The fare structure for the Downtown Line (DTL) will be identical to the other existing fully underground and automated MRT lines, such as the North East Line and Circle Line.
The Public Transport Council (PTC) announced it approved the fare structure on Saturday, Dec 7.
DTL1, with its four interchange connections, and consisting of six new stations – Bugis, Promenade, Bayfront, Downtown, Telok Ayer and Chinatown, will open on 22 December 2013.
It will provide greater connectivity within the downtown area of Singapore through connections with the North East Line, Circle Line and East-West Line.
Commuters travelling to and within the Marina Bay and Downtown areas will have their travel times shortened by up to 17 minutes, depending on their origin and destination stations.
In addition, more than 45,000 adult train trips per week will see fare reductions of 2 cents to 54 cents per train trip (or up to 41% savings in fares)
The DTL is a fully underground MRT system which will incur higher operating and maintenance costs including energy costs for air-conditioning, and stations and tunnel lighting. The PTC notes that the DTL is expected to operate at a loss in its initial years of operations.
Mr Gerard Ee, Chairman of the PTC, said: “The DTL fares have been structured to integrate with the current distance-based scheme for the existing public transport system."
See how commuters will enjoy savings on the next page.
Examples of how commuters will enjoy savings:
Currently, commuters travelling from Kallang to Promenade may take EWL (to Paya Lebar) followed by CCL.
With the opening of DTL1, commuters will enjoy shorter travel time by taking EWL (to Bugis) followed by DTL1. Adult commuters will thus enjoy a fare saving of 54 cents (from $1.32 to $0.78).
Currently, commuters travelling from Chinatown to Bayfront may take NEL (to Dhoby Ghaut) followed by CCL.
With the opening of DTL1, commuters will enjoy shorter travel time by taking DTL1. Adult commuters will thus enjoy a fare saving of 35 cents (from $1.18 to $0.83).
Click here for the list of the approved fares