SINGAPORE: Residents in Choa Chu Kang, Pasir Ris and Tampines can look forward to five additional bus services to bring them to nearby MRT stations and bus interchanges during peak periods next year.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said five additional Peak Period Short Services (PPSS) will be introduced progressively from the third quarter of 2014.
It is hoped that these short services will alleviate crowding, reduce waiting times and improve reliability during peak hours.
Commuters can expect at least five more bus trips per hour during the weekday morning and evening peak periods, on top of existing feeder bus services.
The current feeder bus services are 291, 293, 307, 358 and 359.
LTA called a tender on Monday to invite private bus operators to submit their cost proposals to operate the five new additional short bus services as part of the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
This is the second tranche of PPSS to be tendered, bringing the total number of short bus services to be implemented to 10.
The Transport Ministry had announced at the Committee of Supply 2013 that the resources of private bus operators would be tapped to run shorter bus services to augment the resources of the public transport operators.
LTA said successful private bus operators will have to apply for bus service licences from the Public Transport Council which regulates bus services. - CNA/gn
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