Free pre-peak travel ends but commuters may receive 50 cents discount if they tap in before 7.45am


The annual public transport fare review by the Public Transport Council (PTC) has concluded, with the Council announcing yesterday that fares for public transport remain unchanged, with the exception of a maximum 50 cents discount for commuters who tap in at any MRT or LRT station before 7.45am.

The PTC announced that the discount scheme will replace the free morning pre-peak hour travel scheme that will cease 29 Dec. Under the free morning pre-peak hour travel scheme, commuters can travel for free if they exit one of 18 selected MRT stations in the city area before 7.45am.

The new scheme is not limited to selected stations and pre-peak commuters may receive discounts no matter where they alight. The decision is expected to benefit about 300,000 rail commuters who travel before morning peak hours.

The Ministry of Transport also announced that the Government has accepted the council’s recommendations.


In a press conference held yesterday, the PTC explained that fare discounts were only allocated to pre-peak hour commuters because feedback from commuters and focused group discussions suggested that current fares are generally affordable.

PTC chairman Richard Magnus added:

“We hope the lower morning pre-peak fares will encourage more rail commuters to make the shift to morning pre-peak travel.
“We thought that it would be more equitable to give the benefits to a wider commuter base, when you travel for free (during pre-peak), somebody is paying for your fare, and the persons that are paying for your fare are all the other commuters like you and I, so it’s more equitable now, to spread it out to other commuters.”

The 50-cent discount translates to a 2.2 per cent fare reduction allowance which, in turn, results in a combined loss of S$40.1 million a year in fare revenue, to be borne by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT.

The PTC estimated that the LTA will see a S$20.2 million drop in fare revenue, SMRT will see a decrease of S$15.1 million, and SBS Transit will likely incur a S$4.8 million revenue cut.

Although these figures are notable, the 2.2 per cent fare reduction allowance is still less than half the 5.4 per cent range that was considered by the PTC, based on the current fare formula.

The remaining 3.2 per cent possible reduction will reportedly be rolled over to next year’s fare review exercise. The 3.2 per cent possible reduction may act as a “buffer” for increasing manpower and operation costs, according to the PTC.


  1. They can be so technical with numbers, very sophisticated with figures . But when it comes to technical part of running the business like Maintenance, they have no clue or what so ever.

  2. So expect more breakdowns to follow suit lor…Bcos everyone now will be trying to exit before 745am and they will ensure that you don’t EXIT and will extend their train fault,track fault,signal.faults etc etc

  3. Don’t trust all these.
    Give you .50cents.
    They will make back at least $100 from you.
    Assholes! You think we are greedy like you?
    We don’t behave like you as we are not Satans.

  4. They also remove the adult off peak pass, reason is that this is to lower the fares. They are heartless to get those senior citizens but not yet 60 yrs old to pay more, so that the productive office workers can have the 50 cents discount before 7.45am.

  5. Which businessman will adnit he makes money? Only those with ulterior motives perhaps. To put up a front to get more to invest in them is one? There are many others.

  6. It’s not that they don’t make $, if they don’t make better they close shop. It’s the CEO don’t make enough to own their objective: Ferrari!. Remember the SLA Ferrari accident saga?

  7. Because some clever person said if everyone travel at the same time, can’t expect it to work properly. So we cannot go to work same time, need to tell our boss the clever person TOP officials say one, cannot blame us for being late. Lol

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