Increased coverage for SMRT bus 922 in Bukit Panjang town February 27, 2010Posted by hafizbam in Bus, Route Amendment, SMRT.
Tags: bukit panjang, feeder bus, Segar Road, SMRT
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SMRT has finally seemed to realise the ridicule in running a feeder bus service half-heartedly – and still losing money in the process – and is instead making a radical change to feeder bus service 922 serving residents of Bukit Panjang town.
The route amendment, to take effect from Sunday 28 February, will see the service cover the whole stretch of Jelapang Road (Greenridge Shopping Centre), Segar Road and Fajar Road (Fajar Neighbourhood Shopping Centre) before looping in the same manner as service 920 at Bangkit Road.
The change will see residents jumping for joy as they now have convenient bus links to places which are previously bus-less or just served by the (still unprofitable) Bukit Panjang LRT system, such as the Fajar neighbourhood shopping centre. Segar Road residents will enjoy a direct link to the market and shops at Bangkit Road as well as the prominent Al-Iman mosque.
The most important question though would be: would the frequency of the bus service, currently at half hour intervals or longer, be improved? That remains to be seen, but what is already known is that one more bus would join TIB737R as part of the 922 fleet and so this should be seen as something positive. Unless of course, this whole route change is yet another half-hearted service “improvement” aimed at appeasing some quarters (like the MP perhaps?).
SMRT axes Premium bus service 597 November 8, 2009Posted by hafizbam in Premium Bus, Route Amendment, SMRT.
Tags: premium bus service, shenton way, SMRT, toa payoh
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When Premium 597 was launched, I laughed. It looked more like a desperate attempt by SMRT to break into the Toa Payoh market than anything else. SBS Transit was already, and still is, running Premium 535 which sensibly serves most parts of the estate that matters.
And so I am definitely not surprised to see it walking into history in a couple of days.
SMRT Premium 597 will make its swansong journey from Toa Payoh to Shenton Way this Friday, 13th November 2009. A wicked choice of date 🙂
To view the press release, click here.
SBS Transit Premium buses to use Cecil Street October 4, 2009Posted by hafizbam in Route Amendment, SBS Transit.
Tags: cecil street, hub synergy point, Premium Bus, robinson road, SBS Transit, shenton way
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In a move that is likely to reduce journey time and reduce congestion along Robinson Road, SBS Transit will be amending the route of all its 21 Premium bus services to serve Cecil Street instead of Robinson Road from Monday 5 October 2009.
As a result, the buses will call at three new bus stops along Anson Road and Cecil Street, but skip four bus stops along Robinson Road and outside Hub Synergy Point.
Whether this change will result in more smiles or frowns (from those who have to walk further to their offices as a result) remains to be seen.
Click here for the press release.
Reinstatement of Paya Lebar Road; services affected: 24, 28, 43, 70, 70M, 76, 135, 154 & 155 August 22, 2009Posted by hafizbam in Miscellaneous, Route Amendment, SBS Transit.
Tags: city plaza, paya lebar road, SBS Transit, singapore post centre
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Regular commuters of southbound bus services at the bus stop outside the Singapore Post Centre building at Paya Lebar will no longer enjoy such doorstep convenience to the postal centre, as bus services will be reinstated to ply the original stretch of Paya Lebar Road which is open from tomorrow.
They will have to board/alight at the new bus stop outside Paya Lebar MRT station which is at the other end of the station from Singapore Post.
Affected services are 24, 28, 43, 70, 70M, 76, 135, 154 and 155. In addition, services 70 and 70M will no longer call at the bus stop outside City Plaza along Geylang Road.
Parks 408 now serves Telok Blangah estate March 21, 2009Posted by hafizbam in Route Amendment, SBS Transit.
Tags: henderson waves, hortpark, labrador park, Parks bus 408, telok blangah
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Residents of Telok Blangah estate finally got their direct bus link to nearby HarbourFront – but with strings attached. SBS Transit’s Parks service 408 has been recently amended to serve Henderson Road, Depot Road and Alexandra Road enroute to Labrador Park.
Besides the primary aim of providing a dedicated bus link to the new Southern Ridges attraction of Henderson Waves and Alexandra Arch bridges, the service has been made to serve Telok Blangah Heights, Telok Blangah Drive and Telok Blangah Drive on its return journey to HarbourFront. This estate last received a boost shortly after the opening of the company’s Northeast MRT line, with a direct link to Chinatown following the amendment of service 124.
While this results in a longer journey for those heading to the seaside park, the flat fare of $1 remains unchanged. This is both good and bad news, as Labrador parkgoers would not be penalised, but residents of Telok Blangah would have to pay a premium for a ride which they could be paying less for, if only service 408 is a basic bus service.
In addition, while the direct link to HarbourFront is welcomed, it is only one-directional. Those from HarbourFront would not be able to access the estate in the direction towards Labrador Park. Furthermore, this connection to VivoCity is only available on weekends. The stated frequency of half hour intervals is also a drawback.
It would have been better had SBS introduce a dedicated feeder bus service connecting HarbourFront with this part of Telok Blangah estate, possibly serving Telok Blangah Way enroute to ensure sufficient demand.
Overall, I expect this route to remain as it is even after the six months trial period as stated in the publicity poster, unless residents of Telok Blangah really do shun this service for the reasons stated above.
Separately, three other Parks branded services, namely services 400, 401 and 403, have been declassified as such. In other words, they have now returned to what they once were – plain old basic bus services with the obligation to stick to the Public Transport Council’s Quality of Service standards. Something for the commuting public to cheer about.
While it is understandable for services 401 and 403 to be classified as Parks services (401 serving East Coast Park; 403 serving Pasir Ris Park), I have never agreed with the conversion of service 400 to a Parks service in the first place as its primary aim back then was to provide the one and only bus link to the old popular steamboat makan place at Marina South.
Regardless, both the park and makan attractions have now made way for the new Marina Bay Sands integrated resort, rendering the service rather useless.