Singapore – Office workers in Singapore are returning to an old school way of getting to work.
There is an increasing demand for bus pooling services in Singapore, as employees look for an alternative mode of transportation that is more direct than buses and trains, but cheaper than taxis.
But while bus pooling providers said there is a greater demand, it is unlikely to become a popular choice as there are a limited number of private buses available. The Straits Times reported there were 5,000 school and public buses in operation here last year.
Currently, employees engaging bus pooling services pay between $95 and $110 a month, or about $4.50 to $5 a day.
“It’s popular because the buses are customised according to the passenger on board. We pick passengers up at the places that they live and drop them off at their work buildings,” Moh Hon Meng, chief executive of Estatebuzz, which runs bus pooling provider ShareTransport.sg, said.
Professor Lee Der Horng, a transport researcher at the National University of Singapore, said the demand for private buses prove people want good public transport and bus services that are comfortable, reliable and affordable.
“Hopefully, the authorities and public transport operators will receive this message and work along these lines to improve service,” he said.
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