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Mass Rapid Transit
Owner Land Transport Authority
Operator(s) SMRT
SBS Transit
Number of lines 6
Number of stations 134
System length 224.5 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 224.5 km of active route with 134 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.


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]


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 45 151
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
16 19.3 751A
Sengkang Depot SBS Transit Sengkang Depot
Circle Line 28 May 2009 2012 Dhoby Ghaut
Marina Bay
30 34.6 830
Kim Chuan Depot SMRT Kim Chuan Depot
Downtown Line 22 December 2013 2017 Bukit Panjang
34 40.6 951 Kim Chuan Depot
Gali Batu Depot
SBS Transit Gali Batu Depot
Thomson–East Coast Line 31 January 2020 2022 Woodlands North
Gardens by the Bay
20 29.3 T251 Mandai Depot SMRT Mandai Depot


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)
2026 HarbourFront Marina Bay 3 4 N/A SMRT
Downtown Line
(Stage 3 extension & Hume station)
2025 Expo Sungei Bedok 2 2.2 East Coast Integrated Depot SBS Transit
Hume 1 0 N/A
Thomson–East Coast Line 2024 (Stage 4)
2025 (Stage 5)
2025 (Founders' Memorial station)
Gardens by the Bay Sungei Bedok 10 13.7 East Coast Integrated Depot SMRT
Jurong Region Line 2027 (Stage 1)
2028 (Stage 2)
2029 (Stage 3)
Choa Chu Kang
Bahar Junction
Jurong Pier
Peng Kang Hill
Pandan Reservoir
24 24 Tengah Depot N/A
Cross Island Line 2030 (Stage 1) Aviation Park Bright Hill 12 29 Changi East Depot
Under Planning
Cross Island Line 2032 (Stage 2)
2032 (Punggol extension)
Bright Hill Jurong Lake District 6 15 N/A N/A
Pasir Ris Punggol 3 7.3


  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
icon 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 151151A151B151CR151T251651751A751B751C830830C851E951
FutureJ151 • CR151
Depots BishanChangiGali BatuKim ChuanMandaiSengkangUlu PandanTuas
FutureChangi East • East CoastTengah