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Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) System [free access]

August 1, 2020

Key players: The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) is the developer of the MRT system. SMRT Corporation (SMRT) operates four lines (North–South Line, East–West Line, Circle Line, and Thomson–East Coast Line). SBS Transit operates two lines (North–East Line and  Downtown Line).


Project description: Expansion and modernisation of the MRT system in Singapore. 


Background: The current MRT network comprises six lines, which together span over 200 km and cover 122 stations (excluding interchange stations).



Ridership: The system recorded an average daily ridership of 3.32 million passengers in 2018. The data for 2019 are yet to be released.


Rolling stock and technology: The current fleet comprises 1,914 railcars. Suppliers include Alstom, Kawasaki, Siemens, and Bombardier.


In addition, in February 2020, Hyundai Rotem secured a SGD416.50 million contract to supply 62 three-car driverless trains for Jurong Region Line. This is Hyundai Rotem’s first rolling stock contract in Singapore. The company will also provide long-term service support services to the operator of the line.


Each driverless train will have a maximum speed of 70 km/hr and will be equipped with advanced-condition-monitoring and diagnostic systems. Select trains will be equipped with an automated track-inspection system which will monitor the real-time condition of the major equipment and devices installed on the trains. The first train is scheduled to be delivered by mid-2024.


Fare system: Passengers can pay fare using contactless smartcards, bank cards, and Mastercard-linked near communication field (NFC)-based mobiles with Apple Pay, Fitbit Pay, Google Pay, or Samsung Pay.  


Extensions/Capital plans: LTA plans to expand the MRT network to 400 km by 2040. 



Further, two more lines are planned to be developed by 2030.



In July 2020, LTA has awarded four contracts worth SGD682.50 million for Jurong Region Line.The contracts include construction of a section and supply of a signalling system and platform screen doors (PSDs), an integrated supervisory control system, as well as a communications system.


A joint venture (JV) of Daewoo Engineering & Construction Company Limited and Yongnam Engineering & Construction Pte Limited has secured a SGD320.40 million contract to design and construct a 3.6-km-long elevated section. This section covers three stations. Works are scheduled to begin by end-2020.


A consortium of Siemens Mobility Pte Limited and Siemens Rail Automation S.A.U. has secured a SGD215.50 million contract to design, manufacture, supply, install, test, and commission a communications-based train control system (CBTC) and half-height platform screen doors (PSDs).  The signalling system will be equipped with condition-monitoring capabilities to support predictive maintenance over the life cycle of the system.


ST Engineering Electronics (STEE) has secured two contracts worth SGD146.60 million to supply an integrated supervisory control system (ISCS) and a communications system. ISCS is a part of the framework designed to enable operation of the control centre, the depot control centre, and the passenger service centre to remotely supervise and control other electrical and mechanical systems and services.





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