By 2015, nine out of every 10 buses in SBS Transit fleet buses will be new.
The latest purchase of 1,000 new buses at a cost of $433 million will bring SBS Transit's total fleet size to about 3,400 - its largest to-date. Comprising 450 single-deck award-winning Mercedes Citaro buses and 550 double-deck Volvo B9TL Wright buses, they are scheduled for delivery from as early as January 2013. All buses are powered by Euro 5-compliant engines and will have wheelchair-friendly features.
The newest additions to the fleet are part of the Company's fleet renewal programme which started in 2006. In all, close to $1.29 billion has been spent to purchase 3,050 new buses.
Of the 1,000 new buses, 260 will be funded by the Government under the Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP), while SBS Transit will fund the 740 buses under its growth and fleet replacement plans.
Ms Katherine Ho, a 38-year-old Administration Officer who takes SBS Transit Service 198 home everyday after work, is excited to learn that more new buses will be added: "It takes me about half an hour to get home from work. I'm so looking forward to spending that downtime on newer and more comfortable buses."
Said Mr Gan Juay Kiat, Chief Executive Officer of SBS Transit: "Our buses ferry more than 2.6 million commuters to work and school everyday. With the new buses, we hope we can make those journeys that little bit more comfortable for our commuters."