3-Door MAN A95 buses launched on Service 974

The 3-Door MAN A95 (Euro 6) bus has been launched on


Initial media releases in January revealed that these buses would be rolled out on Bus Service 334 by the end of January 2021. Registration of these buses began in mid-January, and as of 28 January 2021, all four Public Transport Operators (SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, Tower Transit, and Go-Ahead) have received these buses.


Rollout
  • From 28 Jan 2021 – Bus Service 83
  • From 31 Jan 2021 – Bus Service 334
  • From 2 Feb 2021 – Bus Service 106
  • From 7 Feb 2021 – Bus Services 119 & 243W
  • From 14 Feb 2021 – Bus Service 900 / 900A
  • From 24 Feb 2021 – Bus Service 518 / 518A
  • From 1 Apr 2021 – Bus Service 97
  • From 18 May 2021 – Bus Service 983
  • From 10 Jun 2021 – Bus Services 97e, 106A, 333 & 941
  • From 11 Jun 2021 – Bus Service 990
  • From 19 Jul 2021 – Bus Service 62 / 62A
  • From 29 Jul 2021 – Bus Service 974 (TBC if one-off ad-hoc deployment)
One-off Deployments

The MAN A95 (3-Door) buses were deployed on the following services on an ad-hoc basis:

  • 9 Apr 2021 – Service 990
  • 19 Apr 2021 – Service 118
  • 22 Jul 2021 – City Direct 657
Temporary Suspension of Operations

The MAN A95 (3-Door) buses were temporarily not deployed on Tower Transit bus services (97, 106 & 334) since the start of the Bulim Bus Package (Second Tendered Package) term from 29 May 2021 till 9 Jun 2021. They resumed revenue service from 10 Jun 2021.


Go-Ahead debut: First-day events & observations

Go-Ahead Singapore launched its 3-Door MAN A95 on 28 January 2021, deployed on Bus Service 83. It was the first bus operator to put the 3-Door MAN A95 into revenue service.

Only SG6283Z was deployed; one of six 3-Door MAN A95 (Euro 6) registered to Go-Ahead at the time.

The maiden trip of SG6283Z departed Punggol Interchange at around 2:55 pm, and was covered by Go-Ahead Singapore over its Instagram account:

It was observed that the majority of commuters used the front staircase to alight from the upper deck. For the minority of rear-staircase-using passengers, most exited the bus via the middle door.

In addition, the rearmost exit door appeared to be misconfigured, stopping whenever an alighting passenger triggered the proximity sensor. This safety feature should have been triggered only when the door is closing.

The rear overhang of the bus was also observed to be significant, protruding beyond the kerb edge when executing tight turns out of bus stop bays.

SG6283Z was scheduled to perform four round trips of Service 83. However, the bus incurred significant delays during the third trip and was subsequently taken out of service when it arrived at Punggol. It did not appear on revenue service the following day.

Return to service

SG6283Z returned to revenue service on the evening of 30 January 2021 with the door sensor issue was fixed, and the rear door opened fully even if passengers were in the range of the proximity sensor.

The “Stand clear of doors” sticker on the third door was repositioned for greater visibility. To protect against head injury, extra foam padding was added to the door arm which protrudes into the passenger cabin, along with an edge guard around the cornered portions of the door arm.

Bus Service 119 debut

SG6298G and SG6299D were deployed on Service 119 on 7 February 2021.

On the first day of service, the third door on SG6299D encountered intermittent issues. Boarding and alighting activities were then confined to the front and middle doors.

The left rear exterior panel was observed to be dislodged outwards, which might have interfered with third door movement. This could have been caused by a kerb strike or collision with the ground. The long rear overhang of the 3-Door MAN A95 makes it especially prone to such damage.


Tower Transit debut

Tower Transit launched its 3-Door MAN A95 on 31 January 2021, deployed on Bus Service 334.

Only SG6288K was deployed; one of seven 3-Door MAN A95 (Euro 6) registered to Tower Transit at the time.

The maiden trip of SG6288K departed Jurong East Interchange at around 3:30 pm, and was covered by Tower Transit over its Instagram account:

The same third door modifications identified on Go-Ahead’s first 3-door MAN A95 (SG6283Z) the day before were also implemented on Tower Transit’s 3-door MAN A95 (SG6288K).

Subsequently, SG6285T and SG6290C were deployed on Service 106 on 2 February.

On 1 April 2021, SG6305U SG6306S and SG6307P were deployed to Service 97.


SBS Transit debut

SBS Transit launched its 3-Door MAN A95 on 7 February 2021, deployed on Bus Service 243W.

SG6286R was deployed; the sole 3-Door MAN A95 (Euro 6) registered to SBS Transit at the time.


SMRT debut

SMRT Buses launched its 3-Door MAN A95 on 14 February 2021, deployed on Bus Service 900.

SG6287M was deployed; the sole 3-Door MAN A95 (Euro 6) registered to SMRT Buses at the time.


Background

In April 2019, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) procured 50 units of the MAN A95 (Euro 6) double-deck bus, configured with three doors and two staircases for smoother boarding and alighting.

These 50 buses were procured under Contract PT342 for ~S$30 million. In total, 100 three-door diesel buses were procured, with Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) fulfilling the other half of orders with its Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (3 Door) buses. The ADL buses are expected to commence revenue service from the 2nd Quarter of 2021.

Differences between the ADL and MAN 3-door buses are discussed here.

Due to design constraints arising from modifying the existing MAN A95 bus chassis as a three-door bus, the passenger cabin is not fully-low-floor. Alighting from the rear door requires passengers to descend from two steps.

In addition, the passenger aisle near the third door is raised by one step, and the additional headroom required on the lower deck protruded into the upper deck, necessitating a unique upper deck rear seating layout with side- and rear-facing seats.

On the other hand, the Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (3 Door) buses are better designed, featuring a full-low-floor layout without steps at the third door.

As with all new buses, the 3-Door MAN A95 buses are equipped with:


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77 thoughts on “3-Door MAN A95 buses launched on Service 974

  • 24 July 2021 at 8:32 PM
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    saw a photo at IG… think happened previous week , no idea which day

    3-door bus on 657

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    • 29 July 2021 at 8:06 PM
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      Starter make a mistake by deploying the 3-door on non-3-door route by LTA..The rest you guess yourself.It’s a matter of insurance shall accidents happen.Likewise if you anyhow drive bendy on non-bendy certified service,You will get the rap by your management and they got from LTA.

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  • 20 July 2021 at 10:56 AM
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    The main purpose of the purchase of 3 doors dd is to replace bendy buses so stick to suitable feeders or short haul trunks not some mid/long or express service which fine with 12m DD.So in the end the 3-doors cannot really replace bendy at all.

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  • 20 June 2021 at 10:51 AM
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    CD,97,97e and 106 all should stay with normal DDs..
    3-Door should deploy for service like
    Jurong East>333 & 334.
    78 & 79.
    Bukit Batok>189,941,945(If possible) & 990.
    Clementi>285.

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  • 11 June 2021 at 7:59 PM
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    Actually those CD and express no need for 3-door DD.
    TTS should deploy 3-Door for svc 189 and possibly 945.97 fine with normal DD.They should storage 25 Volvo B9TLs and lease back 10 single deckers that Theyre short of..

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  • 11 June 2021 at 12:09 AM
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    Service 665 is currently on test with the 3 door bus. Captured on 05 June 2021 at Marsiling Road. High possibility SMRT will deploy 3 door bus on service 665 soon.

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