Govt approves S$12b MRT Downtown Line to be built by 2018.

The expansion of the existing MRT network in singapore will boost its status as a public transport hub, and links commuters from different parts of singapore with great convenience, especially with the construction of the Intergrated Resorts and the New Marina Downtown.

Over $12 billion will be invested over the years and total of 33 stations will be built, intersecting existing lines, creating new interchanges. 40 kilometers of new tracks will be added, most of them underground. The new lines will be opened in phases, with the earliest serving the Marina Downtown area, where the intergrated resorts are. These will be opened in 2013. Other phases will be opened at a much later date, ending 2018 when the project is finally completed.

This is the current network map as of today, click to zoom:

You can see that there are only a few lines, mainly the North East Line, The East West Line and the North South Line.

This is what it would possibly look like in the future.

As you can see, there will be new networks added in the coming future. Several lines are not confirmed yet, such as the location and names of the stations. These are just concept maps of the possible expansion of the rail system. This is a huge difference between now and 20 years in the future. Overall, it looks pretty impressive that the government is really pushing the public transportation sector to new heights by invest a lot of money to connect the commuters to and from different locations efficiently, especially in accommodating a larger population in the future.

The circle line is in middle of construction, and should be completed in a few years time. The newly announced Downtown line have been revealed too. But then again, this is nothing compared to the Japan’s Tokyo subway system:

I cannot imagine Singapore’s MRT to look like that. This is just way to dense. But who knows, they might be as comprehensive as this. Time will tell. Still, im going to Japan in about a month’s time (hopefully) and ill definitely ride on their famous spiderwebbed, interlinked, ultradense subway system to get a feel for it. Its gonna be one hell of a ride.

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7 thoughts on “Govt approves S$12b MRT Downtown Line to be built by 2018.”

  1. hahas. I went there and wow was my first impression. Sg line definitely is nothing compared to it. There are a lot of diff trains such as shinkansen and subnade and normal train, express trains which stop at certain stops only. But it was a fun experience and an enriching one. Hopefully sg line would be more complicated and more accesible and that the trains would be faster. Cant wait for sg mrt to be like tokyo’s:)

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