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