Commuters can book an on-demand public bus (ODPB) ride through a mobile application by requesting to be picked up and dropped off at any bus stop within an identified bus route during designated hours, even if the bus stops are not handled by the same bus service.
This will all be possible through the six-month on-demand public bus trial which will start on December 17, 2018, as shared in a report by the Online Citizen.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) released a statement last December 3 (Monday), announcing the defined areas included in the ODPB trial service which will run for six months. These areas include Joo Koon, Marina-Downtown and from the Central Business District (CBD) to Bedok and Tampines via the Geylang corridor.
On-Demand Public Bus Trial to Run for 6 Months from December 17
Two public bus operators will power the new initiative on trial for the next six months.
SBS Transit, for one, will provide weekday ODPB services from December 17 in two designated areas: Joo Koon and Marina-Downtown.
Meanwhile, SMRT Buses Ltd. will cover night ODPB services (11:30pm-2:00 am) starting January 4, 2019, along the CBD to Bedok route via the Geylang corridor.
We’re starting a 6-month On-Demand Public Bus (#ODPB) trial, at Marina-Downtown and Joo Koon from 17 Dec 2018! The trial will also include a night service in one direction from the CBD to Bedok and Tampines from 4 Jan 2019.Commuters will soon be able to book an ODPB ride through the mobile apps and request for pick-ups and drop-offs at any bus stops within the defined areas.During the trial, regular bus services will continue but will run at lower frequencies. This trial will allow LTA to study the feasibility of operating public bus services based on real-time commuter demand, and along dynamic routes.WATCH the video for more info on the ODPB trial and get ready to start booking ODPB rides through your phones!
Posted by Land Transport Authority – We Keep Your World Moving on Sunday, December 2, 2018
As per the LTA, commuters will have to download mobile applications “BusGo” and “BusNow” from either the Apple Store or Android Play Store.
The authority further explained that the trial will allow the LTA to gauge the feasibility of operating public bus services with data based on real-time commuter demand and along dynamic routes, as opposed to following fixed routes and pre-determined timetables.
The LTA also explained that certain adjustments may still be applied within the six-month trial period such as the frequency of regular bus services and fares of the ODPB services, to further enhance the system.