LTA aims for ‘45-minute city, 20-minute towns’ travel by 2040

Romesh Navaratnarajah14 Jan 2019

Singapore traffic

The Land Transport Master Plan 2040 aims to make commuting around Singapore more convenient.

The Land Transport Master Plan 2040 targets to see people commute to work in just 45 minutes and 20 minutes to get to residential towns, revealed some of its advisory panel on Saturday (12 Jan) during a focus group discussion.

The focus group discussion signalled the end of the public consultation launched by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in August 2018 to gather feedback on the masterplan, reported Channel NewsAsia.

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Under the masterplan, public transport is seen as a transport mix termed Walk-Cycle-Ride and would include rail, buses, private hire cars as well as active mobility devices like e-scooters and bicycles.

Advisory panel member Melvin Yong noted that the “45-minute city with 20-minute towns” aim would be for nine in 10 of all peak hour Walk-Cycle-Ride journeys to the city centre be made in just 45 minutes and less than 20 minutes to get to the nearest neighbourhood centre and amenities.

To achieve this vision, Yong – who is also a Member of Parliament serving as the National Transport Workers’ Union executive secretary – suggested for the creation of more dedicated cycling paths and bus lanes.

LTA could also adopt a single payment and booking platform in order to unify the various modes of transport and make them accessible to all, he said.

Urban planning and land use may also be revised to bring work and play closer to home, he added.

“Personally, I think this could be a game changer,” said Yong. “Because it will make commuting more convenient. It will also make cycling and walking more feasible.”

LTA revealed that over 7,000 members of the public and industry players shared their views on what the land transport system should look like in the future.

The Land Transport Master Plan 2040 advisory panel will give its recommendations by mid-February.

To know more about the master plans for different areas in Singapore, check out PropertyGuru AreaInsider


Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email


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