Users of public transport in Singapore can look forward to more buses plying the streets soon. Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew told Parliament this week that the first of the 800 buses to be added under the $1.1 billion Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP) will hit the roads in September.
Pointing out that approximately 250 buses are expected to be added over the next year to the combined public bus fleet of about 4,000 buses, he said: "The new routes will be implemented progressively, and as far as possible, geographically distributed to various parts of the island as needed. The implementation of new routes will be paced with improvements to existing services."
With the new buses, service levels for at least one in three existing bus routes will be improved while about 14 new routes will be introduced.
The BSEP, set up to expand public bus capacity and improve bus service levels over the next five years, will see the Government adding 550 buses to the existing bus fleet while the public transport operators will pay for another 250 buses.