Following the release of our Action Points for the public transport sector on Integrated Mobility Plans, we are now pleased to feature a recent example of the successful implementation of a mobility plan: Singapore.
The first Land Transport Master Plan (LTMP) in Singapore was published in 2008. Over the past five years there have been significant changes hence the strategies were refreshed: commuter expectations and norms are changing as Singaporeans aspire to a higher quality of life; growth in population and the economy; land constraints in planning and building transport systems.
The 2013 LTMP was developed as a “checkpoint” to gauge how many achievements had been obtained so far and what needs to be further developed. The LTMP directly incorporated Singapore commuters’ opinions, feedback and concerns before drafting the Plan and policies. The plan focuses on enhancing commuters’ travel experience, through more and better connections, better service provision, to create livable and inclusive communities. Public transport will be promoted as an attractive mode of travel whilst aiming to reduce reliance on private transport.
Making public transport a choice mode of transport
The fundamental principle of the LTMP 2013 is to make public transport the mode of choice. Significant measures had been taken up, such as the expansion of the urban rail network from 138 km in 2008 to 178 km in 2013, opening new lines and rapid expansion and with various new lines in the construction phase.
Bus services are improved with LTA taking the role in central bus planning and working coherently with bus operators including SBS Transit and SMRT. Bus routes were reorganised to give commuters more bus options, reducing waiting times and crowding density, enhancing service frequency and extending bus lanes. More integrated transfer and interchange facilities are provided, aiming to make interchange stations lifestyle hubs. Transport information provision was also improved following the launch of the PublicTransport@SG website since 2008, and MyTransport.SG portal in 2011. Real-time information for transport users, motorists and cyclists are provided. The use of taxis as a form of public transport was also further encouraged with the launch of a common taxi booking system across operators and the launch of Taxi Quality of Service (QoS) Standards.
Managing road usage
As part of efforts to help reduce reliance on private transport, the LTMP 2013 also outlined a series of measures to help manage road usage. These include the improvement of the road system and network, closely monitoring vehicle population growth rate, fine-tuning road usage charges and to improving road safety.
Meeting diverse needs
Efforts were made to enhance walkability and other eco modes of transport. For instance, accessibility linking stations and other lifestyle hubs was enhanced, sheltered pedestrian walkways connecting MRT stations are being retrofitted and extensive efforts were made to improve bicycle facilities. All these visionary thoughts put into real measures have together helped make Singapore a more livable city.
Land Transport Master Plan 2013, Land Transport Authority of Singapore, October 2013 – Download the PDF (10MB)