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Public Transport Operators in Singapore are ushering in the spirit of Kindness Day SG, which takes place on 24 May this year. Public buses of SBS Transit, Go-Ahead Singapore and Tower Transit have been programmed to display messages of goodwill.
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Selected SBS Transit buses display “Be Kind, Be Greater.” These can be found on some Scania K230UB and Volvo B9TL buses with Hanover EDS.
Go-Ahead Singapore buses display two messages, “Happy Kindness Day 24 May 2019” and “Greatness is Kindness, Be Greater” decorated with the iconic gerbera flower.
These messages can be found across all bus services on Volvo B9TL, Mercedes-Benz Citaro and MAN A95 buses.
Tower Transit buses feature a large variety of kindness day messages. Each bus service is programmed to display a different message on Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses, while Alexander Dennis Enviro500 and MAN A22 buses with Mobitec EDS display 4 different messages.
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Kindness Day Activities
1000 stalks of yellow daisies will be given out at 5 different bus interchanges on 24th May between 11:30am and 2:30pm. These are:
Hougang Bus Interchange and MRT Station (NEL)
Tampines Bus Interchange and MRT Station (DTL)
Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange
Bedok Bus Interchange
Boon Lay Bus Interchange
Kindness Carnival will also be held on Saturday, 25th May 2019, 10am-6:3pm at the Road Safety Community Park @ East Coast.
Construction work on the new station began in April 2015, and a three-day MRT service closure was conducted to replace and install crossover tracks near the station. Construction is around 75% complete now, putting in on track to its opening at the end of the year.
Yishun Integrated Transport Hub is a Bus Interchange located at Yishun Town Centre, serving residential areas around Yishun and Khatib.
The interchange is the tenth air-conditioned bus interchange in Singapore, integrated within the Northpoint City shopping centre (South Wing) and North Park Residences condominium, while seamlessly connected to Yishun MRT Station. Nearby public amenities include Golden Village Yishun, Nee Soon Sports Centre, Yishun Polyclinic, Yishun Pond Park, and Nee Soon East Community Centre.
Yishun Integrated Transport Hub is projected to open in Year 2019, with SMRT Buses being the anchor operator of Yishun Bus Interchange. With the rollout of the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), the future operator of the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package will take over as anchor operator of this interchange in Year 2020.
This interchange replaces the Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange which commenced operations on 14 March 2015, to facilitate construction of the current Yishun Integrated Transport Hub.
Yishun Integrated Transport Hub is a bus interchange located in the residential town of Yishun. Connecting with Yishun MRT Station along the North South MRT Line, the interchange is a transport node for commuters heading in and out of town, allowing for convenient transfers between the rail network and the many bus services at the interchange.
Projected to open in Year 2019, Yishun Bus Interchange will be the tenth Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) to be opened in Singapore, after Toa Payoh in May 2002, Sengkang in Jan 2003, Ang Mo Kio in Apr 2007, Boon Lay in Dec 2009, Serangoon in Sep 2011, Clementi in Nov 2011, Bedok in Nov 2014, Joo Koon in Nov 2015, and Bukit Panjang in Sep 2017. The interchange is integrated within the Northpoint City shopping centre (South Wing) and the North Park Residences condominium, with underpasses leading to Yishun MRT Station across the road. Hence, retail, residential and transportation facilities are combined under one roof.
The interchange has a single vehicular concourse area with two ingress/egress points leading to Yishun Avenue 2. Located at the north end is a Left-In-Left-Out access, and at the South end, a full-movement signalised junction. Pedestrian access will be offered to Yishun Avenue 2 and retail areas of Northpoint City.
The interchange concourse features offices and staff lounges, a Transitlink ticket office and an NTWU Canteen. Commuter facilities such as queue lines at every berth, bus departure timing screens, and priority seats at every berth will be provided.
Before the construction of the Yishun Bus Interchange, Yishun had two roadside bus termini; one at Yishun Avenue 5 and the other at Yishun Central. The former handled feeder services like 800 and 801, while trunk routes 850 and 851 called at the Yishun Central Terminal. In the 1980s, the rising development of Yishun New Town called for a more permanent facility for buses. HDB, who was in-charge of public works, designed and built a permanent facility between Yishun Avenue 2 and Yishun Central 1. Yishun Bus Interchange opened in 1987 with five trunk and four feeder bus services, gradually expanding to the 19 bus services today.
In 2003, SBS introduced Service 39 to Yishun, followed by 85 in 2006. In December 2010, private operator Advance Coaches introduced AC7, a cross-border bus route to Johor Bahru.
The last day of operations of Yishun Bus Interchange was on 13 March 2015, following which the Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange was opened to replace the old one. Yishun Bus Interchange was demolished and will be replaced by an air-conditioned Integrated Public Transport Hub, Northpoint City, housing a shopping mall, offices and residential developments by 2019.
Like previous Integrated Transport Hubs, the retail section opened far ahead of the bus interchange. Northpoint City (South Wing) was opened on 18 December 2017 while the interior of the bus interchange had yet to be fitted.
Weekdays, except Public Holidays:
From Jalan Kayu (Bef Seletar Camp G): Weekdays AM Peak Hours Weekends & Public Holidays:
From Woodlands Temp Int: Morning to Evening Hours
Short Trip Service 858B is a trunk service operating from Woodlands and ends at Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G).
As a Short-Trip Service, the route operates daily with different starting points on Weekdays and Weekends / Public Holidays.
Service 858B supplements the high demand for Bus Service 858 commuters to Changi Airport.
Originally operating from Jalan Kayu (Bef Seletar Camp G) to Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G) during Weekday Morning Peak Hours, the service was enhanced on 18 May 2019 to start from Woodlands Temp Int and serves Changi Airport before terminating at Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G).
Buses on Service 858B will have a notice placed on the windscreen. It was observed that some Bus Captains only switched their bus Electronic Destination Sign to Service 858B – Ends at Aft Seletar Camp only at Changi Airport.
From Woodlands Temp Int:
Weekends & Public Holidays – Morning to Evening Hours
From Jalan Kayu (Bef Seletar Camp G):
Weekdays AM Peak Hours
Fare: Charges regular distance fares for trunk services. See Bus Fares.
Premium Bus Service 521 is a Premium service operated by RushOwl from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to the City and vice versa. The route passes through the Clarke Quay and Somerset area, operating nine trips on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays.
易搭製作 Easy Access Production retails a series of small model buses called QBuses. Local retailer Let’s Play sold the QBus Model at $25 each through pre-orders on Facebook. The models were quickly snapped up and they are no longer taking reservations.
The model is also sold by user “eap_sg” on Carousell at the same price. However, as of 6 May 2019, the first batch of model buses are sold out and the 2nd Batch of Qbus is expected to arrive by Mid-May.
As a limited edition item, only 550 ADL Enviro500 3-Door Concept Bus Q Models were produced by Easy Access Productions.
The limited edition bus (Model Number EAP18006) is decorated with the Lush Green livery and SGBUS decals, but without any operator logo. The Electronic Destination Signs show the SGBUS Logo on the front and side, while “Off Svc” at the rear.
Each bus comes on a plastic base plate, with a clear acetate display case and a colour card outer box. As part of the packaging, stickers for rim guards as well as the Electronic Destination Signs (Singapore Buses & Alexander Dennis Logo) are provided for users to customise their bus. In addition, a limited edition certification comes in the form of a paper card, stating its serial number (out of 550 buses produced).
Note: The figurines pictured are from LTA Transport Collectibles launched in March 2016. These figurines were given away for free as part of a publicity campaign leading up to the Our Bus Journey Carnivals, where the ADL Enviro500 3-Door Concept Bus was showcased to the public.
Following the public showcase in 2016 and the revenue service trial of a 3-Door concept bus in 2017, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) initiated purchases of 100 3-Door Euro 6 Diesel Double Decker Buses in May 2018.
Under Contract PT342 – Procurement of 3-Door Euro 6 Double Deck Diesel Busesawarded on 25 April 2019, Alexander Dennis would deliver fifty units of these buses, with deliveries expected in 2020. The remaining fifty buses would be fulfilled by ST Engineering Land Systems.
These 50 new Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (3 Door) Buses would join the existing operational fleet of 216 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 public buses in Singapore, procured in 2 batches. They will also be the first Euro 6 Enviro500 buses in Singapore.
History of the Enviro500 (Click to expand)
The Enviro500 is part of the Enviro series of Dennis low-floor buses which was launched in 2002. The original Enviro500 was produced by Dennis (then known as TransBus International) modified from a Dennis Trident 3 (hence the original name Trident E500).
In late 2003, a face-lifted version was offered; the second-generation Enviro500 (or Enviro500 MkII), featuring both modified chassis and bodywork. The Enviro bodywork was also compatible with the Volvo B9TL chassis, and Kowloon Motor Bus of Hong Kong acquired over 80 such vehicles. From May 2004, when Transbus International was reorganized into Alexander Dennis Limited, or ADL (while absorbing Walter Alexander Coachbuilders and Dennis Specialist Vehicles), future Enviro500s would be marketed under ADL.
Originally offered with the Euro III Cummins ISMe335 (also from the Trident 3), the more environmentally-friendly Cummins ISLe340 option was available in Euro IV and Euro V ratings, relying on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to reduce emissions. Voith or ZF transmissions with SensoTop or TopoDyn fuel-saving features are offered for the Euro V rating. A hybrid electric version (Enviro500H) is also offered, using GM-Allison’s parallel hybrid drive system. Cummins also offers Euro VI-rated engines for newer Enviro500 buses.
In 2012, Alexander Dennis revealed the third-generation Enviro500 aimed at the Hong Kong market. Named the Enviro500 MMC (for Major Model Change), it boasts a new exterior styling adapted from the Enviro400, along with an all-new interior. The new chassis features improved maintainability, reliability and reduced operating costs. New design features included offsetting the longitudinally-mounted engine and gearbox, along with a safer straight staircase and fuel tank underneath the stairs, a design feature adapted from the Enviro400. The chassis was offered in lengths between 11.3m and 13.0m lengths. A rear-axle steering system is also made available, supplied by ZF (Servocom® RAS).
The Enviro500 MMC is also known as the Enviro500NG (for New Generation), Trident E500 Turbo, or simply E50D (with ‘D’ indicating diesel) or E50H (with ‘H’ for hybrid). The Hybrid variant was made available in 2013, incorporating a series hybrid drive-train by BAE Systems (HybriDrive series-E), achieving the Euro VI emission standard.
According to Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), the bus will feature a full-flat floor design along with three passenger doors and two staircases, one at the front and one at the rear of the vehicle, allowing commuters to move through the vehicle quickly and safely. It will also use the latest aluminium composite body technology and a host of new safety and energy-saving features.
Initial concept renderings reveal that the rearmost axle is used as the drive axle, which differs from the standard Enviro500 offering where the middle axle is the drive axle. Significant redesigning work would also have been involved to relocate engine Bay components to accommodate the third door and full flat floor design.
Several concept renders were released by LTA and Alexander Dennis shortly after the announcement of the tender result.
On 25 April 2019, LTA awarded a contract for the Procurement of 3-Door Euro 6 Double Deck Diesel Buses (Contract Ref. PT342) to 2 different tenderers. Each tenderer will deliver 50 buses each.
50 Three-Door Double Decker Buses
Alexander Dennis (Singapore) Services Pte Ltd
50 Three-Door Double Decker Buses
ST Engineering Land Systems Ltd
The 100 Three-Door Euro 6 Double Decker Buses enter revenue service from 2020. Details regarding the depot and bus service allocation for the buses will be announced closer to the implementation date.
Tender PT342 for Procurement of 3-Door Euro 6 Double Deck Diesel Buses was put up by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on 15 May 2018. As part of the tender, 100 buses will be procured.
Similar to the previous tender of Euro 6 Double Deck buses released in December 2017, these new buses are Euro 6(or Euro VI)-compliant, representing the latest in emission standards which came into effect since 1 January 2018 for all new diesel vehicles registered in Singapore.
Similar to the ADL Enviro500 Mock-Up Bus exhibited in 2016, the 3-door double-deck bus will have one entrance and two exit doors. The rearmost exit door will be behind the rear axle. In addition, the bus will have two staircases and built in a fully-low-floor design. The bus is limited to a maximum length of 12.5 metres.
New requirements imposed by the LTA for new buses include an enhanced Passenger Information Display System (PIDS)comprising LED text displays, LCD display screens and interior speakers. In addition, an exterior-facing display screen and an external speaker is included. An Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), driver anti-fatigue detection system, high-definition CCTV cameras, and passenger counters at entrance and exit doors of the bus are among the additional specifications required by LTA.
Prior to this tender, European bus manufacturers typically made fully-low-floor chassis for the left-hand-drive (LHD) market, such as in Europe where similar 3-door, fully-low-floor buses are operated. Given that the tender called for a right-hand-drive (RHD), full-low-floor diesel bus with a third door at the rear overhang, it would be a challenge for bus manufacturers to modify their existing designs to deliver this (relatively) small batch of buses to LTA in the most economical way.
The second staircase at the rear will likely be of a spiral design to conserve seating space on the upper deck, much like the ADL Enviro500 Mock-Up Bus. It is believed that feedback from the revenue service trial of the MAN Lion’s City DD L Concept Bus (SG5999Z) was unfavourable with regards to the safety of the front-facing rear staircase, which put passengers at risk of falling forwards when the bus had to brake suddenly. A retractable barrier was retrofitted after its debut, which prevents upper deck commuters from accessing the rear staircase when the bus is in motion, and only opens when the bus is at a stop.
As of tender closing time on 23 July 2018 at 4:00PM, participants of the tender are as follows:
On 24 April 2019, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that it was constructing a new Integrated Train Testing Centre (ITTC) to perform integrated systems testing for all new and existing MRT lines.
Occupying a site of approximately 50 hectares at the former Raffles Country Club site, the ITTC will be equipped to robustly test trains and other core railways systems (e.g. electrical, mechanical and signalling systems) around the clock, without affecting passenger services on the main lines.
The facility is similar to testing centres in other countries with extensive rail networks, such as Germany, Korea and Japan. As indicated from site plans, the ITTC is not expected to be connected to the existing rail network, despite being in close proximity to Tuas Depot.
The ITTC allows for robust testing of trains and integrated systems before they are deployed on operational lines. This approach frees up precious engineering hours for other activities, such as railway maintenance, and reduces the need for Early Closures and Late Openings in the future. As such, the ITTC will support ongoing efforts to renew, upgrade and expand the rail network.
The LTA also expects to be able to speed up the diagnosis and rectification of faults with the ITTC, as troubleshooting can now be done locally. Over time, the ITTC would grow into a hub for LTA and the local rail industry to develop deeper Operations and Maintenance competencies and achieve engineering excellence.
The facility will provide railway workers with training opportunities, giving them a first-hand understanding of the intricacies of new rail systems before they are deployed. The rolling stock facility at the ITTC can carry out mid-life train refurbishment projects. Furthermore, the ITTC can also serve as a testing ground for the local rail industry to evaluate new railway infrastructure, develop proofs-of-concept, as well as to conduct research and development into railway technologies.
Test Tracks & Facilities
The ITCC will include various test tracks, such as the:
Endurance Loop Test Track
Performance and Integration Loop Test Track
Straight High-speed Test Track
In addition to the various test tracks and supporting infrastructure, the ITTC will contain the following facilities:
The LTA would be calling for a tender to design and build the ITTC later in 2019, with constructed expected to start in mid-2020.
Testing Centres in other countries
Railway Testing Centres in other countries are built for the same reasons; as a way to rigorously test new railway technologies without the constraints of commercially-used rail lines. Apart from rolling stock, Testing Centres can accommodate all sorts of railway technologies, such as track or catenary components. They can be either privately-owned or state-owned.
Test Centres are also located in close proximity to train manufacturing facilities for testing prior to delivery. Many types of rolling stock which have been delivered to Singapore have been photographed in Testing Centres at their region of manufacture.
Jewel Changi Airport officially opened to the public on 17 April 2019, after 6 days of Preview from 11 – 16 April 2019.
A two-way Shuttle Bus will operate between Jewel and Changi Airport Terminal 4. One-way Shuttle Buses will also operate from Jewel to Bedok, Tampines and Sengkang MRT Stations. These services are provided for free and will operate from 11 to 21 April 2019. Operating details can be found below.
Jewel can be easily accessed using walkways leading from Changi Airport Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and Changi Airport MRT Station. Alternatively, visitors can also take public buses 24, 27, 34, 36, 53, 110, 858 to Changi Airport Terminal 1.
Terminal 4 JEWEL Shuttle Bus Service
Terminal 4 Arrival Hall
Terminal 1 Coach Bays A – C
Terminal 4 Coach Bay
10am to 1am
Every 5 minutes
The Terminal 4 to Jewel Shuttle Bus Service caters to guests whom park their car at Changi Airport Terminal 4 Car Park 4A & 4B. Two variants are operated, with buses picking up / dropping off guests at either the Terminal 4 Arrival Hall – South Taxi Stand (Level 1) or the Terminal 4 Coach Bay.
JEWEL → Heartlands Shuttle Services
The Pick Up Point can be accessed via Level 1 of Jewel, next to the Early Check In Area.