Singapore to boost MRT train capacity

November 13, 2011 2:18 pm 

SINGAPORE, Nov. 13 — The train capacity of Singapore's subway operators will increase by up to 50 percent over the coming four years, local media reported on Sunday.

Subway operator SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit) will receive another nine trains by next month, which will deployed to the North-South and East-West lines. This will bring the number of the total number of new trains put into the two lines this year to 22. An additional 13 trains will be delivered around 2014 to 2015, the Straits Times said.

The Land Transport Authority said the additional 35 trains will boost the capacity of the two lines by about 25 percent.

A six-carriage train can carry about 1,400 commuters during peak hours, said Lui Weng Chee, director of rail strategic planning at SMRT.

Singapore government has recently been trying to improve its transport system to improve the experience of the commuters. The Land Transport Authority is buying new trains for the Circle Line and North-East Line, too. The Circle Line will receive 16 new trains by 2015.

Several other lines will also receive new trains to have their train capacity increased by up to 50 percent over the next few years. (PNA/Xinhua)

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