MOVING STORIES SMRT
23 March 2015 marked the passing of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The nation rallied together to mourn his loss. Hundreds of thousands of mourners queued patiently to pay their last respects to our Founding Father at Parliament House. To ensure that people could get home in the wee hours, trains and selected bus services were extended past the usual operating hours. It was a mammoth feat made possible by more than 400 staff who worked hard to ensure that transport services would be available round the clock on 25 and 27 March, and for additional hours on other nights of the National Week of Mourning. Feeder buses too, worked overtime to connect commuters between the train stations and the residential areas. From the city to the heartlands, Train Captains, Bus Captains, Timekeepers and Station Managers worked tirelessly to keep the services on schedule. This was SMRT’s tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. On the day of the state funeral on 29 March, buses were held back at the interchanges and all trains pulled to a stop at the stations at exactly 4.30pm for commuters and our staff to observe a minute of silence together with the nation.