Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)

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BSEPThe Bus Service Enhancement Programme, or BSEP for short, was launched on 7th March 2012. The Land Transport Authority (LTA), in partnership with Public Transport Operators (PTOs) SBS Transit and SMRT, rolled out new measures to significantly increase bus capacity and bus service levels. The BSEP is a continuation of the Quarterly Review of Bus Services which was initiated in June 2010.

The $1.1 billion scheme will cover the purchase of 1000 new buses and 80 new bus services to be progressively introduced over the next five years. The first phase of the BSEP (comprising of 550 new buses and 40 new services) has been brought forward to end 2014. In March 2014, an expansion of the BSEP was announced, introducing 450 more buses from 2015 to 2017. This will bring the total number of government-funded buses to 1,000, and increase available resources for a new total of 80 new services. Most of the 40 expanded BSEP bus routes will be feeder or short trunk services to serve new areas of developments such as Sengkang, Punggol, Yishun and Choa Chu Kang.

Since End December 2015, about 760 new buses have been pumped into service and 54 new bus services have been launched. With the full implementation of the expanded BSEP by 2017 and with help from private bus operators, the total capacity of the bus system will increase by about 35 per cent, or about 1,400 buses, in just five years since the start of BSEP in 2012.

Video Introduction to BSEP: BSEP Introduction BSEP 2 Years On

Introduction

In summary, the BSEP aims to cover a few areas to improve the bus system:

  • Better bus services for commuters
  • Better connectivity with new bus services

1. Purchase of new buses

Under the revised BSEP, the Government will by providing funding for 550 new buses. Together with the 250 buses that the PTOs will add to their fleet at their cost, over the next 5 years, these 800 new buses will amount to a 20% increase in bus fleet. Out of 550 buses, 300 will be used to improve existing bus routes, and the remaining 250 used for operating new routes. The announcement of the expanded BSEP brought in 450 additional buses for a new total of 1,000 new buses. Buses purchased under the BSEP include Volvo B9TLs and Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaros for SBS Transit, as well as Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 and MAN NL323Fs for SMRT Buses.

2. Improvement of peak hour travel

Under the BSEP, 95% of feeder bus services will run at scheduled intervals of 10 minutes or less during the peak periods. The remaining 5% will be scheduled to run within 15 minute intervals. This will be sustained over 2 hours during both the morning and evening peak periods. Currently, only 9 in 10 (90%) of feeder bus services are required to operate at 10 minute scheduled intervals or better, and for only 1 hour during each peak period. The PTOs will also have to improve bus frequencies across the board, i.e. feeders and trunk routes, during the peak periods. Today, all services must operate within 30-minute scheduled intervals, of which 80% must be within 10-min scheduled intervals. Under the BSEP, all services must operate within 20-minute scheduled intervals, of which 80% must be within 10-minute intervals and another 10% within 12-minute intervals. By end 2014, commuters can expect about 10% more capacity on buses along crowded stretches of bus routes during peak hours, as the PTOs will be required to reduce the loading levels for all basic bus services to 85%, down from today’s 95% of their licensed capacity.

Summary:

Basic Bus Services:

  • Existing QoS: Loading levels within 95% of licensed capacity
  • By end 2014: Loading levels within 85% of licensed capacity
  • Existing QoS: 80% of all basic bus services to run at scheduled intervals of 10 minutes or less during peak periods
  • By end 2014: 90% of all basic bus services to run at scheduled intervals of 12 minutes or less during peak periods,

Feeder Bus Services:

  • Existing QoS: 90% of services to operate at scheduled intervals of 10 minutes or less during peak periods (currently over 1-hour period)
  • By end 2014: 95% of services to operate at scheduled intervals of 10 minutes or less over entire 2-hour peak-hour period

All Bus Services:

  • Existing QoS: maximum 30 minute scheduled intervals during peak hours
  • By end 2014: maximum 20 minute scheduled intervals during peak hours

3. Improvements to Existing Bus Services

The revised BSEP adds part of the 1000 new buses to existing bus services which are in need of capacity upgrades. Most bus routes receive between one and three additional buses. The existing bus services excludes bus services launched under BSEP.

4. New Bus Services

While the focus in the initial years will be to improve bus service levels for existing bus services, commuters can also expect better connectivity in the bus network with around 80 new bus routes introduced progressively over the next 5 years. This is a 30% increase, up from the 261 basic bus routes today.

Out of the 80 new bus routes, about 14 will be parallel bus routes that connect major HDB towns to the city area, making use of the expressways. The new parallel bus routes will be progressively introduced from the third quarter of 2012 to provide more options to commuters using stretches of the existing rail lines that experience persistent high ridership, while the ongoing rail enhancement measures are being implemented. LTA will monitor the performance of these parallel bus services closely and make adjustments where required.

Besides improvements to public bus operators, the scheme also extends to private bus operators, in the hope of augmenting the resources of PTOs. City Direct Services and Peak Period Short Services (PPSS) are among such initiatives, and are explained in detail in the relevant articles.

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5. BSEP Buses

Buses acquired under the BSEP scheme have special registration numbers to separate them from the non-BSEP buses of similar models. They have similar specifications, however BSEP buses come equipped with passenger counters among other equipment, and can be directly monitored by LTA.

In preparation for the transition to the Government Contracting Model (GCM), from late 2015 onwards, most BSEP Buses have been registered under the “SG” prefix. This is due to the GCM also comprising of BSEP buses.

 

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6. Timeline of BSEP introduction (sorted by date):

  • 07 Mar 2012: The BSEP scheme is announced
  • Jul – Sep 2012: PTOs add 190 more weekly trips for 30 services during peak hours
  • 21 Nov 2012: LTA calls for tender for private bus operators to run a City Direct service between Jurong West and the CBD
  • 13 Jun 2013: LTA calls for tender for private bus operators to operate nine new City Direct services from Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bukit Batok, Eunos, Hougang, Jurong East, Sembawang, Sengkang and West Coast
  • 30 Sep 2013: LTA calls for tender for private bus operators to operate five new Peak Period Short Services (PPSS) within Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Boon Lay and Woodlands
  • 09 Nov 2013: LTA awards contracts for six new City Direct services
  • 23 Dec 2013: LTA calls for tender for private bus operators to run five additional Peak Period Short Services (PPSS) within Tampines, Choa Chu Kang and Pasir Ris
  • 21 Jan 2014: LTA awards contracts for four new Peak Period Short Services (‪‎PPSS‬) services to complement existing feeder bus services 222, 268, 240 and 912
  • 25 Feb 2014: LTA calls for tender for six new Peak Period Short Services (‪‎PPSS‬) services to complement existing feeder bus services 265, 285, 811, 812, 903 and 913.
  • 14 Oct 2014: LTA awards contracts for five new Peak Period Short Services (‪‎PPSS‬) services to complement existing feeder bus services 265, 285, 811, 812 and 903

7. Chronology of BSEP introduction:

Do note that new bus services (including City Direct services) and route extension to existing bus services count as BSEP services. Services not under the BSEP tally are supplementary services, such as Peak Period Short Services and others which duplicate sections of trunk routes.

S/N Date Service
1 21 Oct 2012 SMRT Bus Service 860
2 21 Oct 2012 SBS Transit Bus Service 119 (Route Extension)
3 18 Nov 2012 SBS Transit Bus Service 116
4 16 Dec 2012 SBS Transit Bus Service 50
5 17 Dec 2012 SBS Transit Express Service 513
6 18 Feb 2013 SMRT Express Service 850E
7 17 Mar 2013 SBS Transit Bus Service 4
8 18 Mar 2013 SMRT Express Service 982E
9 21 Apr 2013 SBS Transit Bus Service 120
10 09 Jun 2013 SBS Transit Bus Service 20
11 09 Jun 2013 SBS Transit Bus Service 141
12 17 Jun 2013 SMRT Express Service 951E
13 18 Aug 2013 SMRT Feeder Service 904
14 02 Sep 2013 City Direct 651
15 15 Nov 2013 SMRT Bus Service 972
16 14 Dec 2013 SBS Transit Bus Service 49
17 06 Jan 2014 City Direct 652
18 13 Jan 2014 City Direct 653
19 19 Jan 2014 SBS Transit Feeder 371
20 20 Jan 2014 City Direct 654
21 16 Feb 2014 SMRT Feeder Service 803
22 17 Feb 2014 City Direct 655
23 17 Feb 2014 City Direct 656
24 24 Feb 2014 City Direct 657
25 16 Mar 2014 SBS Transit Service 121
14 Apr 2014 Peak Period Short Service 912P
22 Apr 2014 Peak Period Short Service 240P
29 Apr 2014 Peak Period Short Service 222P
06 May 2014 Peak Period Short Service 268P
18 May 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 143M
26 19 May 2014 City Direct Service 658
27 08 Jun 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 11 (Route Extension)
28 09 Jun 2014 City Direct Service 659
10 Jun 2014 Peak Period Short Service 358P
10 Jun 2014 Peak Period Short Service 359P
29 23 Jun 2014 City Direct Service 660
24 Jun 2014 Peak Period Short Service 291P
24 Jun 2014 Peak Period Short Service 293P
30 Jun 2014 Peak Period Short Service 307P
13 Jul 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 63M (Extension of Ops Hours)
30 17 Aug 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 386
17 Aug 2014 SMRT Bus Service 859A/B (Supplementary Routes)
24 Aug 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 123M (Route Extension)
31 12 Sep 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 324
12 Sep 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 139M (Supplementary Route)
09 Nov 2014 SBS Transit Service 49 (3 Additional Bus Stops)
32 15 Nov 2014 SMRT Bus Service 990
16 Nov 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 17A (Extension of Ops Hours)
16 Nov 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 43M (Supplementary Route)
33 23 Nov 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 201
34 14 Dec 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 41
35 14 Dec 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 140
36 15 Dec 2014 SBS Transit Bus Service 35 (Route Extension)
 –  30 Dec 2014 Peak Period Short Service 285P
 –  06 Jan 2015 Peak Period Short Service 265P
 –  13 Jan 2015 Peak Period Short Service 903P
 –  20 Jan 2015 Peak Period Short Service 811P
 –  20 Jan 2015 Peak Period Short Service 812P
 37  14 Feb 2015 SBS Transit Feeder 386 (Route Extension)
 38  15 Mar 2015 SBS Transit Bus Service 122
 39  25 Apr 2015 SMRT Feeder Bus Service 301
 40  25 Apr 2015 SMRT Bus Service 983
 –  27 Apr 2015 SMRT Express Service 982E (Route Extension)
 41 14 Jun 2015 SBS Transit Service 103 (Route Extension)
 – 14 Jun 2015 SMRT Bus Service 972 (Route Amendment)
 – 16 Aug 2015 SBS Transit Bus Service 53M (Supplementary Route)
 – 17 Aug 2015 Peak Period Short Service 291P (Change In Ops Hours)
 – 17 Aug 2015 Peak Period Short Service 293P (Change In Ops Hours)
 42 20 Sep 2015 SBS Transit Service 102
 43 22 Sep 2015 City Direct Service 661
 44 22 Sep 2015 City Direct Service 662
  – 28 Sep 2015 SMRT Express Service 850E (Route Amendment)
 45 28 Sep 2015 City Direct Service 663
 46 06 Oct 2015 City Direct Service 664
 – 12 Oct 2015 SMRT Express Service 951E (Route Amendment)
 47 12 Oct 2015 City Direct Service 665
 48 21 Nov 2015 SBS Transit Service 258
 49 22 Nov 2015 SBS Transit Service 49 (Route Extension)
 50 20 Dec 2015 SBS Transit Service 47
 51 20 Dec 2015 SBS Transit Service 117
 52 20 Dec 2015 SBS Transit Service 118
 53 27 Dec 2015 SMRT Bus Service 979
 54 27 Dec 2015 SMRT Bus Service 983 (Route Extension)
 55 03 Jan 2016 SBS Transit Service 382G/W
 – 03 Jan 2016 SMRT Feeder Bus Service 301 (2 Additional Bus Stops)
 – 18 Jan 2016 Peak Period Short Service 222P (Change In Ops Hours)
 56 14 Feb 2016 SMRT Feeder Bus Service 805
 57 29 Feb 2016 City Direct Service 666
 58 08 Mar 2016 City Direct Service 667
TBC Upcoming New Bus Service in Eunos
TBC Upcoming New Bus Service in Marine Parade
15 Mar 2016 City Direct Service 668
22 Mar 2016 City Direct Service 669
29 Mar 2016 City Direct Service 670
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8. BSEP Bus Hangers:

To promote new bus services, services with operation hours extension or route extensions to commuters, the Land Transport Authority prints BSEP Bus Hangers and distributes them to various bus on bus services around the area benefited by the new BSEP Bus Service.

The first BSEP Bus hanger printed was for the route extension of Service 119, which was the first bus service to be improved under the BSEP scheme in Oct 2012, to Punggol and was released 3 days before the actual extension. However, the Service 119 BSEP Hangers were only placed in Service 119 buses then. Subsequently, the second BSEP Bus Hanger was released for the then new Service 860. Since then, the printing of BSEP Bus Hangers for every new service under BSEP (Except City Direct & Peak Period Short Services) have been consistent.

Promotional BSEP Hanger for Service 119

Promotional BSEP Hanger for Service 119

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9. Gallery:

SMRT’s three BSEP Express Routes

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21 thoughts on “Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)

  1. Hi, regarding the chronology of BSEP bus routes, I think only completely new bus services or significant route extensions are included under the route count. 658 should be #26, 11 should be #27, 659 should be #28 and 660 should be #29. PPSS and shortworking trips/ route variants like 143M, 123M and 859A/B don’t seem to be included, since their press releases don’t mention they are the XXXth new bus svc/route under BSEP.

  2. Suggested for bus service from punggol to kallang
    Not used for lta suggest
    Punggol center , punggol Rd
    ,TPE , tampies ave 10, bedok north Rd, PIE, JALAN EUNOS , CHANGI RD , GEYLANG RD , KALLANG AIRPORT LOOP

  3. Hi, regarding about the punggol temporary bus interchange,the bus services that was put there should be 13 but it is put 11 I hope you would change it

  4. Hi,I would like to ask if it is possible for the goverment to build Beth berth for all Shortworking Trip bus services and special departure buses in the bus interchange in the future.

  5. I would like to ask why most of the bus service introduced under BSEP are loop route instead of bi-direction route (excluding city direct and express service).

  6. Suggested bus route for Jurong East – Potong Pasir (Loop)
    Piles through:
    Jurong Gateway Road
    Jurong East Central
    Boon Lay Way
    Jurong Town Hall Road
    Pan Island Expressway (Express)
    Jalan Toa Payoh
    Upper Serangoon Road
    Potong Pasir Avenue 1
    Potong Pasir Avenue 3
    Potong Pasir Avenue 2
    Potong Pasir Avenue 1
    Upper Serangoon Road
    Jalan Toa Payoh
    Pan Island Expressway (Express)
    Jurong Town Hall Road
    Boon Lay Way
    Jurong East Central
    Jurong Gateway Road

    • If a BSEP bus is scheduled for maintenance then a spare bus would come. Usually a BSEP bus would serve but all have been taken up then a revenue bus would cross over. In fact if you see there are a lot of KUBs than Citaro hence they can bring KUB which is a cameo only. Buses need maintenance to be able to run regularly. Do not worry as they have to report to LTA also that the particular BSEP bus did not report as they are tracking. Like SVC 20 which LTA monitors and accordingly added double deckers

  7. I would like to propose to add another bus service which links Paya Lebar MRT to Orchard/Suntec via Tanjong Katong Road to ECP. This is in view of the fact that with new shopping center (One KM) and Paya Lebar Hub, this additional bus service would provide convenience to many commuters travelling along that route.
    Currently, passengers from Paya Lebar or around Haig/Tanjong Katong Road have to transfer bus at Amber Road or Marine Parade Road in order to connect to another bus (Bus 36 or 48) to Suntec or Rochor Road respectively.
    Appreciate your kind attention. Thank you.

  8. How come I don’t see double deckers on smrt service 961??
    Is there an error indicating that dd will be deployed on bus 961 as from 15th june?

      • Yup there is 1 double decker on service 961.
        I suggest that 980 also deploy dd cos many foreigners take this bus daily n those single deckers are packed like sardines in a can.
        Can svce 167 also use few dd as there is high passenger demand during peak hours.
        as I live along sembawang area I sincerely hope to see more improvement on bus routes 167 & 980.
        If possible introduce new bus service from sembawang to upper east coast via:

        Sembawang rd
        upp Thomson rd
        ang mo kio ave 1
        boundary rd
        upp paya lebar rd
        Paya lebar rd
        ubi ave 1
        jln eunos
        sims ave East
        new upp changi rd
        bedok south ave 2
        upp east coast rd.

        Cheers

  9. SBS Transit Volvo B9TL Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 BSEP Batch 3 registrations from SBS3449X onwards will have Hanover EDS from 03rd August 2015, Monday of.

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  11. Suggestions for the bus service network to ponggol area to jalan Eunos area lta cannot do anything for the bus service network to get to ponggol area from jalan Eunos area
    For the bus service network feedback and suggest on system is not rated user rating scheme of things
    All under control by government not lta said
    Land Transport Authority not be able to make it to provide the bus service network to ponggol area from jalan Eunos area

  12. Hello,
    Would you consider to add bus services to help people in Pasir Ris area to go to work to Changi Business Park? Especially around Pasir Ris Link road, where new condominiums are built, there’s no direct bus service there.

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