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    Feb 05, 2014

    Three new City Direct bus services to CBD in Q3

    THREE bus services that will take commuters from housing estates to the Central Business District (CBD) via expressways will be launched progressively in the third quarter of this year.

    The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday that it has awarded a two-year contract for the services, named City Direct, to private bus operator Aedge Holdings. These services have a total contract value of about $3.4 million.

    The three routes will operate from Hougang, Bedok and Eunos to the CBD during the morning peak period and in the return direction during the evening peak period. Two one-way trips will be made on weekday mornings, with two one-way return trips in the evenings.

    More trips may be added, depending on demand for the services.

    "With limited stops and the use of expressways, journey times will be comparable to those of taking a feeder bus or LRT and transferring to the MRT into the city," said the LTA in a media release.

    The tender for these three City Direct services was first called in June. As the bids were not compliant with the tender requirements or not sufficiently competitive to comply with government procurement principles, a new tender was called in November.

    Further details will be announced closer to the implementation dates.