Singapore's population in 2011 grew to 5.18 million, and is projected to grow to 6.5 million within the next decade. Since the 1960s, Singapore's population has increased to more than three times of what it was then. Daily ridership of public transport, now estimated at 11 million trips a day, is projected to increase to 14.8 million a day by 2020. This growing population will require a larger, more efficient transport network to meet its needs. This problem is further exacerbated by the Limited Land Area.

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The population has increased significantly since the 1960s, nearly tripling in a short span of 50 years.


The vehicle population grew from just under 700,000 in 2000 to 894,000 in 2008, a relative increase of 27.7%. In particular, private vehicle population grew from about 380,000 in 2000 to 476,000 in 2008, a relative increase of 25.3%, and this increase accounted for a significant 49.4% of the total increase in vehicle population. By contrast, the total area of roads in Singapore remained stagnant, from 10% to 12% in 2008. There is evidently an inadequate response to the transport needs of the growing population.


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PRIVATE VEHICLE POPULATION:

INCREASED BY 25.3% OVER SPAN OF 8 YEARS

OVERALL INCREASE: 96,000


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TOTAL VEHICLE POPULATION:

INCREASED BY 27.7% OVER SPAN OF 8 YEARS

OVERALL INCREASE: 194,000