The Light Rail Transit (LRT)
, also known as the Light Rapid Transit
, is the light rail component of Singapore
's rail network
, consisting of localised rail systems acting as feeder services to the Mass Rapid Transit
network. The first LRT line was opened in 1999 and the system has since expanded to three lines, each serving a public housing estate.
The system is closer to an automated people mover
system such as those found in many airports
around the world than a traditional light rail
system. All the lines are fully automated and elevated, and run on viaducts in order to save scarce land space in Singapore.
Although the Singapore Changi Airport Skytrain
people mover, the Sentosa Express
and the Jurong BirdPark Panorail
is relatively similar to the LRT, they are not part of the system.
Lines are constructed by the Land Transport Authority
, with operating concessions currently handed to SMRT Corporation
and SBS Transit
The concept of having rail lines which could bring people from door to door without requiring the use of road-based buses
was much favoured by the government transport planners, especially with the increased emphasis on a rail-based public transport
network. For intra town travel, LRTs were favoured over buses because trains
run on dedicated elevated guideways, bypassing any traffic congestion
and traffic lights
on the roads, and do not add to road traffic. Train arrival and departure times are also almost guaranteed this way. It is also... Read More