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|Land Transport Authority|
|Logo of LTA|
|Formed||September 1, 1995|
|Preceding agencies||Registry of Vehicles
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation
Roads & Transportation Division (Public Works Department of Singapore)
Land Transport Division (Ministry of Communications)
|Jurisdiction||Government of Singapore|
|Headquarters||1 Hampshire Road Singapore 219428|
|Agency executives||Michael LIM Choo San, Chairman
Chew Hock Yong, CEO
|Parent agency||Ministry of Transport (Singapore)|
The Land Transport Authority (Abbreviation: LTA; Chinese: 陆路交通管理局 (shortform: 陆交局); Malay: Penguasa Pengangkutan Darat; Tamil: நிலப் போக்குவரத்து வாரியம்) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Transport of the Singapore Government.
It was founded in 1 September 1995, by merging four agencies, namely, Registry of Vehicles, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation, Roads & Transportation Division of the Public Works Department of Singapore and Land Transport Division of the then-Ministry of Communications. LTA spearheads land transport development in Singapore.
The mission of LTA is to provide an efficient, cost-effective and people-centred land transport system for different needs and its vision is a people-centred land transport system. The three objectives of LTA are:
In March 2008, LTA released its Land Transport Masterplan report, which outlines the strategic thrusts to make the land transport system work for both the people and the city. The three strategic thrusts are to:
The Land Transport Masterplan report is a comprehensive and forward-looking document describing the vision, strategy and plans for a people-centered land transport system. The Masterplan report is developed from the perspective of commuters and their travel needs, following extensive consultations with the public and stakeholders.
The Land Transport Masterplan will revamp during Lui Tuck Yew's administration.
Providing the people with a safe, efficient and comfortable public transportation network has been the cornerstone of LTA's land transport strategy. It is the Government's vision to make the rail network the backbone of Singapore's public transport system.
LTA is responsible for the development of the rapid transit system and the expansion of the rail network. It aims to double the rail network by 2020.
The Downtown Line (DTL) will be built in three stages, with Stage 1 to be completed in 2013, Stage 2 to be completed in 2015 and Stage 3 in 2017. When fully completed, the DTL will enhance the connectivity of the Rapid Transit System network and facilitates direct travel from the northwestern and eastern areas of the island to the Central Business District and the Marina Bay. The DTL is projected to see a daily ridership of more than half a million passengers when in full operation.
When completed in 2013, DTL1 will provide a strategic transport link to serve workers, residents and visitors in the Marina Bay area and upcoming developments such as the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resorts and the Marina Bay Financial Centre. DTL1 will run through some of the busiest and most vibrant corridors in the city such as Bugis and Chinatown and ease congestion at major interchanges like Dhoby Ghaut, City Hall and Raffles Place Interchange.
DTL2 will bring greater convenience and offer commuters significant time savings. Residents living in Bukit Panjang and Bukit Timah as they can look forward to taking the train directly to city areas such as Orchard Road and Clarke Quay that are currently not linked to the Bukit Timah corridor by the rail system. DTL2 will also improve accessibility to other parts of Singapore as commuters can conveniently transfer to other MRT lines at the three DTL2 interchange stations.
Commercial and residential developments along DTL3 will have easy access to the Marina Bay area, including the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and the Marina Bay Financial Centre. DTL3 will also complement the EWL and serve residents along the MacPherson, Bedok Reservoir and Kaki Bukit area, providing significant time savings for residents in these estates. DTL3 will also strategically interchange with the EWL at Tampines and Expo stations to serve the Changi Business Park developments.
The Circle Line (CCL) cuts travelling time and allow commuters to bypass busy interchanges like City Hall and Raffles Place. Costing $6.7 billion, the CCL is a fully underground orbital line linking all radial lines leading to the city. The line interchanges with the North South Line, EW Line and North East Line. The CCL is 33.3 km long with 31 stations. Starting from Dhoby Ghaut station, it runs through some of the busiest corridors in the city and end at HarbourFront station on the North East Line.
To enhance the accessibility of the Marina Bay area to the rest of the island, the Circle Line Extension comprising Bayfront and Marina Bay stations were also opened in January 2012.
LTA took on the role of central bus network planner which is from 2009 to 2011 in order to shift the focus of placing the commuter at the centre and taking a holistic approach in planning the bus network, taking into consideration development in the Rapid Transit System (RTS) network and other transport infrastructure.
In addition, to further improve the reliability and speed of bus services, buses will be given greater priority on the roads over other vehicles. This will help to shorten bus journey time and make them a more viable competitor to cars.
The 12km Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE), stretching from the East Coast Parkway (ECP) to Tampines Expressway (TPE), opened to traffic on 20 September 2008. The KPE serves the growing residential, commercial and industrial needs of the northeastern corridor and is expected to reduce journey time in the northeast corridor by up to 25%. This benefits motorists travelling between the northeast sector and the city and improves connectivity between the ECP, PIE and TPE.
The KPE enhances Singapore’s transportation infrastructure and serves the growing residential, commercial and industrial needs of the Northeast. The completion of Southeast Asia's longest underground expressway also illustrates the Government's commitment to build roads to support Singapore's growth.
Motorist safety was a primary design objective of the KPE. With this in mind, a series of clear and simple guidelines cover both day-to-day driving, as well as any emergency. Major investments for the future will continue, with such projects as the Marina Coastal Expressway. The dual, five-lane, 5 km long underground MCE will run between the KPE, the ECP and the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), with direct connections to the Marina South and Straits View areas, and is expected to be completed by 2013.
The dual five-lane, 5km long Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) will be the tenth expressway in Singapore, a key element of the strategic island-wide road network to support the long-term growth of Singapore. The underground east-west transport link runs between the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE), the East Coast Parkway (ECP) and the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), with direct connections to the Marina South and Straits View areas.
Scheduled to complete in end 2013, MCE's total route length includes a 3.6km long road tunnel, two ventilation buildings and 13.1 hectares of land reclamation. It will run through segments of reclaimed land as well as a 420m section that runs below the seabed of Marina Bay. It also includes 3 interchanges with KPE/ECP, Marina Boulevard and Central Boulevard, and the AYE.
The North-South Expressway (NSE), announced under the Land Transport Master Plan, will be Singapore's eleventh expressway. The 21.5km long NSE will serve the north-south corridor to meet the long-term growth in travel demand generated by developments in the north and north-eastern sectors of Singapore.
Running parallel to the CTE, NSE will help to alleviate the traffic load on the heavily-utilised expressway, as well as on the major arterial roads nearby, such as Thomson Road and Marymount Road. The new expressway will have a total of 16 in-ramps and 17 out-ramps to connect towns along the north-south corridor - Woodlands, Sembawang, Yishun Ang Mo Kio, Bishan and Toa Payoh - with the city centre. NSE will also intersect and provide links to existing expressways, including the SLE, PIE and ECP.
Advance works for NSE will start progressively from 2013 and major construction works will start in 2015.
LTA is also a critical partner in major national initiatives such as the Singapore F1 races held yearly since 2008.
Investment in road projects ensures that the economy will be ably supported with a strong and ever-improving transport infrastructure and coordinated system to help motorists to enjoy a safer and more pleasant journey.
The transport system must be accessible to all and LTA aims to achieve greater ownership of transport issues at the community level. Ensuring physical accessibility for all, including the elderly and the less mobile is one such goal.
LTA adopts international best practices in improving the accessibility of the public transport network, roads and commuter facilities. To ensure the barrier-free initiatives are sustainable and well-tailored to the needs of users, LTA works closely with relevant organizations such as the Handicaps Welfare Association and the Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped to identify the barrier-free road facilities required.
In addition, LTA is looking to facilitate cycling by providing more and better bicycle parking facilities around MRT stations and bus interchanges from 2009. It will leverage on National Parks Board (NParks) Park Connector Network to provide cyclists with enhanced connectivity to transport nodes such as bus interchanges and MRT stations.
The LTA Academy is a division of LTA that serves as a one-stop focal point for governments, organizations and professionals around the world to tap Singapore’s land transport know-how and to exchange best practices in land transport management and development. The Academy was launched on 27 September 2007 by then-Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Raymond Lim.
Land Transport Gallery
The LTA Gallery, located at the main LTA Hampshire Office, offers a learning experience about the evolution of Singapore’s land transport system in a fun and interactive environment.
With a simulated train station, a 40-seater theatre, and multimedia stations amongst other innovative gadgets, the Land Transport Gallery is an interesting learning journey for all ages.
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