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Parallel bus services draw more commuters

Ridership for 11 routes to city has grown - some by more than double

Published on May 12, 2014 6:12 AM
 
The average daily ridership for Yishun service 850E grew from 199 in February last year to 489 in March this year, LTA figures show. Four morning trips have been added to the route since its launch. -- ST PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO

Bus services rolled out under a billion-dollar scheme to ease train congestion have proven to be a hit.

Ridership for 11 such routes from outlying towns to the city, called "parallel" bus services by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), has grown since their respective debuts, in some cases by more than double.

For instance, the average daily ridership for Yishun service 850E grew from 199 in February last year to 489 in March this year, LTA figures show. Similarly, the number of daily rides on Woodlands route 951E rose from 221 last June to 509 in March.

"The demand for parallel bus services has been encouraging," said LTA group director for public transport Yeo Teck Guan.

 
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