Bombardier INNOVIA APM 100 (C801)

The Bombardier INNOVIA APM 100 (C801) trains are the first generation of rolling stock for the Bukit Panjang LRT. These are rubber-tyred automated people mover (APM) trains, also referred to as light rail vehicles (LRVs), designed for small-scale automated guideway transit (AGT) systems.

19 train cars were purchased, capable of operating in single and double car formations and have been in passenger service since 6 November 1999.

These trains operate on an exclusive elevated guideway, unhampered by road and pedestrian traffic. Compared to the metal-wheeled MRT trains, these APM trains are fitted with rubber tyres and are relatively quiet during operations.

The smart misting glass windows of these trains are well-known over the Internet, with netizens intrigued by this innovative feature to protect the privacy of residents living adjacent to the LRT line.

Utilising Bombardier's CITYFLO 550 Automatic Train Control (ATC) signalling system, these trains are capable of fully automated operations and can run without any train attendant on board.

These trains are currently being decommissioned and will be succeeded by the third generation Alstom Innovia APM 300R (C801B) trains as part of renewal works for the Bukit Panjang LRT system.

At a Glance

Bombardier INNOVIA APM 100 (C801)

Bukit Panjang LRT

Built 1998 - 1999

Decommissioning from 2020

19 train cars, numbered 101 to 119

The Bombardier INNOVIA APM 100 (C801) trains are maintained by SMRT Trains.



The Light Rapid Transit (LRT) system was endorsed by the Government on 10 February 1996, where it will serve as a feeder to the MRT network.

Following the endorsement, Contract 801 for the supply of new LRT trains was awarded by the Ministry of Communications (MINCOM) to the joint venture of ABB and Daimler-Benz, better known as Adtranz, on 12 April 1996.

19 train cars were purchased for the 7.6-kilometre Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT), which commenced passenger service on 6 November 1999.

Initially known as the Adtranz CX-100, Bombardier Inc. acquired the joint venture in 2001, where it rebranded the trains as the Bombardier CX-100.

Bombardier Transportation pursued a synonymous branding system for their APM trains in 2010, consolidating both CX-100 and INNOVIA APM 100 trains, to now be known as the Bombardier INNOVIA APM 100 trains in its final form.

The manufacturer touted the INNOVIA APM 100 trains to be "extremely reliable" and "consistently delivering availability of 99.8 per cent."

Renewal of the Bukit Panjang LRT System

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) awarded Alstom Transport (previously known as Bombardier Transportation) the contract to renew the BPLRT system on 7 March 2018.

Contract 801B for asset replacement and reliability enhancement works included the replacement of all 19 first generation C801 trains with the new third generation Alstom Innovia APM 300R (C801B) trains, slated to enter passenger service in the fourth quarter of 2022.





The exterior of the train features a prominent white and turquoise colour scheme, with a red band at the bottom.

The windows of the train are also tinted blue.


The seats have a single colour scheme of turquoise.

The train features a viewing space at both ends of the train, serving as additional seating space.

These trains have much wider doors for faster boarding and alighting.

Its spacious interior also allows for a higher passenger capacity.



Smart Misting Windows

The train cars are equipped with smart misting windows (except the front windows).

The windows will mist within 6 metres (20 feet) of residential buildings, eliminating privacy concerns.

Viewing Space

Both ends of the train feature a viewing space.

The viewing space allows passengers to view Bukit Panjang through the windscreen.

Overhead Hand Grips

Overhead hand grips are positioned along the aisles of the train cabins to provide standing passengers with increased support.

LED Travel Information Displays

The LED Travel Information Displays provide commuters with their route information throughout their journey.

It is located above every train door.

Emergency Next Station Stop

The Emergency Next Station Stop button, located at the side of the train doors, stops the train at the next station in an emergency.


Intercoms are located at both ends of the train to contact the train staff in an emergency.

Technical Specifications


M: Motor car

Number Built
19 cars
Train Numbers
101 - 119
Line Voltage
600V AC (nominal) from power rail
Rail Type
Centrally-mounted guide rail
Maximum Speed
55km/h (design)
48km/h (service)
Train Length
12.80m (1 car)
25.60m (2 cars)
Car Length
Train Weight
16.5t (tare condition/unladen)
28.8t (fully laden)
2.0m wide, 4 per car
Seating Capacity
16 seats per car