On-Demand Public Bus trial

WHAT IS THE TRIAL ABOUT?

The On-Demand Public Bus (ODPB) trial is an initiative by LTA to evaluate the feasibility of operating public bus services with routes and schedules based on real-time commuter demand, instead of following fixed routes and pre-determined timetables.

Using a mobile application, commuters will be able to book an ODPB ride by requesting to be picked up and dropped off at any bus stop within defined areas in Joo Koon, Marina-Downtown and from the Central Business District (CBD) to Bedok and Tampines via the Geylang corridor during the designated hours.

 

LOCATIONS OF THE ODPB TRIAL

Two public transport operators will be involved in the six-month period. SBS Transit Ltd will commence its weekday services from 17 December 2018 at two locations: Joo Koon and Marina-Downtown. The operational hours are as follows:

  Weekdays (excluding Public Holidays)
(from 17 December 2018)
Joo Koon 11am – 3pm 8.30pm – 11.30pm
Marina-Downtown 11am – 3pm 8.30pm – 11.45pm

SMRT Buses Ltd will commence the night ODPB service from 4 January 2019, in one direction from the CBD to Bedok and Tampines via the Geylang corridor. The operational hours are as follows:

  Fridays, Saturdays & Eve of Public Holidays
(from 4 January 2019)
CBD to Bedok & Tampines 11.30pm – 2am

See: Maps of ODPB Trial Areas and List of Bus Stops for ODPB

Watch the video to find out more about the ODPB:

 

SCHEDULED BUS SERVICES

In anticipation of lower demand, regular bus services will continue at lower frequencies during the ODPB trial. During the operating hours of the ODPB, Services 253, 255 and 257 in Joo Koon will operate at scheduled intervals of 30 minutes while Services 400 and 402 in Marina-Downtown will operate at scheduled intervals of 40 minutes.

NightRider NR7 will be suspended during the trial period from 4 January to 15 June 2019. Commuters who prefer the fixed route services can take Nite Owl 2N and 4N to travel to Bedok, Tampines or Pasir Ris.

See: Schedules of Low-Demand Bus Services

 

FARES FOR ODPB

For a start, commuters taking the weekday ODPB services will be charged a promotional fare based on a fixed distance of 3.2km, regardless of the actual distance travelled. Commuters taking the night ODPB service will pay a promotional flat fare of $4.50, the same as the existing fare of NightRider NR7.

  Weekday ODPB Night ODPB
Fare Fare based on a fixed distance of 3.2km Flat fare of $4.50
Distance-Fare Transfers Applicable Not Applicable
Concession Pass Applicable Not Applicable
Mode of Payment Payment modes supported on existing ticketing systems (contactless CEPAS cards, supported bank cards) and cash

See: Bus Fares & Ticketing

 

BOOKING AN ODPB RIDE

To use ODPB services, commuters will need to download mobile applications – BusGo (for Joo Koon) and BusNow (for Marina-Downtown and the Night ODPB) - from the Apple App Store or Android Play Store.

See: Tips for Commuters Taking the ODPB