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Old 8th July 2008, 06:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New Bus Service 128 kicks off along MRT route

New Bus Service 128 kicks off along MRT route
By Chan Eu Imm, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 07 July 2008 1729 hrs


SINGAPORE : A new peak-hour basic bus service was rolled out on Monday to help ease the train passenger load along the southbound section of the North-South-East-West MRT line.



It is the first service in 18 years to mirror the route of an MRT line.

It was a quiet start to the day for SBS Bus Service 128.

After the first two scheduled buses arrived and left at 12-minute intervals, Channel NewsAsia's news team boarded the 7.42am bus. There were only a handful of passengers on the bus when it departed from Yio Chu Kang Station. And it stayed that way for the next six stops.

Things started picking up closer to the city. While most passengers on the bus were office workers headed to Shenton Way, some were just in it for the ride.

Ho Kok Pern, a polytechnic student, said: "If I'm not rushing for time, I will take the bus. Since the train along the North-South line is usually packed, I would prefer to take the bus, as it promises me a seat.

"Currently because it's the first day, I think this service is not greatly publicised and that's why the demand right now is quite low."

Bus Service 128 is touted as an alternative to the peak-hour train rush. With 31 stops each way, it covers 13 MRT stations from Yio Chu Kang to Tanjong Pagar.

There will be four trips each during the morning and evening peak hours, for the duration of the six-month trial.

A full end-to-end journey costs the same as an MRT ride - S$1.39 - for those using the ez-link contactless smartcard.

However, it takes about an hour fifteen minutes each way, compared to 26 minutes on the MRT.

Sophia Liberta, an account manager, said, "(I would take) the MRT, definitely... (because) no matter how crowded it is, it's faster."

The Land Transport Authority said the initiative will give commuters more choices, and if needed, may also be implemented along other passenger-heavy sections of the MRT lines.

More information on Bus Service 128 is available at the SBS Transit website. - CNA/ms

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...358775/1/.html

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What? Take them 18 years to make this route?

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I would take the MRT instead of the bus 128. MRT much faster than the bus.

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I prefer bus to MRT

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Originally Posted by Shadowsoundz View Post
I prefer bus to MRT
me too.. i rather have seat and leave house earlier.. took 128 from Dhoby Ghuat to Bishan.. it took me about 45 mins but i feel so comfortable as bus is rather empty..

I saw a guy on board (guess is from SBS Transit) writing down the timings, the no. of passengers boarding and alighting when the bus stops at any stops.

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me too.. i rather have seat and leave house earlier.. took 128 from Dhoby Ghuat to Bishan.. it took me about 45 mins but i feel so comfortable as bus is rather empty..

I saw a guy on board (guess is from SBS Transit) writing down the timings, the no. of passengers boarding and alighting when the bus stops at any stops.

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the bus v long then come leh..
todae board.
then like waited for half an hour sia=[
but the area the bus go is will have traffic jam de..

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the bus v long then come leh..
todae board.
then like waited for half an hour sia=[
but the area the bus go is will have traffic jam de..
i agree with you.. i jam from Orchard to Novena area..

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Maybe bus 128 will be withdrawn from service soon.

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