Under the Travel Smart Programme, the first Travel Smart initiative started in 2012 as a trial to incentivise commuters to travel during off-peak hours. In 2014, LTA started to work with organisations on re-timing, re-moding and reducing their journeys. Read on to find out more about the various initiatives under the Travel Smart Programme.
Travel Smart Journeys
In February 2020, Travel Smart Journeys (TSJ) was introduced as a trial on Bus Service 43e to help distribute peak-hour public transport demand by encouraging commuters to adopt alternative modes of travel. The trial benefitted residents in Punggol, Sengkang and Buangkok who were travelling to their workplaces in eastern Singapore.
Since March 2023, TSJ was extended to include five more bus services (City Direct Services 654, 660, 666, 671 and 672). The expansion will benefit more residents, including commuters travelling from Hougang to their workplaces in eastern and central parts of Singapore.
Commuters who travel during the weekday morning peak hours via the North-East Line from Punggol, Sengkang, Buangkok and Hougang stations—or any stations along the Punggol and Sengkang LRT lines—can stand to receive cash rewards by switching to the six bus services to their destinations in MacPherson, Marina Boulevard, Parkway Parade, Paya Lebar, Shenton Way or Tai Seng.
To qualify, commuters must
- First sign up for an account on the SimplyGo portal or the SimplyGo app
- Tap in at least four times within the last 30 days at Punggol, Sengkang, Buangkok, Hougang MRT station, or any station along the Punggol and Sengkang LRT lines from 7am to 9am
150 points, equivalent to $1.50, will be awarded per trip via the SimplyGo portal, when they switch to any of the 6 bus services – Bus Service 43e, City Direct Services 654, 660, 666, 671 and 672 from 7am to 9am on weekdays. Commuters who use these bus services regularly can potentially offset more than half their bus fares by using the points they earn. The points can be redeemed in 500-point blocks (equivalent to $5.00) into their travel cards.
For the bus routes details, please visit SimplyGo's website.