History of the Mass Rapid Transit

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Year Date Event
1967 N/A Conceptualise of a Rapid Transit Line to ease road congestion issue.[1]
1972-1982 N/A Bus vs Rail Debates.
1982 28 March Government decided to build the MRT.
1983 14 October Established the then MRT Corporation (Now Land Transport Authority).
22 October Ground-breaking ceremony at Shan Road.
1987 6 August SMRT Corporation was established.
7 November North South Line began operation.
Yio Chu Kang to Toa Payoh were opened.
12 December Novena to Outram Park were opened.
1988 12 March Tiong Bahru to Clementi were opened.
5 November Jurong East to Lakeside were opened.
20 December Khatib to Yishun were opened.
1989 4 November East West Line began operation.
Separation of North South Line and East West Line.
Marina Bay was opened.
Bugis to Tanah Merah were opened.
16 December Simei to Pasir Ris were opened.
1990 10 March East West Line (Branch Extension) began operation.
Bukit Batok to Choa Chu Kang were opened.
6 July Boon Lay was opened.
1993 N/A Construction began for North South Line (Woodlands Extension).
1996 10 February North South Line (Woodlands Extension) began operation.
East West Line (Branch Extension) dissolved into North South Line.
Yew Tee to Sembawang were opened.
1997 1 January Construction began for North East Line.
1998 December Construction began for East West Line (Changi Airport Extension).
2001 10 January East West Line (Changi Airport Extension) began operation.
Expo was opened.
18 October Dover was opened.
2002 8 February Changi Airport was opened.
13 March Construction began for Circle Line.
2003 20 June North East Line began operation.
HarbourFront to Punggol were opened.
2004 20 April Nicoll Highway collapsed during the construction of Nicoll Highway station.
December Construction began for East West Line (Boon Lay Extension).
2006 15 January Buangkok was opened.
2008 December Construction began for Downtown Line.
2009 28 February East West Line (Boon Lay Extension) began operation.
Pioneer to Joo Koon were opened.
28 May Circle Line began operation.
Bartley to Marymount were opened.
December Construction began for North South Line Extension.
2010 17 April Dhoby Ghaut to Tai Seng were opened.
2011 20 June Woodleigh was opened.
8 October Caldecott to HarbourFront were opened.
15 December 5-hours long disruption along North South Line due to Train & Track Fault.
17 December 7-hours long disruption along North South Line due to Train & Track Fault.
2012 14 January Circle Line (Circle Line Extension) began operation.
Bayfront to Marina Bay were opened.
2013 22 December Downtown Line began operation.
Bugis to Chinatown were opened.
2014 January Construction began for Thomson–East Coast Line.
23 November North South Line (North South Line Extension) began operation.
Marina South Pier was opened.
2015 7 July - 8 July 18-hours long disruption and delay along North South Line and East West Line due to Power Fault.
27 December Bukit Panjang to Rochor were opened.
2017 18 June East West Line (Tuas West Extension) began operation.
Gul Circle to Tuas Link were opened.
7 October - 8 October 21-hours long disruption along North South Line due to Tunnel Flooding.
21 October Fort Canning to Expo were opened.
N/A Construction began for Circle Line (Stage 6).
2019 2 November Canberra was opened.
2020 31 January Thomson–East Coast Line began operation.
Woodlands North to Woodlands South were opened.


  1. Tien Fang Fwa. "SUSTAINABLE URBAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT — Issues and Challenges for Singapore". 4 Sep 2004. Retrieved 1 May 2006. University of Tokyo. Archived from the original.
Mass Rapid Transit [ VTE ]
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Lines North South LineEast West LineNorth East LineCircle LineDowntown LineThomson–East Coast Line
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