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TRANSPORTATION > THE MRT AND LRT
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DESCRIPTION:
Singapore's MRT and LRT are well integrated into the city-state's ultra modern and efficient public transportation network. It comes under the operation of SBS Transit, which also runs local bus services throughout the country.

There are a few distinctions between the MRT and LRT. MRT stands for Mass Rapid Transit while LRT means Light Rail Transit. By the definitions, one can gauge that the former caters for the high-usage routes with a train connected together in series of 10+ cars. MRT routes span across the entire nation, running on the North-South Line (NS, color code "red"), East-West Line (EW, color code "green") and North-East Line (NE, color code "purple") with numerous bus transit terminals at different MRT stations that create a seamless transportation network.

LRT, one the hand, runs on a more localised loops in the housing districts of Sengkang and Bukit Panjang. The trains are much shorter in length and do not travel as fast.

MRT stations around Singapore are spacious and clean. Most stations in the downtown area are located underground, some with 2-3 split levels for different train lines. Information panels are available throughout the stations to tell passengers how long it will be before the next train arrives.

The assistance booths in the stations are not for selling tickets. You must buy your MRT tickets from the vending machines. If you do not have small change, simply push the help button for the nearest assisting personnel booth who will gladly exchange the money for you. Alternatively, for regular travelers to Singapore, a CashCard is important to ease your traveling needs on MRT.

MY VERDICT:
A great way to travel around Singapore. Leave your car behind if you are driving.

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