Chronology of Fare Adjustments

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Here is a brief chronology of fare adjustments for bus and rail travel since the 1990s. All fare adjustments are overseen by the Public Transport Council.

Note: RTS refers to Rail Transport System

1 October 1990:

  • BUS FARE REVISION
    10 cents increase in non air-con fares generally.
    5 to 10 cents increase in air-con fares with no change to the minimum (60 cents) and maximum fares ($1.20).
  • RAIL FARE REVISION
    10 cents increase for all distance-related fares.
    Commensurate adjustments in concession ticket prices.

January 1991:

Introduction of Transfer Rebate

  • 25 cents rebate for adults & senior citizens.
  • 10 cents rebate for school concession fares.
  • Applies to trunk-to-trunk bus transfers and trunk bus to rail transfers, and vice versa.

1 June 1994:

  • BUS FARE REVISION
    Extension of the maximum bus fare by another fare stage (over 14.4 km), to $1.00 and $1.30 for non air-con and air-con services respectively (equivalent to a 10 cents increase).
  • RAIL FARE REVISION
    Adjustment of RTS fare structure, resulting in a 10 cents increase affecting 28% of the RTS trips.

1 Oct 1995:

BUS FARE REVISION

  • Extension of the maximum bus fare by another fare stage (over 18.4 km) to $1.10 and $1.40 for non air-con and air-con services respectively (equivalent to a 10 cents increase).
  • 5 cents increase in feeder fares and industrial fares to 30 cents and 45 cents respectively, with the corresponding introduction of a 5 cents transfer rebate for feeder buses.
  • $2 increase in concession stamps prices for tertiary students, NS men and SBS shareholders.

RAIL FARE REVISION

  • Change in the distance-related fare structure to charge more for mid to long distance trips.
  • Adjustment of the fare structure to allow for differential pricing between farecard fares and Single Trip Ticket fares.
  • Overall average fare increase of 5.15 cents.

7 July 1996:

INTRODUCTION OF INTRA-TOWN FARES

  • Fares for Intra-town bus services for journeys up to the bus interchange were made similar to non air-con feeder (residential services) fares.  Intra-town fares beyond the interchange were set at the minimum fares of trunk services, at $0.50 and $0.60 for non air-con and air-con services respectively.

1 June 1997:

BUS FARE REVISION

  • 5 cents increase across the board for non air-con services on farecard fares.  No change for air-con farecard fares.
  • 10 cents increase across the board for air-con and non air-con services on cash fares.
  • Conversion of flat fare to distance-related fares for industrial bus services.
  • $3- $5 increase in non air-con bus concession stamp prices.

RAIL FARE REVISION

  • 10 cents increase for all Single Trip Ticket fares but with no change in the maximum fare of $1.60.
  • 10 cents discount on adult farecard fares before 7:30am on Mondays to Saturdays except public holidays. This was to encourage morning off-peak RTS travel into the CBD area.
  • $2 to $5 increase in RTS concession ticket prices.

1 January 1999

BONUS REBATES GIVEN ON FARES

In response to the recommendations from the Committee on Singapore’s Competitiveness, the PTOs gave a 5% bonus rebate on all ticket types for 1 year (till 31 December 1999), except Single Trip Tickets and corporate advertiser tickets, to help reduce the cost of using public transport.  The rebate was given by way of an additional 50 cents for every $10 travel value of an adult farecard purchased or topped up.   Concession tickets also received varying rebate values.

6 November 1999

NEW FARES FOR BUKIT PANJANG LRT

Similar to fares on existing RTS lines, distance-related fares were adopted for Bukit Panjang LRT.

1 June 2000:

BUS FARE REVISION

  • 10 cents increase in adult feeder bus fares (cash and farecard) with a corresponding increase in the feeder transfer rebate by 10 cents (from 5 cents to 15 cents).
  • 5 cents increase in child/student feeder bus fares (cash and farecard) with a 5 cents increase in the feeder transfer rebate (from 5 cents to 10 cents).
  • Extension of the maximum fare by another fare band (over 23.5 km) to $1.30 and $1.60 for non air-con and air-con services respectively for cash fares, and $1.25 and $1.50 for non air-con and air-con services respectively for farecard fares.
  • Addition of 2 fare bands to the fare structure of Jurong industrial bus services (maximum fare was increased by 20 cents).

RAIL FARE REVISION

  • Introduction of intermediate band for child/student RTS fares, which increased fares by 5 cents for journeys between 5.6km and 14.4km.
  • Between 5 cents and 10 cents increase in adult fares. Maximum distance fare band extended, resulting in 15 cents increase for that band.
  • Between 10 cents and 20 cents increase in Single Trip Ticket fares.

1 December 2000 

LIGHT RAPID TRANSIT (LRT) SINGLE TRIP FARE

10 cents increase in the LRT Single Trip Ticket adult fares (the new minimum became 80 cents while new maximum was $1.00). No change in adult farecard fares (minimum was 60 cents and maximum was 80 cents).

1 July 2001

BUS FARE REVISION

  • 10 cents increase in feeder bus fares with corresponding increase in transfer rebates by 10 cents (feeder bus transfer rebate became 25 cents, the same as the transfer rebate involving non-feeder bus services).

1 July 2002

BUS FARE REVISION

  • 3 cents increase in adult EZ-link card fares.
  • 5 cents increase in adult farecard fares.
  • 10 cents increase in adult cash fares.
  • 50 cents increase in concession stamp prices for primary/secondary students.
  • $2 increase in concession stamp prices for tertiary students.
  • $3 increase in concession stamp prices for NS men.

RAIL FARE REVISION

  • 4 cents increase in adult and senior citizen EZ-Link card fares.
  • 5 cents increase in adult and senior citizen magnetic farecard fares.

18 July 2003:

NEW FARES FOR SENGKANG LRT

  • Distance-related fares similar to those for Bukit Panjang LRT were adopted for Sengkang LRT.

20 June 2003:

NEW FARES FOR NORTH EAST LINE (NEL)

  • Differentiated fares for the NEL at 5 cents to 25 cents higher than the existing RTS fares, or an average of 16.5 cents more.
  • Fares for child/student/NS men concessions remained the same as that for the existing RTS lines.

25 January 2005

NEW FARES FOR PUNGGOL LRT SYSTEM

Similar to fares on existing LRT systems, distance-related fares were adopted for Punggol LRT system.

1 July 2005:

BUS FARE REVISION

  • 1-2 cents increase in adult EZ-link card fares.
  • 10 cents increase in adult cash fares.
  • 1 cent increase in senior citizen EZ-Link card fares and 10 cents increase in senior citizen cash fares.

RAIL FARE REVISION

  • 1-3 cents increase in adult EZ-Link card fares.
  • 10 cents increase for all adult cash fares.
  • 1 cent increase in senior citizen EZ-Link card fares.

1 October 2006

BUS FARE REVISION

  • 1-3 cents increase in adult EZ-link card fares.
  • 1 cent increase in senior citizen EZ-Link card fares.

RAIL FARE REVISION

  • 1-3 cents increase in adult EZ-Link card fares.
  • 1 cent increase in senior citizen EZ-Link card fares.

1 October 2007

BUS FARE REVISION

  • 1-2 cents increase in adult EZ-link card fares.
  • 2 cents increase in senior citizen EZ-Link card fares.

1 October 2008

BUS FARE REVISION

  • 15 cents increase in transfer rebate for adult EZ-Link fares.
  • 4 cents increase in adult EZ-link card fares.
  • 10 cents increase in adult cash fares.
  • 4 cents increase in senior citizen EZ-Link card fares and 10 cents increase in senior citizens cash fares
  • Extension of the maximum EZ-Link fare by another fare band (over 35 fare stages) to $1.42 and $1.67 for non-aircon and aircon services respectively. Cash fare for the new fare band is $1.60 and $1.90 for non-aircon and aircon services respectively.

RAIL FARE REVISION

  • 15 cents increase in transfer rebate for adult EZ-Link fares.
  • 4 cents increase in adult EZ-link card fares.
  • 10 cents increase in Single Trip Ticket fares.
  • 4 cents increase in senior citizen EZ-Link card fares and 10 cents increase in senior citizens cash fares.
  • Extension of the maximum fare by another fare band (over 32 km) to $1.84 and $2.00 for EZ-Link card fare and Single Trip Ticket fare respectively.

1 April 2009:

BUS AND RAIL FARE REDUCTION

  • 10 cents increase in transfer rebate for adult EZ-Link fares.
  • 2 cents reduction in adult and senior citizen EZ-Link fares .
  • 1 cent reduction in child/student EZ-Link fares .
  • $1 reduction in monthly concession passes for primary and secondary students
  • $2 reduction in monthly concession passes for tertiary students and NS-men.

3 July 2010:

INTRODUCTION OF DISTANCE FARES

  • Flat adult card fares for the first 3.2km followed by 1km fare bands up to 40.2km
  • 25% discount off adult fares for senior citizens and no additional fares beyond 7.2km
  • 50% discount off adult fares for children and students and no additional fares beyond 7.2km

8 October 2011:

BUS AND RAIL FARE REVISION 

  • 2-cent increase in adult card fares
  • 1-cent increase in senior citizen card fares
  • 10-cent increase in adult cash fares
  • Extension of senior citizen concession hours to full-day
  • Lowering of senior citizen fares on NEL and CCL

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