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Bus frequency improved, buses also less congested: LTA

Published on Apr 15, 2014 8:37 AM
The first privately run feeder bus service, 912P, began plying the roads in Woodlands yesterday. The service will overlay the busiest stretches of feeder route 912 to reduce waiting times and ease congestion. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

Bus frequency has improved by one to five minutes on average and buses are less congested now, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) yesterday.

Providing an update on its ongoing Bus Service Enhancement Programme, the LTA said 339 of 550 state-funded buses have been put on the road as of last month. These new buses have been used to improve 125 existing bus services, and introduce 18 new routes islandwide.

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said the programme has "helped to reduce the crowded situation in some of the buses, and reduce waiting time for the commuters at the same time".

In the first quarter of this year, additional buses have been added to 25 bus services with heavy ridership during peak hours.

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Background story


We need this service (912P). When I go home, I've waited 30 to 40 minutes for the bus.

- Technical officer Gaw Kai Muh, on the long waiting times in the evening peak period


Any extra supply will always be helpful, as residents often have to rush during the peak hours.

- Sembawang GRC MP Ellen Lee, on the new service 912P in Woodlands