22 September 2006 - Pay just $98 a month for an unlimited access to SBS Transit bus services.
This new offering, called SeasonPass, enables commuters to ride as many times as they want on SBS Transit buses for just $3.30 a day. With SeasonPass, commuters will find it more cost effective to travel on SBS Transit buses if they need to transfer buses regularly and spend more than $3.30 a day on public transport. Particularly, for workers staying far from their workplaces and do not have company transport, SeasonPass will help them save some money by capping their monthly transport expenses at $98 a month. Furthermore, this year’s fare increase effective from 1 October 2006 will not affect them at all.
SeasonPass will also afford users flexibility and convenience when commuting on buses. For example, Commuter A who normally takes Service 165 directly from Upper Thomson Road to Adam Road can cut short his waiting time by making transfers to other services which come first. He/she can, for example, take Services 132, 163, or 166 at Upper Thomson Road, and transfer to Services 52 or 74 along Upper Thomson Road to the final destination at Adam Road – all these at no extra cost.
Said SBS Transit Executive Director, Mr Ong Boon Leong: “We have been looking at a pass which will benefit frequent bus users and we believe we have found an innovative solution that not only caps their travel cost but also addresses issues such as waiting time, value-for-money and the need for transfer, which were the key attributes commuters surveyed felt bus operators needed to improve on. Also with more than 50% of commuters surveyed spending on average $3 or more a day on public transport and of this, nearly six in ten spending $4 or more, we believe SeasonPass will be attractive to this group of commuters.
Really, with SeasonPass, it will become a case of ‘the more you travel, the more you save,’” he said.
To commemorate the launch of SeasonPass, those who buy the November 2006 stamp will receive 1.5 months worth of travel – half a month more than the usual stamp. In addition, a discount of $30 will be given to commuters who purchase three months’ worth of stamps. This means that they pay just $264 instead of $294 for a 3.5-month period. This works out to a daily rate of just under $2.50 for unlimited bus travel.
And the deal gets even sweeter for National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) members who pay only $240 for three monthly stamps, or just $80 a month. Union members who sign up for the pass and buy a one-month stamp will also get $10 off their next stamp purchase.
In addition, commuters who sign up and purchase at least one stamp will receive a SeasonPass Welcome Pack with product vouchers worth over $50. These will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis and whilst stocks last. Vouchers include discounts at food outlet, cinema, museums and complimentary bus ride vouchers. Those who sign up for the pass in the first six weeks will also be getting a free M315 BenQ-Siemens mobile phone when they subscribe for a 2-year mobile phone plan.
Applications for SeasonPasses will commence today. Interested commuters can pick up application forms at all TransitLink Ticket Offices, SBS Transit bus interchanges, NTUC Union offices or download them from www.sbstransit.com.sg/SeasonPass from today. Once the applications are approved, holders will be able to collect the stamps at all TransitLink Ticket Offices and SBS Transit bus interchanges. Application fee of $3 will also be waived during this promotion period which will end on 31 January 2007. Commuters can log on to SBS Transit’s website, www.sbstransit.com.sg/SeasonPass for more information.
Besides the road shows at Toa Payoh Interchange today and tomorrow, road shows will also be held at selected bus interchanges over the next four weeks as follows:
- 29 - 30 Sep at Jurong Interchange
- 6 - 7 Oct at Boon Lay Interchange
- 12 - 14 Oct at Tampines Interchange
- 27 - 28 Oct at Bedok Interchange