All aboard! With a network of 142 stations across the island and more to come, the MRT and LRT system is one of the most popular modes of transport in Singapore with a ridership of well over 2 million passengers a day. Projects like the fully opened Circle Line, the upcoming Downtown Line as well as the future Thomson-East Coast Line will expand our coverage further.
Our target for 2030 – to expand the rail network to about 360km. By then, eight in 10 households will live within 10 minutes of a train station. Commuters can expect two new rail lines – the Cross Island Line (CRL) and the Jurong Region Line (JRL), as well as extensions to the Circle Line (CCL), North East Line (NEL) and the Downtown Line (DTL). We are also adding a station - Canberra Station - on the North-South Line between Sembawang and Yishun. With 360km of rail network, Singapore will have a total rail length that is higher than major cities such as Tokyo or Hong Kong today, and comparable to 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.