Updated: 01/06/2014 21:53

BSEP programme to be completed by year end

BSEP programme to be completed by year end

The Land Transport Authority, LTA, has announced that all 550 buses under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) will be rolled out by the end of this year, two years ahead of plan. 

Since the start of BSEP, 120 existing bus services have been improved and 16 new bus services have been introduced. 

It says this has improved connectivity of the bus network in major housing estates such as Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Panjang, Punggol, Sengkang and Yishun. 

At the same time, waiting times have been shortened by 3 to 5 minutes for some bus services. 

The number of bus services with persistent crowding during peak periods has been reduced by about 70 per cent. 

Over the same period, 15 new BSEP bus services run by Public Transport Operators, PTOs, have been introduced to improve bus connectivity, at the rate of about one new basic bus service launched each month. 

A new feeder bus service to improve the connectivity in Sengkang will also be introduced in January. 

Details of the new route are being finalised and more information will be provided closer to the implementation date. 

To supplement the PTOs' bus services, LTA is also contracting private bus operators to run City Direct services. 

One such service was launched in Ang Mo Kio today. 

Later this month, another two new services will begin operations: in Bukit Batok and Sengkang. 

Three more CDS from West Coast, Sembawang and Jurong East will begin their operations in February.

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