Bus ridership in Singapore rose by 2.2 per cent to hit the four million mark for the first time in 2018
Bus and train ridership up, taxi rides down Bus ridership in Singapore rose by 2.2 per cent to hit the four million mark for the first time in 2018, according to figures released by the Land Transport Authority. ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

Public transport patronage rose to hit another record high in 2018, with a total of 7.54 million taking buses or trains a day, or 3.8 per cent more than in 2017.

It was the 14th consecutive annual increase in public transport ridership, according to figures released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday (Feb 13).

The LTA said average rail daily ridership (MRT and LRT) chalked the highest increase of 5.7 per cent to 3.5 million rides a day.

Bus ridership rose by 2.2 per cent to hit the four million mark for the first time.

The growth in rail rides came on the back of a full-year operation of Downtown Line 3, while a bigger bus fleet had garnered more bus users.

In comparison, taxi rides continued to slide, with competition from private-hire operators.

The LTA said cab rides fell by 17.6 per cent to 647,000 trips a day.

In the previous year, it fell by 18 per cent.