Friday, April 24, 2009
Commuters have to accept transfers
Many commuters said that they like to have direct bus services, instead of making transfers. This preference has its drawbacks.
Singapore has more than 100 direct bus services, but it does not produce an efficient system, leading to the following:
a) Late arrival of buses
c) Bunching of buses
A more efficient system is one that make use of transfers. Each town (e.g. Toa Payoh) should be served by a local bus (maybe using small buses) that carry the people within the town to the bus interchange, MRT station or town center. Those who need to travel long distance can take the intertown bus or MRT.
Here are the attractions of a local bus service:
a) Waiting time for a bus should be less than 5 minutes
b) More stops are available within 150 meters of one's home
c) Can be managed by individual operators, similar to the taxi system
d) More buses are put into operation during peak hours
Here are the advantages of inter-town buses:
a) Each passenger can have a seat
b) There are few stops, reducing the travel time
People are used to transfers when they take an earoplane or MRT. The same concept should be applied to the bus services. If commuers accept this idea, the public bus services can be improved tremendously to support the MRT service.