There are few cities in the world where the link between transportation and development can be more clearly drawn than in Singapore. Gaining independence just 53 years ago, this tiny island that lacks territory and natural resources set itself on a trajectory that would make it one of the most prosperous and dynamic nations in the world.
Strong urban mobility has been key to Singapore’s success. Working hand in hand with visionary leadership, Bombardier has been contributing to Singapore’s growth by improving urban mobility and accessibility since 1990s and today Singapore is a global transportation hub, a tourism magnet, a cultural center, an economic powerhouse, tech giant with the best public transportation network in the world.
A key focus of Singapore’s Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) vision for Singapore’s development is taking strong measures to provide safe, comfortable and reliable public transportation that better connects residents. To support this aim, Bombardier entered a long-term relationship with Singapore that began in 1996 when we worked together to introduce a modern light rail transit system to the city. The answer came in the shape of the revolutionary Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit (LRT) line that would improve the quality of life for residents by connecting outlying residential areas with the high-capacity Mass Rapid Transit rail network as well to schools and retail, community, and healthcare centres. Our contribution was delivering a fully-automated, elevated people mover, the BOMBARDIER INNOVIA APM 100 system, to replace some of the bus lines that Singapore had been relying upon for urban mobility. This versatile mobility solution uses the BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 550 rail control solution for efficient and safe rail control that has helped Singapore manage a daily ridership increase.
Going the extra mile to ensure residents can enjoy consistent transportation reliability and smoother mobility, Singapore went on to select Bombardier to deliver a systems integration upgrade for the Bukit Panjang line in 2018. As system integrator, Bombardier’s scope for the project covered the supply of 19 new INNOVIA APM 300 cars, the retrofitting of 13 existing INNOVIA APM 100 cars and signalling system upgrade with our advanced, automated and capacity-boosting BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 solution for the 13 stops on the Bukit Panjang LRT Line, further demonstrating LTA’s confidence in their long-term partnership with Bombardier and its strong track record on project deliveries.
As an experienced local partner, Bombardier is set to support LTA’s ambition of expanding its rail network to 360km by 2030. The aim is to move towards the Smart Nation Vision, better living, stronger communities and more economic opportunities that harness data, networks, info-communication technologies to achieve a sustainable Singapore. Together, we set out to find a mobility solution that would meet growing mobility needs on the city state’s high-capacity MRT Line and in 2008, we signed contract to provide a fleet of driverless BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro cars that would connect the north-western and eastern regions of Singapore to the Central Business District and Marina Bay. The new generation trains used for the city's Downtown Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line feature a range of environmental-friendly innovations such as the BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion technology to reduce energy consumption and create substantial benefits for operator, commuters and the environment. Running with Bombardier’s 276 fully automated metro cars, it is the world’s longest underground driverless mass rapid transit line at 42km.
After a 20-year strategic partnership with Singapore built on a strong track record of delivery performance, best-in-class rail technology and service excellence. In 2018, Bombardier was awarded another contract to provide 396 BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro cars for the city state’s two high-capacity North-South and East-West MRT Lines.
This latest order will bring the number of MOVIA vehicles in Singapore to 672, making it one of Bombardier’s largest metro fleets in the world and provides a much-needed reliability improvement on two of Singapore’s first MRT lines. It will also be a highly-reliable fleet. Based on standardized proven critical systems that exceed industry availability and reliability targets, all of Bombardier’s MOVIA fleets strive to achieve in-service resilience of zero-fault affecting service. Combined, Singapore’s two lines, running both above and underground, total 102 km in length and serve 61 stations, have an average daily combined ridership of more than 1.8 million.