1 The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is working with SMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT), the operator for the Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit (BPLRT) system to purchase an additional 13 train cars for the Bukit Panjang LRT system. These will be put into service from 2014 onwards.
2 The 13 additional train cars would provide additional capacity of about 50% for the BPLRT system. Headways between Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang LRT stations will be reduced from 2.5 mins today to 2.2 mins, and headways for the loop between Petir and Senja stations (in both directions) will be reduced from 5 mins today to 4.4 mins.
3 Over the last few years, the population in Bukit Panjang has increased with more new flats in the area. New developments like the Institute of Technical Education College West campus have also resulted in increased LRT ridership in the last few years. Average daily ridership on the LRT has also steadily grown to about 51,000.
4 SMRT currently runs the maximum of 18 out of the 19 cars during the morning peak hours. During the evening peak, the LRT services are scheduled to match the arrival timings of MRT services at Choa Chu Kang. This makes it more convenient for passengers getting off the MRT to transfer quickly to the LRT. The operator has also taken other measures to better manage crowding, such as deploying Service Ambassadors at busy LRT stations.