Consider expanding LRT network

As a regular LRT user, I have come to appreciate its benefits compared with buses, when it comes to shuttling between my home and MRT stations.

It is about time that the LRT trains saw an increase in capacity ("2-car trains roll out on Sengkang LRT"; last Thursday).

In view of their benefits, I have often wondered why LRTs are not being considered for estates other than Bukit Panjang, Sengkang and Punggol.

The LRT is more reliable, comfortable and efficient than commuting on buses, which can be unreliable and less efficient.

The authorities should consider implementing LRTs in other estates to complement the MRT system, which can be very costly to build and maintain.

The LRT provides an alternative mode of transport not just to shuttle between home and MRT stations, but also to move about within an estate.

LRTs could even be an alternative to building more MRT lines by connecting adjoining estates; for example, linking the Pasir Ris and Punggol estates.

In land-scarce Singapore, the authorities may even want to reconsider the need for the proposed Cross Island Line running from Pasir Ris to Jurong, and consider whether LRTs could be a better alternative.

Lim Chong Leong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2015, with the headline 'Consider expanding LRT network'. Print Edition | Subscribe