Downtown MRT line

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Downtown MRT line
Downtown MRT station, one of the 34 stations on the line.
Native nameLaluan MRT Pusat Bandar
டவுன்டவுன் எம்ஆர்டி வழி
StatusOperational (Stages 1, 2 & 3)
Under construction (DTL3e)
OwnerLand Transport Authority
TerminiBukit Panjang
Sungei Bedok (2024)
Stations34 (Operational) (excluding reserved station for DT4)[1]
2 (Under construction)
TypeRapid transit
SystemMass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Operator(s)SBS Transit DTL[2]
Depot(s)Gali Batu
Tai Seng
East Coast (Future)
Rolling stockC951/C951A
Daily ridership245,000 (Q1 2017)
Opened22 December 2013; 9 years ago (2013-12-22) (Stage 1)
27 December 2015; 7 years ago (2015-12-27) (Stage 2)
21 October 2017; 5 years ago (2017-10-21) (Stage 3)
2024; 1 year's time (2024) (Stage 3e)
Line length41.9 km (26.0 mi) (Operational)[1]
2.2 km (1.4 mi) (Under construction)
CharacterFully Underground
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC Third rail
Operating speedlimit of 80 km/h
Route map

The Downtown Line (DTL), will be the fifth Mass Rapid Transport line in Singapore, the third to be completely underground, and with 3-car trains, the second medium capacity line. Currently in various stages of construction, it will open up in phases, such as Stage 1 in 2013, Stage 2 in 2015 and Stage 3 in 2017. The line is colored blue on the MRT Rail map.

Overview[change | change source]

The downtown line starts in Bukit Panjang, where it then passes through the Creative cluster and school belt of Bukit Timah. Along the way, it passes through many food enclaves, such as at Newton. It then passes through the downtown core and financial district before heading east, towards Bedok and Tampenies and the Singapore Expo.

History[change | change source]

Stage 1 of the Downtown Line was originally planned as the Downtown Extension of the Circle Line since 2005. It was planned to have 6 stations from Bugis and end at Chinatown. It opened on 22 December 2013. The section usually parallels Circle Line from Bayfront to Promenade.

Stage 2 was originally planned as the Bukit Timah Line, and was to terminate at Nicoll Highway, but plans were changed after the Nicoll highway collapse, which deemed the original station unfit for use. It was merged with the Downtown Line in 2005. It opened on 27 December 2015.

Stage 3 was originally planned as the Eastern Region Line, and was meant to relieve congestion on the East West Line. The northern part of the line from Expo to Chinatown was replaced by Downtown Line Stage 3 and opened on 21 October 2017.

Stage 3e is a two station extension that would link the Downtown Line and the Thomson Line at Sungei Bedok. It would be completed around 2024.

Stations[change | change source]

Below are the announced station names for all four stages of the Downtown Line.

Station Number Station Name 站名 Interchange/Notes
Stage 2
 DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang 武吉班让 Bukit Panjang LRT Line
 DT2  Cashew 凯秀
 DT3  Hillview 山景
 DT5  Beauty World 美世界
 DT6  King Albert Park 阿尔柏王园
 DT7  Sixth Avenue 第六道
 DT8  Tan Kah Kee 陈嘉庚
 DT9  CC19  Botanic Gardens 植物园 Circle line
 DT10  TE11  Stevens 史蒂芬 Change for the Thomson-East Coast Line (2021)
 DT11  NS21  Newton 纽顿 North South line
 DT12  NE7  Little India 小印度 North East line
 DT13  Rochor 梧槽
Stage 1
 DT14  EW12  Bugis 武吉士 East West line
 DT15  CC4  Promenade 宝门廊 Circle line
 DT16  CE1  Bayfront 海湾舫 Circle line
 DT17  Downtown 市中心
 DT18  Telok Ayer 直落亚逸
 DT19  NE4  Chinatown 牛车水 North East line
Stage 3
 DT20  Fort Canning 福康宁
 DT21  Bencoolen 明古连
 DT22  Jalan Besar 惹兰勿刹
 DT23  Bendemeer 明地迷亚
 DT24  Geylang Bahru 芽笼峇鲁
 DT25  Mattar 玛达
 DT26  CC10  MacPherson 麦波申 Circle line
 DT27  Ubi 乌美
 DT28  Kaki Bukit 加基武吉
 DT29  Bedok North 勿洛北
 DT30  Bedok Reservoir 勿洛蓄水池
 DT31  Tampines West 淡滨尼西
 DT32  EW2  Tampines 淡滨尼 East West line
 DT33  Tampines East 淡滨尼东
 DT34  Upper Changi 樟宜上段
 DT35  CG1  Expo 博览 East West line
Stage 3e
 DT36  Xilin TBA
 DT37  TE31  Sungei Bedok TBA Thomson–East Coast line

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Projects – Downtown Line – Stages". Land Transport Authority of Singapore. 17 December 2013. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  2. "Company Announcement – Incorporation of a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary" (PDF).

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