Free travel on trains and buses on National Day this year

SINGAPORE- Commuters can travel for free on National Day this year.

SBS Transit and SMRT said in a joint statement on Monday that all bus services and train services will be free on Aug 9 from the start to the end of operation.

Commuters taking SBS Transit and SMRT trunk and feeder bus services, as well as SMRT's Night Rider and all SBS Transit's non basic services such as Parks, Chinatown Direct and Night Owl bus services, can also board any bus free of charge without having to tap in or out with their fare cards.

"The free travel offered by SBS Transit and SMRT on Singapore's 50th birthday will encourage people to attend National Day celebrations island-wide," the statement said.

Fare gates leading to train services run by SMRT and SBS Transit will be opened on National Day to allow people to board trains on multiple train lines for free. Connections between rail lines operated by the two operators will also be free.

Mr Desmond Kuek, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, SMRT Corporation said: "What better way to mark this significant year of nation-building than to offer free rides for all on this special day! We hope that this will add to the celebratory atmosphere and encourage everyone to get out of the house to celebrate as one united people. Here's wishing everyone a Happy National Day."

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