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Written Reply by Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung to Parliamentary Question on Unprofitable Bus Services as of July 2020

04 Sep 2020 In Parliament

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Transport

a.     how many unprofitable bus services exist as of July 2020; and

b.     what is the total subsidy level for unprofitable bus services each year

Reply by Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung:


1.     Prior to COVID-19, and as a result of better frequencies and service standards, 345 out of 356 public bus services generate fare revenues that cannot cover their operating costs and require government subsidies. This amounts to a total of about $1 billion per year. With COVID-19, commuter numbers have dropped, and as of July 2020, all public bus services generate fare revenues that cannot cover their operating costs.