Tower Transit bus services start operating today

A Tower Transit logo being pasted onto an SMRT bus. The new bus operator is taking over more than 90 buses from SMRT as it launches the first nine of 26 services today. It will take over the remaining 17 services from SBS Transit in two batches next
A Tower Transit logo being pasted onto an SMRT bus. The new bus operator is taking over more than 90 buses from SMRT as it launches the first nine of 26 services today. It will take over the remaining 17 services from SBS Transit in two batches next month.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Decals bearing the logo of Singapore's third bus operator, Tower Transit, were applied to its buses at the Bulim bus depot yesterday ahead of the first day of operations.

Tower Transit, which is the first operator under the government contracting model, takes over nine services and more than 90 buses from incumbent SMRT from today.

It will also have 10 buses newly painted in lush green, the colour chosen for Singapore's public buses through public voting.

The entrance of the Anglo-Australian firm effectively breaks a three-decade duopoly held by SBS Transit and SMRT.

Tower Transit will also take over another 17 bus services from SBS Transit in two batches next month.

Adrian Lim

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 29, 2016, with the headline 'Tower Transit bus services start operating today'. Print Edition | Subscribe