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.
Land Transport Gallery. This museum focuses on the land transport history and integrated urban planning in the city state, part of it dedicated to MRT development. Sections include world's cities, Singapore's transport history, formative years, today's land transport master plan, and visions. In a "Challenge Theatre", visitors can join an interactive multi-player transport planning game. Since 2008. Location: Within the premises of the LTA. Address: No 1 Hampshire Road, Block 1 Level 1, Singapore 219428, Tel. 6396 2550. At Little India (exit E) metro station. Hours (check before visiting): Mondays to Saturdays: 9.30am to 5pm. Admission: free. Features: Souvenir shop, guided tours. Reference: lta.gov.sg/ltgallery (official website).
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. Ring under construction - Circle Line - 37.3 km - 30 stations - opened 2009 - to be completed 2025 - driverless. Ring under construction - Downtown Line - 42 km - 34 stations - opened 2013 - to be completed 2017 - The downtown spiral with 8 stations in the middle of a 34-stations line will be unique in layout.
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.