Services to be launched progressively from 2nd quarter 2014
Less crowding, shorter waiting times for feeder bus services
- Three private bus operators (PBOs) have been awarded contracts to operate five Peak Period Short Services (PPSS) for two years under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). The five PPSS will overlay existing feeder bus services to connect residents in Choa Chu Kang, Pasir Ris, and Tampines to nearby bus interchanges and/or MRT stations. These PPSS will be launched progressively from the second quarter of 2014. This is the second batch of PPSS to be awarded, bringing the total number of PPSS to be launched to nine to date.
- All five PPSS will run at least five trips per hour during peak periods on weekday mornings and evenings, excluding public holidays. These supplementary services will help to alleviate crowding, reduce waiting times and improve reliability of feeder bus services during peak hours. More trips may be added depending on the demand for these services. Further details will be announced closer to the implementation dates.
- Travel GSH Pte Ltd has been awarded three PPSS:
- PPSS from Tampines Bus Interchange to Tampines Street 32/33 to complement SBST Bus Service 291 (contract value: about $1.5 million),
- PPSS from Tampines Bus Interchange to Tampines Avenue 9/Street 45 to complement SBST Bus Service 293 (contact value: about $1.5 million), and
- PPSS from Pasir Ris Bus Interchange to Pasir Ris Drive 4 to complement SBST Bus Service 358 (contract value: about $1.2 million).
- Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd has been awarded the PPSS from Choa Chu Kang MRT Station to Choa Chu Kang Street 62, complementing SMRT Bus Service 307 (contract value: about $1.3 million).
- Loh Gim Chong Transport has been awarded the PPSS from Pasir Ris Bus Interchange to Pasir Ris Street 11 to complement SBST Bus Service 359 (contract value: about $1.1 million).
- The PPSS 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 short bus services to augment the resources of the public transport operators (PTOs). The tendering process allows the most cost-efficient operators to win the rights to operate these services. Successful operators have to apply for bus service licences from the Public Transport Council (PTC), which regulates bus services.
 The first batch of 4 PPSS Contracts was awarded in January 2014 and will be launched progressively from second quarter of 2014.