Streamline the bus network

Many people are used to the current bus network of over 300 bus services. They find that more services allow them a better connection to other parts of Singapore.

They do not realize that this is an inefficient system and will eventually lead higher labor cost and higher fares.

They complain when the government wants to increase fares to cover the operating cost.

A better approach is to streamline the bus network to improve efficiency and lower cost, without sacrificing the convenience and connectivity.

How can it be done?

We already have a good network of MRT lines. We only need to have local services to bring commuters to the nearby MRT stations.

We do not really need to have 300 bus services to cover Singapore, like in the days before the MRT network was built.

However, there is a case for express bus services to bring commuters from one town to another. These services can run mainly our expressways.

For example, I could take a feeder bus to Ang Mo Hio transport hub. From there, I could take a MRT train to another part of Singapore. Alternatively, I can take a express bus to another town, such as Jurong,  Tampines, Woodlands, if it is more convenient.

The network of express bus can also complement the MRT system. We should not rely entirely on one system. We need to have an alternative system which can be a backup in case of a MRT breakdown.

Under this new network, it should be possible to improve efficiency and reduce operating cost. It is easier to create an optimal passenger load for the local services and express services compared to the current network.

Lower operating cost will lead to lower fare.

We have the choice to keep our current network, which is rather inefficient, and pay higher fares or move to a more streamline network that can stop fare increases.

Which do you prefer?

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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14 Responses to “Streamline the bus network”

  • RDB:

    TKL, Please give a few specific examples. Why didn’t you? Because, without specific route examples to show cause you complain about, where if your credence. As it just look like grumbling right or not.

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  • tan kin lian, don't be stupid:

    car lite is for pap ministers and their S$m clan members.

    it is not for 70% sheep.

    therefore bus mrt are for pap ministers and their S$m clan members.

    pap ministers and their S$m clan members tell 70% sheep the lie about car lite only to ensure there are less cars on the roads so that their maseratis and lambos can zoom through without being blocked by 70% sheep hyundai qq chery.

    so buy that hyundai qq chery and stop being 70% sheep stupid. car lite is never meant for 70% sheep. it is always meant for pap ministers and their S$m clan members. believe pap, then, bus mrt lah.

    cannot afford hyundai qq chery? ffff. don’t buy that over priced resale HDB. don’t have so many children. life is so ffffing short. why be so stupid and believe pap and suffer under overcrowded buses mrt?

    car lite is always meant for pap ministers and their S$m clan members. believe in pap car lite, destined to be talking about bus mrt.

    don’t be another tan kin lian. be the 30% OPPO and go buy that hyundai qq chery. life is so ffffing short. don’t sell yourselves short by believing in the pap car lite lie.

    BTW if S$ is not a problem, can always maserati lambo like pap ministers and their S$m clan. if cannot, then, no harm hyundai qq chery. they enable one to escape the pap car lite tyranny which is not for us to begin with.

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  • DavidNeo&IreneVanessa:Bastards:

    Can use manual sign for bus numbers? The lights display can be faded.

    Bus wait too long. Nowadays always linger at bus stop to waste time.

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  • Partial truth?:

    Elderly still prefer to take bus.

    Some cannot read english or little chinese. Sometime to them MRT underground also like maze.

    Many leg problems, cannot walk too far. To board bus then align to take mrt or the other way around may be too costly. Imagine one straight bus can reach desire destination and then same bus back home versus take bus, go mrt station then take bus again to desire destination and same thing going home. Unless the whole destination journey to and fro is FOC.

    Oh yeah, Mr Tan reading car teo boh? Perhaps you be good guy and give free ride to elderly. But everyday you do that you also si bei sian.

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  • Partial truth?:

    Sorry typo.

    Oh yeah, Mr Tan driving car teo boh? Perhaps you be good guy and give free ride to elderly. But everyday you do that you also si bei sian.

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  • opposition dude:

    In theory what Mr Tan says isn’t wrong but it’s all theory. Let me explain.

    Mr Tan says streamline the network and have buses connect us all to MRT stations. Now, in a HDB estate there are feeder bus services for this already. The reason why there are so many trunk services is because there are still areas where there are no MRT stations. Areas like Jalan Kayu, Tengah and Tuas South to name but a few.

    Now if all we had were buses bringing us to MRT stations and nowhere else then it would be inefficient and add even more people to the train system. So for Mr Tan’s example he could take the feeder to the MRT and go to another part of the island. But what if he wants to go to a part of the island where there is no train?

    The reason why areas like Bt Merah have good connectivity is because there are many buses going to different parts of the island. It’s not wastage if there are people taking the buses to get where they want to go. Buses also provide a good alternative to the trains too.

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  • lim peh kong:

    lta only wants to collect more money,where got time to think for commuters?
    you thin f-care?

    tkl,you still dreaming after all this time…

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    I am taking this window of Tan Ahhhh’s Post…to to tell an EXPERIENCE travelling in the MRT…

    Last Saturday I took the MRT from Buona Vista to Bishan to meet a friend for Breakfast… Had to change @ Raffles Place…and the train was rather empty but I still took the Corner seat for very senior passengers…

    after a while, I notice a tall 30+ nearer to 40 bespectacled man with a Haversack slung on his shoulders walking up and down as if to look for a seat which was easily available…@ Orchard a young lady board and sat at a 2 seater…along came this CREEP and sat next to her…she looked perplexed and annoyed as there were plenty of empty seats available WHY next to her on a 2 seater??? Lo & Behold!!!he started to LEAN towards her as if to take a NAP…

    The young lady got up and took flight…sadly I left my HP at home as I seldom carry it with me…

    After a short while, the CREEP got up and started looking for new victims???

    Sad to witness this and he was definitely a Singaporean…sorry if I bored you Guys and Tan Ahhh

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  • You Singaporean?:

    A cock and bull story to blame Singaporeans? How do you know that guy is a Singaporean? You don’t check his IC. He could be a Malaysian, China Chinese, HKer, Indonesian or from many other countries.

    A real local Singaporean will not take MRT from Buona Vista to Bishan going through Raffles Place. You don’t seem to be a Singaporean!

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    I am taking this window of Tan Ahhhh’s Post…to to tell an EXPERIENCE travelling in the MRT…

    Last Saturday I took the MRT from Buona Vista to Bishan to meet a friend for Breakfast… Had to change @ Raffles Place…and the train was rather empty but I still took the Corner seat for very senior passengers…

    after a while, I notice a tall 30+ nearer to 40 bespectacled man with a Haversack slung on his shoulders walking up and down as if to look for a seat which was easily available…@ Orchard a young lady board and sat at a 2 seater…along came this CREEP and sat next to her…she looked perplexed and annoyed as there were plenty of empty seats available WHY next to her on a 2 seater??? Lo & Behold!!!he started to LEAN towards her as if to take a NAP…

    The young lady got up and took flight…sadly I left my HP at home as I seldom carry it with me…

    After a short while, the CREEP got up and started looking for new victims???

    Sad to witness this and he was definitely a Singaporean…sorry if I bored you Guys and Tan Ahhh

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  • Dr. Chan:

    I have not taken public transport since my last visit to Singapore for CNY in February.
    Overall, in my opinion, overall the bus and MRT ride was pleasant. I have no reason to offer complaint to the PAP in this area.

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  • oxygen:

    WHO HAS FORGOTTEN THIS? Services and route designation depend on vote values to PAPpypolitics.

    Just ask those living in HG SMC/Aljunied GRC – the “unwanted/abandoned baby” constituents.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    If he is NOT Singaporean I apologise to all Singaporeans but my GUT feeling tells me he is…that is the route I normally take and Bad Habits die HARD for us as I don’t want to confuse myself with the various Lines NSEW Green-Blue Red and whatever lah!!!

    You Singaporean?:
    A cock and bull story to blame Singaporeans? How do you know that guy is a Singaporean? You don’t check his IC. He could be a Malaysian, China Chinese, HKer, Indonesian or from many other countries.

    A real local Singaporean will not take MRT from Buona Vista to Bishan going through Raffles Place. You don’t seem to be a Singaporean!

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  • Darth Vader:

    Okay tkl, since you asked, what I’m very sure everyone here prefers is this: TKL, SHUT THE F*** UP!!!! In case you don’t know by now, EVERYONE here is SICK & TIRED of your lunatic ravings!!!!

    Are you even aware that the trains are already severely overloaded?! Sometimes they’re so packed people arrive late to work simply because the trains are too full too board, unless of course you have the same stupid mentality as rainbowhead saw!!!! For people living in Bishan for example, they may actually prefer taking a bus because they can actually get a seat on the bus whereas as an interchange station, the passenger loading is so high they may need to wait for several trains to go by before they finally get to board

    Oh, and let’s not forget: what happens if there’s another major MRT breakdown?! If a bus breaks down at least all you need to do is take the next bus that comes along that is will bring you to your destination. If the train breaks down, you’ll need to compete with thousands of other people to get a bus to your destination. And as someone mentioned here, there are lots of areas not covered by the MRT network. Ever been to Whampoa before? No? You need to take a train to either Novena or Toa Payoh station, then take a bus there. Or you can simply take SBS 139 there directly all the way from Toa Payoh Interchange. WHICH is more convenient to passengers?!

    Really tkl, instead of coming to spew crap all the time, every time you get the urge to open your mouth, you should go fellate yourself instead!!!!

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  • How Do You Know?:

    Sinkies are now minority.

    There are about 7M digits, less than 3M are citizens.
    You have over 50% chance of getting it wrong that the person is a sinkie.
    If it’s non Chinese, likely your are nearly 100% chance of getting it wrong.

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