Our late former President Ong Teng Cheong realised his dream ….

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7 September 1986 – Our late former President Ong Teng Cheong realised his dream of riding Singapore’s very own MRT train. On 7 November 1987, the MRT system began operations – all 5 stations of the NSL between Yio Chu Kang and Toa Payoh.

Mr Ong, then Minister for Communications and Labour back in 1982, played a huge role in the Government’s decision to go ahead with the MRT system.

The MRT system was extremely expensive to build, and there were many studies and debates as to whether it was worthwhile to invest $5 billion in the project.
Mr Ong pushed hard for the MRT as he had the foresight it would be much more than a transport investment, and would have wider, far-reaching benefits for the nation.

Today, 28 years on… we have 5 MRT lines, over 100 stations, more than 150km of tracks (that’s over 3x the length of Singapore from East to West), and more than 2.5 million passengers trips are made on the MRT each day.

We are doing all we can to improve rail reliability, expand rail capacity and make travel better for all.
Together, we will get there.
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Overheard  :
  • And that’s Yeo Ning Hong former minister for communications with him

 

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