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  Dec '06

SBS Transit Rolls Out Three More Wheelchair-Accessible Bus Services
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6 December 2006 – SBS Transit has introduced three more wheelchair-accessible bus (WAB) services, bringing the total number of WAB services to five in less than six months.

Launched on 3 December 2006 to mark the International Day of Disabled Persons, the three new services are 12, 196 and 198. In all, there are now 62 WABs on the road. These three new services were selected after consultation with the Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) and the Land Transport Authority. The routes covered include residential estates like Pasir Ris, Tampines, Bedok, Chinatown, Marine Parade, Bukit Merah, Jurong East, Queenstown and Clementi. Key medical facilities like the Singapore General Hospital, Raffles Hospital and various polyclinics and dental clinics are also located along the three routes.

“With more wheelchair accessible buses being introduced, more passengers-in-wheelchairs can take public transport. This is good because it helps the disabled to integrate socially with the community, and at the same time enables them to be more independent,” remarked Mr Eric Lau, 28, who is the transport and workshop supervisor at the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD).

Since the launch of the first WAB service – Service 21 –on 26 June 2006, more than 800 passengers-in-wheelchairs have boarded our buses.

A frequent WAB user is Mr Gan Boon Leong, a 57-year-old paraplegic who works as a master craftsman at the Society for the Physically Disabled’s production workshop. He said: “The bus is very convenient as it provides point-to-point travel for me as it stops outside my house. I’m able to take Service 147 to go home after my shopping. I’ve also taken it to the Bukit Merah polyclinic, and also to the Singapore General Hospital for my medical appointments.”

Passengers-in-wheelchairs can plan their journey by visiting SBS Transit’s website for the scheduled arrival times of the WABs at the respective bus stops.

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About the first WAB service

The Service 21 WABs were launched by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, on 26 June 2006. Since then, some 800 passengers-in-wheelchairs have taken rides on the WABs.

About Service 12

Service 12 operates from Pasir Ris Bus Interchange to New Bridge Road Terminal. It provides direct connection to Tampines, Simei, Bedok South, Upper East Coast / East Coast, Bugis and Chinatown.

Coverage of the service…

  • Medical facilities: Raffles Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Pasir Ris Polyclinic
  • New towns / estates: Pasir Ris, Tampines, Simei, Bedok, Chinatown
  • MRT stations: Outram Park, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Bugis, Lavender, Kallang, Tanah Merah, Expo, Pasir Ris
  • Government offices: Economic Development Board, Health Promotion Board, Immigration & Checkpoint Authority, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Trade & Industry, National of Arts Council, National Heritage Board
  • Places of interests: Boat Quay, Singapore River, Clarke Quay, Chinatown, Downtown East

About Service 196

Service 196 operates from Bedok Bus Interchange to Clementi Bus Interchange. It provides direct connection to Bedok South, Marine Parade, Shenton Way, Bukit Merah, Queensway and Commonwealth Avenue West.

Coverage of the service…

  • VWOs: Society for the Physically Disabled and SPD Ability Centre
  • Medical facilities: Bedok Polyclinic / Dental Clinic, Bukit Merah and Marine Parade Polyclinics, Singapore General Hospital
  • New towns / estates: Bedok, Marine Parade, Bukit Merah, Queenstown and Clementi
  • MRT stations: Raffles Place, Commonwealth, Buona Vista, Clementi.
  • Government offices: Ministry of National Development, Central Provident Fund Board, Civil Service College (HQ), Health Promotion Board, Institute of Technical Education, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore Land Authority
  • Places of interests: Asian Civilisation Museum, Merlion Park

About Service 198

Service 198 operates from Boon Lay Bus Interchange to Bukit Merah Bus Interchange. It provides direct connection to Jurong West / Jurong East, Buona Vista, Commonwealth Avenue and Queensway.

Coverage of the service…

  • Medical facilities: Jurong Polyclinic / Dental Clinic, Singapore General Hospital, Bukit Merah Polyclinic
  • New towns / estates: Jurong East, Queenstown, Clementi, Bukit Merah
  • MRT stations: Boon Lay, Jurong East, Commonwealth, Buona Vista.
  • Government offices: Civil Service College (HQ), Institute of Technical Education, Ministry of Education
  • Places of interests: Singapore Science Centre
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