Updated: 05/09/2014 23:52

Extension of free pre peak travel on MRT by one year

Extension of free pre peak travel on MRT by one year

The Land Transport Authority or LTA is extending free pre peak travel on the MRT by a year till the 23rd of June next year. 

The scheme which was introduced in June last year, is available to commuters who tap out before 7.45am on weekdays at 18 MRT stations in the city area. 

Commuters who exit these stations between 7.45am and 8am will also continue to have 50 cents off their train fares till the 23rd of June next year. 

LTA says about seven per cent of commuters have shifted out of the morning peak period since the introduction of the free pre-peak travel. 

It made the announcement this morning as Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo observed commuters at free pre-peak travel hours. 

She says one primary reason why some commuters have not shifted to pre-peak travelling is that they do not have access to flexible work arrangements, such as starting and leaving work earlier. 

Mrs Teo says in the second year of the free pre-peak trial, the focus will be on getting employers to make flexible work arrangements more widely available to their staff, so that their staff can have a choice of a lifestyle change.
LTA says it will intensify its efforts on that front. 

More details will be announced in July. 

To date, eight in 10 public agencies including those located outside the city area offer their officers the flexibility to start work early.

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