We refer to Mr Ronald Chan’s letter ‘Extend incentive scheme to bus commuters’ (The Straits Times, 17 Jul 2014).
We thank Mr Chan for his positive feedback on the Incentives for Singapore’s Commuters (INSINC) programme that has incentivised many train commuters to travel outside weekday morning peak hours, thereby reducing crowding.
Unlike the rail network where crowding is concentrated on certain stretches in the morning peak hours, crowding on buses tends to be localised without the same predictable patterns that we observe on the MRT for a reasonably targeted scheme to be rolled out. To reduce peak hour crowding on buses, we have expanded the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) by another 450 buses from the original 550 buses announced in 2012. This will add more capacity on buses.
To date, more than 360 BSEP buses have been added on the roads. By 2017, a total of 1,000 BSEP buses will be running. Together with new buses injected by the public transport operators, as well as the more new City Direct Services and Peak Period Short Services run by private bus operators, it will increase the total bus fleet by 35%. With the additional buses, crowdedness and waiting times on buses will be progressively brought down further especially during peak periods.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority