LTA announces more perks for travelling during off-peak hours from April 1

Under the enhanced scheme, users who travel during off-peak hours will be rewarded with more than $100 a year.
Under the enhanced scheme, users who travel during off-peak hours will be rewarded with more than $100 a year.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - The Travel Smart Rewards (TSR) scheme, which encourages commuters to adjust their travel patterns and avoid travelling during peak periods, will be enhanced from April 1, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced today (March 31).

Under the enhanced scheme, users who travel during off-peak hours will be rewarded with more than $100 a year.

They can also participate in the monthly lucky draw. The more off-peak train trips they take, the higher the chance of winning the top prize of $1,500 .

Besides these, commuters also stand to win up to $200 in cash through the TSR's new interactive game, The Ride One, on the TSR's portal.

In the game, players have to guide the main character to a vacant MRT seat during rush hour but at the same time keep a lookout for the elderly or pregnant.

Another added feature is the personalised travel planner, which will be available from June this year.

The planner analyses TSR users' overall travel patterns and recommends a customised travel plan that would allow them to earn guaranteed cash rewards of more than $100 per year, if they shift to or maintain an off-peak travel pattern.

Mr Jeremy Yap, the LTA's deputy chief executive of public transport policy and planning, said: "With this new system, commuters will enjoy a more personalised travel planner catered to their travel patterns, and earn cash directly if they shift their travel patterns and commute off-peak."

Off-peak hours are before 6.15am and after 9.45am.

"We hope that commuters will enjoy our brand new Travel Smart Rewards, have a better commuting experience and be rewarded for it," he added.

Commuters can sign up for the new TSR from April 1 at the TSR portal (https://www.travelsmartrewards.lta.gov.sg). Commuters under the existing scheme will be automatically movedto the new TSR.

These commuters will also enjoy a transition bonus worth 1,000 points, which can be redeemed for prizes including cash, if they update their details through a link sent to their registered email addresses before May 31 this year.

The existing TSR will cease from April 9 and unused points after March 31 will be automatically played for prizes.

Users will receive winnings automatically through their registered bank account or CEPAS card.

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