1980s
Train

Trains


  • Singapore Mass Rapid Transit is incorporated.
  • Singapore’s first MRT system begins operations with inaugural service between Yio Chu Kang and Toa Payoh on the North-South Line (NSL).
  • Fifteen more stations open and the MRT system is officially launched by Singapore’s first Prime Minister, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
1990s
Tram

Trains


  • Boon Lay MRT station on the East-West Line (EWL) opens, marking the completion of the system.
  • The NSL is extended to Woodlands, completing the loop.
  • Singapore’s first light rail system, the Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit, opens for passenger service.
2000

Corporate


  • SMRT Corporation Ltd (SMRT Corp) is listed on Singapore Exchange (SGX).
2001

Corporate


  • SMRT Corp launches its Learning Journey Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

Buses


  • SMRT Corp and TIBS Holdings merge, creating Singapore’s first multi-modal company.
2002
Changi Airport

Trains


  • Changi Airport MRT station opens.
2003
Taxi

Taxis


  • SMRT Corp attains ISO 9001:2000 certification for achieving quality standards in the provision of taxi services.
2004

Corporate


  • The SMRT Corporate Volunteer Programme is created with the aim of building a more inclusive society.

Buses


  • Service 950, the first SMRT cross-border service for commuters travelling to Johor Bahru, Malaysia, begins.
2005

Commercial


  • Raffles Xchange, the first MRT station to be redeveloped for transit retail, is launched.
2006

Corporate


  • SMRT-Citibank VISA credit and debit cards with EZ-link functions, a first-of-its-kind travel rewards programme, is launched.
2008

Corporate


  • The Gift of Mobility Programme is launched to provide taxi services for individuals with physical disabilities.
  • ‘SMRT is Green’ is launched organisationwide as a commitment to environmental sustainability, which includes initiatives to green our fleet.

Buses


  • SMRT Buses puts Southeast Asia’s first Euro V-compliant bus on the roads.

Taxis


  • SMRT Taxis debuts SMRT Eco taxis, which use compressed natural gas.

Commercial


  • Choa Chu Kang Xchange, SMRT’s first transit retail development in the heartlands, opens.
2009

Corporate


  • SMRT Institute, an accredited educational institution, is established to develop and deliver transport-related training and education services.
  • SMRT Corp achieves ISO 14001 certification for its Environmental Management System.

Trains


  • Singapore’s fourth rail line, Circle Line (CCL), commences service from Bartley to Marymount.
Wheelchair accessibility

Buses


  • Wheelchair Accessible Bus services are introduced, expanding transport options for mobility-challenged commuters.
2010

Buses


  • SMRT Buses adds Euro V Mercedes-Benz Citaro 0530 to its bus fleet, which has greater fuel efficiency and full low-floor for smoother passenger flow.

Commercial


  • Esplanade Xchange on the CCL opens.
  • SMRT Media expands into digital media to offer greater interactivity and vibrance to the network.
2011

Trains


  • Train service from Caldecott to HarbourFront CCL stations commences, marking the completion of the line.

Buses


  • SMRT Buses adds MAN A22 low-floor, wheelchair-accessible, single-deck buses to its fleet.

Taxis


  • SMRT’s ‘Book a Taxi’ smartphone application makes it easier to book a cab on the go.
  • SMRT Taxis adds Chevrolet Epica to its fleet.
2012

Trains


  • Train service from Bayfront to Marina Bay CCL stations commences.

Commercial


  • SMRT Alpha, a joint venture between SMRT Investments and Alpha Plus Investments, wins bid to operate and manage the retail mall at Sports Hub.

Engineering Services


  • SMRT International provides technical advisory services on an LRT system for the Republic of Mauritius.
2013

Corporate & TRAINS


  • Woodlands MRT station is the first MRT station in Singapore to be awarded the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark (Gold).

Trains


  • SMRT Trains embarks on a multi-year Sleeper Replacement Project to improve journey times and provide commuters with a smoother ride.
  • SMRT Trains embarks on a holistic network-wide predictive maintenance regime on the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL), with introduction of new technologies.

Buses


  • MAN A22 buses are added to the fleet, increasing the fleet size to more than 1,200 buses.

Taxis


  • SMRT Taxis introduces 30 new wheelchair-enabled London cabs and 600 Prius Hybrid taxis to its fleet.

Commercial


  • Woodlands Xchange opens and tenants are the first shop owners in Singapore to be certified with the Project: Eco-Shop label, which was jointly developed by SMRT and the Singapore Environment Council.

Engineering Services


  • SMRT Engineering wins contract for the installation of Automatic Fare Collection faregates for the Tuas West Extension.
2014

Corporate


  • SMRT Corp introduces Adopt-A-Station/Adopt-an-Interchange, a community outreach programme with local schools.

Trains


  • SMRT Trains crosses the landmark 10 billion passenger journeys carried.

Buses


  • SMRT Buses progressively installs buses with telematics solutions to encourage safe and eco-friendly driving.
  • SMRT signs a Memorandum of Understanding with e2i and National Transport Workers’ Union to jointly develop and operate the first Bus Career Development Centre.
ISO

Engineering Services


  • Singapore Rail Engineering Pte Ltd is incorporated. Together with Toshiba, it establishes a joint venture, Railise, to market and supply energy-efficient propulsion systems to mass transit operators globally.
2015

Corporate, Trains & Buses


  • SMRT celebrates SG50 with free travel on SMRT trains and buses.

Corporate


  • SMRT Corp sponsors the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Inclusive Playground, which offers play features that encourage inclusive play.
  • SMRT-Temasek Cares AED on Wheels is launched, a pilot programme where 100 SMRT taxis have Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) installed in their vehicles.
  • SMRT Corp establishes an Environmental Sustainability Committee to oversee green sustainability efforts.

Trains


  • The SMRT Trains Engineering Programme is launched to develop a sustainable pipeline of engineering professionals.

Buses


  • Singapore Bus Training and Evaluation Centre, Singapore’s first team-based bus training centre, opens.

Commercial


  • Kallang Wave Mall, managed by SMRT Alpha, opens.
  • SMRT Advertising & Properties and The X Collective are incorporated.

Engineering Services


  • Singapore Rail Engineering enters into an agreement to set up a joint venture, Faiveley Rail Engineering Pte Ltd, with Faiveley Transport to market and supply Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Services for Rolling Stock Components in South East Asia (excluding Thailand).
2016

Corporate & trains


  • Seven SMRT Trains engineers are accredited as Singapore’s first Chartered Engineers in Railway and Transportation Engineering.

Corporate


  • SMRT Corp is delisted from SGX on 31 October.
  • The JurongHealth Mobility Park, sponsored by SMRT, is the first of its kind in Singapore where life-size public transportation models help in patients’ rehabilitation.
  • The second inclusive playground is launched at Ghim Moh.
  • SMRT Corp’s inaugural Green Forum for the sharing of sustainability practices is launched.

Trains


  • SMRT Trains transitions to the New Rail Financing Framework on 1 October, following shareholders’ vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 29 September.

Taxis


  • SMRT’s private hire vehicle business, Strides Transportation, is launched offering limousine services, chauffeured services and car rental services.

Engineering Services


  • 2getthere Asia, a joint venture between SMRT Services and 2 Getthere, is set up to market, install, operate and maintain Automated Vehicle systems for customers in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region.
2017

Corporate


  • SMRT Corp, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and JTC sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a joint ‘Mobility-as-a-Service’ Laboratory, the first of its kind in the region aimed at improving commuters’ travel experience by seamlessly integrating train and bus networks with next-generation transport modes.
  • SMRT Corp signs an MoU with Prasarana Malaysia Bhd to form a joint venture company as the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link (RTS Link) operating company, to design, build, finance, operate, maintain and renew the RTS Link operating assets.

Trains


  • SMRT Trains celebrates 30 years of MRT operations.
  • Sleeper and power rail replacement works on the NSEWL are completed.
  • Trial of the new signalling system on the NSL begins.
  • The Tuas West Extension opens, adding four new stations on the EWL. SMRT Trains is awarded the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) contract to operate and maintain the line in stages from 2019 for an initial nine-year period. TEL will add 43km and 31 new stations to the existing train network.

Buses


  • SMRT Buses opens Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub, its first integrated transport hub, with a host of innovative, commuter-friendly features.
ISO

Taxis


  • SMRT Taxis partners with Grab, enabling all SMRT Taxis’ drivers to use Grab for taxi bookings and dynamic fixed fares.
  • Strides Transportation establishes its first overseas joint venture, SMRT Strides Toyotsu Alliance, in Yangon, offering limousine and car rental services.