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Written Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan to Parliamentary Question on Plans for More Bus Lanes to Facilitate Safer and Smoother Bus Journeys

05 Aug 2019 In Parliament

Mr Melvin Yong Yik Chye asked the Minister for Transport whether there are plans to implement more bus lanes islandwide to facilitate safer and smoother bus journeys. 

Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan:

1.     Today, we have a total of 211 kilometres of bus lanes, and LTA plans to build more.

2.     The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is rolling out a suite of bus speed improvement measures to facilitate safer and smoother bus journeys. For instance, LTA has started to implement Transit Priority Corridors (TPCs), featuring bus lanes, bus-only roads, and signal priority for buses. The first TPC was implemented at Bencoolen Street in 2017, and more will be progressively implemented from 2020 onwards. The North-South Corridor will be Singapore's longest TPC. When completed by 2026, it will save bus passengers an average of 10 to 15 minutes of travel time.

3.     LTA is also exploring an enhanced traffic light control system which can give priority to buses based on real-time traffic demand. LTA is also trying out three-door buses to speed up boarding and alighting. Together, these measures will deliver smoother and safer bus journeys.