Exterior of the Jalan Besar MRT station. (Photo: LTA)
The 21km-long Downtown Line 3 (DTL3), the last and longest stretch of the 42km Downtown MRT Line (DTL), will begin operations on 21 October, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday, 31 May.
There will be a total of 16 stations, including three interchange stations, bringing commuters from the north-western and eastern parts of the island to the Central Business District and Marina Bay, providing greater connectivity to residential, industrial and lifestyle enclaves, the LTA said.
The new stations comprise Fort Canning, Bencoolen, Jalan Besar, Bendemeer, Geylang Bahru, Mattar, MacPherson, Ubi, Kaki Bukit, Bedok North, Bedok Reservoir, Tampines West, Tampines, Tampines East, Upper Changi and Expo.
The first 10 stations from Fort Canning to Bedok North have been completed, while final works are still in progress at the last six stations.
The first two stages of the DTL (six stations from Chinatown to Bugis and 12 stations from Bukit Panjang to Rochor) were opened in 2013 and 2015.