25km of new bus lanes to be added by end of this year;
Mandatory Give Way to Bus Scheme implemented at 135 more bus bays by end 2014
1. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will expand the existing bus priority measures, including the Bus Lane and Mandatory Give Way to Buses (MGWTB) schemes, to more locations island-wide.
2. From mid October, implementation works will begin for 25km of new bus lanes at selected road corridors island-wide. These roads are selected as there are sufficiently high numbers of buses plying along the corridor, and there are sufficient traffic lanes to allow the implementation of new bus lanes. Currently, there are 23km of full-day bus lanes, and 155km of normal bus lanes. With the completion of the new bus lanes by end of 2013, there will be about 200km of bus lanes island-wide.
3 Besides new bus lanes, bus commuters can also expect more bus bays to be under the MGWTB scheme by end 2014. LTA will begin works to implement the scheme to another 135 bus bays from November 2013 onwards.
4. The expansion of the bus priority measures are aimed at improving overall reliability and speeds of buses en-route, so that commuters can experience more regular waiting times. It will also complement the ongoing Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), where additional buses will be added. By improving bus reliability, it will help shorten overall bus journey time and make public transport more attractive.
Extension of Normal Bus Lane Scheme
5. The new bus lanes will operate during the operational hours for the normal bus lane scheme from 7.30am to 9.30am and 5pm to 8pm on weekdays. The new bus lanes will be progressively implemented from mid October to the end of the year. The first 2.8km of new bus lanes along Kampong Bahru Road, Lorong 6 Toa Payoh and Orchard Boulevard are expected to be implemented from Monday, 14 October 2013.
6. LTA will announce the implementation dates for the other stretches progressively. Please refer to Annex A for the full list of roads where new bus lanes will be extended to.
7. The Bus Lane Scheme gives buses priority on the roads, while the MGWTB scheme enables buses to exit bus stops more smoothly, which improves over bus journey times to commuters. Since the last bus lane expansion programme in 2008, LTA has observed speed improvements of up to 7% along bus lanes.
8. For more information on how the bus lane scheme works, please refer to http://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/roads-and-motoring/road-safety-and-regulations/road-regulations.html
More Bus Bays with Mandatory Give-Way to Buses Scheme
9. Since 2008, LTA has progressively implemented the scheme at a total of 218 bus stops. When completed by end 2014, a total of about 300 bus stops island-wide will be covered under this scheme. Please refer to Annex B for the full list of roads where the scheme will be extended to.
10. The Mandatory Give Way to Buses Scheme is similar conceptually to a zebra crossing, except that it is meant for buses. When nearing a bus stop under this scheme, motorists will first see triangular give way markings on the road. These markings indicate that motorists approaching these bus stops need to slow down and watch in case buses are pulling out of the bus bay. Motorists come to a complete stop before the give way line and give way to buses exiting the bus bay at the location. Motorists may continue their journey once the bus has successfully exited the bus bay and no other buses are pulling out from the bus bay.
11. For more information on the details of the MGTWB scheme, please refer to http://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/public-transport/buses/mandatory-give-way-to-buses-scheme.html