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SMRT Express Service 963E goes bi-directional May 25, 2009

Posted by hafizbam in SMRT, Something New.
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SMRT Express service 963E, which used to run only from Woodlands to HarbourFront every weekday morning, will from 11 May make evening trips back from HarbourFront to Woodlands during weekdays as well.

Two trips leaving HarbourFront at 1800 and 1830 hours will skip certain less-utilised bus stops and heavily congested roads to reach Bukit Batok East, Hillview, Bukit Panjang and Woodlands at up to 20% faster than its parent service 963.

While I applaud any service enhancements which can offer alternatives for the commuting public (even though they may charge slightly more expensive fares), I seriously doubt this Express variant of service 963 would be able to reduce much journey time. This is mainly because by and large, it still follows closely the route of service 963 which for some unknown reason, just has to ply the busiest of roads during peak hours. Not to mention the numerous traffic light junctions every few hundred metres.

Express fares are charged and concessionary travel is not applicable, which would make sense, since this seems to be more of an effort by SMRT to squeeze out more cents from the rush hour crowd.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the other two Express services – 188E and 854E – gets their evening trips as well soon.

A more detailed timetable and route information for Express service 963E (PM peak) can be found here.

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