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Written Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan to Parliamentary Question on Increase Ridership of Public Transport

07 Oct 2019 In Parliament

Mr Liang Eng Hwa asked the Minister for Transport

a.     what is the latest mode share of public transport;

b.     how have the shifts been in the last five years; and

c.     how can the overall ridership of public transport be increased. 

Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan:

1.     Based on LTA’s Travel Survey, the peak-period Walk-Cycle Ride (WCR) mode share is about 72% today. This is an increase from the mode share of 69% recorded in 2012. WCR includes walking, cycling, rides on public transport and point-to-point transport using taxis, private hire cars.

2.     Following our Land Transport Master Plan (LTMP) 2013 commitment to make public transport more accessible to all, we have expanded our rail network from 182km to 229km and built about 200km of covered walkways. LTMP 2040 builds on this improvement and aims to achieve 90% peak-period WCR mode share by 2040. To meet this target, we will first, enhance our public transport network and improve bus speeds through more Transit Priority Corridors. Second, we will further expand rail connectivity.

3.     Third, we will expand the active mobility network and triple the cycling network, especially at the first-and-last mile level. Fourth, we will enhance safety for users through public education and effective enforcement against irresponsible users and retailers.