Thousands of curious Singaporeans came to try out the MRT on the first day alone. A month later, on 12 December 1987, nine more stations were added from Novena to Outram Park. Then Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, officially launched the MRT system on 12 March 1988.
Why did MRT start in Singapore?
The first study (1972–1974) proposed a rail-based MRT system to ease traffic congestion and act as a mode of transportation to move people around the island, which was reiterated in the second study (1974–1976).
How old is MRT?
Then Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, officially launched the MRT system on 12 March 1988. By April, the MRT had already become a daily mode of transport for at least 200,000 people.
How is MRT powered AC or DC?
Since the system’s conception in 1987, all train lines have been powered by the 750 volt DC third rail, with the exception of the North East Line which is powered by 1500 volt DC overhead lines. The North South and East West lines use an automatic train operation system similar to London Underground’s Central line.