Singapore's public transport operators (PTOs), SBS Transit and SMRT Corporation Ltd, will jointly offer free travel on board all their bus and train services on National Day (9 August 2015). Free travel will take effect on 9 August from the start of service to the end of operation.
The free travel offered by SBS Transit and SMRT on Singapore's 50th birthday will encourage people to attend National Day celebrations island-wide. Commuters taking SBS Transit and SMRT trunk and feeder bus services, as well as SMRT's Night Rider and all SBS Transit's non basic services such as Parks, Chinatown Direct and Night Owl bus services, can board any bus free of charge without having to tap in or out with their fare cards.
Fare gates leading to train services run by SMRT and SBS Transit will be opened on National Day to allow people to board trains on multiple train lines for free. Connections between rail lines operated by the two PTOs will also be free.
Mr Desmond Kuek, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, SMRT Corporation Ltd, said: "SMRT has been integral to Singapore's nation-building efforts. As we celebrate a milestone in the Singapore story, free travel on National Day will provide a boost to Singapore's Jubilee birthday celebrations held island-wide. We encourage people to step aboard our bus and train services to enjoy complimentary rides as we mark our 50th birthday. Our staff will be on duty on National Day to ensure public transport services run smoothly and seamlessly for the benefit of all our commuters."
Mr Gan Juay Kiat, CEO SBS Transit, said: "As we celebrate our nation's 50th birthday, we also look back at how public transport has developed over the years with the never-wavering mission to serve the commuting needs of our population. What better way to mark this significant year of nation-building than to offer free rides for all on this special day! We hope that this will add to the celebratory atmosphere and encourage everyone to get out of the house to celebrate as one united people. Here's wishing everyone a Happy National Day."