Singapore has greatly invested in its rail system that connects its major cities and towns. The extensive world class standard gauge railway line has facilitated convenient and reliable travel around the state. Probably, one of the world’s most complex rail networks, the Singapore rail system supports very robust economic sectors. The train ticket has been computerized for efficiency. It can be summed up in the following significant factors;
Rail transport in Singapore mainly involves an integration of the urban rail transit system and the rapid transit system into its popular Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system. The light rail network connects Singapore Changi Airport, amenities in the City and Sentosa. The MRT railway network has three lines which include; North-South line, East-west Line and Circle line, Downtime and Thomson-East Coastline.
Facilities and Services
Most of the rail network in Singapore is either underground or elevated. These rail systems are well developed especially below ground stations that are hardened to withstand likely conventional terrorist attacks. Interestingly, mobile service is available in the underground train routes. Moreover, the trains are well air-conditioned for underground trains with above ground trains having ceiling fans. All stations are equipped with train ticketing machines, train schedule, and announcements display systems. Some stations are fitted with social amenities and social services for convenience and reflect state of the art architecture and art that reflects of Singapore’s culture.
Train service providers
The dominant train service providers are SBS Transit, SMRT trains, and Light Rail Transit. These companies operate modern trains that are powered by electricity. The level of customer service is premium. Moreover, they keep a healthy pricing competition that favors the commuters.
Fares and ticketing
In Singapore, train stations are divided into two sections; paid or unpaid. This facilitates proper ticketing and collection of fares at the access control gates. The gates are automated and linked to a computer network that verifies and updates electronic train tickets. The fares are pitched at a break-even level since the rail operators receive subsidies from the governments and for-profit investors. Ticketing can also be done through smart rail cards or online besides the manual way.
Security and safety
The government agencies and instruments understand the value of the rail system in the country hence protect its existence from likely terrorist or criminal activities. They also ensure that trains in transit and stations are guarded at all times. There are precise policies that apply to train service providers and operators that control the level of professionalism to avoid negligence and enhance safety observance and compliance measures at all times. All trains and stations are continuously monitored using CCTV cameras.