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     Getting Around - MRT

     Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Rail System

     Clean, punctual and air-conditioned, the MRT is a hallmark of efficiency.  

     Operating hours:

     From 6.00 am to midnight at frequencies of 3 to 8 minutes.


     There are fines for littering, smoking, eating and drinking in MRT stations and on board the trains.

     There are two operators of MRT train services:

     1. SMRT - running the North-South & East-West Lines

     2. SBS-Transit - running the new North-East Line (from 20 June 2003)

     Lost & Found

     MRT Accidents





1 to 2 cents increase in bus fares and no increase in rail fares

The PTC approved a 1 to 2 cent increase in adult EZ-Link fares for buses. Senior citizen concessionary EZ-Link bus fares, which are flat fares pegged to the lowest adult EZ-Link fare band will also increase by 2 cents...
There will be no increase to all rail fares, some EZLink adult bus fares, as well as cash fares for buses, child/student fares and the prices of monthly student/NS men concession passes...



Expanding our MRT Network


"Beyond this, the LTA is completing its feasibility studies for a new 33-station Downtown Line that will link the eastern and north western corridors to the Marina Bay.
"When the Downtown Line is up, residents in Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah, Bedok Reservoir and Macpherson can take the train to see the bright lights of the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort...
"As part of our long-term planning for a future Singapore of 6.5 million population, we expect that we will need to at least double our current rail network of 138 km for a 50% increase in population. That means putting in the equivalent of at least 7 North-east Lines..."



Public transport operators to handle lost & found properties

"With effect from 1 January 2007, the public bus and taxi companies, namely, SBS Transit Ltd, SMRT Buses Ltd, Comfort Transportation Pte Ltd, Yellow-Top Cab Pte Ltd, CityCab Pte Ltd, SMRT Taxis Pte Ltd, Trans-Cab Services Pte Ltd, Smart Automobile Pte Ltd and Premier Taxis Pte Ltd, will handle all properties found in their vehicles and handle all reports on lost and found properties made by their customers and drivers..."



     - MP suggests using half-height platform screen doors in MRT stations


Man fatally hit by train

A Chinese man in his mid-40s died last night after he was hit by a train at Chinese Garden MRT station. The man had reportedly flung himself into the path of an oncoming train.

Source: Straits Times 19 Oct 2006 (H2)


IBM to build smartcard e-payment infrastructure for MRT network

"The high-performance and high-speed backend infrastructure is expected to double the present capacity and will be capable of handling about 10 million financial transactions per day...

"The e-Symphony incorporates the Contactless E-Purse Application Standard (CEPAS) and will therefore allow multiple suppliers to issue the contactless smart cards, which are currently issued only by EZ-link. This could bring about competition among the suppliers and in turn reduce the cost of smart cards to benefit users..."


     - Bus and train fares to increase by between 1 and 3 cents

     - North East Line resumes normal operation after partial stoppage on 24 Jul 2006


Singapore carries out first large-scale anti-terror drill

"Ever since September 11 and the arrest of the Jemaah Islamiyah members in Singapore, we have stepped up our security measures...

"Exercise Northstar V is the largest scale exercise we have conducted so far. We simulated a scenario with multiple bomb explosions and a chemical agent release in 4 MRT stations and 1 bus interchange, to stretch ourselves and test our capabilities..."



     - Buangkok MRT Station to open in January 2006

     - Armed police patrols on MRT trains from 15 Aug 2005

     - MRT extension to link NEL's Chinatown station to Marina Bay

     - PTC approves tiered increase in bus & train fares


Man jailed for bomb hoax

A man was jailed for 2 years yesterday for a bomb hoax. Mak Hoy Meng, 29, had handed over to an MRT employee two notes which claimed there was a bomb in one of the stations. 

Source: Straits Times 11 Mar 2005 (H6)


Safety at MRT and LRT stations

"Despite the various safety measures in place, there have been more than 220 cases, where commuters were found trespassing on the tracks at above-ground MRT and LRT stations, between 1991 and 15 September 2004.

"Eighty-seven percent of such cases were non-accidental acts, which involved commuters jumping onto the tracks to retrieve personal items, walking, running or taking short cuts to another platform, and acts of suicide....."


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