MRT Capacity

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) capacity of an average C151 model MRT train - comprising 6 carriages - is about 1920 passengers, with 372 seats. However, MRT trains are often extremely crowded during peak hours, even with trains arriving at two-minute intervals, which Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew has said is the minumum period to ensure safety. The daily ridership for MRTs last year amounted to 2.246 million. Although SMRT has added more than 2000 weekly trips since 2008 to cater to rising transport needs, it is evidently inadequate as the trains are still extremely crowded, especially during peak hours (7:30 to 9 am, and 5:30 to 7 pm.)


1920 passengers, 372 seats with 6 carriages. Very crowded during peak hours.

Bus Capacity

The average daily ridership for buses last year was about 3.45 million: far more than the MRT. People take buses much more often than they take the MRT. In anticpation of and in response to the increasing ridership of bus services, Singapore Bus Services (SBS) has increased its bus trips to match the rise. However, some challenges are that buses are travelling slower. According to Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of State for Transport, average bus speeds amounted to 17.8 km/h in 2011, as compared with 19.1 km/h in 2007, which is a significant decrease of 6.81% (SG Alternative News, 2012). This will hinder the ability of the bus services to arrive and leave bus stops in a timely fashion, proving itself as a veritable challenge to our transport network.