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What are the Viable Modes of Public Transport Available for Students in Singapore

What are the Viable Modes of Public Transport Available for Students in Singapore

Recognized as a sovereign island city-state in Southeast Asia, the public transport system of Singapore is ranked as the world’s best transport system which is based on five criteria – convenience, efficiency, availability, affordability, and sustainability. Singapore is mainly land-based with access to islands such as Jurong and Sentosa Islands. Buses are serviced along with the train transport which is also a major form of transportation and within it are three forms of trains available -The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), and International Rail Links as well. Taxis and ride sharing is also another alternative to public transport in Singapore. All these services are within close proximity to popular student accommodation singapore. 

Rail Transport

Rail Transport

The train transport system is divided into three main services -The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light Train Transit (LRT), and International railways links.

Mass Rapid Transit

The MRT was started in the year 1987, serving as the major backbone of which Singapore is proud of, covering a network with length of 199.6 km (124.03 mi) and also covering and stopping at 119 stations. Managed by The Land Transport Authority, the main planning authority of the MRT, there are plans of expansion of the comprehensive rail transport system to come to a total of 360 km (223.69 mi) by the year 2030. This network will be covering eight in ten households within 10-minutes walking distance from the MRT station. Presently, the MRT network consists of five main lines: the North South Line, East West Line, and Circle Line operated by SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation) and the North East Line and Downtown Line operated by SBS Transit. The proposed Thomson–East Coast Line which will open from January 2020 will have two more lines-  the Cross Island, and the Jurong Regional Line which is proposed to open in developmental stages in the year 2026 and 2029 respectively. 

Light Rail Transit (LRT)

This is the quickest light rail system operating in several new towns and operate as feeder services to the main MRT public transportation services. The line saw its genesis in the year 1999 which was opened in Bukit Panjang and had the first LRT line operated by SMRT Light Rail. It provides connection to Choa Chu Kang in neighbouring Choa Chu Kang New Town. 

International Rail Links

Singapore operates the international railway with journeys outside the city in Malaysia forming a part of the expansion program of the Malaysian rail network operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malayan Railways). There is a checkpoint namely Woodlands Train Checkpoint  which is the southern terminus of the KTM rail network. In the proposed plans students will have access to the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail terminating in Jurong East and the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System to help make travel easier between Woodlands North and Bukit Chagar, Johor Bahru.

Bus Transport

Another significant component of the public transport is the bus service which forms a significant part of public transport in Singapore, with an average of over 4.0 million rides taken per day as of the estimates in 2018. The city runs more than 365 scheduled bus services, jointly governed and operated by SMRT Buses, SBS Transit, Go-Ahead Singapore, and Tower Transit Singapore. The fleet of buses comprises of both single-decker and double-decker buses with a roundabout figure total of 5,800 buses in operation. Students have access to many of these bus services that help them take a short ride to their universities, hence saving both time and money on commuting. 

Taxis and Ridesharing Services

The Singaporean transport system also operates alternative modes of transportation like  Taxicabs,  a popular form of public transport in the compact sovereign city-state of Singapore.  Charging nominal travel fares starting from $3.20 to $3.90, the taxi population has shown a considerable increase to 83,037. Ridesharing services like Grab and Gojek have expanded their services, owing to increase in ridership to a certain extent. 

The aforementioned public transport system in Singapore, is therefore, the most extensive in providing effortless commuting and lots of saving on travel expenses. Property providers ensure student accommodation are available within close proximity to bus stops, train stations, and points from where taxis and ridesharing services are available in London.

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