Going Downtown

FAST TRACK TO YUMMY TREATS: One-year-old Bella Crystal Ng and her grandfather, Mr James Chan (standing), 65, taking the train to have lunch in Bukit Timah.
FAST TRACK TO YUMMY TREATS: One-year-old Bella Crystal Ng and her grandfather, Mr James Chan (standing), 65, taking the train to have lunch in Bukit Timah.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
HELPING HAND FOR THE CROWD: An SBS Transit employee (centre) helping commuters as they enter the Beauty World station for an up-close and personal transit experience.
HELPING HAND FOR THE CROWD: An SBS Transit employee (centre) helping commuters as they enter the Beauty World station for an up-close and personal transit experience. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
SPEEDY YET "SCENIC": A family of commuters enjoying a view of the tracks through the window of a train as it zips through the tunnel.
SPEEDY YET "SCENIC": A family of commuters enjoying a view of the tracks through the window of a train as it zips through the tunnel. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
ART THAT CLICKS: Commuters enchanted by the visual delights at the Botanic Gardens station taking photographs with an artwork on the platform.
ART THAT CLICKS: Commuters enchanted by the visual delights at the Botanic Gardens station taking photographs with an artwork on the platform. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
A MOVING EXPERIENCE: Members of the public travelling to and from the platform at the Botanic Gardens station while checking out the new line.
A MOVING EXPERIENCE: Members of the public travelling to and from the platform at the Botanic Gardens station while checking out the new line.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

The second phase of the Downtown Line, comprising 12 stations from Bukit Panjang to Rochor, opened yesterday, drawing thousands of curious commuters. Some were there to test out alternative travel routes to work and school, while others were eager to explore new areas on the line. Some were simply content with snapping pictures of artwork at the new stations.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 28, 2015, with the headline 'Going Downtown'. Print Edition | Subscribe