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All systems go for free pre-peak MRT ride trial

Operators plan to add more train trips and staff in anticipation of crowds

Published on Jun 19, 2013 8:06 AM
A poster on the free MRT ride scheme. Commuters who exit 16 stations in the city before 7.45am get to travel for free. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

TRANSPORT operators and some companies are gearing up for the launch of a one-year trial that offers free or discounted train rides from Monday.

SMRT will inject additional train trips at stretches along the North-South and East-West lines when necessary to increase capacity during the pre-peak hour.

It will also deploy additional station staff at city stations in anticipation of an increase in passenger traffic, and set more fare gates at those stations to "exit mode".

The Straits Times understands SMRT has also put extra buses on standby at interchanges to cater to any increase in passengers.

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