Industry and Regulatory Framework
Under the industry and regulatory framework, PTC licenses a comprehensive range of bus services to
- Meet the diverse mobility needs of the community.
- Provide an affordable means of transport for commuters to gain easy access to centres of economic, educational, social and recreational activities.
The 5 main types of bus services are listed below:
|1.||Basic Bus Services
Basic public bus services in Singapore are provided by two major operators, SBS Transit Ltd (SBST) and SMRT Buses Ltd (SMRTB). Such services include trunk, feeder, and intra-town services. The buses deployed must comply with specific vehicle standards set by the LTA.Both bus operators have each been assigned with separate areas of responsibility for bus operations. Each operator is required to
Basic-Plus Bus Services
Basic-Plus bus services are non-basic services to serve selected niche markets and charge fares that are different from basic bus services. These services are only operated by the two basic bus operators, SBS Transit Ltd and SMRT Buses Ltd.Standees are allowed and Basic-Plus bus service routings generally fall within the basic bus service operators' Area of Responsibility.
Examples of such services include the Express and Fast Forward services.
|3.||Supplementary Bus Services
Supplementary bus services complement basic bus services by providing additional capacity primarily during peak hours. These services are provided by private bus operators such as private-hire or school bus operators that operate Scheme B services.
|4.||Premium Bus Services
Premium bus services provide a faster and more comfortable journey at fares which are at least 1.5 times higher than the equivalent basic bus/Rapid Transit System (RTS) services. Operated by both private and public bus operators, these services have to be fully air-conditioned with no standees allowed on board. They offer commuters:
|5.||Shuttle Bus Services
Shuttle bus services are niche services distinct from basic bus services. They cater to the transport needs of the local communities by providing better connections to nearby transport nodes, amenities and developments.Shuttle bus services are required to meet the following requirements:
|6.||Special Bus Services
Special bus services provide public transport during specific time periods, to specific locations and for special occasions and events. They can be temporary or ad-hoc.Examples of such services include tourist services, cross-border services, as well as ad-hoc services for special events and during festive periods.
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