A bus terminal steeped in history

A DAF bus at the Geylang Bus Terminal, which started as a "Park and Ride" bus terminal, where motorists parked their cars and then rode the City Shuttle Service buses to the CBD.
A DAF bus at the Geylang Bus Terminal, which started as a "Park and Ride" bus terminal, where motorists parked their cars and then rode the City Shuttle Service buses to the CBD.PHOTO: COURTESY OF AMBROSE LIOW

When Mr Bernard Wee's Hong Kong friend visited Singapore recently, he took him to the Geylang Bus Terminal, so he could see some retiring buses of the DAF model.

The terminal, previously a fringe carpark, is sandwiched between Geylang Road and Kallang Road.

It was originally planned as a "Park and Ride" bus terminal in 1975, where motorists parked their cars and then rode the City Shuttle Service (CSS) buses to the Central Business District.

Services ran during regular peak hours daily, except Sundays, at a rate of 50 cents a ride. The buses would travel to areas like Shenton Way, Bras Basah Road and Orchard Road.

Timetables and schedules of the bus services were put up on the walls of the terminal offices.

However, the "Park and Ride" scheme did not attract commuters and ridership was low, much like the situation at other CSS bus terminals.

In 1988, the bus terminal was handed over to SBS Transit and Trans-Island Bus Services to be used as a public bus terminal.

When Crawford Street Bus Terminal, near North Bridge Road, was shut down at the end of 1998, its bus services were relocated to the Geylang Bus Terminal.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 15, 2015, with the headline 'A bus terminal steeped in history'. Print Edition | Subscribe