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    Jul 02, 2014

    SBS Transit to replace most of its buses by 2017

    SBS Transit expects its billion-dollar fleet-renewal programme to be completed by 2017.

    The publicly listed company, a subsidiary of transport giant ComfortDelGro, announced yesterday that it has ordered 665 wheelchair-accessible buses for a total of $311 million.

    It added that it will have about 3,800 buses in three years' time, up from nearly 3,400 today and 2,800 in 2006.

    Chief executive Gan Juay Kiat said: "We have committed around $1.3 billion to purchase more than 3,000 buses since our fleet-renewal programme began in 2006.

    "By 2017, we will have replaced almost the entire fleet."

    Almost all its buses will then be wheelchair-accessible, the company added.

    All public buses must be wheelchair-accessible by 2020.

    SBS Transit's latest purchase comprises 250 single-deck Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses and 415 double-deck Volvo B9TL Wright buses.

    Of these, 296 will be funded by the Government's Bus Service Enhancement Programme.

    The latest tranche of 665 buses - which will comply with the stringent Euro 5 emission standard - will be delivered from the middle of next year.

    In April, rival SMRT said that it was buying 573 new buses - its biggest order yet - over the next two years. THE STRAITS TIMES