Free pre-peak MRT rides extended by another year to June 2016

Commuters at Raffles Place MRT station. The Land Transport Authority is extending free pre-peak travel on the rail network for another year, to June 30, 2016. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Commuters at Raffles Place MRT station. The Land Transport Authority is extending free pre-peak travel on the rail network for another year, to June 30, 2016. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority is extending free pre-peak travel on the rail network for another year, to June 30, 2016.

Commuters who end their journey before 7.45am on weekdays at 18 designated MRT stations in the city area will continue to enjoy free travel on the network.

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

Since the introduction of the scheme - designed to take some load off the peak period - in June 2013, there has been a sustained reduction of 7 to 8 per cent in the number of train commuters during the morning peak period.

The ratio of morning peak (8am to 9am) to pre-peak (7am to 8am) travel  - based on commuters exiting from the designated stations - has fallen from 2.7 and stabilised at 2.1, resulting in a more evenly distributed morning rail ridership, the LTA said on Tuesday.

Said Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo: "The scheme is an important foundation which we can build on for our other travel demand management efforts, which includes our Travel Smart Programme, Travel Smart Rewards and the new Off-Peak Pass that we are introducing in July this year.

"We hope that more people, who are able and willing to shift their travelling times, will benefit."

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