The way forward: greater (website) integration December 13, 2008
Posted by hafizbam in Bus, Miscellaneous, Site News, Something New.
Tags: bus guide, transitlink
It has been slightly more than a year since I started the Singapore Bus Page and I must say, I am impressed with the increase in readership and exposure it has received in other websites over the past months, from just about 300 views a month to more than 20 times that number in recent months.
This definitely cannot be achieved had you, the reader, not made this site one of your references for both general bus service information and the perspective of me, a bus enthusiast, on the many issues pertaining to local buses and the systems related to it. And the comments I have been receiving proves just that.
For this, I would like to thank you. Keep those comments coming in, be it positive or otherwise, and I will try my best to help you. Or at least direct you to other relevant websites. I have however, enhanced the most popular page of the blog – the list of Premium bus services – by bolding town names which should make it easier for visitors to search for any routes in their estates.
Here, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce to you TransitLink’s Electronic Bus Guide, or EGuide for short. While it has been around for quite some time, I am confident not many commuters are actually aware of the site, which I must say, is probably the one and only to provide the most integrated travel information for both the two major public transport companies SBS Transit and SMRT.
The drawback however, is that it does not include information on premium bus services operated by companies other than the two mentioned, and instead provides links to other sites such as LTA’s newly created Public Transport @ SG.
While so much has been planned out in a bid to improve the local public transport system in the coming years, it is quite sad to note that there has not been any mention of the creation of a one-stop website housing everything from A to Z that a commuter would find useful in helping to plan his everyday journey. Perhaps it is high time the authorities expand its Public Transport @ SG to be as effective, if not better, than London’s Transport for London’s (TfL) website.
Not only will it reduce the burden of bus operators in hosting a bus guide which will not include information of their rivals’ services, it will help make life much, much easier for the growing number of public transport commuters in the years to come.