LTA launches MRT network map with Circle Line as focal point


SINGAPORE — A new map of the MRT network which uses the Circle Line as a focal point has been launched, in tandem with the official opening of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL 1).

In a press release on Wednesday (11 December), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that the Circle Line in the map will “intuitively serve as a focal point to help commuters quickly orientate themselves and plan their journeys”.

The map also features contextual elements such as prominent landmarks to help commuters identify their corresponding stations. These include Marina Bay landmarks such as the Singapore Flyer and Gardens By The Bay.

Further, QR codes have been incorporated into the map linking users to LTA’s online fare calculator, as well as downloadable maps in Singapore’s four official languages.

According to an LTA spokesperson, the process of redesigning the map began in 2015, and considered feedback from members of the public, as well as map designers at international forums.

One of those consulted was architect Cliff Tan, 31, whose proposed revamp of the MRT map went viral in April, and bears a striking resemblance to the finalised map. Yahoo News Singapore has reached out to Tan for comment.

The new map has been installed at the three TEL1 stations and will be progressively installed at all MRT and LRT stations.

An enhanced signage system featuring, among others, larger font and new and improved icons, has also been adopted, starting with TEL1. The new signage aims to make it easier for commuters to read and understand the information provided.

Meanwhile, commuters can get their first look at TEL1 during an open house event on 11 January 2020. Visitors can take free rides between the three TEL1 stations - Woodlands North, Woodlands, and Woodlands South, and also explore them.

TEL1 will officially open for passenger service on 31 January 2020, with free travel available for three days, from 31 January to 2 February 2020.

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