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SINGAPORE: Train commuters in Singapore who exit 16 designated Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations in the city area before 7:45am on weekdays will be able to travel for free from 24 June.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is embarking on a one-year trial of a free pre-peak travel scheme to better spread passenger load on commuter trains in the mornings.
The 16 designated stations are Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Lavender, Orchard, Outram Park, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar, Bayfront, Bras Basah, Esplanade, Marina Bay and Promenade.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, who made the announcement during a visit to Raffles Place Mrt station on Tuesday morning, said the trial will cost the government S$10 million.
He said: “I want to assure commuters that we do not intend to recover this S$10 million, so in future if there are any fare adjustments, it is not because we are trying to recover this S$10 million or whatever amount that we have to pay to fund this programme because the government will take care of this for the trial period.”
Mr Lui added he hopes the trial will generate a 10 to 20 per cent shift in travel demand.