New stops include Fort Canning, Jalan Besar, Geylang Bahru, Bedok Reservoir, Tampines West, and Expo
From Tampines West to Fort Canning Park, the MRT’s entire Downtown Line (DTL) is opening for business on Oct 21. As a treat, Singapore’s commuters get to travel for free along the entire DTL on Oct 21 and 22.
On top of Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah and Newton, the DTL line will connect folks from Bedok Reservoir, Tampines West, Geylang Bahru and Fort Canning to the CBD. The DTL is also the longest underground and driverless (!) MRT line in Singapore, surpassing the 35.7km Circle Line (CCL). The DTL opened with six stations from Chinatown to Bugis on December 2013.
Here’s why we’re embarrassingly excited:
- If you’re an active live music concert-goer, you’ll know that Fort Canning Park is a key venue for some of the biggest music festivals in Singapore. The DTL opening at Fort Canning will be a relief: no more trekking up the hill and getting all sweaty and tired before even entering the festival ground.
- Tampines Hub recently opened its doors to public to a lot of hype – there are swimming pools, the new stadium and the revamped Tampines Regional Library (where you can read while cycling), making the Tampines West station on the DTL an essential stop. Want to find more cool spots in the area, including cafes and nature trails? Check out our neighbourhood guide to Tampines.
- Checking out new hotspots for food, the national pastime, is even easier as the DTL opens up to food-centric areas like Bedok North, Tampines and Jalan Besar. Explore the hawker scene in these areas or set out on a treat yo’self session at the cafes and eateries in Jalan Besar.
- Every MRT station is different, and we can’t wait to check out the architecture and vibes for every station on the DTL. Perhaps it could be as OOTD-friendly as Bugis, Chinatown or Sentosa!
- Heard about Bedok Reservoir but never visited because it’s just on too damn inconvenient? Now you can make a quick stop via the DTL without breaking into a sweat. Check it out in its full glory, but scaredy cats stay away as we’ve heard rumours of spooky sightings…
The new line also promises less crowds: if you’re around 5 feet tall (hands up over here) you won’t need to spend your morning in someone’s armpit. With more public transport options into the city, let’s hope there’s less sardine-like scrums on our train lines, and a more hassle-free commute to and from work.
Head over here if you need the full list of Downtown Line stops.
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