More buses on five feeder routes

More buses on five feeder routes

BUS commuters in Tampines, Pasir Ris and Choa Chu Kang can look forward to more buses on five feeder routes this month.

Five "peak-period short services" will begin operating this month. They will ply along the busiest stretches of existing feeder routes to ease congestion and cut waiting times, said the Land Transport Authority yesterday.

New services 358P and 359P in Pasir Ris will start running from June 10. Another two new services - 291P and 293P in Tampines - will start on June 24, while service 307P in Choa Chu Kang will hit the road on June 30.

Run by private operators, they offer residents more options to get to nearby bus interchanges or MRT stations. Each service will run at least five trips per hour between the morning and evening peak periods daily, except on public holidays. More trips may be added if the demand is high.

Travel GSH will run three of the five services - 358P in Pasir Ris as well as 291P and 293P in Tampines - for $4.3 million.

Loh Gim Chong Transport was awarded a $1.17 million contract for service 359P, while Woodlands Transport Service will operate service 307P for $1.36 million.

These five services take the total number of peak-period short services to nine. The others are already running in estates such as Woodlands and Chai Chee.

The Ministry of Transport has been tapping private operators to run new routes, as part of the $1.1 billion Bus Service Enhancement Programme. Recently, the Government announced plans to overhaul the industry by shifting to a new operating model, in which it would own all bus assets and infrastructure, and carve up routes into 12 packages for competitive tendering.

The transition will take effect in phases from 2016.

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