The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will partner the bus operators, SBS Transit Ltd and SMRT Buses Ltd, to roll out the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) from the third quarter of 2012.
List of new bus services that have been announced under BSEP
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Click here to view the geographical distribution of enhancements to existing bus services and new bus services.
General Information about BSEP
What is the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)?
Starting from 2012, the Government has partnered the bus operators to significantly increase bus capacity and enhance bus service levels to benefit commuters. Under the BSEP, about 40 new services will be introduced and 800 buses will be added to the existing bus fleet. Commuters will stand to benefit from the progressive rollout of the new bus services and service level enhancements over the next five years.
Click to find out more about BSEP and the considerations of the bus planners in this video.
How will commuters benefit from BSEP?
Under the BSEP, commuters can expect shorter waiting time and more comfortable journeys. About 300 of the 550 buses will be deployed to improve bus frequencies of existing basic bus services. The remaining 250 buses will be used to run new bus services.
Shorter waiting times, more comfortable journeys
By end 2014, commuters can expect about 10% more capacity on buses along busy routes during peak hours. The public transport operators (PTOs) will also be improving their bus frequencies across the board, during the peak periods.
Better connectivity with new bus services
The 40 new bus services that will be introduced progressively over the next five years represents a 15% increase, up from 261 basic bus services today. Out of the 40, about eight bus services will be parallel bus services that connect major HDB towns to the city area, making use of expressways.
When will commuters’ bus experience improve?
While around 40 new bus services are added progressively over five years, the focus of the initial years will be to improve bus service levels for existing bus services. More of these new buses will be added to provide more capacity on existing bus services during the early years of the BSEP. However, the roll-out of these buses is dependent on the bus procurement and delivery schedule and also driver recruitment and training.
Overall, commuters can look forward to more frequent bus services and more comfortable journeys, with the new BSEP buses progressively added from September 2012 onwards.
City Direct Bus Services – Your One Ride to the CBD
Commuters travelling to the city can look forward to better connectivity between their homes and the Central Business District (CBD) with 10 new City Direct Bus Services in towns such as Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bukit Batok, Eunos, Hougang, Jurong East, Jurong West, Sembawang, Sengkang and West Coast.
This new bus service, known as "City Direct", is operated by private bus operators and the first service has started operating on 2 September 2013, from Jurong West to the CBD. The rest of the City Direct Bus Services will be progressively launched in the other towns from January 2014.
With limited stops and the use of expressways, commuters using these services would have comparable journey time to taking a connecting bus or LRT service and transferring to the MRT into the city.
The City Direct services will make two one-way trips on weekday mornings from the respective housing estates towards the CBD. Similarly, two one-way trips will take commuters back home from the city in the evenings. More trips may be added depending on the demand for the services. The bus services will operate on weekday peak periods excluding public holidays.
Click here to view the City Direct poster.