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Monday, April 07, 2008

Premium Bus Services in Singapore Premium?

More premium bus services will soon be available as the Public Transport Council (PTC) processes 23 new applications from both public and private operators.

A commuter mentioned travelling time is reduced by 10 minutes from 45 to 30 minutes. I wonder if this is premium and justifiable since travelling time is reduced only by 33% but bus fare is up by 100%! Commuters are definitely paying at a "premium" in this case! Travelling cost from point to point is fixed at $3 per trip. Accordingly to the article below, both bus services 530 and 531 saw the number of passengers almost doubling since the services were launched in August last year. With more commuters taking premium bus services, I doubt they will remain premium after all since commuters will end up having to stand without a seat.

Will premium bus services one day end up like those express bus services? I remembered paying more on express bus service 502 from Jurong to Orchard area but still took me almost an hour for that! The bus was crowded the other time.

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