In land-scarce Singapore, public transport is the only sustainable mobility option as roads already take up more than 12% of the land area. Therefore, Singapore must make public transport more attractive than private cars, so that it is the travel mode of choice for all Singaporeans.
More Trains and More Reliable MRT/LRT Rides
In addition to doubling the rail network, we have increased the number of trains in service to decrease wait times by up to 30% since 2011 and improve commuter experience. We have embarked on a “predict and prevent” maintenance approach, to pre-empt problems before they occur and take measures to avoid equipment failures. In addition, we have proceeded with major track renewal programmes to rejuvenate our network.
More Buses and More Comfortable Bus Rides
The Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) has provided for 1,000 Government-funded buses to be injected between 2012 and 2017 to introduce new bus routes, and enhance existing ones. As a result, peak-hour bus crowding has reduced by over 90%. We are also building more ITHs where commuters can wait for buses, or transfer between the MRT and bus in comfort, and enjoy direct access to amenities within the co-located mall.
Encouraging Active Mobility
Under the Walk2Ride programme, we have constructed more sheltered walkways. We have completed cycling path networks in several housing estates and installed bicycle parking lots across all MRT stations to provide more options for commuters.
Making Transport Inclusive
Since 2013, we have been expanding senior-friendly infrastructure like lifts at pedestrian overhead bridges and road safety features in locations with a high senior population.
Public transport mode share grew to 66%, up from 64% in 2013, and is on track to reach our target of 75% by 2030. In addition:
Better rail services
Better bus services
More support for active mobility
More inclusive transport system