The week of National Mourning saw SMRT operate trains and selected bus services overnight twice in a week, with transport services operating on extended hours on other nights. This effort saw more than 400 of SMRT staff from buses and trains work through the night, thus allowing thousands of Singaporeans to pay their last respects to Mr Lee.
26 Mar, 2:15am, Kranji Depot: Huang Jing Dong pens a tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew before heading to Choa Chu Kang Interchange.
26 March, 2:38am, Bukit Batok Interchange: Minutes before the start of the overnight services, Timekeeper Jaliah bte Ibrahim carefully examines her timetable to ensure the overnight bus services are on schedule.
26 March, 2:59am, Bukit Batok Interchange: Bus Captain Xing Liang prepares SMB99B for service 173A.
26 March, 4:00am, East-West Line: Train Captain Zainal “JJ” Deraman drives the train from 10:30pm to 6:30am the next day, just in time to send his daughter to school.
4:33am, Raffles Place Station: SFT Edwin and SM Jufri bin Arshad tend to duties before the crowd starts to come in around 5:45am.
City Hall Station: SM Mustadza has to prepare for the morning crowd earlier than usual.
Cover Photo: The MRT system was officially launched on 12 March 1988 by Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister