LTA extends free pre-peak travel until June next year

The Land Transport Authority is extending free pre-peak travel on the rail network by another year to June 30, 2016.

Commuters who end their journey before 7.45am on weekdays at 18 designated MRT stations in the city area will continue to enjoy free travel on the network.

Passengers who exit these stations between 7.45am and 8am will also enjoy a discount of up to 50 cents off their train fare.

Since the introduction of the scheme in June 2013, there has been a reduction of seven to eight per cent in the number of commuters during the morning peak period, which is between 8am to 9am.

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport Mrs Josephine Teo said: "The scheme is an important foundation on which we can build on for our other travel demand management efforts, which includes our Travel Smart Programme, Travel Smart Rewards and the new Off-Peak Pass that we are introducing in July this year.

"We hope that more people, who are able and willing to shift their travelling times, will benefit," she added.