When the next major train breakdown happens, special shuttle bus services will be sent to four key stations within 90 minutes to send stranded passengers to main heartland towns across the island. These services will ply four routes, in a loop: Jurong East-Choa Chu Kang, Buona Vista-Boon Lay, Bishan-Woodlands, and Paya Lebar-Tampines.
The free rides will include those on private buses, which will be roped in to help in such large-scale breakdowns.
This is one of the contingency plans devised after the massive breakdown of the North-South and East-West lines on July 7 this year. The plans were announced yesterday (Oct 14) as the two public transport operators - SMRT and SBS Transit and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) conducted a drill simulating a suspension of services on the East-West Line, after a series of power trips.
SMRT and SBS Transit will run these services unless the disruption stretches beyond eight hours. In such cases, private operators will be activated. For a start, about 100 buses will be activated for such a disruption, at a frequency of 10 minutes.
What are you views about the free rides on all services in major train breakdowns?
- "All bus rides free during major rail disruptions" (The Straits Times, 15 October 2015)
- Special shuttles, bus-stop beacons lights among new train disruption measures (TODAYONLINE, 15 October 2015)
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