Towards sustainable urban transport in Singapore

Singapore Train
3 min readMar 3, 2023

Singapore’s urban transport has been recognized as a global landmark due to its consistent success in maintaining an expansive public transportation network with smart operations and innovative technologies. While Singapore’s success and achievements in the land transport sector have been a role model for global cities, the government and other stakeholders need to work together to bring systemic changes to achieve sustainable urban transport.

As Singapore’s economy continued to grow, sustainable transportation has become a key focus. This is because transport and mobility are key drivers of economic growth and employment. Let’s check out how Singapore will achieve a sustainable transport system in the coming years.

1. The Singapore government has committed S$300 million to EV initiatives in Budget 2021, including enhancing charging networks and revising road taxes.

2. Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) encourages walking and cycling to promote Walk-Cycle-Ride as a greener and more sustainable transport system. There are about 500km of cycling paths today, which will be increased to 800km in the coming years.

3. By the early 2030s, the rail network will be increased to 360km. Eight in 10 households will be within a 10-minute walk of a train station. For buses, LTA has implemented 211km of bus lanes throughout Singapore.

4. To support cycling commutes, apart from cycling paths, infrastructure such as end-of-trip facilities are also important. 27,000 bicycle parking lots are available at public transport nodes. LTA will provide 3,000 more at MRT stations by 2025.

5. SMRT Corporation, a leading public transport operator is electrifying its entire taxi fleet by 2026, starting with the launch of the first batch of MG5 electric taxis in August 2021. A fully electric taxi fleet will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by about 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. SMRT aims to replace all our operational ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles with greener electric vehicles by 2030.

6. Recognising that sustainability can also become a source of lasting competitive advantage and value creation, SMRT reimagined the business of electric Mobility as a Service (eMaaS) by establishing the eMaaS end-to-end solution and Ecosystem. This ecosystem serves to help businesses decarbonise, digitalise, and be data-driven. Commenting on the same, SMRT CEO, Ngien Hoon Ping, said: “As the major rail operator in Singapore, we provide the greenest and most sustainable mode of public commute. We are committed to halving our 2010 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and in the longer term, to achieve Net Zero by 2050 to support Singapore’s climate ambition.” Ngien Hoon Ping further added:“Sustainability is part of our business & operations, and we aim to secure a greener and more sustainable environment for future generations.”

7. To support the adoption of electric vehicles, LTA and stakeholders are investing in EV parking apps that reduce the need for driving around looking for spots or charging apps that tell EV drivers where they can power up.

Conclusion

An environmental revolution is underway in Singapore. The government, LTA, and transport operators are up for this challenge. They are expanding the rail network, creating awareness for EVs and autonomous vehicles, and providing eMaaS solutions along with a wide network of cycling and walking paths to make Singapore’s transportation system a sustainable network.

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