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Bus service 128 skips Toa Payoh town February 12, 2009

Posted by hafizbam in Route Amendment, SBS Transit.
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Poster for the route amendment of service 128.

Poster for the route amendment of service 128.

In what seems to be a further push to attract more commuters to switch to the bus (or a refusal of the authorities/bus company to admit failure), SBS Transit’s bus service 128 has been amended to skip Toa Payoh town early this month. The bus service, which was designed to offer an alternative to commuters who do not want to jostle with others onboard crowded trains, duplicates SMRT’s North-South train line between Yio Chu Kang and Tanjong Pagar stations, calling only at a few key stops enroute.

However, demand has not been extremely encouraging, though probably sufficient enough to keep the service running at a reasonable profit. The main backdraw is its lengthy route itself. It does not help that the service plies through many major arterial roads which are prone to peak hour traffic congestion which adds to the journey time. This easily makes the train the more attractive choice for many since it takes up only one-third of the time spent sitting in a 128.

However, with the service now given more express sectors between Bishan and Orchard, it remains to be seen whether the total journey time would drop drastically, or at least reduced to such an extent that it becomes an attractive alternative to the train.

More information can be obtained here.

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