On 10 February 1996, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong announced the building of the first fully automated Light Rail Transit (LRT) system at Bukit Panjang. The LRT system would operate as a feeder service to complement the existing MRT network.
Construction began in April 1996. On 6 November 1999, the Bukit Panjang LRT system was launched by Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan. Comprising 14 stations along a 7.8 kilometre elevated track, the LRT provides an expedient link between Bukit Panjang New Town and Choa Chu Kang MRT station.
The LRT adopted state-of-the-art technology and design. The trains have misting windows to protect the privacy of residents living in apartments close to the tracks. The driver-less trains are controlled by a central system, while close circuit television cameras were installed to ensure the safety and security of the passengers.
SMRT officers designated to operate the LRT system were sent to Pittsburgh, United States of America, to be trained on the system. These pioneers, in turn, helped to coach future operations officers.
Did you know?
– Each train-car can take up to 105 passengers.
– Approximately 50,000 passengers travel on the LRT on an average day.
– The total length of the route is 10.5km.
– The total number of stations in 14.