It is also the first MRT line to take accessibility into account, with the most number of lifts at the time and the first tactile guidance system.
Built using the latest technology and engineering techniques of its time, NEL heralded an era of automated and driverless mass rapid transit systems, an enhanced commuter experience and the beginning of multi-modal, integrated public transport model.
Connecting residential areas in the northeast to Singapore’s heritage areas and the city fringe, its development was aimed at serving growing neighborhoods in these regions.
The 20km line has 16 stations and connects to six interchanges.
Besides automation, NEL was also the first to incorporate art into its stations. Stations were also designed to allow for future expansions to cater to the growing population.
According to lta.gov.sg