18 April 2008 - From next Monday (21 April 2008), office workers living in Tampines, Yishun and Kaki Bukit / Bedok Reservoir Road will be able to get to work faster on buses. This is thanks to the six new premium bus services which SBS Transit is rolling out.
The new services, which will culminate in Robinson Road and Shenton Way, brings the total number of premium services by the ComfortDelGro Group to 39 - 34 by SBS Transit and five by ComfortDelGro Bus.
The six new premium services provide direct and faster connection from the three neighbourhood towns � Tampines, Yishun and Bedok - to the Robinson Road / Shenton Way area. As these services are introduced to cater specifically to the morning rush hour crowd, they will operate only in the morning peak hours and in just one direction from Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays). All trips are scheduled to arrive in the CBD area before 9.00am which is when work officially commences for most offices.
A flat fare of $3.60 is charged for each trip, except for Premium Service 585 which charges $3.30. There is no concessionary travel but standard transfer rebates apply for commuters using ez-link cards.
The concept of premium services was introduced to cater to a group of commuters who are willing to pay a bit more for a more comfortable ride. Premium services are also designed to make maximum use of expressways to offer commuters a more direct and faster journey. The faster journey means time saving for commuters who view it a favourable option for the choice.
Ms Tammy Tan, Vice-President, Corporate Communications of SBS Transit, said: “We are pleased to learn that premium services are well received by commuters. We will introduce more services if demand continues to be positive.”
To celebrate the launch of the six new services, SBS Transit is giving away 20 cake vouchers sponsored by Awfully Chocolate in a lucky draw for commuters riding on the new services.
Commuters can visit www.sbstransit.com.sg for more information. Details of the services are also attached.
SBS Transit, the leading public transport operator in Singapore, has been at the forefront of providing niche services to meet the specific needs of users who require a more direct route to a destination and are willing to pay for these services. It has 29 niche services including 9 Fast Forward services, 3 Chinatown Direct services, 8 Nite Owl services, 4 Stadium Direct services, 2 Park services and 3 Express services.
Currently, SBS Transit operates 28 premium services, including 20 CBD premium services that run from 14 neighbourhood towns to Robinson Road / Shenton Way. The first two batches of Premium Services were introduced on 16 July 2007 and 25 February 2008, while eight CityShopper premium services that ply between eight suburban areas and Orchard Road / Suntec City, were introduced on 15 December 2007.
Issued by SBS Transit Ltd