Five new City Direct bus services will be launched progressively from February next year.
The new routes will run from Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Clementi/ Dover, Punggol, and Yishun to the Central Business District (CBD) during morning peak hours, and return from the city in the evenings.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) yesterday said it has awarded two-year contracts to two private bus operators, Tong Tar Transport Service and BT&TAN Transport, to run these services.
With the five new routes, there will be a total of 20 City Direct services operating island-wide.
They are part of the Government's $1.1 billion Bus Service Enhancement Programme started in 2012.
City Direct services offer commuters an alternative to the train during the peak hours.
"With fewer stops and the use of expressways, journey time... will be comparable to that of taking a bus or LRT and transferring to the MRT into the city," the LTA said.
Tong Tar Transport Service will operate the Bedok, Clementi/
Dover and Yishun West services for about $3.41 million, while BT&TAN Transport will run the Ang Mo Kio and Punggol services for about $2.46 million.
For the Ang Mo Kio and Yishun West services, there will be three one-way trips on weekday mornings towards the CBD and two trips from the city in the evenings.
The Bedok, Clementi/Dover and Punggol services will have two trips to the CBD on weekday mornings, and two trips back in the evenings.
The LTA said more trips will be added if there is higher demand. The response to City Direct has been positive, the LTA said, with an average ridership of around 40 to 50 passengers per trip.