1. Four new Peak Period Short Services (PPSS) designed to alleviate crowding, reduce waiting times and improve reliability during peak hours will begin operations from April 2014. The implementation dates for the four PPSS are:
a. 14 April 2014 : Service 912P in Woodlands;
b. 22 April 2014 : Service 240P in Boon Lay;
c. 29 April 2014 : Service 222P in Bedok; and
d. 6 May 2014 : Service 268P in Ang Mo Kio.
2. Operated by private bus operators (PBOs), these services will overlay on existing Feeder Bus Services 222, 240, 268, and 912. For a start, all four PPSS will operate at least five trips per hour during weekday morning and evening peak periods (except on public holidays) to connect commuters to nearby MRT stations and/or bus interchanges.
3. Service 912P will commence operation from 14 April 2014. Operated by Commute Solutions and BT&Tan Transport, it will start from Woodlands Regional Interchange and ply Woodlands Avenue 5, Avenue 2, Avenue 1 and loop at Woodlands Street 41 before returning to Woodlands Regional Interchange. Service 912P will operate between 6.00am and 8.00am during weekday mornings and between 5.15pm and 7.15pm on weekday evenings.
4. Tong Tar Transport Services will start Service 240P from Lakeside MRT Station on 22 April 2014. The service will ply Boon Lay Way, Corporation Road, Boon Lay Drive, Boon Lay Place and Boon Lay Avenue, and make a loop at Jurong West Street 64 to connect to Boon Lay MRT Station, before returning to Lakeside MRT Station. Service 240P will operate between 6.00am and 7.30am during weekday mornings and between 5.00pm and 6.30pm on weekday evenings.
5. ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd will operate Service 222P from 29 April 2014. The service from Bedok MRT Station will ply New Upper Changi Road, Chai Chee Road, Chai Chee Street and Chai Chee Drive before heading back to Bedok MRT Station via New Upper Changi Road. Service 222P will operate between 5.45am and 7.45am during weekday mornings and between 4.45pm and 6.45pm on weekday evenings.
6. Service 268P will start its operation on 6 May 2014. In the forward direction, the bus service will serve Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9, Avenue 4, Avenue 3 and end at the bus stop outside Ang Mo Kio MRT Station. In the return direction, it will start from the bus stop opposite Ang Mo Kio MRT Station and take the reverse route back to Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9. Service 268P will operate between 6.30am and 8.30am during weekday mornings and between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on weekday evenings.
7. PPSS will charge distance fares, similar to the feeder services that they overlay on.
8. 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 operate short bus routes to augment the resources of the Public Transport Operators, so as to provide commuters with additional options to get to major transport nodes.
Annex: Posters of the four Peak Period Short Services