Monday, January 07, 2013

Optimize bus services



Sent to Today Paper on 2 January 2013

Editor, Voices
Today Paper

I took a bus SBS 163 from my home in Yio Chu Kang Road to 
my office in Upper Thomson Road a few times during the past two weeks.

I had to wait more than 15 minutes for the bus to arrive. During this time, I saw
an average of 5 buses under SMRT 857 and SMRT 854 pass
by and they were virtually empty. When SBS 163 arrive, it was packed.

It appeared to me that SBS is trying to maximize its profits while SMRT is 
rather lax in managing its operating costs.

As the Government is now shouldering a large part of the cost of operating
the bus services, through the budget of $1.1 billion to purchase new buses,
it should be their duty to ensure that the resources are well used.

The Land Transport Authority has data on the number of passengers that
go up each bus. Surely, they should be able to tell, by looking at the data, if
the buses are optimally utilized across the various bus services?

I like to ask the Authority to comment on whether they do look at the data of
the bus usage regularly and work with the bus operators to ensure that
the resources are used optimally. Commuters should not have to wait
too long for a bus to arrive or to enter into a packed bus, when other buses
go by almost empty.

Tan Kin Lian

2 comments:

veronika said...

#163 will travel from HDB heartlands at Sengkang and through residential landed properties along Yio Chu Kang ( Seletar area) and Thompson road.
The same for #7 along Holland road and Ulu Pandan road.

Both serves private residential areas
and it is a very real symptom of the middle class squeeze. Not enough to warrant higher frequency, not enough voters to make a difference.

The middle class is assumed to have sufficient money to afford cars, and far better educated to solve their own issues.

I really do not mind paying higher fares only to help reduce traffic congestion and reduce CO2 gas, But it seems that density is the only incentive for businesses.

I like this very simple statement that I read elsewhere:

Speed, Price, Quality...pick 2

Unknown said...

I just waited 40 mins for an SBS 14 to arrive. During that time, three SBS 14e (express) came. Although SBS 14e will also stop at my place, it doesn't make sense for me to take SBS 14e as I will have to pay more for it. What is SBS trying to do? I can't help but think that this is SBS' strategy to make commuters pay more.

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