5 new bus routes, over 90 new buses by year-end
Five new bus routes and more than 90 buses will be added to the nation's bus network by year-end in the first phase of the Government's $1.1 billion plan to improve bus services in Singapore.
To be rolled out over the next three months, the new routes will service commuters mainly in the north and north-east, including in the relatively new neighbourhoods of Sengkang and Punggol.
Existing services in other areas, including Bukit Panjang and Boon Lay, will be allocated more than 50 buses to ease congestion during peak commuter periods.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, in announcing these plans during a visit to Yishun Bus Interchange on Thursday, said the authorities had taken a holistic view of the bus network to target areas for improvement.
IDENTIFYING NEEDS, SPREADING GAINS
'We want to try and recognise which are the services that need augmentation, but we also want to spread the benefits geographically as much as possible.'
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew (above right, with Nee Soon GRC MP Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, on a bus bound for Yishun Bus Interchange yesterday)