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Boon Lay MRT Station is an above-ground Mass Rapid Transit station on the East West Line in Jurong, Singapore.

This station serves people in the sub-zones of Boon Lay, Chin Bee, Wenya, Jurong West Central, Kian Teck and Yunnan, as well as those continuing their journey on buses at the Boon Lay Bus Interchange to go to places such as Tuas, Nanyang Technological University and Jurong Bird Park.

Together with Boon Lay Bus Interchange and Jurong Point Shopping Mall, it is part of the Boon Lay Integrated Public Transport Hub.[1]

HistoryEdit

The station was opened on 6 July 1990, then as the Western terminal station for the East West Line, with the station code 'W12', that was later changed to 'EW27' on 31 July 2001 when the MRT network map was revamped by the then Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong.

This station was built to serve residents living in the then-undeveloped Jurong West and people working in the then mostly-undeveloped Tuas and Jurong Industrial Estate, since it was the only MRT station serving these areas, covering the areas Westwards from Boon Lay. As these areas develop, passenger volume has increased, leading to much congestion at this station during peak hours.

However, the condition was improved when the Boon Lay MRT extension was constructed and commenced service on 28 February 2009 with an addition of Pioneer and Joo Koon. With Pioneer serving the western portion of Jurong West and Pioneer Sector, and Joo Koon MRT Station serving Joo Koon, Boon Lay now serves only the eastern portion of Jurong West and 1 less industrial area and ceased to be the western terminal of the East West Line.

As with most of the above-ground stations built in the past along the East West Line, it was built without platform screen doors to prevent commuters from falling onto the train tracks. After several successful test at Jurong East, Yishun and Pasir Ris and eventually, installation of the half-height screen doors. On 30 June 2011, all of the screen doors have been installed and started operations.

Similar to those at train stations in South Korea, this is an interactive media launched on 7 December 2011 by SMRT in partnership with Cold Storage to enhance the commuters' travelling experience. Using a camera phone with QR code reader installed, one can purchase the items displayed on the media by simply flashing their camera phones on the items and the items would be delivered to them upon payment through the various credit cards.[2][3]Boon Lay, alongside Bugis, was the first to have such media installed.

However, this station was installed with Rite Hite Revolution High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fans and commenced operations on 11 December 2012.

Boon Lay MRT Station had installed TITAN Faregates on 21 August 2013, which is due to the MUJI revolution.

The condition was further improved when Tuas West Extension opens on 18 June 2017, relieving more load off the station, such as Gul, Tuas, Tuas South.

EtymologyEdit

This station was named after Boon Lay Way, the street along the station, although the actual town of Boon Lay is located about 1 kilometer away.

Despite that, there could be a possibility of it being named after the town of Boon Lay SMC, which existed 1976 from to 2001, where there's a likelihood that this station was within the boundary of the SMC during the SMC's existence.

ExitsEdit

  • A: Jurong West Street 64
  • B: Boon Lay Way, Jalan Boon Lay, Jurong Central Park, River Valley High School
  • C: Jurong Point
  • D: Boon Lay Bus Interchange with bus services - 194 to Jurong Bird Park, 199 to NIE, 246 to Corporation Place, 249 to Jalan Samulun, 251 to Shipyard/Benoi.
  • E: Frontier Community Club
  • F: SAFRA Clubhouse

Despite being a MRT station, disabled access for faregates is only possible if it is on Exit C. Prams are required to be folded up before going to the Exit D which is Exit Only.

Exits Disabled Access Nearby
C No
(Faregates Yes)
Jurong Point
D No Jurong Point, Boon Lay Bus Interchange
(Exit Only)

Station layoutEdit

L2 Platform 1 East West Line towards Pasir Ris via Lakeside (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2 East West Line towards Tuas Plaza via Pioneer (←)
L1 EWL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Boon Lay Xchange
Street Level Jurong Point, Boon Lay Bus Interchange

Transport connectionsEdit

RailEdit

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
Daily
East West Line
to Pasir Ris 5.36am 6.06am 11.38pm
to Joo Koon 5.21am 5.51am 12.32am

Bus StopsEdit

There are no bus stops linked to Boon Lay MRT. Nearby is a pair of bus stops along Boon Lay Way unused by regular bus services. Boon Lay Way (Boon Lay Stn) is served by Causeway Link CW6 while Boon Lay Way (Opp Boon Lay Stn) is served by NightRider NR5.

Passenger Usage PatternsEdit

Serving residential developments, schools, community amenities, shopping malls and industrial areas around the Boon Lay and Jurong West areas, the station encounters moderate to high demand throughout the day.

East West Line
EW33 Tuas Plaza Take bus service 192 to Tuas West Drive (Tuas Link Station).
EW32 Yosemite Take bus service 193 to Pioneer Road (Tuas West Road Station).
EW29 Joo Koon Take bus service 252 to Joo Koon Circle (Joo Koon Station) or 258 to Joo Koon Interchange.
Take East West Line to Joo Koon Station.
EW28 Pioneer Walk ~900m to Pioneer MRT.
EW26 Lakeside Take bus service 154 / 180 / 187 to Boon Lay Way (opp Lakeside Station).
EW25 Chinese Garden Take bus service 180 to Boon Lay Way (opp Chinese Garden Station).
EW24 Jurong East Take East West Line to Jurong East.
Or take bus service 178 to Jurong Town Hall Road (opp Jurong East Library) / 198 to Jurong Town Hall Road (Jurong East Library).
EW23 Clementi Take East West Line to Clementi.
EW22 Dover Take East West Line to Dover.
EW21 Buona Vista Take East West Line to Buona Vista.
EW16 Outram Park Take East West Line to Outram Park.
EW15 Tanjong Pagar Take East West Line to Tanjong Pagar.
EW14 Raffles Place Take East West Line to Raffles Place.
EW13 City Hall Take East West Line to City Hall.
EW12 Bugis Take East West Line to Bugis.
EW11 Lavender Take East West Line to Lavender.
EW8 Paya Lebar Take East West Line to Paya Lebar.
EW6 Kembangan Take East West Line to Kembangan.
EW5 Bedok Take East West Line to Bedok.
EW3 Simei Take East West Line to Simei.
EW1 Pasir Ris Take East West Line to Pasir Ris.
CG1 Expo Take East West Line to Tanah Merah, then change to the Changi Airport Line to Expo.
North South Line
NS2 Bukit Batok Take East West Line to Jurong East and change to North South Line to Bukit Batok.
Or take bus service 157 / 174 to Bukit Batok Central (opp Blk 628).
NS3 Bukit Gombak Take East West Line to Jurong East and change to North South Line to Bukit Gombak.
NS4 Choa Chu Kang Take East West Line to Jurong East and change to North South Line to Choa Chu Kang.
Or take bus service 172 to Choa Chu Kang Interchange.
NS5 Yew Tee Take bus service 172 to Choa Chu Kang Interchange and transfer to service 302. Alight at Choa Chu Kang Drive (Yew Tee Station).
NS9 Woodlands Take bus service 178 / 187 to Woodlands Interchange.
NS11 Sembawang Take East West Line to Jurong East and change to North South Line to Sembawang.
NS13 Yishun Take East West Line to Jurong East and change to North South Line to Yishun.
NS16 Ang Mo Kio Take East West Line to Buona Vista, change to Circle Line to Bishan and change to North South Line to Ang Mo Kio.
NS19 Toa Payoh Take East West Line to Raffles Place and change to North South Line to Toa Payoh.
North East Line
NE10 Potong Pasir Take East West Line to Outram Park and change to North East Line to Potong Pasir.
NE14 Hougang Take East West Line to Outram Park and change to North East Line to Hougang.
NE16 Sengkang Take East West Line to Outram Park and change to North East Line to Sengkang.
Take bus service 178 / 187 to Woodlands Regional Interchange, then change to 161 to Hougang Central Interchange.
NE17 Punggol Take East West Line to Outram Park and change to North East Line to Punggol.
Downtown Line
DT1 Bukit Panjang Take bus service 180 to Upper Bukit Timah Road (Bukit Panjang Station).

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