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New Premium bus routes 560, 561, 563, 564, 565 & 566 by SBS Transit July 12, 2008

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SBS9840J on Premium 539 along Fullerton Road. Photo courtesy of Desmond Tay.

Yet another batch of Premium bus services has been introduced by SBS Transit on June 30th. This time round however, only one of the six introduced serves a HDB estate – route 565 serving Whampoa. The other five serve the private estates such as Pandan Valley, Meyer Road and Bukit Timah Road, something which is relatively uncommon for SBS Transit Premiums, but which has been done since the start by rival SMRT Buses.

The latest Premiums launched are the 560 (from Mount Sinai/Ulu Pandan), 561 (from Joo Seng/Sennett Estates), 563 (from Bukit Timah Road), 564 (from Farrer/Hollad Roads), 565 (from Whampoa Estate) and 565 (from Meyer Road). Only one trip per weekday morning is operated for each route, and as usual, all of them run down to financial district Shenton Way after calling at a few stops in the neighbourhoods they serve.

At $3.60 per trip, the 565 from Meyer Road will be a very attractive alternative to SMRT’s well-established 547 which charges a much more expensive $4.50, but for a more comfortable ride in 19-seater minibuses by subsidiary BusPlus.

SBS TRANSIT INTRODUCES SIX MORE PREMIUM BUS SERVICES

Come Monday, 30 June 2008, SBS Transit will roll out six more new premium bus services, bringing the total number of such services operated by Singapores largest bus company to 40.

The new services, which will serve office workers living in Bukit Timah, Balestier, Farrer Road, Meyer Road, Pandan Valley and Upper Aljunied, will be charged at $3.60 a trip. There is no concessionary travel but standard transfer rebates apply for commuters using ez-link cards.

As these services are introduced to cater specifically to the morning rush hour crowd, they will operate only in the morning peak hours and in just one direction from Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays). All trips are scheduled to arrive in the CBD area before 9.00am which is when work officially commences for most offices.

“Our premium bus services have received strong reception ever since they were first launched on 16 July 2007. We thank all commuters for their strong support and we will continue to look at rolling out even more of such services to cater to rising demand,” said Mr Gan Juay Kiat, Chief Operating Officer, SBS Transit.

To celebrate the launch of the six new services, SBS Transit is giving away over $6,000 worth of facial treatment vouchers sponsored by FIL to commuters who travel on these new premium bus services.

Source: http://www.sbstransit.com.sg/press/2008-06-30-01-S.aspx

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