Joint News Release by the Land Transport Authority, SBST & SMRT -
Improvements to 25 Bus Services in First Quarter 2014
Less Crowding, Shorter Waiting Times and Better Connectivity
1. By end March 2014, a total of 339 of the 550 Government-funded buses under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) have been deployed to improve 125 existing bus services and introduce 18 new bus services. This has helped reduce crowding, improved bus frequencies and provided better connectivity for commuters. Peak hour loading has improved, and scheduled intervals have decreased by about 1 to 5 minutes on average.
Better connectivity with new bus services
2. In addition to the 18 new bus services operated by the public transport operators (PTOs), seven City Direct Services (CDS) were added to the bus network by tapping on the resources of private bus operators.
3. From today, Peak Period Short Service (PPSS) 912P will begin operation to serve residents in Woodlands during weekday peak periods. Starting from Woodlands Regional Interchange, the service will overlay on existing Bus Service 912 and ply Woodlands Avenue 5, Woodlands Avenue 2, Woodlands Avenue 1 and loop at Woodlands Street 41 before going back to the bus interchange.
4. Another three PPSS will be introduced in Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, and Boon Lay in April and May 2014 respectively. Besides, one bus route will also be extended in the second quarter of 2014 to enhance connectivity for residents in Kallang. More information will be provided closer to the implementation date.
Improved bus services
5. To reduce crowding and waiting times, additional buses have been added to 25 bus services with heavy ridership during morning and evening peak hours in the first quarter of 2014. In all, 240 additional weekly peak hour bus trips have been added in the first quarter.
6. For example, SBS Transit Service 195 now runs more frequently at intervals of 8 to 12 minutes during morning peak period, from 10 to 13 minutes previously. Similarly, for evening peak period, the service now runs at 8 to 12 minute intervals instead of 8 to 15 minutes previously.
7. SMRT Service 972 now runs at 8 to 10 minute intervals during morning peak period, compared to the 11 to 12 minute intervals previously. It now runs at 10 to 12 minute intervals, instead of 13 to 15 minute intervals during evening peak period.
8. In addition, as part of the on-going quarterly bus service review process, the PTOs have also improved 20 bus services by deploying higher capacity buses and/or adding more bus trips along sectors that experience heavy ridership to better match demand along these sectors. In total, the operators have added 135 weekly trips during peak hours for these 20 services.
9. As announced by the Minister for Transport during the 2014 Committee of Supply debate, the Government will expand the BSEP and introduce another 450 buses from 2015 to 2017, with the bulk of the improvements to be completed by end 2016. This will bring the total number of Government-funded buses to 1,000. Together with the buses injected by the PTOs, as well as the CDS and PPSS operated by private bus operators, this will increase Singapore’s total bus fleet available for public bus services by 35%. The expanded BSEP will provide more resources to double the number of new routes from 40 announced previously to 80, and allow LTA to improve frequencies of feeder services as the next priority focus for the BSEP.
Annex A : Improvements to existing bus services (Jan-Mar 2014)
Annex B : Map of BSEP improvements
Annex C : Posters for PPSS 912P, 240P, 222P and 268P