The Land Transport Authority (LTA) with a staff strength of 3,500 has the challenge of keeping Singapore on the move. LTA, a statutory board under the Ministry of Transport, is the national agency that oversees all modes and all aspects of land transport in Singapore, covering both private and public transport as well as road and rail systems, from policy and planning to engineering, regulation and management.
Singapore has one of the most advanced public transport systems in the world. More than 1.3 million commuter island-wide travel on the Rapid Transit Systems (RTS) to get to work, school and play every day, in addition to some 3 million that use the comprehensive bus network. A pivotal component of Singapore’s public transport system, the first RTS line opened in 1987 and the system has since been continually expanded and today spans 138km with 110 stations. It includes the world's first driverless steel-wheel-on-steel-rail heavy metro line which was opened in 2003, and three automated Light Rapid Transit lines which serve as rail feeders within major housing estates. Work is in progress on a new underground line-the 33 km, 29-station Circle Line-which will be completed by 2010. There are plans in the pipeline to further expand the system.