5-year, S$1.1b Bus Service Enhancement Programmme complete
Bus Service Enhancement Programmme ends after it was launched in 2012. (Photo: Cheryl Goh)
SINGAPORE: A major project to boost public bus services was completed on Saturday (Dec 9), five years after it was introduced.The Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) S$1.1 billion Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) was launched in September 2012 to expand bus capacity and enhance service levels for commuters.
Since then, the capacity of 70 per cent of, or 218, bus services have been improved through the use of higher capacity double-decker buses and more frequent deployments.LTA said this has allowed commuters to enjoy more comfortable rides, as crowding has been reduced substantially, especially during peak periods. Waiting times have also been cut during peak hours, from half an hour to 20 minutes, and further reduced to 15 minutes with the transition to the bus contracting model. To mark the completion of the programme, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min officially launched the new bus service 71, taking a ride on the 1000th new government-funded bus added to the network under the programme. Service 71 is an inter-town trunk service and will ply Yio Chu Kang and Bishan Street 11 on a loop. It is among the 80 new bus services that have been rolled out as part of the BSEP.