Some commuters, like shop assistant Liow Qixin, 22, have developed survival skills for their daily train ride.
The first thing Ms Liow did after boarding the Pasir Ris-bound MRT train was to stay close to a grab pole in the cabin.
Next, she brought her bag close to her body. Ms Liow also made it a point not to sit next to commuters deep in slumber.
"These are the people who have the tendency to swing left and right, and eventually end up lying on your shoulder," she said with a shudder.
Public transport woes proved to be a hot button issue during the General Election. The New Paper takes a ride on the crowded East-West line and examines some possible solutions.
More in The New Paper on Monday (May 30).