All aboard! The MRT and LRT system is one of the most popular modes of transport in Singapore with a ridership of over 3 million passengers a day. Construction of the Thomson-East Coast Line, Circle Line 6 and North East Line extension which are currently underway will expand our coverage further. We are also adding a station - Canberra Station - on the North-South Line between Sembawang and Yishun. In addition, we have also begun planning for two more new rail lines – the Cross Island Line (CRL) and the Jurong Region Line (JRL).
Our target for 2030 is to expand the rail network to about 360km. By then, eight in 10 households will live within 10 minutes of a train station. With 360km of rail network, Singapore will have a total rail length that is longer than major cities such as Tokyo or Hong Kong today, and comparable to London and New York City.
Meanwhile, LTA is committed to improving the service levels of the existing network:
- Tightening of the Operating Performance Standards so commuters today can expect to wait no more than 5 minutes for trains on the NSEWL as well as on the NEL, and no more than 7 minutes for trains on the CCL.
- With the deployment of new trains from 2H2015 and the completion of re-signalling works on the North-South Line (NSL) and the East-West Line (EWL) in 2016 and 2018 respectively, commuters can expect even shorter wait times, especially during the peak periods. LTA intends to tighten standards for train frequencies during the morning and evening peak periods, as well as the shoulder peak periods, for the NSEWL, NEL and CCL. For example, during the morning peak periods, commuters can enjoy a 25% shorter wait for trains with shorter morning peak headways of 100-110 seconds for the NSEWL, 120 seconds for the NEL and 160 seconds for the CCL.
- New trains will be put into service from 2H2015 onwards, and the expanded train fleets will allow train trips to eventually increase by an estimated 8%. During peak periods, peak capacity is estimated to increase by about 25% for rising travel demand.
- LTA also intends to introduce a new fleet availability standard to ensure train operators maximise the number of trains available in their expanded fleets for passenger service during peak periods. This will include train availability standards of no less than 90% for the morning peak period.