Downtown MRT Line

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Downtown MRT Line
Laluan MRT Pusat Bandar
டவுன்டவுன் எம்ஆர்டி வழி
MRT map DT.svg
The Downtown Line is coloured blue on system maps.
Type Rapid transit
System Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)
Status Operational (Stages 1 & 2)
Under construction (Stage 3)
Under planning (DTL3e)
Termini Bukit Panjang
Expo (2017)
Sungei Bedok (2024)
Stations 18 (Operational)[1]
16 (U/C)
2 (Under Planning)
Services 1
Daily ridership 214,000 (2016 Jan)
Opened 22 December 2013 (Stage 1)
27 December 2015 (Stage 2)
2017 (Stage 3)
2024 (DTL3e)
Owner Land Transport Authority
Operator(s) SBS Transit DTL[2]
(ComfortDelGro Corporation)
Character Underground
Depot(s) Gali Batu
Kim Chuan
Changi (Future)
Rolling stock C951
Line length 20.9 km (13.0 mi) (operational)[1]
21 km (13 mi) (U/C)
2.2 km (1.4 mi) (Under Planning)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 750 V DC Third rail
Operating speed limit of 80 km/h
Route map
Gali Batu Depot
Stage 2
 DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang
  Choa Chu Kang – Via Senja/Petir 
 DT2  Cashew
 DT3  Hillview
 DT5  Beauty World
Pan Island Expressway, Anak Bukit Flyover
 DT6  King Albert Park
 DT7  Sixth Avenue
 DT8  Tan Kah Kee
Farrer Road, Farrer Flyover
  HarbourFront – Bishan 
 DT9  CC19  Botanic Gardens
  Sungei Bedok – Woodlands North 
 DT10  TE11  Stevens
 DT11  NS21  Newton
  Marina South Pier – Jurong East 
Central Expressway
  HarbourFront – Punggol 
 DT12  NE7  Little India
 DT13  Rochor
Stage 1
Loop   Bukit Panjang – Sungei Bedok 
  Joo Koon – Pasir Ris 
 DT14  EW12  Bugis
 DT15  CC4  Promenade
   Dhoby Ghaut 
 DT16  CE1  Bayfront
   Marina South Pier 
  Marina South Pier – Jurong East 
 DT17  Downtown
  Pasir Ris – Joo Koon 
 DT18  Telok Ayer
 DT19  Chinatown
  Punggol – HarbourFront 
Singapore River
Stage 3
 DT20  Fort Canning
  HabourFront – Punggol 
  Marina South Pier – Jurong East 
  Bishan – Dhoby Ghaut 
 DT21  Bencoolen
Loop   Sungei Bedok – Bukit Panjang 
 DT22  Jalan Besar
 DT23  Bendemeer
Kallang River
 DT24  Geylang Bahru
Pan Island Expressway
 DT25  Mattar
  Dhoby Ghaut/Marina Bay – Bishan 
 DT26  CC10  MacPherson
 DT27  Ubi
Kim Chuan Depot
 DT28  Kaki Bukit
 DT29  Bedok North
 DT30  Bedok Reservoir
 DT31  Tampines West
 DT32  EW2  Tampines
  Pasir Ris – Joo Koon 
 DT33  Tampines East
Pan Island Expressway
 DT34  Upper Changi
 DT35  CG1  Expo
  Tanah Merah – Changi Airport 
Downtown Line 3 Extension
 DT36  Xilin
 DT37  TE31  Sungei Bedok
  Woodlands North 

The Downtown Line (DTL) is the fifth Mass Rapid Transit line in Singapore. The 4.3-kilometre (2.7 mi), 6 station Stage 1 of the line opened on 22 December 2013,[3] with Stage 2 on 27 December 2015[4][5] ,Stage 3 due to open in 2017 and stage 3e to be completed in 2024. The line will connect the North-Western and Central-Eastern regions to the new downtown of Singapore.

The Downtown Line interchanges with the North East Line at Chinatown and Little India, with the East West Line at Bugis, with the Circle Line at Bayfront, Promenade and Botanic Gardens, with the North South Line at Newton, and with the Bukit Panjang LRT at Bukit Panjang. Future extensions of the Downtown Line will interchange with the East West Line at Tampines and Expo, with the Circle Line at MacPherson, and with the Thomson-East Coast Line at Stevens and Sungei Bedok.

This line is the third in Singapore to be entirely underground (apart from the Gali Batu Depot). When fully completed, the line will be about 44 km (27 mi) long with 37 stations and will serve more than half a million commuters daily.[6] It will also be the longest driverless rapid transit line in Singapore,[1] surpassing the record set by the Circle Line. Travelling from one end to the other will take around 70 minutes. The line is coloured blue in the rail map.[2]


LTA's Downtown Line (Stage 1) project office next to Bugis MRT station.

On 14 June 2005, the Land Transport Authority announced the Downtown Extension of the Circle Line to serve the Downtown at Marina Bay area, where an integrated resort (Marina Bay Sands) and Singapore's second botanical garden (Gardens by the Bay) was to be located. The 3.4-kilometre fully underground line was estimated to cost S$1.4 billion. Construction of the extension began in January 2008. During the construction of the North East Line at Chinatown station, platform provisions were built to facilitate an interchange station.

Stage 1 of the Downtown Line began service on 22 December 2013,[7] with its official inauguration made on the day before by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.[8]

Stage 2 of the Downtown Line was first conceptualized and announced as the Bukit Timah Line. It was supposedly a 20-kilometre line that would connect the new downtown with the Bukit Panjang, Upper Bukit Timah and Bukit Timah corridor, alleviating the heavy traffic travelling along the sector, but a full route was released. Provisions were provided at Nicoll Highway station which would have seen the line terminating there and interchanging with the Circle Line.[9] However, the Nicoll Highway collapse and subsequent feasibility works deemed the old station unusable.[10] The former Downtown Extension of the Circle Line was subsequently amalgamated into the Downtown Line and was revamped as part of Stage 1, a 4.3-kilometre (2.7 mi), 6 station segment connecting Chinatown to Bugis stations.[1] Stage 2 is now 16.6-kilometre (10.3 mi) long and consists of twelve stations,[1] including three interchange stations.

Construction for Stage 2 began on 3 July 2009 with a groundbreaking ceremony at Beauty World Station and became operational on 27 December 2015.[11][12][13]

Stage 3 of the Downtown Line consists of the original Eastern Region Line that was announced in 2001. The route goes from Chinatown to Expo. The station locations and finalized route were unveiled on 20 August 2010.[14] Stage 3 of the Downtown line will be 21-kilometre (13 mi) long and serve 16 stations.[1] The completion is set for the first half of 2017.[15]

A new depot, the Gali Batu Depot, is under construction at part of the former Kwong Hou Sua Teochew Cemetery off Woodlands Road to serve the line.[16]

In August 2011, SBS Transit won the bid and was appointed to be the operator of the Downtown Line, under a new framework which would see the authority remaining the owner of the line.[17] Final costs of building the line may reach an estimated S$20.7 billion, up more than 70% from an initial estimation of S$12 billion.[18] In January 2013, plans for a southern extension which will run from Expo through the East Coast area, interchanging with the Eastern Region Line were announced for completion by 2025.[19]

DTL3e was announced on 15 August 2014, in conjunction with the announcement of the Thomson-East Coast MRT Line.[20] Two stations, Xilin MRT Station and Sungei Bedok MRT Station will be added to the Downtown Line, with Sungei Bedok as an interchange station with the Thomson-East Coast Line. It will add an additional 2.2 km to the line with the extension.[20] Due in 2024, Stage 3e will join the current East West and future Thomson-East Coast lines that runs through Marine Parade.[21]

In October 2014, it was announced that the Stage 2's opening delayed to the first quarter of 2016.[22] On 28 June 2015, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew announced that the delay caused by Alpine Bau's insolvency in mid-2013 was "completely resolved" by the authorities and Stage 2 opening date goes back to December 2015.[5]


Station Number Station Name Interchange/Notes
 DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang Change for the Bukit Panjang LRT
 DT2  Cashew
 DT3  Hillview
 DT4  Future Station Located at Hume Avenue; Shell Station; Not In Operation
 DT5  Beauty World
 DT6  King Albert Park
 DT7  Sixth Avenue
 DT8  Tan Kah Kee
 DT9  CC19  Botanic Gardens Change for the Circle Line
 DT10  TE11  Stevens Change for the Thomson-East Coast Line (2021)
 DT11  NS21  Newton Change for the North South Line
 DT12  NE7  Little India Change for the North East Line
 DT13  Rochor
 DT14  EW12  Bugis Change for the East West Line
 DT15  CC4  Promenade Change for the Circle Line
 DT16  CE1  Bayfront Change for the Circle Line
 DT17  Downtown
 DT18  Telok Ayer
 DT19  NE4  Chinatown Change for the North East Line
Stage 3 (In 2017)
 DT20  Fort Canning
 DT21  Bencoolen
 DT22  Jalan Besar
 DT23  Bendemeer
 DT24  Geylang Bahru
 DT25  Mattar
 DT26  CC10  MacPherson Change for the Circle Line
 DT27  Ubi
 DT28  Kaki Bukit
 DT29  Bedok North
 DT30  Bedok Reservoir
 DT31  Tampines West
 DT32  EW2  Tampines Change for the East West Line
 DT33  Tampines East
 DT34  Upper Changi
 DT35  CG1  Expo Change for the East West Line (Changi Airport Branch)
DTL3e (Under planning)
 DT36  Xilin
 DT37  TE31  Sungei Bedok Change for the Thomson-East Coast Line (2024)

Rolling stock[edit]

A view of the Chinatown station on the Downtown Line platform.

The rolling stock consists of Bombardier MOVIA C951 cars,[23] running in three-car formation. They are stabled at Gali Batu Depot after it opened with Stage 2 of Downtown Line on 27th December 2015. For the period between the operation of Downtown Line Stage 1 and Downtown Line Stage 2, trains were stabled at a maintenance facility that was built at Marina Bay as part of the Circle Line project. Kim Chuan Depot housed the Operations Control Centre for the Downtown Line Stage 1 until Gali Batu Depot was ready to be used.[24]

On 12 October 2012, the first of 11 trains for the Downtown Line Stage 1 arrived at Jurong Port. It was transported to Kim Chuan Depot to undergo testing by LTA before it was handed over to SBS Transit.[25] As of 28 February 2013, Bombardier had delivered five of the 11 trains for Downtown Line Stage 1.[26] LTA together with the operator, SBS Transit, conducted the necessary tests to ensure safety standards, functional performance and systems compatibility requirements were met before revenue service began on 22 December 2013.[3]

Testing on the Downtown Line Stage 2 has begun during operational hours since 25 October 2015 and rolling stock that was delivered to Gali Batu Depot have commenced service on Stage 1 starting on 21 October 2015. Kim Chuan Depot will continue to operate on a minor capacity until Stage 3 opens in 2017.

Train control[edit]

The Downtown Line is equipped with Siemens (previously Invensys before Siemens acquisition) Trainguard SiriusCommunications-based train control (CBTC) moving block signalling system with Automatic train control (ATC) under Automatic train operation (ATO) GoA 4 (UTO).[27][28] The subsystems consist of Automatic train protection (ATP) to govern train speed, Controlguide Rail 9000 Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) to track and schedule trains and Trackquard Westrace MK2 Computer-based interlocking (CBI) system that prevents incorrect signal and track points to be set.

A fall-back signalling system, relying on conventional track-circuit occupancy detection, is included to ensure fully automatic operation and train protection independent of the radio system.

Automatic platform screen doors by Westinghouse provide safety for passengers, offering protection from arriving and departing trains.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Projects - Downtown Line - Stages". Land Transport Authority of Singapore. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Company Announcement – Incorporation of a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary" (PDF). 
  3. ^ a b "Land Transport Masterplan: Downtown Line Stage 1 to open on Dec 22". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Rail Report: 12 Stations of Downtown Line 2 to Open on 27 December". Land Transport Authority. 6 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Downtown Line 2 to open ahead of schedule in December: Transport Minister Lui". Channel NewsAsia. 28 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "MORE TRAINS, MORE CAPACITY, MORE OFTEN", Land Transport Authority
  7. ^ "Downtown Line". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Downtown Line Stage 1 officially opened by PM Lee". The Straits Times. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Land Transport Authority (24 January 2014). "Circle Line Linking All Lines". The Straits Times. p. 50. 
  10. ^ "Govt approves S$12b MRT Downtown Line to be built by 2018". 
  11. ^ "Groundwork begins for new MRT lines", Christopher Tan, The Straits Times, 13 March 2006
  12. ^ "LTA unveils locations of DTL stage 2 stations", Christopher Tan, The Straits Times, 15 July 2008
  13. ^ "Work on MRT Downtown Line Phase 2 Starts", Tyler Thia, Channel NewsAsia, 3 July 2009
  14. ^ Downtown Line 3 Station Locations Unveiled. Land Transport Authority, 20 August 2010
  15. ^ Downtown Line 3 Station Names Announced
  16. ^ "Downtown Line depot to be located off Woodlands Road", Margaret Perry, Channel NewsAsia, 26 February 2008
  17. ^ LTA Appoints SBS Transit Limited to Operate Downtown Line under New Rail Financing Framework Land Transport Authority – 29 August 2011
  18. ^ "Downtown Line costs soar by more than 70%", Christopher Tan, The Straits Times, 30 October 2012
  19. ^ "TWO NEW RAIL LINES AND THREE NEW EXTENSIONS TO EXPAND RAIL NETWORK BY 2030". Land Transport Authority. January 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Thomson-East Coast Line, connecting North and East, ready by 2024", Saifulbahri Ismail, Channel NewsAsia, 15 August 2014
  21. ^ "Downtown Line 3 Extension". Land Transport Authority. 15 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "Thumbs Up For Downtown Line's Earlier Opening". The Straits Times. 
  23. ^ LTA Awards 6 Downtown Line Contracts Totalling $1.13 Billion
  24. ^ Contract 901QP: Terms of Reference, Land Transport Authority, 9 November 2007 (tender document from
  25. ^ "First Downtown Line train lands in Singapore". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Shorter Waiting Time With 15 More Trains For Downtown Line". Land Transport Authority. March 28, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  27. ^ Invensys Rail secures signalling contract for Singapore’s new Downtown Line
  28. ^ [1]