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[News Article] More people commuting to work by MRT
SINGAPORE: There were more people commuting to work by MRT over the past 10 years.

Data released on Thursday by the Singapore Department of Statistics on the Census of Population 2010 showed the proportion who commuted to work by MRT increased from 24 per cent in 2000 to 31 per cent in 2010.

The Department explained this increase is in tandem with the extension of the MRT network.

In 2010, the proportion who commuted to work by MRT was highest among those staying in Sembawang at 49 per cent, followed by Yishun, Woodlands and Choa Chu Kang at 40 per cent to 42 per cent.

Those who used the public bus as the only mode of transport to work declined over the same period.

It fell from 25 per cent to 19 per cent.

In addition, the proportion of residents who used the car as the only mode of transport to work increased slightly from 24 per cent in 2000 to 25 per cent in 2010.

For those who commuted to work by car, the median travelling time to work was 30 minutes.

The median travelling time was also 30 minutes for those who commute to work by bus.

The data on geographical distribution and transport is the third and final statistical release of a series of statistical publications on detailed census results.

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More people taking MRT trains to work

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Commuters taking the train at City Hall MRT train station. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

IT HAS been quite clear to train commuters for some time now, but here is the official statistical evidence: MRT travel has risen sharply over the past decade.

According to the 2010 population census conducted by the Department of Statistics, the percentage of people who go to work by taking the MRT or a combination of MRT and other modes rose to 31.2 per cent last year - from 23.6 per cent in 2000.

In absolute terms, the increase is sharper, as the population base used last year was 1.88 million, versus 1.48 million in 2000. That translates to 585,200 people taking the train per day, versus 349,889 in 2000 - a 67.3 per cent jump.

The increase in train commutes has been at the expense of bus commutes. Those who take the bus to work fell from 25 per cent (370,645) to 19.3 per cent (361,999) in the same period.

Work trips by car inched upwards by only 1.1 percentage points - from 23.7 to 24.8 per cent - despite a 50 per cent increase in car population.

Observers point to the expansion of the rail network for the trend. According to the Land Transport Authority, the network stood at 158.5km at the end of last year, up from 90.8km in 2000.

Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Straits Times.

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