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Pre-peak hour MRT travel to remain free for another year

Train commuters travelling for free during pre-peak periods will be able to continue doing so for another year.
 
Singapore’s Land Transport Authority announced on Tuesday that it would be extending its “Free Pre-Peak Travel” programme until 30 June 2016.
 
Currently, commuters who benefit from this programme are those who end their journey before 7.45 am on weekdays at 18 designated MRT stations in the city area.
 
There is also a 50-cent discount on fares if commuters exit between 7.45 am and 8 am.
 
In a media statement, LTA said that the decision to extend the pre-peak free fares came after a “sustained reduction of 7 to 8 per cent during the morning peak period” was recorded since the scheme was introduced two years ago.
 
The spokesman said that the reduction was a sign that the free pre-peak rides had resulted in a "more evenly distributed morning rail ridership".