exploringsingapore is exclusive ExplorerSG mini series where we reveal some of the lesser-known places, facts and history of Singapore.
You may take the MRT daily, but how much do you know about the history and facts of our local public transportation network?
Here are some interesting MRT facts that you probably won’t know!
1) Singapore almost had no MRT as then-deputy Prime Minister Goh Keng Swee opposed the $5 billion MRT system and advocated an all-bus transportation network.
2) All trash bins in MRT were removed after the 9/11 attacks in the United States in 2001.
3) At 43 metres below ground (equivalent to a 14-storey building, Bencoolen MRT station is the deepest MRT station in Singapore!
4) one-north station is the only MRT station in Singapore with no upper casing.
5) There are many phantom stations hidden along existing MRT lines, waiting to be opened. This include Hume station (DT4), Bukit Brown MRT (CC18) and hidden platforms in Changi Airport MRT and Ang Mo Kio MRT station.
6) Botanic Gardens (Kebun Bunga) and Gardens By The Bay (Taman di Pesisiran) and Founders’ Memorial (Peringatan Pengasas) are the only three MRT stations to have an official English and Malay name.