Singapore - Making Public Transport the Choice Mode of Travel, and facilitating active mobility

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Challenges

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. 

Actions

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. 

Projected Outcomes

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

  • Peak-period wait times on the North-South and East-West Lines, North East Line, and Circle Line will be cut by about 20% with the introduction of more trains.
  • Major track renewal works for the North-South and East-West Lines, such as re-sleepering, re-signalling and the replacement of the third rail which powers the train, will be completed by 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Better bus services

  • Service standards will be raised further as part of our transition to a bus contracting model. During peak periods, all bus services will have scheduled headways of 15 minutes or less, with at least half of these having scheduled headways of 10 minutes or less; feeder services will also have shorter scheduled wait times of no more than 6-8 minutes.

More support for active mobility

  • By 2018, we will have about 200km of covered walkways from transport nodes to amenities.
  • By 2030, every housing estate will have a comprehensive cycling path network and accompanying infrastructure. The island-wide network will be over 700km long.

More inclusive transport system

  • By 2020, all buses will be wheelchair-accessible.
  • To make it safer and more convenient to walk or cycle, lifts will be installed at 47 overhead bridges by 2018. By 2020, there will be about 1,000 Green Man Plus pedestrian crossings, allowing seniors more time to cross the road.