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30 Years: Working For You

In 2017, SMRT celebrates 30 years of MRT operations.

Delivering a world-class transport service that is safe, reliable and customer-centric is at the heart of what we do.


We are Singapore’s iconic multi-modal public transport operator and our mass rapid transit and light rail systems connect seamlessly with our island-wide bus, taxi and private vehicle services.


Throughout our 30 years of service, we have connected communities and transformed the way people live, work and play.


As we embark on the next leg of our journey, we look forward to the boundless opportunities to continue Working For You.

Our 30th anniversary activities

Watch this space as we fill you in with more details of our upcoming exciting activities which will commence from mid-year!

Our milestones




Singapore's first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system begins operations with inaugural service between Yio Chu Kang and Toa Payoh on the North-South Line.



Fifteen more stations open and the MRT system is officially launched by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister.



Train service from Bukit Batok to Choa Chu Kang commences. The opening of Boon Lay MRT Station on the East-West Line marks the completion of the system.



The MRT system is expanded to Woodlands and the loop is completed on the North-South Line.



Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit, Singapore’s first light rail system, opens for passenger service.



Changi Airport MRT Station opens, providing commuters connectivity from Tanah Merah Station to the Singapore Expo, Changi Business Park and Changi Airport.



SMRT invests in the mid-life upgrading of 66 first generation trains.



Singapore’s fourth rail line, Circle Line, commences service from Bartley to Marymount.

SMRT achieves ISO 14001 certification for the Environmental Management System.



Train service from Caldecott to HarbourFront Circle Line Stations commences, marking the completion of the line.

Additional track and platform at Jurong East Station opens, shortening waiting time to 2-3 minutes during peak periods.



Train service on the Circle Line extends from Bayfront to Marina Bay Stations.



SMRT establishes the Technical Advisory Panel comprising local and international rail engineering and transport experts to review and recommend enhancements to “Processes, Technology and People”.


Embarks on holistic network-wide predictive maintenance regime with the introduction of new technologies, beginning with the North-South and East-West Lines.



SMRT’s trains cross the 2 billion car-km mark since operations began in 1987.



Seven SMRT engineers are accredited as Singapore’s first Chartered Engineers in Railway and Transportation Engineering.


SMRT Trains transitions to a New Rail Financing Framework (NRFF). Under the NRFF, SMRT Trains operates under an asset-light model that allows SMRT to focus on delivering high levels of service and reliability for commuters.

Completion of sleeper replacement on the North-South and East-West Lines.


Our story, our history

As part of our SG50 efforts, we developed an interactive e-book to chronicle how SMRT has grown over the years with Singapore. The e-book documents our beginnings, the expansion of our businesses, our challenges and our involvement with the community. The people who have been on this journey also reflect the personal experiences of our diverse workforce, past and present. Read Moving Stories to learn more about our heritage.

Keep a look out for the next edition of Moving Stories where we will look at SMRT and 30 years of MRT operations!

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