The second phase of the Downtown Line has opened to provide fresh commuting options, especially for Bukit Panjang and Bukit Timah residents.
Some said the new Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) reduces their travel time significantly. The journey from Bukit Panjang to Rochor, for example, is expected to take 20 minutes less compared with other routes.
MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Liang Eng Hwa noted Bukit Panjang residents were previously not served by MRT lines and relied on bus services that are often packed. He said: "The line may change lifestyles. Residents now have new weekend destinations to explore."
DTL2 includes stops at attractions like the Botanic Gardens, Little India, and food haven Beauty World. Some stations also provide links to schools such as Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore Chinese Girls' School, and National Junior College.
On its opening day yesterday (27 Dec), station staff distributed Downtown Line tote bags to commuters, some of whom woke up early to check out the line. Crowds at Bukit Panjang station swelled, but many took the time to admire the artwork in the stations. Retiree Chau Kee Hong, 71, said: "It really adds to the atmosphere."
Rides starting and ending on the Downtown Line will be free till 1 Jan.
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Source: “Thousands check out Downtown Line 2 on opening day” (The Straits Times, 28 Dec 2015)