Peak period crowding on buses fallen more than 90 per cent since 2012

A bus is considered to be "crowded" when bus loading, including standing and seated passengers, exceeds 95 per cent.
A bus is considered to be "crowded" when bus loading, including standing and seated passengers, exceeds 95 per cent. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew speaking to bus drivers at the Serangoon Integrated Bus Hub on August 14, 2015.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew speaking to bus drivers at the Serangoon Integrated Bus Hub on August 14, 2015.
Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew speaking to bus drivers at the Serangoon Integrated Bus Hub on August 14, 2015.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - The number of services with persistent peak-period crowding has fallen by more than 90 per cent since the Bus Service Enhancement Programme started in September 2012.

A bus is considered to be "crowded" when bus loading, including standing and seated passengers, exceeds 85 per cent.

This latest update on the Government's $1.1 billion bus improvement programme was released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Friday.

As of July, about two-thirds of the 1,000 Government-funded buses have entered service.

This has resulted in 168 bus services - about 60 per cent of all bus services here - being improved, said the LTA. The rest of the new buses will go into service by 2017.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew announced the latest updates on Friday at the Serangoon Integrated Bus Hub and said the Government would continue working hard for the rest of the roll out of the BSEP.

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