“It is worth restating the rationale behind our decision to build the MRT. We have only a limited amount of land on which to house our people, build factories, hospitals, roads and schools, and train the SAF. Therefore, we decided to give top priority to investments in public transport, and to put private transport in second place. We do not have the land to allow an unlimited growth of private cars. This means that we must put the MRT to optimal use, and the bus services must dovetail and complement the MRT. We must also keep improving the bus and taxi services and keep the growth of cars to moderate levels.” Mr Lee Kuan Yew Official Opening of the MRT System
12 March 1988