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Even more SMRT public bus services to Resorts World Sentosa? January 24, 2010

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Will new SMRT bus service 188R be a reality soon?

Will new SMRT bus service 188R be a reality soon?

You know something isn’t right when SMRT is willing to introduce new route 963R from Woodlands to Resorts World Sentosa, but is not doing so for its other successful HarbourFront route.

Yes, I’m talking about service 188 running from Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Batok and Toh Guan to HarbourFront which, like service 963, also has a weekday peak-hour Express variant 188E.

Reliable sources have informed me that drivers from SMRT’s Kranji bus depot (where service 188 is based at) are already learning the route of 188R, which will essentially be something like Express 188E, calling at limited stops along the way and charging Express fares.

Perhaps the company would be using service 963R as a test route to study its demand patterns etc before launching even more routes.

Just what else is SMRT having up its sleeves? All I know is that I’m very excited to find out!

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

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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.