She loves nature but always found it difficult to get to the park on public transport. No more. From Monday, 21 August 2017, Ms He Li Ping, who suffers from brittle bone disease, will be able to take Service 401 to get to East Coast Park. In fact, Ms He will be able to take any SBS Transit service from then when the remaining nine bus routes, which were previously not able to take wheelchairs, are redesignated wheelchair accessible. These are Services 8, 23, 46, 81, 160, 170, 191, 401 and 655.
Said Li Ping: “I can hardly wait for Monday to come! Service 46 will take me to Bedok Reservoir, Service 401 to East Coast Park and Service 655 to the West Coast Park! I can’t be any happier.”
With this latest roll-out, all 205 bus services that are operated by SBS Transit will be wheelchair-accessible including Chinatown Direct, City Direct, Express, Fast Forward and Nite Owl services.
SBS Transit Chief Executive Officer, Mr Gan Juay Kiat, said: “We are committed to making public transport inclusive for our commuters including those on wheelchairs. From Monday, 21 August, passengers-in-wheelchairs (PIWs) can simply board any of our bus services to get to where they want to go. It will open up more destination options for them and they will find it easier, more convenient and affordable to get around on public transport, be it to hospitals, schools, shopping malls, parks, places of interest...in fact, any where that is served by public buses. We will also continue to work closely with the LTA as they upgrade more infrastructure to make them barrier-free to enable PIWs to board at all bus stops and bus interchanges."