3-Door MAN A95 buses launched on Service 189

The 3-Door MAN A95 (Euro 6) bus has been launched on Tower Transit Bus Service 189 on 30 December 2021.

50 units of the MAN A95 (Euro 6) double-deck bus, configured with three doors and two staircases for smoother boarding and alighting, has been procured by the Land Transport Authority. These buses have been gradually rolled onto service since January 2021.

Currently, the bus model operates on the following services:


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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. Initial media releases in January revealed that these buses would be rolled out on Bus Service 334 by the end of January 2021.

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 Service 119
  • 7 Feb 2021 – Apr 2022 – Bus Service 243W
  • From 14 Feb 2021 – Bus Service 900 / 900A
  • 24 Feb 2021 – 7 Nov 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 8 Aug 2021 – Bus Service 197
  • From 8 Nov 2021 – Bus Service 68
  • 8 Nov 2021 – 14 Jan 2022 – Bus Service 3
  • 9 Nov 2021 – 14 Jan 2022 – Bus Service 3A
  • From 13 Nov 2021 – Bus Service 118 (Weekends & Public Holidays)
  • From 30 Dec 2021 – Bus Service 189
  • From Jan 2022 – Bus Service 68B
Occasional Deployments

The MAN A95 (3-Door) buses are occasionally deployed on Tower Transit City Direct 657, from 26 Nov 2021.

It was previously deployed on 22 Jul 2021 during the evening peak hours as well.

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
  • 14 Jun 2021 – Service 98A
  • 27 Aug 2021, 4 Feb 2022 & 13 Sep 2022 – Service 243G
  • 29 Jul 2021, 2 Nov 2021, 1 Mar 2022, 25 Mar 2022 & 6 May 2022 – Service 974
  • 28 Feb 2022 & 5 May 2022 – Service 901M
  • 1 Mar 2022 – Service 176
  • 4 Mar 2022 – Service 98
  • 15 Mar 2022 – Service 96
  • 18 Mar 2022 & 6 Jun 2022 – Service 51
  • 19 Apr 2022 & 1 Sep 2022 – Service 944
  • 6 Jun 2022 – Service 85
Temporary Suspension of Operations

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

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.


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100 thoughts on “3-Door MAN A95 buses launched on Service 189

  • 5 November 2022 at 5:47 PM
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    Why 3 doors but lack of seats. Standing area also limited n narrow for ppl to move in n out. The seat handle makes the 2nd seat difficult to go out. Need the person in a 1st seat to stand up. Furthermore the seat face to face its so narrorw n cramp. Provide more seats for passages rather to hve more staircase. I still prefered the old model more seats n spacious rather the new one.

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