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SMRT East West Line
  • Due to track maintenance works (replacement of electrical cables), from 14 March 2021 till 18 April 2021, train services between EW27 Boon Lay and EW33 Tuas Link stations; and from 25 April 2021 till 23 May 2021, train services between EW29 Joo Koon and EW33 Tuas Link stations will be suspended on Sundays. Please refer here for more information.

SMRT East West Line
  • Due to track maintenance works (replacement of electrical cables), there is no train services between EW27 Boon Lay and EW33 Tuas Link stations. Affected commuters may take MRT Shuttle 3 provided. Do take note that the last bus of MRT Shuttle 3 may not coincide with the last train service at EW27 Boon Lay. Please refer here for more information.

SMRT East West Line
  • Due to track maintenance works (replacement of electrical cables), there is no train services between EW29 Joo Koon and EW33 Tuas Link stations. Please refer here for more information.

SBS Transit North East Line
  • Due to track maintenance works, from 9 April 2021 till 17 April 2021, train services between NE12 Serangoon and NE17 Punggol stations; and from 23 April 2021 till 8 May 2021, train services between NE1 HarbourFront and NE6 Dhoby Ghaut stations will end at 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Please refer here for more information.

SBS Transit North East Line
  • Due to track maintenance works, train services between NE12 Serangoon and NE17 Punggol stations will end at 11pm. Affected commuters may take MRT Shuttle 21 provided. Do take note that the last bus of MRT Shuttle 21 may not coincide with the last train service at NE12 Serangoon. Please refer here for more information.

SBS Transit North East Line
  • Due to track maintenance works, train services between NE1 HarbourFront and NE6 Dhoby Ghaut stations will end at 11pm. Affected commuters may take MRT Shuttle 22 provided. Do take note that the last bus of MRT Shuttle 22 may not coincide with the last train service at NE6 Dhoby Ghaut. Please refer here for more information.

SMRT Thomson–East Coast Line

SMRT Thomson–East Coast Line
  • Due to system integrating test, train services between TE1 Woodlands North and TE3 Woodlands South stations will start at 6.30am and will end at 9pm. Please refer here for more information.

Changi Airport Group Changi Airport Skytrain
  • Due to COVID-19, skytrain services are suspended except Public Service between T3 Station B and T1 Station C.
  • Due to renovation of Terminal 2, skytrain service between T2 Station E and T2 Station F is suspended.

SBS Transit SMRT Buses
  • Due to Malaysia's Control Orders,
    • Bus services
      160
      and
      170
      are diverted to loop at Woodlands Centre Road, skipping all stops in Malaysia.
    • Bus services
      170X
      and
      950
      are suspended.
  • Please refer here (SBS Transit) and here (SMRT Buses) for more information.

Land Transport Authority SBS Transit SMRT Buses
  • Due to post COVID-19 "Circuit Breaker" measures, all Chinatown Direct, NightRider and Nite Owl bus services, as well as bus services
    188R
    ,
    401
    ,
    926
    and
    963R
    are suspended. Please refer here for more information.

SBS Transit Tower Transit
  • From Sunday, 25 April 2021, bus service
    806
    ; and from Monday, 26 April 2021, bus service
    663
    will call at an additional bus stop along Yishun Avenue 6. Please refer the following for more information.

Mass Rapid Transit
MRT Logo.png
Statistics
Owner Land Transport Authority
Operator(s) SMRT
SBS Transit
Number of lines 6
Number of stations 122
System length 198.0 km

The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system forming the major component of the railway system. The network has since grown rapidly in accordance with the aim of developing a comprehensive rail network as the backbone of the public transport system.

The network encompasses 198.0 km of active route with 122 stations in operation. The lines are built by the Land Transport Authority which allocates operating concessions to the profit-based corporations, SMRT Corporation and SBS Transit.

History[edit]

Main article: History of the Mass Rapid Transit

The origins of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) are derived from a forecast by city planners in 1967 which stated the need for a rail-based urban transport system by 1992.[1][2][3] Following a debate on whether a bus-only system would be more cost-effective, then Minister for Communications Ong Teng Cheong, came to the conclusion that an all-bus system would be inadequate, as it would have to compete for road space in a land-scarce country.[4][5]

The network was built in stages, with the North South Line given priority because it passes through the Central Area that has a high demand for public transport. The Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRTC), later renamed as SMRT Corporation — was established on 14 October 1983; it took over the roles and responsibilities (which was the construction and operation the MRT system) of the former provisional Mass Rapid Transit Authority.[4][6] The first section of the North South Line started operations on 7 November 1987. The opening of Boon Lay on the East West Line on 6 July 1990 marked the completion of the system two years ahead of schedule.[7][8]

Infrastructure[edit]

Line Commencement Latest extension Terminus Stations Length (km) Rolling Stocks Depot Operator Control Center
North South Line 7 November 1987 2014 Jurong East
Marina South Pier
27 45 C151
C651
C751B
C151A
C151B
C151C
Bishan Depot
Ulu Pandan Depot
Changi Depot
Tuas Depot
SMRT Kim Chuan Depot
East West Line 12 December 1987 2017 Pasir Ris
Tuas Link
Changi Airport
35 55.7
North East Line 20 June 2003 N/A HarbourFront
Punggol
16 19.3 C751A
C751C
Sengkang Depot SBS Transit Sengkang Depot
Circle Line 28 May 2009 2012 Dhoby Ghaut
HarbourFront
Marina Bay
30 34.6 C830
C830C
Kim Chuan Depot SMRT Kim Chuan Depot
Downtown Line 22 December 2013 2017 Bukit Panjang
Expo
34 40.6 C951 Kim Chuan Depot
Gali Batu Depot
SBS Transit Gali Batu Depot
Thomson–East Coast Line 31 January 2020 2020 Woodlands North
Woodlands South
3 2.8 CT251 Mandai Depot SMRT Mandai Depot

Expansion[edit]

The following table lists Mass Rapid Transit lines that are currently under construction, or that are in the planning stages:

Line Commencement Between stations Stations Length (km) Depot Operator
Under Construction
North East Line
(North East Line extension)
2024 Punggol Punggol Coast 1 2 N/A SBS Transit
Circle Line
(Stage 6)
2025 HarbourFront Marina Bay 3 4 N/A SMRT
Downtown Line
(Stage 3 extension)
2024 Expo Sungei Bedok 2 2.2 East Coast Integrated Depot SBS Transit
Thomson–East Coast Line Q3 2021 (Stage 2)
2021 (Stage 3)
2023 (Stage 4)
2024 (Stage 5)
2025 (Founders' Memorial station)
Woodlands North Sungei Bedok 29 41.8 East Coast Integrated Depot SMRT
Jurong Region Line 2026 (Stage 1)
2027 (Stage 2)
2028 (Stage 3)
Choa Chu Kang
Bahar Junction
Tengah
Jurong Pier
Peng Kang Hill
Pandan Reservoir
24 24 N/A N/A
Under Planning
Cross Island Line 2029 (Stage 1)
2031 (Punggol extension)
Aviation Park Bright Hill 12 29 N/A N/A
Pasir Ris Punggol 3 7.3

References[edit]

  1. "Southeast Asian Affairs.", Page 293. Seah C. M. (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1981).
  2. Sharp 2005, page 66
  3. "Sustainable Urban Transportation Planning and Development — Issues and Challenges for Singapore". Fwa Tien Fang (Department of Civil Engineering, NUS, 4 September 2004)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "1982 – The Year Work Began". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  5. "In Memoriam — Ong Teng Cheong: A Profile". Lee Siew Hoon, Chandra Mohan (23 February 2002, Channel NewsAsia). Retrieved 26 November 2007.
  6. "Annual report 1984". Singapore: Mass Rapid Transit Corporation. Page 5.
  7. Mass Rapid Transit Corporation, Singapore 1988, page 10.
  8. Sharp 2005, p. 109.

Corporate and governmental sources[edit]

  • Sharp, Ilsa (2005). The Journey — Singapore's Land Transport Story. SNP:Editions. ISBN 981-248-101-X.
  • Mass Rapid Transit Corporation, Singapore (1988). The MRT Story. ISBN 981-00-0251-3.
Railway Lines in Singapore [ VTE ]
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) North South LineEast West LineNorth East LineCircle LineDowntown LineThomson–East Coast Line
FutureJurong Region LineCross Island Line
Light Rail Transit (LRT) Bukit Panjang LRTSengkang LRTPunggol LRT
Cross-border KTM Intercity
FutureJohor Bahru–Singapore Rapid Transit System
Others Changi Airport SkytrainSentosa Express
DefunctSentosa Monorail
Mass Rapid Transit [ VTE ]
Overview HistoryStationsFare and TicketingFacilitiesSafetySecurity
Lines North South LineEast West LineNorth East LineCircle LineDowntown LineThomson–East Coast Line
FutureJurong Region LineCross Island Line
Rolling Stocks C151C151AC151BC151CCT251C651C751AC751BC751CC830C830CC951
FutureC851E • CJ151 • CR151
Depots BishanChangiGali BatuKim ChuanMandaiSengkangUlu PandanTuas
FutureChangi East • East Coast • Tengah