SINGAPORE — All 16 stations of a new stretch of the Downtown Line will open to the public and offer free rides on Oct 15 before it starts operation, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Thursday (Aug 10).
From 10am to 6pm that Sunday, trains will run in a loop, from Fort Canning to Expo stations.
The idea behind the open house is for commuters get familiar with the route, the layouts of the stations, and find out what amenities are available near each station, the LTA said.
Downtown Line 3, which will open on Oct 21, is the longest stretch of the line to be completed and it will have three interchange stations at MacPherson, Tampines and Expo.
The first phase of the line opened in December 2013 with six stations from Chinatown to Bugis. The Downtown Line 2, with 12 stations from Bukit Panjang to Rochor, opened in December 2015.
The Downtown Line 3 Extension, from Expo to Sungei Bedok (spanning 2.2km) will open in 2024.
Once the entire line is operational, it will be the longest underground and driverless MRT line in Singapore at 42km long — surpassing the 35.7km-long Circle Line.
As part of the open house, the Singapore Civil Defence Force will conduct tours of the Civil Defence shelter facilities at Bedok Reservoir and Tampines West stations, and members of the public can learn how to administer improvised first-aid skills, perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, or use an automated external defibrillator.
Other activities include performances, games, and photo opportunities with mascots.
Collectible keepsakes inspired by Singapore’s buses and trains will also be available at some of the new stations, while visitors interested in the history of the Singapore rail system can check out the 30 Years of
MRT exhibition at Expo station.
More updates about the open house can be found on the LTA’s social media accounts.