Land Transport Masterplan 2013: 20 things you need to know

Bus lane along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 , off street 24. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will expand two measures that give buses more priority on the roads. Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Monday launched a refreshed transport masterplan, five year
Bus lane along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 , off street 24. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will expand two measures that give buses more priority on the roads. Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Monday launched a refreshed transport masterplan, five years after it released the last one in 2008.  -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE 

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Monday launched a refreshed transport masterplan, five years after it released the last one in 2008.

Here are the highlights of the plan:

Trains:

  • Opening of the Downtown Line stage 1 with six stations on Dec 22; the Downtown Line Stage 2 in 2016 and the final stage in 2017
  • Opening of the North-South Line 1km-extension to the Marina South Pier next year
  • Opening of Tuas West Extension with four stations - Tuas Link, Tuas West Road, Tuas Crescent and Gul Circle in 2016
  • Completion of re-signalling of the North-South and East-West lines by 2016 and 2018 respectively to decrease train headways
  • Opening of sections of the Thomson Line, Eastern Region Line, Jurong Region line, Circle Line Stage 6, Downtown Line extension, Cross Island Line and North East Line extension from 2019 onwards
  • Between 13 and 28 trains will be added on all lines from next year

Buses:

  • Introduction of a Quality Incentive Framework to improve regularity of bus waiting time by next year
  • Completion of a bulk of the $1.1 billion Bus Service Enhancement Programme also by next year
  • Implementation of a common bus fleet management system for public buses by 2015

Cars:

  • Opening of the Marina Coastal Expressway this year
  • Review of the carbon emissions-based vehicle scheme for cars by 2014
  • Thirty closed-circuit televisions to be installed to deter illegal parking also by next year
  • Completion of North-South Expressway in 2020

Bicycles

  • Providing more bicycle racks to secure 3,000 bicycles at 32 MRT stations
  • Conduct a pilot bicycle sharing scheme in Jurong Lake District
  • Add 90km of off-road cycling paths to Housing Board town

Pedestrians

  • Extend Green Man Plus scheme to 500 crossings
  • Completion of the walk2ride programme, which expands the coverage of sheltered linkways, by 2018
  • Installation of lifts at 40 pedestrian overhead bridges
  • Installation of 20km of noise barriers by 2020