Things You Didn’t Know About Singapore’s MRT System

#4 Half Height Platform Screen Doors

Before 2009, there were no safety barriers in place to prevent commuters from falling, accidentally or intentionally, onto the railway tracks. Since 2012, each of the 36 elevated stations across the North-South and East-West Lines has been retrofitted with 1.5 metre-tall platform screen doors along the platform edge to protect commuters from oncoming trains. This infrastructure upgrade also creates a second door, which discourages people from dashing for departing trains.

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#5 Tallest Escalator

Stretching 41.3 metres from the ticket concourse level to the transfer level, Bras Basah station houses the tallest escalator across all MRT lines. It is a relatively slow-riding escalator, taking approximately a minute to reach the top. Imagine ascending a roller-coaster at slow speed. The natural light streaming through the water-filled glass ceiling of the station makes riding the escalator a scenic experience, except in the unlikely event of an emergency underground.

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#6 Above and Under

Only two elevated-underground interchange stations exist in Singapore – Paya Lebar and Buona Vista MRT. This just means changing lines at these stations require commuters to spend more time walking up and down steep escalators, not especially ideal when one is running late for work or school.

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