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Singapore Shuttle Bus

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Start of Operation:1975
End of Operation:28 April 2007
Operated by:SMRT Corporation

Singapore Shuttle Bus Pte. Ltd. (SSB) was introduced in 1975. It operated the City Shuttle Service (CSS), which plied from the fringe carparks to the CBD zones. In 1976, CSS services were extended to the public housing estates. Throughout its operation, SSB provided regular bus services to and from the housing estates through the CBD. It ceased operation after 28 of April, 2007.


HistoryEdit

Singapore Shuttle Bus was incorporated on 15 May 1975 under the "Park and Ride" scheme introduced by the government. The "Park and Ride" Scheme was aimed at reducing city traffic congestion by encouraging car owners to park their vehicles at allotted fringe carparks and make use of the CSS services plying between the fringe carparks and the Central Business District. This, however, proved unpopular with the car owners and was abandoned in 1976. With the abolition of this scheme, SSB was called upon to provide regular bus services from the housing estates like Bedok, St Michael’s, Queenstown, Bukit Merah and Sin Ming to the CBD and vice versa.

When it first started, SSB operated 6 out of a total of 9 CSS services, namely CSS services 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9. Starting with an initial fleet of sixty single-door 25-seater buses on 6 services, its fleet was slowly replaced by larger and more spacious buses in 1985. On 12 March 1987, SSB was acquired by Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd. On Monday 03 November 1997, Renumbering Of CSS Service: 2, 3, 5, 7 & 8 Change To Service 602, 603, 605, 607 & 608. In 2001, SMRT acquired TIBS and SSB became a subsidiary of SMRT.

ServicesEdit

Main Articles:
CSS Routes in 1975
City Shuttle Services Guide 1981

SSB provided public transport from the housing estates to the CBD areas. Services operated from interchanges and terminals like Bedok Interchange, Bukit Merah Interchange and Sin Ming Road Terminal. The services did not operate on Sundays and Public Holidays.

SSB’s only bus depot was at Lorong 1 Geylang (GLDEP). The central workshop was at Ang Mo Kio Depot (AMDEP) which handled all the preventive maintenance, repair works and major component overhauls.

FleetEdit

DAF SB220 (CSS270B - CSS289Z)
Dennis Lance 245 (CSS310U)
Hino BF177 (Old CSS178K - CSS194M)
Hino HT238 (CSS230S - CSS266P)
Hino HT238K (CSS269G, CSS290T - CSS293K, CSS295E - CSS309A)
Nissan Diesel U31RCN (New CSS178K - CSS211Y)
Nissan Diesel U31SCN (CSS267L - CSS268J, CSS294H)

WithdrawalEdit

File:608-WithdrawalPoster.gif
  • Last day of operation: 28 Apr 2007
  • Last SSB bus departing from Bedok Int: CSS195K
  • Last SSB bus departing from Bukit Merah Int: CSS180C

External LinksEdit

http://www.smrtbuses.com.sg/transport/ssb/DEFAULT.htm
http://www.smrtbuses.com.sg/transport/ssb/shistory.htm

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