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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. Today, there are 7 taxi operators and the taxis can be flagged along the street, at designated taxi stands or booked online.

In 2018, an average of 7.5 million passengers a day used public transport in Singapore. Commuters in Singapore have the option to use contactless cards to pay for public transport rides. With that, the last decade was characterized by easy access to accurate travel information for private and public transport with the advent of mobile applications.

In 2018, an average of approximately 3.3 million passengers a day used the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in Singapore, while an average of approximately four million passengers a day used public buses. In the last few years, 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, the Government taking 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 will start operating in 2020.

ComfortDelgro had the biggest taxi fleet in Singapore at around 8.9 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. Taxi drivers will be able to fulfill private-hire trips on a flat-fare basis from December.

Car sharing apps are also gaining traction in Singapore with the advent of more companies in the industry. There were around 450 cars from the company smove in use. A new peer-to-peer car-sharing platform called ‘Drive lah’, allows private car owners to rent out their vehicles in Singapore. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has approved them to run a year-long trial capped at 500 cars, starting from 1 October 2019. LTA will review the trial after six months.

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