Singapore’s public transport system is second best in Asia

And that’s according to locals

Mingli Seet
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Mingli Seet
Arts & Culture Writer
Singapore Mass Rapid Transit
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In a recent survey, Time Out hit the streets to ask the locals of different cities the big question, “Is it easy to get around your city by public transport?” More than 20,000 people gave their two cents, and the results – drum roll please – had Singapore ranked the second best in Asia.

We’ve come a long way since our beginnings. In 1978, the Singapore Bus Service established its first bus interchange at Jurong Road, and in 1987, the Land Transport Authority first launched the five-station segment that stretches from Toa Payoh to Yio Chu Kang. 

Today, 140 stations across six Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines connect the island, with a daily ridership of over three million. Let’s not forget the 40 stations across the two Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines, catered to citizens who live slightly further from the main train stations, which also sees over 200,000 daily ridership. Our buses also boast a fleet of more than 3,400 buses, operating more than 220 bus services, providing convenience even when travelling to the corners of Singapore that are not as accessible by train.

Besides having a well connected system, there are other perks like the SBS Transit Mobile application that provides real time bus arrival timings. Our iconic landmarks and hottest attractions are also mostly a stone’s throw away from the local stations, making the commute around Singapore a convenient one. 

You’ll be shocked to know that in this survey, Singapore ranked above Hong Kong. Tokyo, on the other hand, unsurprisingly ranks first in Asia. Read here to find out who else made the list, as well as the country that came in first in the world.

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