Deploy more double-decker buses during rush hour

In land-scarce Singapore, where the Government is trying to reduce traffic, should SMRT continue to buy bendy buses?

SBS Transit, on the other hand, seems to have stopped buying such buses.

Double-decker buses are able to carry more passengers while, at the same time, taking up less road space.

Bendy buses not only need more space because of their length, they are also not as manoeuvrable.

Choa Chu Kang bus interchange is in a constrained environment. Its exit point is very close to two busy signalised intersections, which are less than 80m apart.

During rush hour, among the problems bendy buses contribute to are delays to turning traffic. As a result, congestion near and at the intersections is a common sight.

For smooth traffic flow and easing of congestion at key transport nodes, SMRT should seriously consider deploying more double-deckers during peak hours.

Loong Chik Tong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2016, with the headline 'Deploy more double-decker buses during rush hour'. Print Edition | Subscribe