SINGAPORE - There was a steady stream of people at Bukit Panjang station on Monday (Dec 28) - the first work day after the opening of the second phase of the Downtown Line 2 (DTL2).
The 16.6km DTL2, comprising 12 stations, includes stops at attractions such as the Botanic Gardens, Little India and food haven Beauty World. This section of the line was officially opened on Sunday.
Residents in Bukit Panjang, who have long complained about the lack of public transport options in their area, were glad to be able to take the train instead of the bus to connect them to the city.
Mr Rajesh Gopinathan, an IT manager who was on his way to work in Ubi, said that he left home 20 minutes later than usual.
"We are hoping it's a faster ride. We used to take 1 hour 40 minutes to get to work by a chartered bus to town, then the Circle Line," said the 44-year-old, who was travelling with his wife.
Others, like housewife Goh Siew Hing, 52, took the chance to venture to Chinatown, which is also along the line, to have breakfast with her mother and friends.
"Last time, we only had breakfast at Fajar, or somewhere in Bukit Panjang. Now we can eat at Chinatown," she said.
There were about 10 grassroots leaders, along with staff from operator SBS Transit, to direct commuters who were using the line for the first time.