Through a newly announced 20-year Master Plan, Singapore hopes that expenditure in public transport can lessen commutes by developing a “45-minute city with 20-minute towns”. This plan is based on the Singapore Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) long-term ideas to develop a comprehensive, well-connected, convenient and fast-paced land transport system that fulfils the requirements and wishes of Singaporeans over the next 20 years and more.
To achieve the aspiration of a “45-minute city with 20-minute towns”, LTA will:
- Continue investing in public transport to make journeys smoother and more beneficial.
- Broaden the active mobility network to aid first-and-last mile journeys.
- Develop new regional hubs outside the city to bring jobs closer to home and decrease the average time taken to travel to work.
- Increase bus speeds around the country by introducing more Transit Priority Corridors (TPCs) that will have additional features beyond typical bus lanes. For example, LTA is exploring smarter traffic light control systems, bus-only roads and dedicated cycling paths alongside bus lanes to reduce travel times for both public transport and active mobility users along TPCs. The North-South Corridor, which will be completed in 2026, will be Singapore’s longest TPC, and will save bus passengers up to 15 minutes of travel time.
- Expand the rail network across the country over the next two decades by commissioning several new stations and railway lines. For example, two new MRT stations will be developed on the North South Line (NSL) by the mid-2030s an additional station will be added to this line. This will give residents in areas such as Keat Hong, Bukit Batok West, Pavillion Park and the Brickland district in Tengah town easier access to the rail network.
The Master Plan also includes long-term environmental goals. To reduce the carbon footprint of public transport, LTA have pledged to have a 100% cleaner energy bus fleet by 2040 (made up of alternatives like electric or hybrid vehicles), and have already:
- Deployed 50 low-emission diesel hybrid buses since the end of 2018; and
- Awarded a tender for 60 electric buses, which will be progressively delivered from the end of 2019 and deployed for service by 2020.
LTA have stated that they will monitor the performance and cost effectiveness of these vehicles under Singapore’s operating conditions and acquire more if the trials are successful.
Article first published by Intelligent Transport on 4th June 2019
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