Free early-morning MRT train rides to the city extended

People get on and off a subway train at an MRT metro station in Singapore, February 15, 2007. Suicides in Singapore hit an all-time high of 467 in 2012 as more young people bogged down by stress and relationship woes took their own lives, a charity group dealing with the problem said

Early-bird commuters will get to enjoy free MRT rides to the city area for another year.

MRT commuters who tap out of 18 designated city-area stations before 7.45am on weekdays currently enjoy free rides, under a one-year trial scheme that first began on 24 June 2013.

In a statement released on Friday, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that the scheme will be extended to 23 June 2015.

Commuters who exit the selected stations between 7.45am and 8am will also continue to enjoy the 50-cent discount of their MRT fare, up until 2015.

The LTA also said that about 7 per cent of commuters have shifted to the pre-peak hours since the free pre-peak travel scheme was introduced.

The transport agency also announced activities to promote pre-peak travel, including distributing Ya Kun breakfast vouchers to commuters exiting city stations such as Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar on selected days in May.

The 18 designated stations are Bayfront, Bras Basah, Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Downtown, Esplanade, Lavender, Marina Bay, Orchard, Outram Park, Promenade, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer.

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