Total of 90 companies now on Travel Smart Network, which offers cash for off-peak travel

A mobile food truck promoting the Travel Smart Network distributes free lunch outside Raffles Place MRT on March 7, 2016.
A mobile food truck promoting the Travel Smart Network distributes free lunch outside Raffles Place MRT on March 7, 2016. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - Travelling to work now takes management consultant Tan Shu Jie 20 minutes less than before. For the past three months, Mr Tan has been arriving at his Raffles Place office at 7.30am and the off-peak travel means emptier roads and a shorter commute for him.

Mr Tan's company is one of 90 which have signed up for the Land Transport Authority's Travel Smart Network programme, which was launched officially in 2014. Travel Smart is a host of initiatives aimed at easing the public transport crush during the morning peak from 8am to 9am.

The scheme provides options for a company's employees to travel outside of peak hours, such as through flexi-work arrangements.

About 190,000 employees now have the option of going to work before 8am for perks - such as cash rewards - by accumulating bonus points for trips started between 6.15am and 7.15am and between 8.45am and 9.45am.

"I've earned $40 since," said Mr Tan, who signed up for Travel Smart in December.

The current 90 companies on the scheme is an increase of 30 since July last year.

The Travel Smart Network, along with the free pre-peak travel scheme and recently announced off-peak pass, comes under the LTA's broader plan to take peak loads off the public transport network on weekdays.

LTA chief executive Chew Men Leong was at a food truck stationed in Raffles Place on Monday (March 7) to promote the programme to those working in the business district.

He said: "Companies so far have been quite forthcoming. At the beginning sometimes they wonder how they can actually arrange their own flexi-work policies, but when they hear about some of the schemes that we have, they think about how they can take advantage."