Fun Fact Friday: Portable Fare Collection Gates

Did you know that portable fare collection gates can be deployed at stations during special events?

These portable faregates sport a compact and light-weight cabinet design, which makes it easy for them to be transported around and set up whenever needed. In addition, it is uniquely designed without a barrier system and sensor logic system to achieve faster passenger flow, as compared to other permanent gates in the station. A single gate is able to store up to 50,000 transactions in its data-base storage.


These faregates are usually deployed during major events like New Year Celebrations, Electronic Fairs, the FORMULA 1 Singapore Grand Prix and concerts to accommodate the large crowds. The faregates create additional lanes for passengers to enter or exit the station, efficiently relieving the crowd from the station.

The last time portable faregates were deployed was during the free travel period between 31 January and 2 February 2020, for the opening of the Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 1. The gates were deployed at the transfer hall between the North-South Line and Thomson-East Coast Line to prevent the deduction of fares for the TEL leg of the journey.


Matthew Ng

An avid train enthusiast since 2009, he designs graphics and infographics to promote the little known facts about Singapore's train network.