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Jurong East, Bukit Batok and Clementi in first package of bus routes under new model

Published on May 28, 2014 6:00 PM
 
Commuters boarding a bus at the bus stop next to Clementi MRT along Clementi West Avenue on Jan 17, 2014. The first bus service package to be tendered out under a new operating model will comprise 24 existing routes in the western part of the island. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE – The first bus service package to be tendered out under a new operating model will comprise 24 existing routes in the western part of the island.

Announcing details on Wednesday, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said the 24 routes originate from the Jurong East, Bukit Batok and Clementi bus interchanges. The package will start with about 380 buses, and expand to about 500 buses by 2021, in tandem with ridership growth and the development of Tengah New Town and Bukit Batok West, said the LTA.

The buses will operate out of the new Bulim bus depot located off Jurong West Ave 2, which will be ready in 2015 and have facilities for refuelling and maintenance.

The LTA will put the package up for tender later this year, and open it to all parties – incumbents SBS Transit and SMRT, local operators and foreign ones. The operator that wins the tender will start running the routes from the second half of 2016. Of the 24 routes, 16 are from SBS Transit and eight from SMRT.

 
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