4 Services to be launched progressively from 2nd quarter 2014
- Three private bus operators (PBOs) have been awarded contracts with a total value of about $5 million to operate four Peak Period Short Services (PPSS) for two years under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). The four PPSS will overlay existing feeder bus services to connect residents in Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Boon Lay and Woodlands to nearby bus interchanges and/or MRT stations. The PPSS will be launched progressively from the second quarter of 2014.
- Commute Solutions LLP has been awarded two PPSS – one from Ang Mo Kio MRT station to Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 to complement Service 268 and one from Woodlands bus interchange to Woodlands Street 41 to complement Service 912 – for about $1.17 million and $1.15 million respectively.
- Tong Tar Transport Services Pte Ltd has been awarded the PPSS from Lakeside MRT station to Boon Lay MRT station, complementing Service 240, for about $1.7 million.
- ComfortDelgro Bus Pte Ltd has been awarded the PPSS from Bedok MRT station to Chai Chee Drive to complement Service 222, for a sum of about $1 million.
- Out of the five PPSS that were tendered out in September 2013, the PPSS from Woodlands bus interchange to Marsiling Road was not awarded as the bids submitted were either not compliant with the tender requirements or not competitively priced.
- All four PPSS will run at least five trips per hour during peak periods on weekday mornings and evenings, excluding public holidays. More trips may be added depending on the demand for these services. Further details will be announced closer to the implementation dates.
- This initiative is in line with the Ministry of Transport’s announcement at the Committee of Supply 2013 to tap on the resources of PBOs to run shorter bus services to augment the resources of the public transport operators (PTOs). The tendering process will allow the most cost-efficient operators to win the rights to operate the services. Successful operators will have to apply for bus service licences from the Public Transport Council (PTC), which regulates bus services.