Free early morning MRT rides in city area extended to 2017

Free early morning train rides to MRT stations in the city area before 7.45am on weekdays have been extended till June 30, 2017.
Free early morning train rides to MRT stations in the city area before 7.45am on weekdays have been extended till June 30, 2017.PHOTO: ST FILE

Free early morning train rides to MRT stations in the city area before 7.45am on weekdays have been extended till June 30, 2017.

Commuters who exit at these 18 stations between 7.45am and 8am will also continue to enjoy a discount of up to 50 cents off their train fare.

The scheme, started by the Land Transport Authority in 2013, has seen a sustained 7 per cent of commuters shifting travel from peak hours, Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo said on Thursday (June 23).

She was giving updates on schemes to reduce traffic on trains during peak hours between 8am and 9am.

"In number terms, it's not small. Every day, it benefits 65,000 commuters. Even as our system copes with higher ridership, the distribution of the additional riders is quite even," she said.

The 18 designated stations are Bayfront, Bras Basah, Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Downtown, Esplanade, Lavender, Marina Bay, Orchard, Outram Park, Promenade, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer.

To enable more commuters to benefit from flexi-travel and shift to off-peak travel, LTA also launched the Travel Smart Network in July 2014 to encourage more companies to create supportive environments for their employees.

More than 240,000 employees from 100 companies have signed up to be part of the scheme.

In January this year (2016), LTA organised a competition to encourage their employees to sign up for a rewards scheme. Video game developer Ubisoft and law firm Rajah and Tann came out tops, based on the number and frequency of employees who do not travel during peak hours.