Upon its launch on Dec 27, the DTL2 will connect commuters to the existing six-station DTL1 that now takes riders to the Marina Bay area.
To encourage more commuters to try out the DTL2, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will offer free travel on the entire Downtown Line from Dec 27 to Jan 1 next year. They need only start and end their journey at any of the 18 DTL stations to enjoy free travel, the LTA said.
Meanwhile, commuters who try out the DTL2 on Dec 5’s open house will be treated to games and activities held at six stations – Rochor, Little India, Newton, Botanic Gardens, Beauty World and Bukit Panjang. Celebrities, including Chua Enlai, Irene Ang and Suhaimi Yusof, will lead the festivities.
The six stations on the DTL1 had an average daily ridership of 67,000 as of the first quarter of the year. The entire Downtown Line, with the third phase (DTL3) opening in 2017, is expected to have a daily ridership of 500,000.
The DTL3 will be 21km long, with 16 stations including MacPherson, Tampines and Expo.
Another welcome change for commuters on Dec 27 will be the reduction of bus and train fares. The adjustment, which takes into account last year’s drop in energy prices, will see fares cut by up to 4 cents per journey.
Commuters such as Mr Jagathishwaran Rajo, 28, an industrial relations officer, said the DTL2 will give him another option. “On days when I don’t drive to work, I’ll take the bus, but now I can also take the train,” said the Bukit Panjang resident, who works in the Marina Bay area.