Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) – The Network

Mass Rapid Transit is a popular transport system in Singapore. It is the metro railway connects all the city-states in Singapore. The time schedule and fares are convenient for all kind of travelers. It consumes only little time compared to other transport modes. There are 79 MRT stations in Singapore and 78 stations are functioning at present. I would like to share more about MRT lines and extensions in this article.

The different Lines:

The network covers the complete Singapore with 4 lines. MRT has stations which connects through underground. They are strong enough to survive bomb attacks and they supply as a bomb shelters.

We can describe these 4 lines by differentiating with 4 colors. They are North South Line (red), East West Line (green), North East Line (purple) and Circle Line (yellow).

North South Line: (NS)

It was the first MRT line in Singapore. The line operates around 25 stations now. It is around 44 km long and administered by SMRT Corporation. It has colored red on the rail map. North South line bounds the middle Singapore to both northern part and the southern parts of this this beautiful country. So, it has named as “North South Line”.

The first line was constructed between Yio Chu Kang to Toa Payoh in 7th of Nov 1987. It is running through City Hall, Marina Bay, Yishun, Jurong East and Choa Chu Kang.

East West Line: (EW)

It has constructed after NS line in Singapore. It has 31 stations and administered by SMRT corporation. It stretches over 49.2 km long. It is colored in green on the rail map. It has been established on the 12th of Dec 1987. The starting line was from City Hall to Outram Park. It binds the mid Singapore to both the western and eastern parts of the island. Hence, it was named as “East West Line”.

The initial system includes City Hall, Outram Park, Clementi, Lake Side, Tanah Merah, Paris Ris, Jurong East, Choa Chu Kang and Boon Lay. this track got 2nd phase of development where the line extends to Expo, Dover, Changi Airport and Joo Koon.

North East Line: (NEL)

North East Line is the third line built in Singapore. It has 16 junctions and monitored by SBS transit. Also it is the world’s second longest fully underground line. It has opened on 20th June 2003. It is mechanized and operates without driver. This line has the length of 20 km. It has colored in purple on the railway map. It binds the central Singapore to the north-eastern part of the Island.

Circle Line: (CCL)

It is the central line linking all the radial lines leading to the city. It runs through the entire middle areas of Singapore. CCL is the 4th MRT line in Singapore. It has 31 junctions and 35.7 km long. It has monitored by SMRT corporation. It is the world’s longest completely automatic metro line. This line is colored in yellow on the rail map.

It has started on 28th of May 2009 from Bartley to Marymount.

Expansion of the Network:

MRT system relied on the North South Line and East West Line for more than a decade. Plans for the extension of these lines are currently under construction. Its expected everyday ridership in 2020 would have grown to 4.6 million from the present count of 1.4 million passengers. The construction will bring the MRT network to 278 km by 2020.

The government planned a railway network of 540 kilometers by 2050 which will be more extensive than London’s 408 km tube system.

The growth of CCL is also under construction. The 6th stage construction is in growth. It will enlarge to Marian Bay by 2012.

The brand new projects of Downtown Line, Thomson Line and Eastern Region Line are in progress. They anticipate to be finished by 2013, 2018 and 2020 respectively.

Also there are many extensions of the existing lines have designed and the works are in growth.

MRT is the greatest advancement of Singapore intra transport. Most of the people prefer using this mode of transportation as it is so fast. So it receives 1.952 million ridership every day. MRT has improved the journey planning among the people in Singapore.

Tracy Barb is traveling around South East Asia since her earliest childhood. She loves Singapore and likes to write about it. Therefore she became an expert in this topic and is working for Guidegecko.com, an online travel book store. If you are looking for a Singapore travel guide or a travel guide for other destinations, she recommends you to visit http://www.guidegecko.com.

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