Unnecessary “double-deckerisation” February 26, 2008Posted by hafizbam in Deployment Updates, Something New.
Tags: 225, bedok, double deck
And it has been done again.
Yet another feeder bus route formerly with a full fleet of single decks has received its share of double deckers, albeit unnecessarily. It is route 225 (both the green and white plates, no less) whose total running time is no more than twenty minutes tops. While there is no doubt the 225 is a high-demand service, the green plate more so than its white counterpart, a simple increase in frequency through a possible addition on one more single deck would have sufficed (the 225 was my former local bus route).
This is a fine example of what the LTA should look into once it starts tendering out bus routes in the near future – including the types of buses that the winning bidder has to run for each specific route, as in the case of London, so as to optimise resources and make commuters’ travelling experience even better without having the need for major overhauls.
I have always believed articulated buses work very well for feeder bus routes which usually do not exceed more than twenty minutes to the end destination from the interchange itself, as most passengers would most probably stay on the lower deck due to the short journey time. It is definitely seen on 9231S which did 225 green plate on the first day, a similar trend observed on 291 etc. The only times double deckers have been successful on feeders here would be on the higher demand routes with slightly longer journey times to the furthest destination, the 242 and 334 coming to mind.
In any case, it is commendable that SBS Transit is at least trying to continuously improve its services, unlike rival SMRT Buses which is even cutting the number of articulated buses for its feeders every weekend in a bid to save costs.