Bus Contracting Model (BCM) Route Package #3:
“Seletar Bus Package” (27 bus routes)
First announced on 06 June 2016, the Seletar Bus Package is the third set of public bus services to be put up for tender under the Bus Contracting Model, following the Bulim Bus Package and Loyang Bus Package.
This package comprises 24 existing bus services originating from Yishun Bus Interchange, Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange, and Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange, with 2 new bus services to be introduced later, as at package announcement (The 2 new services are 71 & 807). It is one of fourteen bus packages to be released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) as part of the transition to the Bus Contracting Model (BCM).
In addition, new bus service 851e was introduced in May 2018, bringing the total number of bus services to 27.
As announced in April 2017, SBS Transit Ltd is the successful tenderer of the Seletar Bus Package, who will receive an estimated total fee of $480.3 million over five years. The 25 bus routes will be based out of the newly-built Seletar Bus Depot, located off Yio Chu Kang Road, which is scheduled to be completed in Q3 2017 and able to accommodate 525 buses.
The package will consist of 390 buses when implemented in the first half of 2018, and will grow to about 500 buses in 2023 in tandem with new developments and projected growth in ridership.
|Seletar Bus Package Routes|
|Bus Interchange||Bus Routes||Operator Prior to Tendered Contract|
|Ang Mo Kio||24, 130, 133, 135, 138, 261, 262, 265*, 268*, 269||SBS Transit|
|Yio Chu Kang||70/70M, 71, 76, 162/162M||SBS Transit|
|Yishun||800, 803, 804, 805, 806, 807, 811, 812, 850E*, 851, 852, 860||SMRT Buses|
|–||851e||New Bus Service|
* = Bus routes that do not originate from the Bus Interchange
|Name||PT202: Bus Contracting – Seletar Bus Package|
|Awarded||SBS Transit Ltd|
|Duration||Five years, with two-year extension granted based on good performance|
||Published – 06 Jun 2016
Closed – 27 Oct 2016
Awarded – 19 April 2017
|Commenced Operations||11 Mar 2018 (Tranche 1) – 14 bus routes
18 Mar 2018 (Tranche 2) – 6 bus routes
25 Mar 2018 (Tranche 3) – 6 bus routes
27 May 2018 – Service 851e
|Services||24, 70/M, 71, 76, 130, 133, 135, 138, 162/M, 261, 262, 265, 268, 269, 800, 803, 804, 805, 806, 807, 811, 812, 850E, 851, 851e, 852 & 860|
|Bus Depot||Seletar Bus Depot|
|Bus Interchanges||Yio Chu Kang, Ang Mo Kio|
As of the tender closing time, 9 bids were submitted from hopeful operators. All operators were shortlisted on 02 Mar 2017.
|S/No||Country||Tenderer||Price for 5 Years
|1.||Australia||Busways Group Pty Ltd||581,832,861.00|
|2.||China / Local||Jiaoyun Group / Travel GSH Pte Ltd Consortium||547,589,363.52|
|3.||United Kingdom||National Express Group Plc||536,828,068.00|
|4.||Local||SBS Transit Ltd||480,332,472.00|
|5.||Local||SMRT Buses Ltd||514,522,355.00|
|6.||Local||The Go-Ahead Group Plc||576,341,755.00|
|7.||Local / South Korea||Tian San Shipping (Private) Limited / Kumho Buslines Co., Ltd Consortium||538,837,888.23|
|8.||Local||Tower Transit Singapore Pte. Ltd.||575,797,622.00
|9.||Local||Woodlands Transport Holdings Pte. Ltd||583,442,331.19|
On Wednesday, 19 April 2017, LTA announced SBS Transit Ltd as the winner of the Seletar Bus Package. Evaluation was conducted through a two-envelope process which included quality and price factors, with greater weightage given to the quality proposals submitted by tenderers. The LTA press release sums it well:
SBS Transit (SBST) was awarded the contract as it had the highest combined total score for both quality and price evaluation. In its tender submission, SBST demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of ground conditions and strong competence in bus service scheduling to enable the optimal deployment of buses and resources to meet travel demand. Furthermore, SBST has emphasised in its proposal a stringent maintenance regime for bus assets and infrastructure and committed to a significant number of experienced technicians to ensure high maintenance and reliability standards. In terms of manpower development, SBST has presented a robust career development program to up-skill its staff, and a comprehensive transition plan to minimise impact to commuters and affected bus workers.
To ensure a smooth transition with minimal inconvenience to commuters, the implementation of the remaining 13 bus services currently not operated by SBS Transit will be carried out upon implementation in the first quarter of 2018. These services will be supported by the new Seletar Bus Depot located off Lentor Ave / Yio Chu Kang Rd, which will be officially handed over to SBS Transit in August 2017 to allow them sufficient time to recruit and train bus captains and technicians. SBS Transit has been performing overnight parking of buses at Sungei Seletar Bus Depot‘s Bus Park since December 2016.
SBS Transit introduced a telematics system, known as SAGE, on all 730 buses under the Seletar and Bukit Merah Bus Packages to monitor the smoothness and comfort of bus rides provided by Bus Captains (BCs). The system records and monitors the BC’s driving behaviour such as speeding and harsh acceleration with feedback given in real-time through audio and visual alerts. This system is aimed at improving the safety of buses. Besides SAGE, these buses are also equipped with the Mobileye collision alert system.
Seletar Bus Package consists of 26 existing bus services, with 1 new bus service added during the contract period.
|Service||Destination 1||Destination 2||Type||Description|
|24||Ang Mo Kio||↺ Changi Airport||Trunk|
|70||Yio Chu Kang||Shenton Way||Trunk|
|70M||Yio Chu Kang||↺ Temasek Ave||Trunk||Supplementary route|
|71||Yio Chu Kang||↺ Bishan St 11||Trunk|
|76||Yio Chu Kang||Eunos||Trunk|
|130||Ang Mo Kio||Shenton Way||Trunk|
|133||Ang Mo Kio||Shenton Way||Trunk|
|135||Ang Mo Kio||↺ Siglap Link||Trunk|
|138||Ang Mo Kio||↺ Mandai Lake Rd||Trunk|
|162||Yio Chu Kang||Shenton Way||Trunk|
|162M||Yio Chu Kang||↺ Temasek Ave||Trunk||Supplementary route|
|261||Ang Mo Kio||↺ Ang Mo Kio Ind Park 1||Feeder|
|262||Ang Mo Kio||↺ Ang Mo Kio Ave 2||Feeder|
|265||Ang Mo Kio Depot||↺ Ang Mo Kio Ave 10||Townlink|
|268||Ang Mo Kio Depot||↺ Ang Mo Kio Ind Pk 2||Townlink|
|269||Ang Mo Kio||↺ Ang Mo Kio St 61||Feeder|
|800||Yishun||↺ Sembawang Rd||Feeder|
|803||Yishun||↺ Yishun Ave 6||Feeder|
|804||Yishun||↺ Yishun Ave 11||Feeder|
|805||Yishun||↺ Yishun Ave 1||Feeder|
|806||Yishun||↺ Yishun Ave 6||Feeder|
|807||Yishun||↺ Yishun St 71||Feeder|
|811||Yishun||↺ Yishun Avenue 2 & 1||Townlink|
|812||Yishun||↺ Yishun Avenue 4 & 3||Townlink|
|850E||Yishun St 41 / Ave 6||Shenton Way / Anson Rd||Express||Peak Hour Limited-stop|
|851e||Yishun||New Bridge Road||Express|
|860||Yishun||↺ Yio Chu Kang||Trunk|
Bus Services 70M & 162M are considered part of their parent route, 70 & 162 respectively. They do not contribute towards the total service count. Short Trip Services, which are also part of tender requirements, are not included in the above list.
To ensure a smooth transition with minimal inconvenience to commuters, the Seletar package under the Bus Contracting model was implemented in three tranches in March 2018. Spaced a week apart for Tranche 2 and 3, the two tranches would hand SBS Transit progressive control over the Yishun Bus Services which are part of the Seletar Bus Package.
The implementation dates of the combined three tranches are as follows:
|Tranche||Implementation Date||Bus Services||No of Routes|
|1||11 March 2018||24, 70/M, 71, 76, 130, 133, 135, 138, 162/M, 261, 262, 265, 268 & 269||14|
|2||18 March 2018||800, 804, 805, 807, 811 & 860||6|
|3||25 March 2018||803, 806, 812, 850E, 851 & 852||6|
|–||27 May 2018||851e||1|
Main Article: Transitioning to Seletar Bus Package
Scope of Tender:
As part of the tender, the new Operator will be required to fulfil responsibilities as such:
- Operate the twenty-seven (27) bus services in the Yishun, Yio Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio areas in accordance with specified EWT performance standards
- Operate and maintain the buses and their onboard equipment provided by LTA
- Operate and maintain Yio Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchanges, and the new Seletar Bus Depot, including all equipment and systems provided therein
- Charge and collect the fares approved by the Public Transport Council, on behalf of the Government
- Provide bus service information at all bus stops and bus interchanges served by the 27 bus services
- Provide customer management services, such as lost and found service, and a hotline for commuter feedback and enquiries.
All bus services will have scheduled headways of no more than 15 minutes for both directions during the morning and evening peak periods, with at least half of them having even shorter scheduled headways of no more than 10 minutes. Of these, the feeder services will run at even shorter intervals of 6-8 minutes. An estimated 45% of bus services will come at shorter intervals during peak periods when compared to the expanded BSEP.
More guidelines can be found in the main Bus Contracting Model (BCM) article.
Bus Interchanges & Terminals under the package:
Bus Depot under the package:
Tender Deadline Extension
On 26 September 2016, with less than 2 weeks to the tender closing date, the Land Transport Authority announced that the tender submission deadline was extended by 3 weeks to 27 Oct 2016. This is likely due to the recent events that happened to the awardee of the Loyang Bus Package, Go-Ahead Singapore.
In September 2016 alone, less than a month after taking over bus routes from SBS Transit under the Loyang Bus Package, the operator has borrowed Bus Captains from SBS Transit & SMRT as well as subcontracting their Employee Bus Routes out to Tower Transit as a result of a spade of Go-Ahead Bus Captains resigning due to Go-Ahead’s cost-saving extensive interlining model. The extended deadline is expected to give more time to bidders to tweak their proposals on bus interlining.
In a statement to ChannelNewsAsia on 27 October 2016, the Land Transport Authority clarified that the extension of tender submission deadline was due to a change in tender specifications, where the winning tenderer of the Seletar Bus Packages will take over the 26 Bus Routes in five (5) tranches, instead of the earlier specified two tranches. While this was not mentioned in any print and online media on ChannelNewsAsia, the statement was mentioned on ChannelNewsAsia’s Singapore Tonight on 27 October 2016, at about 5:00min. (Link to video on Toggle.sg)
Route Package Timeline:
- 2016 (06 Jun): Seletar Route Package announced & opens. Tender closes on 06 Oct 2016, 1200hrs
- 2016 (26 Sep): Tender deadline extended to 27 Oct 2016, 1200hrs.
- 2016 (27 Oct): Tender closed with 9 bids received
- 2017 (02 Mar): All 9 bids shortlisted
- 2017 (19 Apr): SBS Transit Ltd announced as winning tenderer
- 2018 (11 Mar): First tranche of operations rollout
- 2018 (18 Mar): Second tranche of operations rollout
- 2018 (25 Mar): Third tranche of operations rollout
- 2018 (27 May): Launch of New Bus Service 851e
External Links & References:
- LTA – Third Bus Package Under The Bus Contracting Model
- LTA Extends deadline for Seletar Bus Tender – Straits Times
- LTA – PT202 Tender Schedule (02 Mar 2017)
- LTA – LTA Awards Third Bus Package to SBS Transit Ltd
- 车厂开幕 新聘和过档车长274人 新捷运分段接管实里达巴士路线 – ZaoBao Online, Retrieved on 28 Jan 2018
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