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Trial of penalty-incentive scheme to encourage more regular bus arrivals starts next month

Published on Jan 24, 2014 3:08 PM
 
Passengers boarding a bus at Bishan bus interchange on Aug 3, 2012. Commuters on 22 bus services can expect buses to arrive more regularly when a carrot-and-stick scheme for operators kicks off next month. -- ST FILE PHOTO:  ASHLEIGH SIM 

Commuters on 22 bus services can expect buses to arrive more regularly when a carrot-and-stick scheme for operators kicks off next month.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will conduct a two-year trial of the scheme for 12 SBS Transit routes and 10 SMRT routes.

The scheme, named the Bus Service Reliability Framework, aims to encourage bus operators to prevent buses bunching up by rewarding or penalising them based on timing criteria. Bus bunching means some buses are arriving too close together, leading to longer intervals for other buses and hence, longer waiting times for some commuters.

From Feb 3, seven SMRT bus services will be placed on the scheme - 176, 184, 188, 302, 858, 901 and 911. Another eight SBS Transit routes - 3, 17, 39, 52, 228, 241, 242 and 325 - will be put on the scheme by March.

 
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