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Old December 24th, 2006, 09:50 AM   #101
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Old December 24th, 2006, 04:03 PM   #102
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SBS TRANSIT'S CITYBUZZ Services Withdrawn From 1 January 2007
My guess and the obvious: PATHETIC PASSENGER LOADS!
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Old December 24th, 2006, 10:26 PM   #103
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There will be 4 new services from SBS Transit. Services 45 and 185 will start from Boxing Day, the others in January.

5: Pasir Ris to Bt Merah (TBC)
45: Ang Mo Kio Depot to Upp East Coast Rd
175: Clementi to Lor 1 Geylang
185: Soon Lee Depot to Buona Vista
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There will be 4 new services from SBS Transit. Services 45 and 185 will start from Boxing Day, the others in January.

5: Pasir Ris to Bt Merah (TBC)
45: Ang Mo Kio Depot to Upp East Coast Rd
175: Clementi to Lor 1 Geylang
185: Soon Lee Depot to Buona Vista
SBS Transit is introducing new services at this expense of not improving existing services? Shaking my head.
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Old December 25th, 2006, 05:26 PM   #105
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Well, they seem to be focusing on providing better links than SMRT with all these limited express services.

I think it's the prelude to the merger of the 2 groups.
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Old December 25th, 2006, 06:13 PM   #106
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i really like to ride this bus but now omg i can't believe it
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Old December 26th, 2006, 04:53 AM   #107
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because its not well recieved... you can always see them empty. and they are using new double deckers. sure lose money
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Old January 7th, 2007, 11:59 PM   #108
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This story was printed from TODAYonline

All revved up for a place to park

Common terminal to house overland bus services needed to meet demand, raise standards: Bus association

Monday • January 8, 2007

Leong Wee Keat
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WITH world-class check-in services, shop-till-you-drop duty-free outlets, free Internet, video games and movies, it's not surprising that air travellers taking off from Singapore's airport are spoilt for choice.

Seafarers setting sail may soon also enjoy a new mega cruise centre downtown.

In contrast, travellers boarding buses from Singapore to destinations across the Causeway have to wait by the road or in an empty car park with their luggage strewn around them. There is no shelter from the rain and sun, nor air-conditioning to beat the humidity.

At Beach Road, the busiest boarding point for cross-border bus trips, passengers often have to lug their bags in the dark, weaving in and out of parked buses with their engines running, to get to the right bus.

But if a proposal to build a new bus terminal opposite Harbourfront gets the nod from the authorities, passengers on express buses and coaches — some 1.1 million of them every year — could soon find themselves on equal footing with those who fly or cruise.

The Express Bus Agencies Association (EBAA) already has the financial backing of a local listed conglomerate and more than 30 bus companies indicating their interest in setting up operations at a common terminal.

They have even identified the site for the "world-class" bus terminal: The car park at Seah Im Road, off Telok Blangah Road (see map, right). The plot, the size of a football field, is their top choice among the other possible locations they have shortlisted at Victoria Street, Outram Park and Jurong East.

On the drawing board, the air-conditioned, multi-storey terminal will have facilities similar to those at the airport and cruise centre here. There will be arrival and departure lounges with food and beverage outlets, custom and immigration facilities, and security amenities to help screen luggage and passengers. A 2- to 3-star hotel, with a capacity of 400 rooms, has also been pencilled in — perhaps built within the terminal or next to it, to provide tired travellers with an accommodation alternative.

The proposed site sits just below the Cable Car Towers and next to the Harbourfront Bus Terminal.

Passengers would be able to connect to the nearby MRT station, and overland buses can use the nearby Ayer Rajah Expressway to head for the Tuas Second Link, said Mr Sebastian Yap, who chairs the EBAA committee on terminal services and facilities.

And, when the Sentosa integrated resort is completed in 2010, tourists can hop onto a shuttle bus or cable car and head for Genting International's Resort Worlds.

The only missing element now, it seems, is the green light from the authorities.

Said EBAA president Johnny Lim: "In every city you need a bus terminal because this is the cheapest way of ferrying people in and out of the city. If you have a world-class airport and a port, why not a bus terminal?"

Since the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) rejected a proposal to convert Turf City into a bus terminal in 2004, EBAA said it has been in dialogue with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on the issue. But while sites in Tuas and Kranji have been offered to EBAA, the association feels the sites are too far from the city centre.

"We have our resources lined up but without approval from the authorities, we cannot proceed," Mr Yap told Today. "Building a bus terminal involves a multi-agency effort and parties such as the URA, STB and Land Transport Authority need to be involved to help fulfil this vision."

When approached for an update, STB would only tell Today that it has been providing tourism input to the relevant parties on the proposed building of a centralised terminal for buses travelling between Singapore and Malaysia.

But a decision should be made soon, said Mr Yap and other bus companies. In the past 10 years, the number of passengers travelling to Singapore by bus has doubled, to 4,000 passengers daily. At this rate, the existing facilities may not be enough to cope with demand, said Mr Yap, who is also the managing director of Regent Star Travel.

Operations of express bus companies remain scattered here, with at least 10 different pick-up locations spread across the island. Most of the express bus services are now based at Golden Mile Complex, where passengers board and alight right off the road.

Housewife Mrs Peggy Ng, who makes regular trips to Malaysia by bus, said this is less than desirable.

"You have buses parked at Beach Road and traffic weaving in and out. It is a safety hazard," she said, adding that a lack of amenities, such as lockers, means passengers could lose their luggage to thieves.

Mr Cedric Foo, the Government Parliamentary Committee chairman for transport, said the relevant authorities should look into EBAA's proposal for a common bus terminal. "From a transport point of view, there is a demand. There are people who want to travel to Malaysia and Singapore via bus," he said. "Just as we plan for an airport and a cruise port, we should also plan for a common bus terminal."

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Old January 8th, 2007, 10:36 AM   #109
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perhaps the authorities put little priority on developing a bus terminal because its got the least economic benefits.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 01:02 PM   #110
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Old March 6th, 2007, 01:03 PM   #111
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Old March 7th, 2007, 05:22 PM   #112
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Heh... Seems I really need to buy a new bus guide ^ ^;
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Old March 10th, 2007, 04:23 AM   #113
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More premium bus services to heartlands
Weekend • March 10, 2007

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THE good news for commuters sick of long waiting times and crowded buses is, operators are queuing up to offer premium bus services to the HDB heartlands — including far-flung estates such as Punggol and Loyang.

Barely two weeks after the guidelines for premium bus services were revised on Feb 1, the Public Transport Council (PTC) received more than 40 new applications, compared to the one or so a month previously, said Transport Minister Raymond Lim.

And as of March 9, two routes have been approved — one from Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 to Shenton Way, and another from The Gardens at Bishan condominium to Bishan MRT station. Both operators will have to get their routes going within three months.

Chairman of Singapore School Transport Association, Mr Wong Ann Lin, was thrilled that his 750-member group was awarded the licence to run the Ang Mo Kio route. "We hope it will be a success," he said.

The tentative plans are to have up to six buses plying this new route every 10 to 15 minutes during the morning and evening peak hours. Fares could cost up to $3.

In all, there are now 12 premium bus services, with 44 more — proposed by six operators, including SBS Transit — waiting for the green light.

Other new players include Transcity Bus Services and Ackzo6-Ventures, which propose to serve areas such as Bukit Panjang, Punggol and Loyang, taking commuters to the Central Business District.

Operations manager of Ackzo6-Ventures, Mr Elliot Lin, said: "Before the North-East Line was built, there used to be Express 501 running through Punggol. From our surveys, we found that people still like such services." If approved, his two routes will run in the morning and charge $2.50 per trip.

Commuters, especially those who work in the CBD, are heartened by the greater number of options.

Said Punggol resident, Wendy Chung, 22: "There are now only one or two buses serving the Punggol Field area. I have to wait up to 20 minutes for a bus. With this premium service, there will be more specific arrival times so that's good."
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Old March 11th, 2007, 08:10 PM   #114
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speaking of premium bus services, i;ve seen many 6xx service bus numbers on the bus stops , but have yet to see one, are these premium bus services?
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Old March 11th, 2007, 08:35 PM   #115
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Real-time bus arrival info at bus stops

By Julian Lim - Mar 09, 2007
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The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced today that it would be working with public transport operators on a trial to display real-time bus arrival information at high-traffic bus stops.

According to LTA's press release, commuters are expected to benefit by being able to "better manage waiting time and transfers, as well as make more informed travel decisions".

20 bus stops in the Orchard Road area and another 10 in two HDB towns will be outfitted with LED information panels. More panels will be introduced at other bus stops around the city and regional centres based on public feedback on the trial.

LTA spokesperson, Miss Naleeza Ebrahim told AsiaOne that these real-time updates would be transmitted via the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) network from the bus operator's system to the display panels.

Another initiative that LTA hopes will improve the commuter experience is the Electronic Bus Journey Planner that will allow users to plan their travel routes more effectively. LTA will provide funding to TransitLink for the development of this system to be hosted on the Transitlink website, and will cover routes of both SBS Transit and SMRT Buses.

Trials for both projects are slated to begin in July 2007.

A total of $5 million has been set aside for the development of these initiatives, which LTA is confident will cover the full costs of implementation, and will not translate into higher fares for consumers.

Miss Ng Yiqing, 20, an undergraduate, feels that the real-time bus arrival times would be helpful for her commutes from campus to town, but is concerned that these display panels could end up being targets for vandals.

However, Mr Tan Kaichin, who takes the bus daily to work, is skeptical about the benefits of the bus arrival information panels.

"I've waited for 25 minutes sometimes for a bus, and the terminal is just next to my bus stop."

"If the bus doesn't come, then it doesn't come."

The LTA hopes to tweak both systems based on feedback received from commuters. LTA's hotline: 1800-CALL LTA (1800-2255 582)
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Old March 11th, 2007, 09:16 PM   #116
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Old March 12th, 2007, 07:59 AM   #117
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By Julian Lim - Mar 09, 2007
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The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced today that it would be working with public transport operators on a trial to display real-time bus arrival information at high-traffic bus stops.

According to LTA's press release, commuters are expected to benefit by being able to "better manage waiting time and transfers, as well as make more informed travel decisions".

20 bus stops in the Orchard Road area and another 10 in two HDB towns will be outfitted with LED information panels. More panels will be introduced at other bus stops around the city and regional centres based on public feedback on the trial.

LTA spokesperson, Miss Naleeza Ebrahim told AsiaOne that these real-time updates would be transmitted via the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) network from the bus operator's system to the display panels.

Another initiative that LTA hopes will improve the commuter experience is the Electronic Bus Journey Planner that will allow users to plan their travel routes more effectively. LTA will provide funding to TransitLink for the development of this system to be hosted on the Transitlink website, and will cover routes of both SBS Transit and SMRT Buses.

Trials for both projects are slated to begin in July 2007.

A total of $5 million has been set aside for the development of these initiatives, which LTA is confident will cover the full costs of implementation, and will not translate into higher fares for consumers.

Miss Ng Yiqing, 20, an undergraduate, feels that the real-time bus arrival times would be helpful for her commutes from campus to town, but is concerned that these display panels could end up being targets for vandals.

However, Mr Tan Kaichin, who takes the bus daily to work, is skeptical about the benefits of the bus arrival information panels.

"I've waited for 25 minutes sometimes for a bus, and the terminal is just next to my bus stop."

"If the bus doesn't come, then it doesn't come."

The LTA hopes to tweak both systems based on feedback received from commuters. LTA's hotline: 1800-CALL LTA (1800-2255 582)
There is no need for full sized LED panels the size of TVs actually if they are thinking about it. A simple LED one line display like those at NEL MRT Stations would be sufficient, like in Taipei and Kaohsiung, where the text will scroll "Service 7: 4 MINS.............Service 147: 15 MINS". Certainly saves a lot of costs.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 02:12 PM   #118
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There is no need for full sized LED panels the size of TVs actually if they are thinking about it. A simple LED one line display like those at NEL MRT Stations would be sufficient, like in Taipei and Kaohsiung, where the text will scroll "Service 7: 4 MINS.............Service 147: 15 MINS". Certainly saves a lot of costs.
But LCDs come so cheap now, maybe it's cheaper than designing a custom-made display ;-) Anyway, whatever the system they choose, it would be a great improvement ! :-) I'm all for it !
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But LCDs come so cheap now, maybe it's cheaper than designing a custom-made display ;-) Anyway, whatever the system they choose, it would be a great improvement ! :-) I'm all for it !


Nope LCDs would definitely still be much much more expensive than a NEL like LED display. For the sake of not having round after round of fare hikes, I am hoping they choose this tech instead.

But of course having such a system does lots to improving the commuter experience... We have a lot of catching up to our East Asian neighbours.
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scrolling LEDs sounds like to way to go, a custom one as drawn by mediacorp in the pic, would be expensive to maintain, unless they do it like the next bus arrival system in bus interchanges... running a TV screen VS running LEDs, LCD/CRT tv sounds alot more user friendly, but the cost...

oh and notice the budget needed just to run 30 of these (SGD5m)... imagine if we had hundreds, confirm price hike
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