Downtown MRT line
The Downtown Line (DTL), will be the fifth Mass Rapid Transport line in Singapore, the third to be completely underground, and with 3-car trains, the second medium capacity line. Currently in various stages of construction, it will open up in phases, such as Stage 1 in 2013, Stage 2 in 2015 and Stage 3 in 2017. The line is colored blue on the MRT Rail map.
Downtown MRT line
|Native name||Laluan MRT Pusat Bandar|
டவுன்டவுன் எம்ஆர்டி வழி
|Status||Operational (Stages 1, 2 & 3)|
Under construction (DTL3e)
|Owner||Land Transport Authority|
Sungei Bedok (2024)
|Stations||34 (Operational) (excluding reserved station for DT4)|
2 (Under construction)
|System||Mass Rapid Transit (Singapore)|
|Operator(s)||SBS Transit DTL|
East Coast (Future)
|Daily ridership||245,000 (Q1 2017)|
|Opened||22 December 2013 (Stage 1)|
27 December 2015 (Stage 2)
21 October 2017 (Stage 3)
2024 (Stage 3e)
|Line length||41.9 km (26.0 mi) (Operational)|
2.2 km (1.4 mi) (Under construction)
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||750 V DC Third rail|
|Operating speed||limit of 80 km/h|
The downtown line starts in Bukit Panjang, where it then passes through the Creative cluster and school belt of Bukit Timah. Along the way, it passes through many food enclaves, such as at Newton. It then passes through the downtown core and financial district before heading east, towards Bedok and Tampenies and the Singapore Expo.
Stage 1 of the Downtown Line was originally planned as the Downtown Extension of the Circle Line since 2005. It was planned to have 6 stations from Bugis and end at Chinatown. It opened on 22 December 2013. The section usually parallels Circle Line from Bayfront to Promenade.
Stage 2 was originally planned as the Bukit Timah Line, and was to terminate at Nicoll Highway, but plans were changed after the Nicoll highway collapse, which deemed the original station unfit for use. It was merged with the Downtown Line in 2005. It opened on 27 December 2015.
Stage 3 was originally planned as the Eastern Region Line, and was meant to relieve congestion on the East West Line. The northern part of the line from Expo to Chinatown was replaced by Downtown Line Stage 3 and opened on 21 October 2017.
Stage 3e is a two station extension that would link the Downtown Line and the Thomson Line at Sungei Bedok. It would be completed around 2024.
Below are the announced station names for all four stages of the Downtown Line.
|Station Number||Station Name||站名||Interchange/Notes|
|Bukit Panjang||武吉班让||Bukit Panjang LRT Line|
|King Albert Park||阿尔柏王园|
|Tan Kah Kee||陈嘉庚|
|Botanic Gardens||植物园||Circle line|
|Stevens||史蒂芬||Change for the Thomson-East Coast Line (2021)|
|Newton||纽顿||North South line|
|Little India||小印度||North East line|
|Bugis||武吉士||East West line|
|Chinatown||牛车水||North East line|
|Tampines||淡滨尼||East West line|
|Expo||博览||East West line|
|Sungei Bedok||TBA||Thomson–East Coast line|
- "Projects – Downtown Line – Stages". Land Transport Authority of Singapore. 17 December 2013. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- "Company Announcement – Incorporation of a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary" (PDF).
- The official MRT map Archived 2012-04-19 at the Wayback Machine, released by the Land Transport Authority showing the Downtown Line