Peak Period Short Services (PPSS)

Peak Period Short Services
Peak Period Short Services

Peak Period Short Services (PPSS) (Chinese: 高峰时段短程巴士) are supplementary bus routes operating within selected towns, plying between MRT stations and/or bus interchanges and residential estates. They were introduced under the Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP) to alleviate crowding, reduce waiting times and improve reliability during peak hours.

Peak Period Short Services run at least five trips per hour during peak periods of weekday mornings and evenings, connecting residents between their homes and nearby MRT stations and/or bus interchanges. This initiative is in line with the Ministry of Transport’s announcement at the Committee of Supply 2013 to tap on the resources of PBOs to run shorter bus services to augment the resources of the public transport operators (PTOs).

Peak Period Short Services will be completely withdrawn by 2017. Refer to the Withdrawal section below, and the Changes to Peak Period Short Services (PPSS) article.

Tendering

A first batch of five new Peak Period Short Services opened for tender on 30th Sep 2013. The Land Transport Authority invited private bus operators to submit their cost proposals to operate the first five new short bus services as part of the BSEP. The tendering process allows for the most cost-efficient operators to win the rights to operate the services.

On 23 Dec 2013, a tender was called for another five more PPSS routes, bringing the total number to 10 routes. Another six more routes were tendered on 25 Feb 2014, bringing the total to 15 routes. Among the six, one of the services was re-tendered from 30th Sep 2013.

The duration of each contract was two years.

Routes

Service Route Operating Hours Introduction Withdrawal Parent Svc
222P Bedok MRT ↺
Chai Chee Drive
AM Peak: 0700 – 0900
PM Peak: 1800 – 2000
29 Apr 2014 01 Sep 2016 222
240P Lakeside MRT ↺
Boon Lay MRT
AM Peak: 0600 – 0730
PM Peak: 1700 – 1830
22 Apr 2014 01 Sep 2016 240
265P Ang Mo Kio Int ↺
Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
AM Peak: 0600 – 0800
PM Peak: 1700 – 1900
06 Jan 2015 06 Jan 2017 265
268P Ang Mo Kio MRT ⇄
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9
AM Peak: 0630 – 0830
PM Peak: 1730 – 1930
06 May 2014 01 Sep 2016 268
285P Clementi Int ↺
West Coast Rd
AM Peak: 0600 – 0800
PM Peak: 1715 – 1915
30 Dec 2014 30 Dec 2016 285
291P Tampines Int ↺
Tampines Street 32 / 33
AM Peak: 0630 – 0830
PM Peak: 1800 – 2000
24 Jun 2014 01 Sep 2016 291
293P Tampines Int ↺
Tampines Street 45
AM Peak: 0630 – 0830
PM Peak: 1800 – 2000
24 Jun 2014 01 Sep 2016 293
307P Choa Chu Kang MRT ↺
Choa Chu Kang St 62
AM Peak: 0615 – 0815
PM Peak: 1715 – 1915
30 Jun 2014 01 Sep 2016 307
358P Pasir Ris Int ↺
Pasir Ris Drive 4
AM Peak: 0630 – 0800
PM Peak: 1800 – 1930
10 Jun 2014 19 Sep 2016 358
359P Pasir Ris Int ↺
Pasir Ris Street 11
AM Peak: 0630 – 0830
PM Peak: 1715 – 1915
10 Jun 2014 19 Sep 2016 359
811P Yishun Int ↺
Yishun St 81
AM Peak: 0600 – 0800
PM Peak: 1800 – 2000
20 Jan 2015 20 Jan 2017 811/E
812P Yishun Int ↺
Yishun Ave 3
AM Peak: 0615 – 0815
PM Peak: 1715 – 1915
20 Jan 2015 20 Jan 2017 812/E
903P Woodlands Int ↺
Marsiling Lane
AM Peak: 0600 – 0800
PM Peak: 1730 – 2000
13 Jan 2015 13 Jan 2017 903
912P Woodlands Int ↺ Woodlands Street 41 AM Peak: 0600 – 0800
PM Peak: 1715 – 1915
14 Apr 2014 01 Sep 2016 912/E
913P Woodlands Int ⇄
Marsiling Road (Planned)
Not awarded -NA- -NA- 913/E

Red service numbers indicate services no longer in operation.


Tendering Details:

Tender #1 (Announced on 30 Sep 2013, Awarded on 21 Jan 2014): 5 bus routes, 4 awarded

  1. PPSS for 222 (222P) : Bedok MRT ↺ Chai Chee Drive
    Awarded to ComfortDelgro Bus Pte Ltd (S$1 million)
  2. PPSS for 240 (240P) : Lakeside MRT Station ↺ Jurong West Street 64
    Awarded to Tong Tar Transport Services Pte Ltd (S$1.7 million)
  3. PPSS for 268 (268P): Ang Mo Kio MRT ⇄ Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9
    Awarded to Commute Solutions LLP (S$1.17 million)
  4. PPSS for 912 (912P): Woodlands Int ↺ Woodlands Street 41
    Awarded to Commute Solutions LLP (S$1.15 million)
  5. PPSS for 913 (913P): Woodlands Int ⇄ Marsiling Road
    Not Awarded due to unsatisfactory bids.

Tender #2 (Annouced on 23 Dec 2013, Awarded on 01 Apr 2014): 5 bus routes, all awarded

  1. PPSS for 291 (291P): Tampines Int ↺ Tampines Street 32 / 33
    Awarded to Travel GSH Pte Ltd (S$1.5 million)
  2. PPSS for 293 (293P): Tampines Int ↺ Tampines Avenue 9 / Street 45
    Awarded to Travel GSH Pte Ltd (S$1.5 million)
  3. PPSS for 307 (307P): Choa Chu Kang MRT ↺ Choa Chu Kang Street 62
    Awarded to Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd (S$1.3 million)
  4. PPSS for 358 (358P): Pasir Ris Int ↺ Pasir Ris Drive 4
    Awarded to Travel GSH Pte Ltd (S$1.2 million)
  5. PPSS for 359 (359P): Pasir Ris Int ↺ Pasir Ris Street 11
    Awarded to Loh Gim Chong Transport (S$1.1 million)

Tender #3: (Annouced on 25 Feb 2014, Awarded on 14 Oct 2014): 6 bus routes, 5 awarded

  1. PPSS for 265 (265P): Ang Mo Kio Int ↺ Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
    Awarded to Bus-Plus Services Pte Ltd (S$780,000)
  2. PPSS for 285 (285P): Clementi Int ↺ West Coast Rd
    Awarded to Bus-Plus Services Pte Ltd (S$1.2 million)
  3. PPSS for 811 (811P): Yishun Int ↺ Yishun St 81
    Awarded to Bus-Plus Services Pte Ltd (S$1 million)
  4. PPSS for 812 (812P): Yishun Int ↺ Yishun Ave 3
    Awarded to Bus-Plus Services Pte Ltd (S$1 million)
  5. PPSS for 903 (903P): Woodlands Int ↺ Marsiling Lane (skips Wdl Town Ctr)
    Awarded to Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd (S$1.3 million)
  6. PPSS for 913 (913P): Woodlands Int ⇄ Marsiling Road (re-tendered from Tender #1)
    Not Awarded due to unsatisfactory bids.

Total: 15 routes


Withdrawal

Main Article: Changes to Peak Period Short Services (PPSS)

Originally conceived as a provisional improvement to feeder bus services during the peak hours (to meet BSEP route frequency requirement), PPSS taps on Private Bus Operators for additional buses, thereby adding capacity to these services when incumbent Public Transport Operators (PTOs) SBS Transit and SMRT Buses lack the resources to do so at that point of time.

With the introduction of the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), and adequate buses allocated to PTOs for the operation of these additional trips, PPSS routes were gradually transferred back to incumbent PTOs operating their parent bus service, beginning with seven routes (222P, 240P, 268P, 291P, 293P, 307P, 912P) transferred to SBS Transit and SMRT Buses from 1 September 2016 onwards, in tandem with the full transition of the bus industry to the BCM. Behind the scenes, the 2-year contract for these seven routes (expiring between April and June 2016) were partially extended to meet the transition date, allowing for a seamless transition.

Operations of the existing PPSS routes are expected to be absorbed into their parent service once their two-year contracts expire. In the meantime, 2-year contracts for PPSS 358P and 359P was extended to allow Go-Ahead Singapore to take over them from 19 September 2016 onwards.


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