Sunday, December 22, 2013

Downtown Line Stage 1 is up and running

A new announcement has greeted commuters in some MRT stations today: "Change in this station for the Downtown Line." First 6 stages of this new Singapore MRT Line is now open: Bugis, Promenade, Bayfront, Downtown (connects the southern part of Marina Bay where developments such as The Sail @ Marina Bay and the Marina Bay Financial Centre lie to the current CBD), Telok Ayer and Chinatown. Official opening of Downtown Line is this Saturday.

Opening of the Downtown Line was not free of problems: a train fault disrupted servicefor about 15 minutes. The fault took place at around noon near Bayfront station, and delayed train service from Bugis to Chinatown.

The Downtown Line (DTL) is the fifth Mass Rapid Transit line in Singapore. The 6 stations opened yesterday were Stage 1. Stage 2 will be opened 2+ years later in 2016 and Stage 3 will be opened in 2017.

Downtown Line Stage 1
Downtown Line Stage 1 (shown inside red rectangle here) is open

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