Light Rail Transit (Singapore) facts for kids

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The Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a light rail system used in Singapore. It acts as a feeder service to the Mass Rapid Transit network. It started operation in 6 November 1999 with the Bukit Panjang LRT route. As of 2016, the system consists of three lines with 43 stations.

Overview

To keep from having traffic jams in the affected areas during peak hours, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) decided to build a light rail system. Construction began in 1996 with the Bukit Panjang LRT route running from Choa Chu Kang. It would serve areas in Bukit Panjang. It was opened on 6 November 1999.

The LRT is also used in the Sengkang and Punggol areas. Construction began in January 2000 for both the East Loop and West Loop of Sengkang LRT and Punggol LRT. Sengkang East Loop was opened on 18 January 2003. Sengkang West Loop and Punggol East Loop were opened to traffic on 29 January 2005.

LRT lines stopped being built in 2008 because of no more open space for rails.

Timeline

Routes

There are three lines along Singapore LRT's network and across 43 stations and served East and West Loops along Sengkang and Punggol Areas while Bukit Panjang served Single Loop by terminating at Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station

Rolling Stock

They were served by using Automated People Mover stocks which was in one carriage formation. And the two-car operation will be coupled with another train. On two-car operations, passengers cannot pass through another carriage, the way to transfer to another carriage is by alighting and reboard the station. So far they were introduced by Bombardier Innovia APM 100 and Crystal Mover

  • Bombardier Innovia APM 100 C801, first generation rolling stock for LRT and Bukit Panjang LRT Line, ordered 19 single unit trains, began operation on 6 November 1999.
  • Bombardier Innovia APM 100 C801A, second generation rolling stock for Bukit Panjang LRT Line, ordered 13 single unit trains, began operation on 19 November 2014.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Crystal Mover C810, first generation rolling stock for Sengkang LRT Line and Punggol LRT Line, ordered 41 single unit trains, began operation on 20 June 2003.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Crystal Mover C810A, second generation rolling stock for Sengkang LRT Line and Punggol LRT Line, ordered 16 single unit trains, will start operation in 2016.

Sengkang LRT Line and Punggol LRT Line have not been using two-carriage formation since 2013, but from 2015 was started two-carriage formation along Sengkang LRT Line. Formerly, Bukit Panjang LRT Line was used two-carriage during peak hours, once more C801As have on service, it will run two-carriage whole day.

Safety

On 24 November 2015, they were announced to install Platform Barriers to all 42 non-air conditioned stations, Ten Mile Junction LRT Station will not be installed since Platform screen doors was already been installed since 6 November 1999. They will be installed between 2016 to 2018. And it was been completed at Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station and Bukit Panjang MRT/LRT Station. The platform barriers will say "Please Keep Clear". The platform barriers will not be installed with platform doors, possibly not all the time they fall onto the tracks, or LTA need to save money.

Sengkang MRT/LRT Station, has installed Platform Screen Panels to prevent from falling onto the tracks, but there is no electrical compartments, but however that station will still be install with Platform Barriers to prevent more from falling. Ten Mile Junction LRT Station was Air conditioned and was equipped with Platform screen doors since then, and it is the only LRT Station with Platform screen doors and air-conditioned. The platform barriers will not be similar to MRT structures.

Train Headways

The train headways will be usually 2.2 minutes on Bukit Panjang LRT Line along Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station to Bukit Panjang MRT/LRT Station while 4.4 minutes along Petir LRT Station - Senja LRT Station. While, Sengkang LRT Line and Punggol LRT Line had never been stated the train timings arriving at the station, but the best way to see is at Fernvale LRT Station which will shows the time the train will be arriving at the station.

Ten Mile Junction LRT Station, the service is always headway at 20 minutes each train, possibly due to insufficient demand. The trains will be arrived at 20 minutes each. In the past, Bukit Panjang LRT Line was being used 3 minutes each between Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station and Bukit Panjang MRT/LRT Station while 6 minutes each between Petir LRT Station and Senja LRT Station. And the trains will show the next train arrivals. Every station along Bukit Panjang LRT Line will show two next train arrivals which will be fixed in arriving headways.

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