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The WEATHER on THURSDAY (17 Oct 2002): Slightly hazy. Showers with thunder are likely in the late morning and early afternoon mainly over northern, central and western Singapore.    WEATHER OUTLOOK:  FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Winds are expected to remain light and variable. Slightly hazy with showers at noon expected.    WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   9.50am  2.4m   9.18pm   2.5m      SUN Sunrise  6.48am    Sunset  6.53pm   MOON  Moonrise  4.21pm   Moonset   3.56am    PSI: 56 (moderate)   TEMPERATURE: 26-32 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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New contactless cards for single-trip travel on MRT & LRT

The Standard Ticket, a new contactless smart card for single trip travel on the MRT and LRT only, went into use from 14 Oct 2002. The new card replaces the current magnetic single trip ticket.

The ST is part of the contactless smart card system introduced to cater to the expansion of the Rapid Transit System. New MRT and LRT lines will be designed to accept contactless smart cards only.

Currently, 1.1 million passenger trips are made on the MRT and LRT daily. Passengers using single trip tickets account for 6.8% and 8.5% of the total number of trips on weekdays and weekends respectively. The rest of the trips are made using stored value tickets.

The users of single trip tickets are irregular travellers on the MRT, passengers who have forgotten to bring their stored value tickets, tourists, and foreign workers. About 70% of these trips are made during off peak hours.

With the introduction of the ST, the ticket vending machines will no longer dispense magnetic single trip tickets with effect from 14 October 2002. The machines will be shut down, and will be removed progressively. Signs will be displayed to direct passengers to the General Ticketing Machine (GTM) to purchase the ST instead.

The ST is valid for use only on the day of purchase for a single trip. The price of the ST includes a refundable $1 deposit, which is introduced to ensure that passengers take care of the ticket and return it to the GTM instead of discarding it after completing the trip. Passengers can claim the deposit from the GTM of any station within 30 days after the date of purchase of the ticket.

To help passengers adapt to using the new ST, posters and user guides in the four official languages have been placed in all stations since 7 October 2002. Passengers can pick up the user guides from the Information Counters in any station. In addition, the GTM is designed with instructions in the four official languages to guide the passenger on the purchase of the ST and the claim of the $1 deposit.

During the first month of the launch of the ST, additional SMRT staff will be deployed to provide assistance at busier MRT stations during selected time periods. Passengers can also call the SMRT Hotline at Tel: 1800 - 3368900 (toll-free) and SLRT Hotline at Tel: 6893 6455, or visit the SMRT website at for information.

Passengers holding the phased-out magnetic farecards can get a refund on their farecards at any time within four years from the date of purchase or last revaluation (for cards bought, re-valued or replaced on or after 1 August 2000). Requests for refund can be made at any TransitLink Ticket Office.

They can also get a refund on their magnetic farecard at selected NTUC FairPrice outlets and 7-Eleven stores.

Source: SMRT Corporation Ltd

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