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Expanding Our Rail Network

We will double the size of our rail network from about 183 km in 2014, to about 360 km in 2030, so that it can reach more people and places. That will make the rail network density comparable to rail density in London and New York City and higher than that of Tokyo and Hong Kong today. More households will be served directly by the rail network, and about 8 in 10 households will be within a 10-minute walk of a train station.

The rail network will be denser both within and outside the city. Almost everyone who lives or works in the city will be able to walk to an MRT station within five minutes. More areas outside the city, such as West Coast, Loyang, Jurong Industrial Estate and Punggol North, will also be connected to the rail network.

The denser network will also provide more options and alternative travel routes to enhance the convenience of rail travel, and improve the network's resilience in the event of a disruption. We are also looking into new lines beyond the planned Land Transport Master Plan 2013 (LTMP) lines.

Operating Performance Standards

LTA has put in place a suite of Operating Performance Standards (OPS) to safeguard the service levels of the rail network. We will continue to evolve our regulatory framework, including tightening the OPS where necessary, to ensure that they remain relevant to our needs.

In 2015, LTA put in place tighter OPS which includes improved frequencies such that commuters can expect a 25% shorter wait for trains during peak periods, and tightening the reliability standards to track severe service degradation incidents and cumulative delays. With the tightened standards, commuters can expect fewer delays and more reliable journeys.

Financing Framework

It is important to ensure that the financing framework facilitates the expansion and enhancement in quality of our rail network in a financially sustainable manner. A sound financing framework is necessary to ensure prudent use of government funds as we implement more rail lines.

The Rapid Transit Systems Act was amended in 2010, to allow the implementation of a new rail financing framework. Under this framework, a network approach will be taken in evaluating the financial viability of new rail lines. Such an approach will bring forward the implementation of new lines that may fall short of being financially viable on their own, but fulfil the viability criteria when evaluated on an overall network basis.

Under the new financing framework, the government will take ownership control of operating assets. It will therefore be in a better position to ensure timely injection of additional capacity to meet projected demand. In turn, the operators will pay a licence charge for the use of the operating assets.

The new framework also increases contestability in the rail sector, which can help to spur greater efficiency and productivity improvements. This framework will be implemented for all new lines starting from the new Downtown Line opened in 2013.