22 Dec 2013 – Downtown Line (driverless) from Bugis to Chinatown. (New line, 4.3 km, 6 stations.) Jul 2016 – Downtown Line from Bukit Panjang to Bugis. (16.6 km, 12 stations.) 2017 – Downtown Line from Chinatown to Expo. (21 km, 16 stations.)
The MRT has very clean stations, mostly with simple, modern designs. Newer stations have interesting architecture and works of art.
Photo [Calvin Teo, wikipedia.org]: Exterior of Expo station, opened in 2002, on the East-West Line. The station has been designed by Foster and Partners in collaboration with Arup.
Many stations are designed to reflect Singapore's reputation as a Garden City. Some underground stations are decorated with flowering orchids, tropical palms, or shrubs (e.g. City Hall, Raffles Place). On the North-East Line, which was inaugurated in 2003, all stations have individual architecture, and works of art have been integrated in every station [app-stg.lta.gov.sg]. The same holds true for the new Downtown Line.
Photo [deliarts.net]: Ceramic murals and floor mosaics in the concourse level of Dhoby Ghaut station.
Isolated circle - Punggol LRT - 10.3 km - 15 stations - opened 2000 - completed 2005 - People mover above ground. Isolated circle - Sengkang LRT - 10.7 km - 14 stations - opened 1998 - completed 2003 - 8-shaped people mover above ground. Pan-shaped loop - Bukit Panjang LRT - 7.8 km - 13 stations - completed 1999. Proposed ring - Circle Line - 37.3 km - 30 stations - opened 2009 - to be completed 2025 - driverless. Proposed ring - Downtown Line - to be opened 2013 - to be completed 2018 - Spiral with 9 stations in the middle of a line with 32 stations.
Announcements differ. Lines operated by SMRT: "Doors are closing", followed by about 15 ultra-short beeps (amr). "Next station, [name]", station announcements "[Name], [name]". At underground stations: "Please mind the platform gap". Lines operated by SBS Transit: "Doors closing", followed by short beeps. "Next station [English name], [Chinese name].
North East Line train departing from Little India station.