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The Land Transport Authority (LTA) introduced the Walking Train Map (WTM) project as an initiative to encourage more people to adopt walking, cycling and riding public transport as the way of life in Singapore.
With the opening of Downtown Line 3 on 21 October, another 16 train stations will be added to the rail network. As we continue expanding our rail network, the walking distance between MRT stations in the city centre shortens. Hence, LTA came up with the idea of the WTM by identifying several MRT stations that are mostly on different lines in the city centre but are within comfortable walking distances from one another.
The WTM informs commuters of the walking time between MRT stations on two (or more) different lines that are in close proximity, so commuters can decide if they prefer to walk and save time on their commute. LTA calculated the walking times for the WTM by conducting walking trials based on Singaporeans’ average walking speeds.
For example, the time taken to get from Telok Ayer MRT station to Raffles Place MRT station is about 23 minutes by train as the commuter would have to make a transfer from the Downtown Line to the East-West Line at Bugis MRT station. However, the estimated walking time between the two stations (Telok Ayer and Raffles Place) is about 5 minutes. Hence, walking instead of making a transfer on the train system could save the average commuter close to 20 minutes.