview of DTL3 Stations
From July 2017, LTA collaborated with People’s Association and Grassroots Organisations along the alignment of DTL3 to bring residents and stakeholders for previews of the stations. Over the past three months, more than 1,500 residents and stakeholders around the stations were invited to tour the station built in the vicinity of their properties.
Residents living near Tampines West and Tampines East stations were particularly thrilled to see their faces featured in the Art-In-Transit piece “Welcome to Jingapore” installed in both stations. The Art-In-Transit piece for both stations feature combined the images of people, places and objects found in the area to create a collage of the community.
Residents of Tampines West Grassroots Organisation
at the preview visit of Tampines West Station
Residents in the MacPherson area also helped contribute to the artwork installed in MacPherson station, where 27 residents were interviewed by the artist during a National Day event in 2013 on what MacPherson means to them. The phrases are represented in the residents’ native languages in the mural headlined “MacPherson Home”.
Residents of MacPherson Grassroots Organisation
at the preview visit of MacPherson Station
DTL3 Roving Exhibitions
To generate excitement for the upcoming opening of DTL3, LTA also organised roving exhibitions in high traffic areas such as shopping malls, transport nodes and food centres near the new DTL3 stations. Within a month, we reached out to around 15,000 members of the public through the 32 roving roadshows.
DTL3 Postcard Design Competition
The DTL3 Postcard Design Competition was organised to reach out to the younger generation of commuters who will benefit from the new line. Themed as “Life around DTL 3”, the competition attracted over 200 entries from 23 primary schools and two art schools along the alignment. Held between April and July 2017, the competition encouraged students to better appreciate the convenience of public transport especially with the opening of DTL3 near their schools.
Please refer to Annex B for a selection of winning entries from the competition.
Participation in Community Events
Besides the activities planned by LTA, we have also been invited by the local communities to set up booths at other community events to raise awareness of DTL3 amongst residents. By partnering with the community, we were able to extend our engagement efforts to more platforms to generate more buzz and excitement for DTL3.
Community booth at Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Family Day
Some constituencies showed their strong support for the upcoming DTL3 by coming up with their own initiatives to keep residents informed of the opening.
For instance, Kolam Ayer constituency produced limited edition travel cards with their own funding and visited a block of residents whose HDB flat is only five metres away from Geylang Bahru station to thank them for their patience and understanding during the years of construction. In addition, Whampoa and Henderson-Dawson constituencies put up their own banners in the neighbourhood to celebrate the opening of DTL3.
LTA appreciates the support shown by the community and will continue to work closely with the public to minimise any inconvenience caused by our construction works while delivering long-term benefits to let our future generations enjoy a well-connected public transport system in the years to come.
Annex A: Details of the Open House
Annex B: Selection of winning entries from the competition