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SMRT Celebrates SG50

SMRT Celebrates Singapore’s 50 Years

Join us In the festivities! 

Our Corporate Social Responsibility - Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Inclusive Playground

Made possible by the Care & Share Movement, with SMRT as the primary donor, the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio inclusive playground was officially opened by Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin on 22 August 2015.

The inclusive playground caters to children with disabilities, and has a wheelchair-friendly merry-go-round, a wheelchair swing as well as a slide that provides additional tactile stimulation. Close to thirty SMRT volunteers were present at the event to lend a helping hand to beneficiaries giving the new playground a go. Twenty-seven SMRT taxis also provided return transport to ferry the beneficiaries between their homes and Bishan Park.

“The inclusive playground is a very positive step towards integrating children with disabilities into the society," said Ms Helen Tay, Senior Manager at the Society for the Physically Disabled.

“We can actually see normal playground equipment and also special playground equipment, allowing normal kids and kids with special needs to actually mingle around and play around. So it’s actually quite an interesting programme,” said Ms Joelle Chew, SMRT Volunteer.

“This is part of SMRT’s vision of moving people, enhancing lives and we’re delighted to be able to support this inclusive playground in Singapore,” shared SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek.

Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and SMRT President and Group CEO, Desmond Kuek with SMRT volunteers at the official opening of the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio inclusive playground.


SMRT volunteers at the  official opening of the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio inclusive playground.


SMRT volunteer, Cindy Chua, at the  official opening of the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio inclusive playground.



Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and SMRT President and Group CEO, Desmond Kuek with SMRT volunteers at the official opening of the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio inclusive playground.



Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin at the official opening of the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio inclusive playground.



SMRT volunteers worked to ferry more than 50 beneficiaries located all over Singapore for a morning of fun and excitement at the official opening of the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio inclusive playground.


Watch the video to find out more about the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio inclusive playground.

SG50 Image Gallery

SMRT SG50 Video Series

In celebration of Singapore's 50 years of independence, sit back, relax and enjoy the series of videos here as SMRT marks our journey and growth with Singapore over the years.

Also, check out our other videos at the SMRTCorpSG YouTube channel.

Our Heritage - Moving Stories

Since 1987, we have played a pivotal role in the local public transport landscape. We have helped to enhance the lives of our people by changing the way they live, work and play using the convenience of the fast and seamless connectivity provided by our network.

Many SMRT staff, at all levels, have made significant contributions in this endeavour. Read our Moving Stories now.   

SMRT SG50 Photo Contest

SMRT celebrates SG50 with you!

Stand a chance to win a limited edition SMRT SG50 EZ-Link card with S$5 stored value


Send us your most creative photos with SMRT’s SG50 posters now!

Other posters that you can take photos with:



Here’s how you can win:


Step 1:   Take a selfie or wefie with SMRT’s SG50 posters.


Step 2:  Upload your photo via Twitter with hashtag #smrtsg50. Be sure to set your Twitter account to public so we are able to view the entry.


Between 1 and 14 August 2015, up to 50 limited edition SMRT SG50 EZ-Link cards up for grabs.


Terms and Conditions apply.


Free Travel on National Day, 9 August 2015

SMRT celebrates Singapore’s 50th birthday with free travel on SMRT trains and buses on 9 August 2015. This will encourage the public to attend National Day celebrations island-wide, without worrying about parking or traffic congestion. Fare gates at MRT stations on the North-South East-West Line, Circle Line and Bukit Panjang LRT will be left open on National Day as SMRT welcomes commuters to travel on its train network. Commuters need not tap in or out at MRT stations on National Day, and commuters travelling on SMRT buses can board all services without tapping in or out with their fare cards as well.

Click on the following to find out more:

1. Press Release

2. Travel Advisory for National Day Celebrations

3. Frequently Asked Questions

Free Shuttle to Buona Vista MRT from Gardens by the Bay on National Day 2015

If you’re planning to watch the National Day fireworks from Gardens By the Bay on 9 August 2015, SMRT Buses will run a free shuttle service from the area to Buona Vista MRT station. You may catch the free shuttle at the Gardens By the Bay coach pick-up point, near the main entrance to Gardens By the Bay along Marina Gardens Drive.

The free shuttle service will operate on a 10-minute frequency from 8:30pm to 12 midnight on Sunday. The shuttle service ends at Buona Vista MRT, where passengers can connect to the East-West Line or Circle Line for their onward journey, or buses serving the Buona Vista area. 


Free travel on SMRT Buses and Trains services this National Day!

A record 4.5 million passenger trips on our buses and trains this National Day!

We have tallied the estimates from the one-day free travel with SMRT on National Day and a record 4.5 million passenger trips were made on Singapore’s 50th birthday! The record number of passengers who travelled with SMRT includes trips made on our North-South East-West Line, Circle Line and Bukit Panjang LRT, as well as SMRT’s island-wide network of bus services. 

More than 500 staff volunteers came together with SMRT Management to welcome the commuters. Staff volunteers also helped with crowd control and gave away the highly sought-after SMRT SG50 buttons and EZ-Link card stickers to our passengers.

Thank you for travelling with SMRT and being part of the SG50 celebrations!



Activities at MRT Stations and Bus Interchanges on National Day

As this is Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, SMRT will make National Day special with activities at 10 MRT stations and five bus interchanges, where SMRT staff will greet commuters and hand out limited edition SG50 buttons and EZ-Link card stickers. 


a) SG50 Button Badges

b) SG50 Ez-Link Card Stickers

c) SG50 Photo Wall

d) SMRT SG50 Photo Competition 

Specially for this Jubilee Weekend, we have deployed our SMRT SG50 buses on the roads. Check out the cool designs of our buses and our SG50 efforts at the bus interchanges.

We have also decorated our trains and stations to enhance the celebratory mood.

Collaborations to Celebrate SG50

In celebrating Singapore’s 50 years, we are also supporting other organisations to commemorate Singapore achievements since independence.


1. #OneSongOneSg

As we celebrate our nation's 50th birthday, fellow Singaporeans can't help but sing their hearts out on our trains. Check out the video created by #OneSongOneSg here.

2. Local Champions, Global Leaders

‘Local Champions, Global Leaders’ is a national-level competition jointly organised by SPRING, EDB, and IE Singapore. This competition celebrates the stories of local industry champions and multinational corporations which have made significant contributions since Singapore’s independence. A total of 76 groups of 300 students from five local polytechnics and six universities participated.

The Famous Five team from NUS was assigned to SMRT. The team visited us to better understand our history, business and challenges. We enjoyed working closely with the Famous Five. 

On 10 February 2015, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower  and Co-Chair of the SG50 Economic and International Committee, graced the award ceremony where the Famous Five team emerged as Champions in the University Category.

The Famous Five - Year 2 Industrial Design students from the National University of Singapore
The Famous Five’s exhibition booth depicting the milestones and contributions of SMRT

3. Singapore at 50: The Business of Nation-Building

Singapore at 50: The Business of Nation-Building is the Singapore Management University’s newly launched coffee table book. Produced as part of their effort in celebrating the milestones of Singapore in the last 50 years, the book features 17 organisations who have been part of this amazing journey of transformation.

A chapter in the book is devoted to the SMRT story. As an iconic organisation who has helped shaped our nation’s identity, the transportation services we provide has transformed Singapore into a liveable city and also played a part in elevating Singapore’s status as a global city.

For more information on the book, please click here.

The book retails at S$69 and is available at Kinokuniya, SMU Shop, Booklink SMU, Select Books (e-store) and NUS Co-Operative bookstore.

Guest-of-Honour Dr Maliki Osman, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development & Ministry of Defence, and Mayor, South East District (left), together with Professor De Meyer, President, SMU (right), presenting Mr Patrick Nathan, Vice President, Corporate Information and Communications, SMRT (centre), with the coffee table book Singapore at 50: The Business of Nation-Building