Rare ridership dip on North-South, East-West MRT lines

Commuters at Novena station on the North-South line. The decline in ridership on the two oldest MRT lines last year reversed an almost continuous upward trend seen since the lines opened 30 years ago.
Commuters at Novena station on the North-South line. The decline in ridership on the two oldest MRT lines last year reversed an almost continuous upward trend seen since the lines opened 30 years ago.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Observers say likely causes include service issues, private-hire cars and newer lines

The North-South and East-West MRT lines - Singapore's oldest and most heavily used rail systems - posted a rare dip in ridership last year.

According to the Land Transport Authority (LTA), average daily ridership on the two lines was 1.823 million last year, 3.1 per cent lower than in 2016. This shrinkage reversed an almost continuous upward trend seen since the two lines opened 30 years ago.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2018, with the headline 'Rare ridership dip on North-South, East-West MRT lines'. Print Edition | Subscribe