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Passenger transport in Singapore - statistics and facts

The main passenger transport in Singapore comprises of the public bus, train system and taxis. A major form of transportation is rail: The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) which now has more than 130 stations across five lines, and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) with 40 stations across two lines. The bus system is currently operated by four companies offering different types of transport services such as midnight bus service and feeder bus services that connects passengers within an estate. Currently, there are eight taxi operators, and the taxis can be flagged along the street, at designated taxi stands or booked online.

Public transport usage

In 2020, an average of five million passengers a day used public transport in Singapore. Compared to the previous year, this value decreased by more than two thousand trips per day due to COVID-19 measures and the general attitude to stay at home. To pay for public transport, commuters in Singapore have the option to use contactless cards. With that and the penetration of mobile applications, the last decade was characterized by easy access to the system and accurate travel information for everybody.

Singapore’s railway system

An average of about two million passengers a day used the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in Singapore, while of approximately 129 thousand passengers a day used the Light Rail Transit (LRT). Up until 2019, the MRT was plagued by passenger-carrying capacity problems and frequent breakdowns. The capacity problem has since been mitigated with the roll-out of government-owned buses under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme. Furthermore, the Government took over all public transport assets, and improved signaling systems for trains to run at closer intervals. Three stations in the north of the island on the Thomson-East Coast MRT Line began operation in January 2020 and is supposed to be followed by several openings until 2024.

Acessity to car services

ComfortDelGro had the biggest taxi fleet in Singapore at around 7.4 thousand taxis. The company’s global operations span seven countries – Singapore, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Vietnam and Malaysia. Taxi companies in Singapore have also partnered with other ride-hailing apps. In 2019, Gojek partnered with Trans-Cab, Singapore’s second-largest taxi company, to give users access to more than 3,000 Trans-Cab taxi drivers via bookings on Gojek's ride-hailing platform.

Car sharing apps are also gaining traction in Singapore with the advent of more companies in the industry. Currently, the market leader is BlueSG with around 667 cars in use. Additionally, the peer-to-peer car-sharing platform called ‘Drive lah’, allows private car owners to rent out their vehicles in Singapore. The industry experienced a boom after restrictions were lifted in June 2020 resulting in an increasing revenue for almost all car sharing providers in Singapore. Overall, the Singaporean car-sharing industry is expected to reach a revenue of about 192 million U.S. dollars by 2025.

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Passenger transport in Singapore - statistics and facts

The main passenger transport in Singapore comprises of the public bus, train system and taxis. A major form of transportation is rail: The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) which now has more than 130 stations across five lines, and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) with 40 stations across two lines. The bus system is currently operated by four companies offering different types of transport services such as midnight bus service and feeder bus services that connects passengers within an estate. Currently, there are eight taxi operators, and the taxis can be flagged along the street, at designated taxi stands or booked online.

Public transport usage

In 2020, an average of five million passengers a day used public transport in Singapore. Compared to the previous year, this value decreased by more than two thousand trips per day due to COVID-19 measures and the general attitude to stay at home. To pay for public transport, commuters in Singapore have the option to use contactless cards. With that and the penetration of mobile applications, the last decade was characterized by easy access to the system and accurate travel information for everybody.

Singapore’s railway system

An average of about two million passengers a day used the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in Singapore, while of approximately 129 thousand passengers a day used the Light Rail Transit (LRT). Up until 2019, the MRT was plagued by passenger-carrying capacity problems and frequent breakdowns. The capacity problem has since been mitigated with the roll-out of government-owned buses under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme. Furthermore, the Government took over all public transport assets, and improved signaling systems for trains to run at closer intervals. Three stations in the north of the island on the Thomson-East Coast MRT Line began operation in January 2020 and is supposed to be followed by several openings until 2024.

Acessity to car services

ComfortDelGro had the biggest taxi fleet in Singapore at around 7.4 thousand taxis. The company’s global operations span seven countries – Singapore, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Vietnam and Malaysia. Taxi companies in Singapore have also partnered with other ride-hailing apps. In 2019, Gojek partnered with Trans-Cab, Singapore’s second-largest taxi company, to give users access to more than 3,000 Trans-Cab taxi drivers via bookings on Gojek's ride-hailing platform.

Car sharing apps are also gaining traction in Singapore with the advent of more companies in the industry. Currently, the market leader is BlueSG with around 667 cars in use. Additionally, the peer-to-peer car-sharing platform called ‘Drive lah’, allows private car owners to rent out their vehicles in Singapore. The industry experienced a boom after restrictions were lifted in June 2020 resulting in an increasing revenue for almost all car sharing providers in Singapore. Overall, the Singaporean car-sharing industry is expected to reach a revenue of about 192 million U.S. dollars by 2025.

Interesting statistics

In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 23 most important statistics relating to "Passenger transport in Singapore".

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