The Government will implement a two-year trial of a new Off-peak Monthly Travel Pass (OMTP), to encourage public transport commuters who are able to shift their regular travel out of peak periods to do so, and consequently reduce their monthly travel expenditure.
The Monthly Travel Pass can be used for unlimited travel on the bus and rail network anytime outside of the weekday morning peak period (6.30am to 9am) and evening peak period (5pm to 7.30pm).
This new concession scheme will commence on 5 July 2015 and is expected to benefit around 40,000 commuters.
Today, adult Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents can enjoy unlimited bus and train rides if they buy the Adult Monthly Travel Pass at $120, while Persons with Disabilities and senior citizens can enjoy similar benefits with a Monthly Concession Pass at $60.
From 5 July 2015 to 4 July 2017, these commuters can choose to purchase the Off-peak Monthly Travel Pass at two-thirds the prices of the Adult Monthly Travel Pass and the Monthly Concession Pass, i.e. $80 for adults, and $40 for Persons with Disabilities and senior citizens.
The Off-peak Monthly Travel Pass will offer unlimited travel on the bus and train network from the start of service to 6.30am, from 9am to 5pm, and from 7.30pm to the end of service on weekdays, and all day on weekends and public holidays.
In other words, on weekdays, the OMTP can be used for travel at any time on the public transport network except for two blocks of 2.5 hours each in the morning (6.30am to 9am) and evening (5pm to 7.30pm).
The trial aims to encourage commuters who are able and willing to make changes to their daily travel schedules to travel during off-peak hours, similar to the objective of the Government’s ongoing trial of free pre-peak travel on the rail network. The Government will be funding this trial at an expected cost of $10 million a year.
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