Free early morning MRT rides into city from June 24

Commuters who take the MRT to the city area before 745am on weekdays will be able to travel free of charge from June 24 onwards.

MRT commuters must end their journey before 7.45am on Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays) at 16 designated MRT stations in the city area.

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. The train journey must not begin at any of these 16 designated stations.

Commuters who exit at these stations between 7.45am and 8am will be given a discount of up to 50 cents off their train fare. The Government will be funding this one-year trial.

The one-year trial was announced by Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Tuesday morning at Raffles Place station. The trial is expected to cost S$10 million and will be funded by the government.

The objective of the trial is to encourage commuters who are able and willing to make changes to their travel schedule to travel earlier into the city area before the peak hour.

In a media statement, the LTA said this would help spread out the morning peak hour crowds to the pre-peak period, and ease the crowding situation on city-bound stretches of the MRT network.