Reliability of MRT trains improved significantly in first quarter

There has been significant improvement in the reliability of the trains in the MRT network in the first quarter of the year, compared to the figures from last year.

Revealing the quarterly performance today, Land Transport Authority (LTA) said, “The reliability of the MRT network improved significantly in the first quarter of 2017, with the Mean Kilometre Between Failure (MKBF), measuring delays of more than 5 minutes, for the overall MRT network more than doubling from 174,000 train-km in 2016 to 354,000 train-km in first quarter of 2017.”

Reliability of MRT trains has improved significantly in first quarter of the year.
Reliability of MRT trains has improved significantly in first quarter of the year. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

As far as the performance of individual lines are concerned, The Downtown and North-East lines were the top performers and recorded the steepest improvements. The Downtown Line turned in an MKBF of 1,033,000 train-km, up from 260,000 train-km last year. The North-East Line clocked 973,000 train-km, markedly higher than last year’s 174,000 train-km.  

Meanwhile, the North-South and Circle lines recorded an almost two-fold improvement: The North-South Line had an MKBF of 291,000 train-km, up from last year’s 156,000 train-km, while the Circle Line registered 452,000 train-km, an improvement over last year’s 228,000 train-km. 

The East-West Line, which showed the smallest improvement, clocked 215,000 train-km, a 48 per cent improvement from last year’s 145,000 train-km. 

However, there was one major delay of more than half an hour – on the East-West Line – in the first quarter, compared with an average of four per quarter across the MRT network last year. 

The LTA attributed the improvements in MRT reliability to steady progress of major infrastructural renewal projects and investments by public transport operators in enhancing maintenance procedures and incident-recovery processes.