Everyday, everyone commutes to work, play, school, eat, meet friends, run errands, and many more. There are many ways of commuting from one place to another by form of owning a passenger car to drive, taking a bus, a taxi, a grab, a hitch-grab, a go-jek, or a MRT train; by far and large the most latter is the most common and preferred mode of transportation by many Singaporean.
Singapore being a small country is already seen by many nations that it has one of the world’s best public transport network nation. It started building its humble 2 MRT lines namely the North-South and East-West MRT lines to serve the basic needs of commuters travelling in the 1980s. The simple network has never become more complex with more influx of permanent residents and foreigners settling down in the island for career, investments, and home stay following the Singapore government’s initiative to drive the population growth.
The planning of integrating the experiences of convenience of shopping with commuting by MRT has become more prevailing in the early 2010 where more urbanisation programmes at the national level started to take shape. Public housing HDB with neighbourhood shops have appreciated in value over the years specially mentioning the more matured townships like Toa Payoh, Bedok, and Eunos which are also seeing more private housing developed. The newer ones like Punggol and Sengkang are having more mega developments integrating the MRT station with bus interchange depot together with shopping mall. Inter connectivity from housing clusters to these MRT/ Bus integrated developments with covered walkway and shelters are springing in every new estates to bring about a change in how residents commute. These changes are likely to be implemented in other older estates in the estate upgrading programs. More and more townships are seeing such developments in this direction providing a more lifestyle integration to the residents.
People used to buy properties within 700 meters from MRT with a mindset of upside value in investment. Today, MRT network has grown to be like a spider web not just connecting one point to another, but inter connecting two ends as well. The opening of newer MRT lines like the Thomson-East Coast (TEL) line, Downtown line 2, and the upcoming Cross Island Line would see people commuting to another halved the journey time.
The TEL is set to bring more convenience and joy to residents mainly staying and travelling from the North-west to the East side. Housing developments near these MRT stations are seen to attract more buyers. Particularly, residents in Still Road, Marine Parade, Katong, Amber Close and Amber Park who have no accessibility to any nearby MRT used to travel to Bedok, Tanah Merah or even Paya Lebar MRT to catch a train. Upcoming Tanjong Katong MRT station (TE 25) sits on the TEL is set to change drastically people in the area to commute. An upcoming freehold new private development called Amber Park by CDL and Hong Leong Holdings located just a mere 4 minutes’ walk to the MRT station is launching and is a hot talking point in town.