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Welcome onboard SMRT bus… or is it SBS Transit? June 21, 2009

Posted by hafizbam in SMRT, Something New.
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One of the many SMRT buses to have received purple and pink vinyl cushion seats. The pink seats are supposedly reserved for those with greater need. Photo courtesy of Varun Naidu.

One of the many SMRT buses to have received purple and pink vinyl cushion seats. The pink seats are supposedly reserved for those with greater need. Photo courtesy of Varun Naidu.

SMRT’s recent refurbishment exercise for its older Hispano-bodied Mercedes Benz 0405 buses, which makes up at least half its bus fleet, may have left some passengers wondering whether their bus service had been taken over by rival SBS Transit.

The green fabric seats which have become synonymous with TIBS SMRT buses, are quickly being replaced with thicker purple and pink-coloured vinyl cushions. Yes, nowhere near the corporate colours of SMRT of red and black. But very close to that of SBS Transit’s purple and orange.

To add to the confusion, some buses which have been refurbished earlier on in the year had their fabric seats replaced with similar vinyl cushions – only green in colour – like those on the Volgren-bodied Mercedes Benz 0405 buses.

So far, all but one bus to have undergone the purple treatment are based at Woodlands Depot, with the odd one out from Ang Mo Kio Depot.

And all this is in addition to the existing black seats on the Hispano Habit and Volgren bendies; green seats on other bendies, some Dennis Lances, DAFs, Scanias and Hinos; as well as black and red seats for their latest wheelchair accessible 0C500LEs.

The interior of our buses may become more colourful and the choice of seat colours may be questionable. But whatever the motive behind these choices may be, the new seats are definitely more comfortable to sit on! (Great for those long journeys that tend to cause back and butt pains!)

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