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Old November 2nd, 2005, 05:18 PM   #61
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SMRT introduces Service 882 in conjunction with opening of Sembawang Bus Interchange on 20 November 2005

1) On Sunday, 20 November 2005, SMRT will launch Service 882 in conjunction with the opening of Sembawang Bus Interchange which is located along Sembawang Vista, next to Sembawang MRT Station. SMRT bus services 167, 859, 980 and 981 will also be amended to operate from the new interchange.

2) Three other services, namely 169, 856 and 962 will continue to serve Sembawang Town enroute from Woodlands and Yishun interchanges.

3) Introduction of Service 882 and amendments to services 167, 859, 980 and 981

Service 882: Sembawang Interchange to Sembawang Road End (loop)
Service 882 will serve the town from the interchange to Sembawang Park via Sembawang Vista, Canberra Road, Canberra Link and Sembawang Road.

Service 167: Sembawang Interchange to Bukit Merah Interchange
Service 167 will be relocated from Sembawang Road End Terminal to operate from the interchange. The service will ply Sembawang Vista, Canberra Road, Canberra Link, Sembawang Road and thereafter continue along its existing route to Bukit Merah Interchange.


Service 859: Sembawang Interchange to Yishun (loop)
The service will be extended to enhance connectivity between neighbourhoods 3, 4 and 5, and to provide access to the mosque, wet market, school and other amenities along Canberra Road. It will operate via Sembawang Vista, Canberra Road, Admiralty Lane, Admiralty Link, Sembawang Drive, Admiralty Drive, Sembawang Crescent and thereafter continue along its existing route to Yishun Interchange.

Service 980: Sembawang Interchange to Lorong 1 Geylang Terminal
Service 980 will be relocated from Admiralty Road West Terminal to operate from Sembawang Interchange. The service will ply Sembawang Vista, Sembawang Drive, Sembawang Avenue and thereafter continue along its existing route to Lorong 1 Geylang Terminal. Commuters using the bus stops along Canberra Road have access to Service 856.

Service 981: Sembawang Interchange to Senoko Industrial Estate
The service will be extended from Sembawang Way to Sembawang Interchange via Sembawang Drive and Sembawang Vista.


4) The adult fares on new Service 882 and amended services 167, 859, 980 and 981 are based on distance travelled. The guidelines on concession fares for senior citizens and children/students continue to apply.

5) The new Sembawang Bus Interchange, conveniently co-located with Sembawang MRT Station, will serve as an integrated transport hub where commuters can enjoy easy access to both bus and train services. The interchange will also replace the roadside terminals at Sembawang Road End and Admiralty Road West.

6) Information on the service changes will be disseminated to commuters through posters at bus stops of affected routes (click here to see map), service guides on board affected buses as well as service information boards at Sembawang Bus Interchange.

7) Commuters may contact Transitlink Hotline at 1800-2255663 or SMRT Customer Relations Centre at 1800- 3368900 for information on the service changes.
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Old November 2nd, 2005, 05:21 PM   #62
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SBS Transit will introduce a new Service 109, plying between Serangoon Int and Changi Village Ter.

The launch date is tentatively set for Sunday, 13th November.
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Old November 11th, 2005, 08:37 AM   #63
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SBS Transit is launching a new Parks service to Mount Faber this Sunday. That is one service that should have come out long ago.

And that is not the only surprise we are getting from SBST. It will be the first service to end service at 3am, 7 days a week. It will be a night service on weekdays, and a full day service on weekends.
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That sounds like good news for Mt Faber fans
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Old November 13th, 2005, 08:09 AM   #65
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That sounds like good news for Mt Faber fans
Yes. Meanwhile, we got wind of another news that many in the West will either thrill or shrill, especially those who are used to taking Express 502.

Bad: It will now skip the whole of Clementi and Holland.
Bad: There are now 3 different branches (unprecedented, wasn't allowed previously as part of PTC rules) named 502, 502X and 502Y.

Good: It gets extended to Pioneer and Jurong West.
Good: It will now ply the PIE, entering at either JJC or Toh Tuck Ave.
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Old November 14th, 2005, 03:31 AM   #66
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Yes. Meanwhile, we got wind of another news that many in the West will either thrill or shrill, especially those who are used to taking Express 502.

Bad: It will now skip the whole of Clementi and Holland.
Bad: There are now 3 different branches (unprecedented, wasn't allowed previously as part of PTC rules) named 502, 502X and 502Y.

Good: It gets extended to Pioneer and Jurong West.
Good: It will now ply the PIE, entering at either JJC or Toh Tuck Ave.
HUH? 3 alternatives for Express 502?!!!!

The Jurong East Ave 1, Jurong West Ave 1 route is dropped if it enters PIE via JJC?

It should enter PIE via Toh Tuck Ave as there are some passenger loads along this route.

I wanna direct service from Taman Jurong to Orchard!!!!
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Old November 14th, 2005, 03:56 PM   #67
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HUH? 3 alternatives for Express 502?!!!!

The Jurong East Ave 1, Jurong West Ave 1 route is dropped if it enters PIE via JJC?

It should enter PIE via Toh Tuck Ave as there are some passenger loads along this route.

I wanna direct service from Taman Jurong to Orchard!!!!
502 and 502Y will still ply Jurong East/West Ave 1 and enters PIE at Toh Tuck Ave. The good thing is it skips the whole of Clementi and Holland. But it may be the bad thing for some.

502X will enter PIE at JJC, so those peeps at the far west don't have to sit until butt pain.

Bascally:
502 is Pioneer Rd North to Suntec via Boon Lay Ave, Jurong West Ave 1, Toh Guan Rd and Toh Tuck Ave (full route),
502X is Pionner Rd North to Suntec via Boon Lay Ave and PIE (JJC),
502Y is Jurong West Ave 1 to Suntec via Toh Guan Rd and Toh Tuck Ave.


All will exit at Whitley Rd then go Stevens Rd and Orange Grove Rd, coming out at Orchard Towers. Home-bound will turn into Scotts Rd, last stop opposite Far East Plaza then express back to Jurong.
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502 and 502Y will still ply Jurong East/West Ave 1 and enters PIE at Toh Tuck Ave. The good thing is it skips the whole of Clementi and Holland. But it may be the bad thing for some.

502X will enter PIE at JJC, so those peeps at the far west don't have to sit until butt pain.

Bascally:
502 is Pioneer Rd North to Suntec via Boon Lay Ave, Jurong West Ave 1, Toh Guan Rd and Toh Tuck Ave (full route),
502X is Pionner Rd North to Suntec via Boon Lay Ave and PIE (JJC),
502Y is Jurong West Ave 1 to Suntec via Toh Guan Rd and Toh Tuck Ave.


All will exit at Whitley Rd then go Stevens Rd and Orange Grove Rd, coming out at Orchard Towers. Home-bound will turn into Scotts Rd, last stop opposite Far East Plaza then express back to Jurong.
Surely people will get confused. Quite incredible to have 3 different route for one service 502!

Should have seperate number for these routes.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 01:18 PM   #69
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806 will also be amended to ply ave 11, ave 6 and st 31 soon. preparations for it were spotted alrd, alongside those made for the opening of sembawang int.

elections are coming lo...
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Surely people will get confused. Quite incredible to have 3 different route for one service 502!

Should have seperate number for these routes.
502X and 502Y are confirmed to be peak-hour only services, like fast forward.
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Old November 20th, 2005, 05:48 AM   #71
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Responding to the reader's letter on Lianhe Zaobao today (read excerpt), the last NAC bus (Volvo Olympian 2-axle DD, SBS7297R, now on Service 93) will retire on 23rd Feb 2012, assuming that the lifespan of omnibuses stay at 17 years.

That's a good 6 and a half yrs from now.

Preview of amendments to Express 502.


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Old November 26th, 2005, 05:50 AM   #72
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806 will also be amended to ply ave 11, ave 6 and st 31 soon. preparations for it were spotted alrd, alongside those made for the opening of sembawang int.

elections are coming lo...
update: the changes will be on sunday, 5th dec 2005, as spotted at yishun int. i'll get an illustration as soon as i can, since SMRTB website has no update on it.
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Old November 27th, 2005, 03:02 AM   #73
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Nov 27, 2005
TOP OF THE NEWS
Top bus woes: Long wait and overcrowding

By K.C. Vijayan

BUS commuters have two major complaints: they are waiting too long for the bus and resent having to squeeze into overcrowded buses, the latest public transport survey shows.

The bus passenger satisfaction survey of some 1,000 regular bus passengers islandwide also shows a dip in the overall satisfaction level for bus services.

The rating, on a scale of one to 10, slipped to 6.4 this year, from 6.86 last year.

Commuters polled in the annual survey - commissioned by the Public Transport Council (PTC), the industry regulator - said bus companies need to shape up on these two fronts. They want shorter waiting times and less overcrowding on buses.

These grouses are not new - they were among the top four bugbears in last year's survey, the first one conducted. It was the same story in a 2003 audit of bus service standards by the council.

'I get tired of having to wait for 15 minutes,' said marketing executive Johnny Koh, 35. 'What's worse, sometimes the driver drives slowly.'

So, why has it taken so long to lick these problems?

PTC chairman Gerard Ee told The Sunday Times yesterday that commuters cannot expect a 'miracle' and said motorists had to do their part by staying out of the bus lanes at peak hours.

He said: 'There is a lot of room for improvement, but to put all the blame on bus operators would be grossly unfair as there are 1,001 factors to be considered.

'We have to keep pushing at it. I don't think this report will produce a miracle, but the surveys help us to look at areas to tweak as we go along and improve.'

He said the PTC intends to sit down with bus operators and explore ways to tackle the situation.

But things should get better with recent changes, he added.

For one, the Land Transport Authority has introduced, as a pilot project - an all-day bus lane system on busy Orchard Road to improve the traffic flow. If it is successful, it may be extended to other roads.

Both the bus companies - SBS Transit and SMRT Buses - said they would look at the survey to see how they can improve.

SBS Transit, which controls 75 per cent of the business, said it has made several improvements, such as introducing eight new services this year and lengthening the routes of another four to cover more areas.

Spokesman Tammy Tan said that traffic congestion is not predictable and is beyond the firm's control, but said the company would work with the authorities to see what more can be done to give buses priority on the roads.

An SMRT spokesman said the company would continue to try and match commuter demand.

Despite the bugbears, the survey also had positive results.

For instance, seven out of 10 commuters were more than satisfied with the services. Almost nine in 10 felt fares were affordable, up from seven in 10 last year.

But commuters The Sunday Times interviewed yesterday want more.

Clerk Tham Ngan Chan, 55, said courteous bus drivers do not quite make up for having to wait 15 minutes for the bus, which takes her from Jurong to her workplace.

Ms Catherine Tan, 45, a customer service officer who waits 20 minutes for her bus in the morning, said she has grown weary of surveys. 'We have them all the time,' she said. 'But after the surveys, the improvements are slight.'

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send in more complaints and you'll see three 174 arriving close after one another in the moring peak.
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send in more complaints and you'll see three 174 arriving close after one another in the moring peak.
That efficient ah??
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 05:07 AM   #76
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Dec 2, 2005
21 new SBS bus services in one year
13 target specific commuter groups such as tourists and senior citizens

By Goh Chin Lian

TRANSPORT operator SBS Transit has introduced an unprecedented 21 new bus services in the past 12 months, up from the usual two or three each year.

Thirteen of these services target specific groups of commuters - from tourists and senior citizens to park-goers and people willing to pay more for a faster ride to their workplace downtown, in Changi and Science Park.

The remaining eight services ply from town to town, and to popular destinations.

They include services that link Bishan to Jurong East, Bukit Merah, Pasir Ris and Changi Airport, as well as Punggol to Upper East Coast Road and Changi Airport.

Passengers on these services are even getting dining discounts and freebies, from coffee creamers to Lux shampoo, in a promotional drive by the operator.

SBS Transit's director of service development for buses, Mr Vincent Loh, told The Straits Times: 'The days when people took what you gave them are over. We want to add value and fun in travelling to satisfy our customers, not just offer run-of-the-mill services.'

Commuters want shorter waiting and travel times, and less overcrowding on buses, based on the latest survey commissioned by the Public Transport Council (PTC). The overall satisfaction level of some 1,000 regular bus passengers, on a scale of one to 10, slipped to 6.4 this year, from 6.86 last year.

Mr Loh said SBS Transit's new services record at least 45,000 passenger rides every day, including 5,000 trips on the 13 'niche' services. Some of the passengers could have switched from other SBS Transit services, he said.

He declined to give figures for specific services, but said the direct service carrying mainly senior citizens between Ang Mo Kio and Chinatown has been 'very encouraging'.

SBS Transit runs more than 200 bus services, averaging more than two million passenger rides daily. In the past year, it also terminated two bus services that duplicated its Sengkang and Punggol LRT lines.

It plans to start more bus services in the coming year. The PTC is considering its application for a bus service that runs through Sengkang and Punggol towns to Yishun. It is also looking at quicker links from Ang Mo Kio, Bedok and Tampines to the Central Business District.

Said Mr Loh: 'People want to go to those areas at specific times. They want to be fast and spot on where they are going to.'

The PTC said SBS Transit has applied for 26 services since January this year. The council rejected the application for six express services between Ang Mo Kio and Hougang towns and the Central Business District because they 'would duplicate the MRT service and is not in line with the principle of integrated public transport', a PTC spokesman said.

The PTC said it considers various factors before approving a new service, including the benefits to commuters and its impact on other bus and train services.

Transport operator SMRT, which runs 75 bus services, launched one new service in the last 12 months.

Service 882 began plying within Sembawang town, with the opening of the new Sembawang Bus Interchange last month, next to Sembawang MRT station.

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Dec 2, 2005
Niche services and faster rides

CityBuzz

Three services loop within the city area covering Orchard Road, Chinatown and Little India, from 10am to 10pm daily at 15-minute intervals. Targeted at tourists and fares at $1 a ride. A $5 CityBuzzPass gives unlimited rides for a day, as well as discounts and perks at more than 35 restaurants, museums, cafes, pubs and shops.

Chinatown Direct

Three half-hourly services operate between Chinatown and Ang Mo Kio, Bedok and Clementi from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and up to 10pm on weekends. They cater mainly to senior citizens travelling during off-peak hours. The fare is $1 for senior citizens and children, and $1.80 for adults.

Parks

Two loop services depart every half hour from HarbourFront Interchange. Parks 408 goes to Labrador Park (9am to 7pm on weekends and public holidays), while Parks 409 goes to Mount Faber (6pm to 3am on weekdays, 7am to 3am on weekends and public holidays). The fare is $1 for adults. Concessionary travel applies.

Fast Forward

Five services call at fewer bus stops during morning and evening peak hours, cutting travel time by 10 to 15 minutes. They link passengers from Jurong East, Boon Lay and East Coast to the Central Business District and Orchard Road, as well as from Bedok to Pasir Panjang, and from Hougang Central to Changi Airport Cargo Complex. The adult ez-link fare ranges from $1.53 to $2.31.

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I don't know about the other niche bus services but all I know is that CityBuzz is a total waste of money. Even though it only arrives half hourly, there's hardly a soul on the bus. Go to Orchard Road or City Hall for a look!!! Furthermore, they use the new low floor buses on these routes when no one's riding them... Tourists just don't trust buses, they are complicated, and these bus services don't really get advertised to them at the airport or anything...
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Have to wait 15 mins for a bus, no wonder it's a failure......I can just take the MRT and reach my destination WITHIN 15 mins.....
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I don't know about the other niche bus services but all I know is that CityBuzz is a total waste of money. Even though it only arrives half hourly, there's hardly a soul on the bus. Go to Orchard Road or City Hall for a look!!! Furthermore, they use the new low floor buses on these routes when no one's riding them... Tourists just don't trust buses, they are complicated, and these bus services don't really get advertised to them at the airport or anything...
Quite true... But I never had to wait very long time to catch a CityBuzz. Maybe I was just very lucky :-)
In fact they are quite convenient, I think you're completely right about what the tourists think ;-)
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