Updated: 04/14/2014 20:11

Less crowding, shorter waiting times and better connectivity on buses

Less crowding, shorter waiting times and better connectivity on buses

339 of the 550 government-funded buses under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) have been deployed by end March. 

A joint statement by the two public transport operators and the Land Transport Authoroity, says the buses were used to improve 125 existing services and introduce 18 new bus services. 

As a result peak hour loading has improved, and scheduled intervals have fallen by about 1 to 5 minutes on average. 

Apart from the 18 new bus services, seven City Direct Services were added to the bus network by tapping on the resources of private bus operators. 

From today, Peak Period Short Service (PPSS) 912P will begin operation to serve residents in Woodlands during weekday peak periods. 

Another three PPSS will be introduced in Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, and Boon Lay in April and May. 

The PTOs have also improved 20 bus services that experience heavy ridership. 

Another 450 buses will be introduced from 2015 to 2017 under the government's expanded BSEP, with the bulk of the improvements to be completed by end 2016. 

This will bring the total number of Government-funded buses to 1,000. 

The expanded BSEP will provide more resources to double the number of new routes to 80, and allow LTA to improve frequencies of feeder services as the next priority focus for the BSEP.

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