As Singaporeans, we rely heavily on our public transport systems and especially on our MRT system. However, many Singaporeans have come to terms with the fact that MRT breakdowns are inevitable, especially since certain parts of the line are more than 30 years old.

Rather than just feeling anxious or panicking every time there is an MRT breakdown, here are some practical things you can do to be better prepared to face it. 

  1. Life Hacks: SMRT Telegram Channel

Thanks to the resiliency of fellow proactive MRT users, Singaporeans now have a Telegram channel that is solely dedicated to bringing you the latest updates on any delays that are happening or will happen. The Telegram channel is called SG MRT Updates and you can find it if you have the Telegram app.

If you don’t have the Telegram app, you can download it right to your phone or desktop. Telegram is a cloud-based messaging system that’s available on multiple platforms and very easy to use.

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  1. No Telegram? No Problem

Even without the Telegram app, you can get updates on the MRT Disruption Feed page on Facebook, as well as the SMRT Corporation account on Twitter (@SMRT_Singapore). These channels will keep you informed in real time, whether you’ve boarded the trains or are about to board them.

Additionally, you can use these social media pages to share whatever information you have or are experiencing. This will no doubt help other MRT users to make the right decision.

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  1. Learn About Alternative Transport Systems

Now is a good a time as any to get updated on the bus services in your area. One of the best reference points for this is at the Land Transport Authority of Singapore’s website.

The website is a pretty comprehensive guide to all form of transport in Singapore, and there are even interactive maps to help you learn which bus you need to take to reach your destination.

Always know the alternative route to your intended destination.

Additionally, there are also apps on the website that you can download onto your mobile to assist you in planning your journey, be it by walking, by bus, by taxi or by bike.

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  1. Download Ride-Sharing Apps… App.

If the train you intend to take breaks down and MRT is no longer an option for your commute, there’s always Uber or Grab. Well, Grab.

You got to do what you got to do right, even though it might mean an S$20 cab care for a supposed 15 minutes train ride.

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  1.  Lookout for FREE Shuttle Bus Services

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Free things don’t come easy. Similarlyin this case, it takes the whole transport system to break down before we even come close to a nirvana of free transport. But I digress, rail bridging services are often activated before the breakdown hits the fan. It might not get you to the MRT stop you intended, but closer for sure. Hey, beggars can’t be choosers, it is either this or an S$20 cab ride, your call!  

  1. Know the Absentee Procedures of Your Workplace or School

Since MRT breakdowns aren’t that rare nowadays, most companies and institutions of learning would have a system whereby you can justify your delay or excuse yourself from classes or work. Of course, most of these systems will require you to show some form of proof that you were delayed by an MRT breakdown.

You’ll need to learn where to go and what forms of proof are accepted in order to have a legitimate release from certain formal obligations.

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  1. Spend Time Wisely While Being Stuck

If you’re the unlucky one trapped in a train that broke down, make sure you find something productive to do. For example, if you’re a student you could carry your study materials with you and do some revisions. If you have your smartphone, tablet or laptop, this would be a good time to read and answer emails.

Time is precious, people watching isn’t exactly the wisest way to spend your time during a train breakdown.

TL;DR: always board a train doubting it’s functionality. You can never prepare enough for a rainy day. 

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When you pay approximately S$1.60 only for the train to break down half the time; do yourself some justice and make the most out of every breakdown.

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Last Updated: 24 May 2018

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