Two three-door buses which were showcased at the bus carnival and the Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition (SITCE) last year will soon be deployed on the roads. The two buses, a double-deck and a single-deck bus, will provide the Land Transport Authority (LTA) an opportunity to study the impact of such designs in improving commuter flow. LTA will work with two public bus operators, Tower Transit Singapore (TTS) and SMRT, to study this over a six-month period. Both buses are designed by ST Kinetics, and will include user friendly features such as passenger information display system, USB ports and wheelchair space.
2. The double-deck bus will be operated by TTS on Service 143 from 13 March 2017, while SMRT will run the single-deck bus from the second quarter of 2017. The service number for SMRT will be announced at a later date. The services will cover both residential and commercial areas and will allow LTA to gather feedback from a diverse group of commuters.
3. We had sought public feedback regarding new features on buses at the inaugural bus carnival last year. Of the 22,000 responses received, close to 90% of respondents were keen on having a third-door on buses, while more than 95% of respondents said a second staircase on double-deck buses would be useful. Two other popular features which are already being tested on the roads are buses with USB ports and a new passenger information display system.
4. LTA Group Director of Public Transport, Mr Yeo Teck Guan said: “The three-door bus concept was a hit with the public at the bus carnival last year. Deploying the three-door buses will allow us to study this concept further by observing commuter flow and how the bus adapts to the existing infrastructure. The review of public bus design is a key part of making public transport a choice mode of transport as we move towards a car-lite society.”
5. TTS Managing Director Andrew Bujtor said: “The deployment of the new three-door double-deck bus will help us understand if this layout is suitable for Singapore’s high-frequency bus services and how it might facilitate smoother boarding and alighting. At a broader level, it demonstrates our commitment to a commuter-centric, future-ready public bus service.”
6. Mr Tan Kian Heong, Managing Director, SMRT Buses and Roads Services, said: “We are delighted to partner LTA to introduce a new three-door single-deck bus. Our experience in operating buses with different configurations has provided us a wealth of information and commuter feedback, which will come in handy as we help LTA assess the suitability of three-door buses on Singapore’s roads. This is also part of SMRT’s continuous efforts to improve the overall journey experience of our commuters.”
7. LTA welcomes feedback from the commuters on the three-door buses. They can provide their feedback at https://www.lta.gov.sg/feedback/.