Commuters benefit from less-crowded peak travel
WE REFER to Ms Cheralyn Nicole Lee's letter, "Offer early-bird perks at stations outside city" (My Paper, June 27), requesting the Land Transport Authority to consider extending free travel to commuters exiting all MRT stations.
The free pre-peak travel trial aims to ease crowding during the morning peak hour along the most crowded stretches of the rail network. These are typically the city-bound stretches.
If we achieve a shift of 10-20 per cent of people from the morning peak period, many commuters will benefit from a less-crowded ride during peak hours, even if they do not exit at the city stations.
We hope this encourages commuters who are able to make changes to their travel schedule to enter the city area before 7.45am.
As we are in the early stages of the trial, it will take time for people to adjust their travel patterns. We will monitor the results and review the scheme's effectiveness to see what lessons and ideas might apply.
MS HELEN LIM
DIRECTOR, MEDIA RELATIONS
LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY