New bus service for private estate residents in Yio Chu Kang

A shuttle bus service has been launched on Tuesday to ferry residents living in private estates at Springside and Springleaf in Yio Chu Kang to the nearest MRT station and bus interchange.

The move came after feedback from residents about the lack of transport in the area.

MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Lee Bee Wah, who approached SMRT to provide the service, joined residents in taking the first ride on Tuesday.

The shuttle, which runs every 20 minutes during peak periods and at 35-minutes intervals during non-peak periods, costs $1.30 per ride.

The shuttle service will not run on weekends and public holidays.

The service is on trial for three months, after which SMRT will decide if it’s feasible to continue the service.

“I would think, initially, it’ll be at a loss. We hope that residents who requested for this bus will come forward and use this bus service. SMRT has told me that as long as they breakeven, they will continue to provide this service… So hopefully at the end of 3 months, there’ll be sufficient riders to breakeven,” said MP Lee. – CNA /ls

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 25 Dec 2007

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