Guide to Know About Expo MRT Station
Expo MRT station is an MRT interchange station in the Tampines planning area of Singapore on the East-West Line (EWL) and the Downtown Line (DTL). The Expo MRT station gets located at Changi South Avenue 1 and Expo Drive, between Changi City Point and the Singapore Expo.
The station is part of a two-station branch line between Tanah Merah and Changi Airport. The EWL-Changi Airport link gets finalized in1996, and the building commenced in 1999. The station opened a year before Changi Airport station, on January 10, 2001. Following the completion of Stage 3 of the DTL in 2017, the Expo MRT station became the terminus for the line, announced on May 25, 2019. The station will get incorporated into the Thomson–East Coast Line (TEL), expecting to reach the airport’s Terminal 5 by 2040.
The Expo MRT Station (CG1) is part of the Singapore MRT Changi Airport Extension to the existing East-West Line, which opened on January 10, 2001.
Because the final design resembles a cylindrical cut perpendicular to the torus, the station’s shell-shaped roof gets inspired by a torus section supported by two pairs of “Y” shaped twin columns separated by a 70-meter span. These columns are distinctive in that they get built behind the train lines and outside the station platform.
Another distinguishing element is a large disc at the top of the glass elevator shaft, as shown in the image to the right. The disc overhangs and finishes one end of the toroidal curved roof form, and it houses an elevator shaft for physically challenged or poor people. Some witnesses said it appeared like a spaceship or a UFO because of its odd shape. This distinctive disc gets used for the New Supreme Court building in downtown Singapore, which opened in 2006.
When Expo station gets opened, train services run as a two-stop shuttle from Tanah Merah MRT Station. Changi Airport, the other station on the Changi Extension, was converted into a through service when it opened. The service was restored to shuttle mode in 2004 to minimize expenses when patronage fell short of projections.
The station sees a lot of traffic when Big events are at the Singapore Expo. The station’s passenger volume has risen with the recent development of the Singapore Expo. However, during periods of the year when there are fewer activities, traffic is still modest.
The artwork “A Banquet” by Yeo Chee Kiong gets commissioned at the DTL station as part of the MRT network’s Art-in-Transit program, which showcases public artwork throughout the MRT network. The Big 3D artwork features two reflected isometric chairs and a bulbous speech balloon, representing the necessity of communication in times of technical innovation and digital media and the spirit of free commerce. “The speech balloons reflect the different forms of discussions and debates that people have,” the sculptor explains, “and the seats show where commerce.” The artwork’s gleaming surfaces mirrored the station’s surrounding colors, transforming them into two sets of “magnificent kaleidoscopes” that also represent cultural exchange.
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