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  • The petty crimes of the MRT and their fines
    The petty crimes of the MRT and their...
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    The cleanliness of an MRT station
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  • in Little India after using the MRT to get there
    in Little India after using the MRT to...
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    Cheap AND easy

    by remoteblogger Written Aug 7, 2013
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    The Singapore's MRT is the best I have ever been on including Korea's MRT, Malaysia's MRT, Bangkok's MRT and even Japan's MRT.

    The reason Singapore's MRT is so great is because its cheap, fast and reliable. Its not as busy as some of the other train systems in other countries train systems which makes it great to use. Its very simple also unlike Japan which is very confusing to use. Be sure to getr around the city using the MRT in Singapore, its air conditioned and FAR less expensive then using taxis all the time

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    Singapore Metro (MRT)

    by Airpunk Written Jun 3, 2013

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    The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) railway lines are easy to navigate and cheap to use. Tickets are between 1 and 2 SGD and can be bought at the machines located in every station. As clean as singapore is, you will get no paper ticket. Instead, you get a plastic card which is swallowed again by the machines once you leave the station. People staying longer might seek cards for multiple use.

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    SG's MRT

    by theguardianangel Written Feb 25, 2012
    Singapore MRT around 3pm

    For a hassle free transportation, I recommend the Singapore's MRT.

    SG's MRT is clean, punctual & big enough to accommodate lots of passengers around the city. It runs 6am-12mn, fares start at S$1 (70cents in EZ link). Tickets can be purchased in all MRT stations. You just have to insert your money through the ticket machine. Rush hour's usually 7am-9am, 11am-2pm and 4pm-7pm.

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    Cheap Way to Go Around Part 1

    by machomikemd Updated May 1, 2011

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    First of All, like in Other Progressive Areas, Singapore has an efficient Mass Transport System which is a necessity since Singapore has a small area so that Singapore has prohibitive taxes on cars to discourage ownership. The Singpore MRT is the heart of the Mass Transport System. The MRT has 64 operating stations with 109.4 kilometres of lines and operates on standard gauge. Every station has at least four General Ticketing Machines (GTMs), a Passenger Service Centre, LED and plasma displays that show train service information and announcements. All stations are equipped with restrooms and payphones. If Hongkong MTR has an Octupus Magnetic Card Sytem, the Singapore MRT has the EZ Link card, it is a smart card that stores money values and can be used not only in the MRT but also the LRT & Bus system without the need for multiple cards, saving them both time & effort as they no longer need to figure out which card to use for which system. Fares range between SGD 0.90 (one station to the next) upwards - i.e. from Orchard Road to Changi Airport is SGD 1.70. You can buy an EZ Link Card at any MRT station for S$15. This includes a S$3 deposit which is refunded when you return the card. There is a non-refundable amount of S$5 for the card cost and a travel value of S$7 to start with. The minimum top-up is S$10. Any unused value is refundable as well.

    Tap the EZ Link card in the designated area on the top of the turnstile to enter the train area and likewise tap the card on the turnstile at your destination to exit. Same for buses - when entering the bus tap the card on the specially designed card reader near the driver and at the rear door when exiting.

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    Cheap Way to Go Around Part 2

    by machomikemd Written May 1, 2011

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    Part Two of My Singapore MRT Tips with more pictures!

    Like in Progressive Areas, Singapore has an efficient Mass Transport System which is a necessity since Singapore has a small area so that Singapore has prohibitive taxes on cars to discourage ownership. The Singpore MRT is the heart of the Mass Transport System. The MRT has 64 operating stations with 109.4 kilometres of lines and operates on standard gauge. Every station has at least four General Ticketing Machines (GTMs), a Passenger Service Centre, LED and plasma displays that show train service information and announcements. All stations are equipped with restrooms and payphones. If Hongkong MTR has an Octupus Magnetic Card Sytem, the Singapore MRT has the EZ Link card, it is a smart card that stores money values and can be used not only in the MRT but also the LRT & Bus system without the need for multiple cards, saving them both time & effort as they no longer need to figure out which card to use for which system. Fares range between SGD 0.90 (one station to the next) upwards - i.e. from Orchard Road to Changi Airport is SGD 1.70. You can buy an EZ Link Card at any MRT station for S$15. This includes a S$3 deposit which is refunded when you return the card. There is a non-refundable amount of S$5 for the card cost and a travel value of S$7 to start with. The minimum top-up is S$10. Any unused value is refundable as well.

    Tap the EZ Link card in the designated area on the top of the turnstile to enter the train area and likewise tap the card on the turnstile at your destination to exit. Same for buses - when entering the bus tap the card on the specially designed card reader near the driver and at the rear door when exiting.

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    MRT - GREAT WAY OF GETTING AROUND SINGAPORE

    by balhannah Written Dec 7, 2009

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    MRT STATION

    The MRT for us was a excellent and easy way to get around Singapore. Fast, easy, stations in convenient places, the only downside is..........
    IT IS FULL A LOT OF THE TIME

    MRT signs are along main roads, so just follow these and you will find the entrance to the underground station.

    At the station, if not sure of your destination, they have an MRT system map located on the wall with destinations numbered and the route coloured. This is because there are 4 lines to choose from n/s/e/west

    Single trip station-to-station fares are displayed on the Station Fare Chart, or........
    the general Ticketing Machine (GTM) will display the selected fare after the destination station is selected.
    The Standard Ticket is a contactless smart card for single trip travel on the MRT and LRT only. and is for use on the day of purchase only.
    It can be purchased at the(GTM) located at all MRT and LRT stations, and includes a refundable deposit of $1 which can be claimed from the GTM by returning the ticket within 30 days after the date of purchase.
    So, when alighting, take it to the machine, and get your $1 back!

    It is very easy to operate, just tap the smartcard or Standard Ticket on the card reader mounted on top of the entry faregate.
    The correct fare will be automatically calculated and if you have a "smart card' will be deducted from your stored value. You will see the remaining value of your card on the digital display on top of faregate.

    A green or orange light means it is clear to proceed through the entry/exit faregate and follow the directional sign to go to the platform of your destination.

    Try it, do it once, and I'm sure you will do it again!

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    Well working metro

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Nov 8, 2009

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    Singapore is quite huge when you start looking around, so I'm glad their metro system is well built up. It's called MRT-trains, and it goes around on three different lines (a central line under construction too) all over the central parts of the country.

    There is red (North south line), blue (North east line), and green (East West line). Green goes in the south parts, red is more up north, while blue goes from west to east. The brown line (Central line) will go more around the city center once it's done in 2010-2011.

    You'll need a MRT card that you top up with some money, and then you just put it towards the machine when you enter the station. Then you tap it on the machine again when you get out from your final station and the machine will deduct the amount of money you have travelled for.

    Easy also to find your way in the stations, also when you switch trains. There are many signs and even if you would take the wront train you can just take the next one back again.

    Piece of cake really.

    And just because I wrote that I'll probably get lost the next time I'm going with MRT...

    Prices are cheap I would like to say. 1,40 SGD (0,7 euro) for a one way trip, if I'm not mistaken.

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    Totally Affordable

    by Aidy_p Written Jul 7, 2008

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    One of the things you must try when you're in Singapore is the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). Conceptualised by our visionary icon, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in the 1960s, the first line was completed in the 1987 and from there, the number of MRT stations around Singapore has grown leaps and bounds.

    There are alot of pluses about taking the MRT and they are definitely good reasons why you should try out our trains.

    1. No messy train cabins
    The one thing the government meted out was a No drinking, no eating and no smoking rule. We did not have any problem with that as the people in Singapore has been primed not to do all these even in our public buses. The great thing about the trains are that they are pretty new and that the older trains (Most of them are at most 15 years) have been phased out. So the air-con filters in the trains are well maintained.

    2. It's Safe
    I have never heard of train robberies in the MRT. It's pretty safe and the train stations are very well managed. Also, there's no need to worry about which cabin is safer. I still remembered taking a train in Europe where there're safe train cabins where there are guards to protect you. If you ride in other cabins, you're left to your own perogative.

    3. Not Crowded if Travels Are Done Off-Peak
    Don't rush with the working crowd during the 7-9am and 6-8pm timebelts. Other than that, travelling in the train is a breeze. Still, there's enough standing space even during peak hours and yes, there are no official "pushers" to help you into the train such as in Japan.

    4. It's Efficient
    There are no confusing signs nor major train delays. You'll know that you'll get to your station safe and sound.

    Do note that you can even take a train from the airport to city. Totally cost effective!

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    North East Line - MRT

    by SLLiew Written Oct 14, 2007

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    The "Puirple" North East Line is the third MRT line after the "Red" North South Line and "Green" East West Line.

    The NEL is the line to get you to popular tourist destiantions like Clarke Quay, Chinatown and Little India as well as to terminus Harbour Front to the new large shopping complex of Vivio City and ferries to other Singapore outlying islands as well as Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan.

    The major interchange to other lines are at Outram Park and Dhoby Ghaut.

    The disadvantages I found on NEL line is that the escalators are steep and the long walking distance between stations. So use the lifts that is available if you do not want to "speed walk" like the locals rushing to catch the next train.

    Another option: At Dhoby Ghaut MRT, you may opt for the free bus shuttle to Chinatown and Little India instead of using NEL.

    Other than that, this is modern and comfortable lMRT ine to get quickly from one place to another place.

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    Don't forget your refund!

    by UKDaisy Updated May 18, 2007

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    The MRT is a convenient (and cooler!!!) way of getting around Singapore.
    When you purchase a single ticket, you will be issued with an electronic card. After completing your journey, you can get a $1 refund (within 30 days of travel) from any ticket machine - just slot the card into the machine (you can ignore pressing the "refund deposit" button on the machine), and a $1 coin will be automatically dispensed. (December 2006 price).

    Remebmber not eat or drink on the MRT as you could get fined for doing so.

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    Fast and cheap

    by DarleneCMF Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    If there's a way to get to your destination via MRT, you should take it. It's cheap, fast and efficient. You can get tickets at self-service kiosks at the station, which includes a 1 SGD deposit. You can claim your deposit once you return the card.

    Fare range: SGD 0.80 to SGD 1.80.
    Operating houres: 5:30AM to 12 midnight everyday.

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    MRT Subway

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 12, 2007

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    More to come. Just holding the place while its still 430am.

    The MRT is quite the nice subway system. And my favorite thing about public transportation they are expanding it.

    Fares are based on distance with your ezlink being scanned upon entrance and exit and the value deducted. I do not believe I saw any fares over about SG$2.

    Almost all stations are about 3 to 4 blocks away from each other at least inside the city.

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    All Around the Island....

    by brooklyndude Written Feb 27, 2007

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    This had got to be the best public transportation out there ever! It almost makes you forget about the chewing gum ban. BTW, chewing gum WILL NOT land you in jail or get you caned.

    The MRT has a light rail extension called the LRT, andd this whole system basically takes you all over the city state. Relatively inexpensive, although I don't quite understand why we have to have a "deposit" on the card, esp tourist who use the card when we're there.

    Great way to mingle with locals too, most of whom are English-speaking and friendly.

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    MRT Bus or Taxi

    by a60 Written Feb 23, 2007

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    Cat on a bus

    It is so easy to get around Singapore. The MRT is very clean and efficient. Buses are everywhere and taxis are very cheap (unless you get a new driver who doesn't know where to go - we had to direct him!).

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    The easiest way to get around

    by Kristina1701 Updated Jan 27, 2007

    I went everywhere by subway and can only recommend this kind of transport! It was very cheap and the trains seem to run quite frequently.
    The only disadvantage I experienced was that, if you buy a ticket to a certain destination but leave the train earlier and then want to continue your trip to the destination you purchased the ticket for you need to buy a new one.
    After having arrived at your destination you can return your ticket/platic card and will get some money back!

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