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Old 9th July 2008, 07:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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More premium bus services offered to meet rising ridership

More premium bus services offered to meet rising ridership
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...359026/1/.html
More premium bus services offered to meet rising ridership
By Hoe Yeen Nie/ Imelda Saad, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 08 July 2008 1816 hrs


SINGAPORE: More premium bus services have been added with over 40 running on Singapore roads. These are more exclusive bus services that run certain routes to the city for a higher fare.



Response has been encouraging. SMRT, which runs nine services, has seen a steady increase in ridership numbers. In particular, the number of paseengers on its service 530 from River Valley and service 531 from Simei to the Central Business District (CBD) area has nearly doubled since they were introduced in August 2007.

This has prompted the transport operator to add another two evening service trips to service 531 to meet demand.

With Monday's increase in downtown Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) rates, some drivers may be enticed to give up their cars for this mode of transport.

Channel NewsAsia's reporters Hoe Yeen Nie and Imelda Saad put it to the test, travelling from central Singapore to Suntec city.

Ms Hoe waited at Hume Avenue, just off Upper Bukit Timah Road, for the 7.40am premium bus service to Suntec City. Meanwhile, Ms Saad drove all the way to Suntec, starting her journey at the same time.

The normal feeder bus service from Upper Bukit Timah Road takes passengers to Bukit Batok MRT station, but they will need to change trains at the Jurong East interchange to get into the CBD. The whole journey takes them over an hour and many commuters are put off by the morning crowds on the trains.

Thus, many prefer the comfort and ease of the premium bus service and it is also cheaper than a taxi.

Ms Saad, who was travelling by car said that traffic was smooth from Bukit Timah, along the PIE into the city, but she had to go through two gantries. Parking was also a breeze.

The whole journey by car took about 30 minutes, while it took 45 minutes by the premium bus service.

The cost of travelling by car from Hume Avenue to Suntec City came up to S$25.40 - S$21.40 for ten hours of parking, S$2.50 for fuel and S$1.50 for ERP charges.

In comparison, taking a premium bus service costs S$6.60 on average. - CNA/vm

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Old 9th July 2008, 04:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: More premium bus services offered to meet rising ridership

Good, but would be better of they keep the fare low.

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Old 9th July 2008, 07:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: More premium bus services offered to meet rising ridership

If oil keeps on increasing, I might take this bus service.

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Re: More premium bus services offered to meet rising ridership

that's cool.....as long they don't raise the fee.

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Re: More premium bus services offered to meet rising ridership

Take the bus, and save the environment.

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Re: More premium bus services offered to meet rising ridership

a gd choice for ppl working at raffles place.somemore got a seat and cannot stand.

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Re: More premium bus services offered to meet rising ridership

Good idea for taking public transport rather than using own pubic transport

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Good for those work in CDB... no nid buy car risk of paying ERP's there.

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Yes, take the bus. Oil price too expensive to drive.

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it's the gahmen old tricks. later we all comfy with the new bus ody they rake the price till we lan lan and suck thumbs.

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Re: More premium bus services offered to meet rising ridership

Think it is already been like that for years. Fare hike is like common nowadays.

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Re: More premium bus services offered to meet rising ridership

We cannot avoid the hikes mahh.. umm more of this buses may worsten morning traffic jam diao >.< more buses & cars on road >.<


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