To mark World Disability Day, SBS Transit is rolling out a record of six new bus services on 2 December 2008 to cater to passengers in wheelchairs. These six Services 64, 130, 183, 199, 232 and 268 will bring the total number of wheelchairaccessible bus services that we have on the road to 22.
Since the launch of the first WAB service in June 2006, passengers
inwheelchairs (PIWs) have made some 7,000 trips on wheelchair
accessible buses (WABs). SBS Transit continues to be the only public bus operator to offer wheelchairfriendly bus routes and has in fact, seen an increase in the number of trips taken. For the first 10 months of this year alone, 45 per cent more trips by PIWs were made on our WAB Services.
A frequent WAB service user, 27yearold Mr Jan Lee who is an auditor with KPMG welcomed and applauded the move, “WAB services offer an economic mode of travel and I would say the more the merrier, so I can plan my routes more efficiently and have more access to places without train services.”
The introduction of WAB Services have also brought unprecedented convenience for PIW, Mr Gan Boon Leong, 58 who is a Master Craftsman at a production workshop under the Society for the Physically Disabled.
“My wife and I could only afford to go shopping once or twice a year in the past because we could only get around by taxis,” Mr Gan shared, “But now we are out on most weekends because it's so cheap and convenient.” He also commended Bus Captains who have been most “friendly and helpful” on the WAB services he uses often.
About Service 64
Service 64 operates from Sims Place Terminal, and provides connection to Aljunied, Macpherson, Bendemeer, Jalan Besar, Bencoolen Street, Clemenceau Ave, Havelock Road, Ganges Avenue, Tiong Bahru Road, Alexandra Road, Stirling Road, Mei Ling Street, Orchard Road, Selegie Road, and Serangoon Road.
About Service 130
Service 130 operates from Ang Mo Kio Interchange to Shenton Way Terminal. It provides connection to Ang Mo Kio, Sin Ming Road, Upper Thomson and Thomson area, Balestier Road, Jalan Besar, Victoria Street, and the central business district.
About Service 183
Service 183 operates from Jurong East Interchange and provides connection to Jurong, Toh Guan, Commonwealth, Clementi, Pasir Panjang and the Science Park.
About Service 199
Service 199 operates from Boon Lay Temporary Interchange and provides connection to Jalan Boon Lay, Jalan Bahar, and the Nanyang Technological University.
About Service 232
Service 232 is a feeder service that operates from Toa Payoh Interchange, serving Toa Payoh Lorong 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7.
About Service 268
Service 268 is a feeder service that operates from Ang Mo Kio Depot, serving Ang Mo Kio Street 62, 63, 64, as well as Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, 4, 5, 9 and the Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park.