LTA: Colour Your Buses

LTA is inviting members of the public to select from two colours —red or green— for the new livery that public buses will don in the future. From 8 January 2016 to 5 February 2016, members of the public can vote for their preferred colour online, or by SMS.

^ Two Options: Bright red or Lush green

Launch of Bus Livery Voting

In a Facebook post, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Transport Ng Chee Meng launched the public voting for a new bus livery colour on 8 January 2016 at Joo Koon Bus Interchange. Present at the launch were the first two buses to be stickered with the voting livery, namely two SBS Transit Volvo B9TL buses: SBS3422Y in Red and SBS3423U in Green.

Two colors will be offered from the public to choose from, namely Bright Red (C1) and Lush Green (C2).

^ Bright Red and Lush Green buses. Click for larger images.

Why a common livery?

With the transition to a bus contracting model, the Government will gradually own all public buses. A common livery creates a unified and distinctive identity for the Singapore Bus, much like buses in London and Perth that all bear the same livery.

Along with the common livery, public buses will also bear a distinct logo which features the word ‘SG Bus’ with an embedded stylised heart within the logotype. It also includes the slogan, “Moving Ahead Together”, which heralds the arrival of Singapore’s new public bus industry, conveys commuters’ experience in their daily rides, and cultivates a sense of public ownership for the SG Bus.

The colour red symbolises is Singapore’s national colour and is associated with passion, excitement and vibrancy. As for the colour green, it depicts environmental friendliness and is a symbol of growth, vitality, prosperity and progress.

The common livery and logo will be introduced on buses starting with the Bulim Bus Package. It will be extended to other buses gradually as Government-owned buses replace existing operator-owned ones.

Buses painted in livery

To help commuters visualise the livery, 20 buses will be painted in the two colours (10 for each colour) and deployed to 10 bus routes (six from SBS Transit and four from SMRT) in service during the voting period. There will also be posters on buses, at bus stops, bus interchanges, and MRT stations.

Buses known to have the livery are:

SBS Transit Volvo B9TL:

  • Service 143/143M – SBS3422Y – Bright Red
  • Service 143/143M- SBS3423U – Lush Green
  • Service 50 – SBS3460L – Bright Red
  • Service 50 -SBS3461J – Lush Green
  • Service 20 – SBS3510B – Bright Red
  • Service 20 – SBS3511Z – Lush Green

SBS Transit Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro:

  • Service 139/139M – SBS6478S – Bright Red
  • Service 139/139M – SBS6479P – Lush Green
  • Service 43/43M – SBS6499G – Lush Green
  • Service 43/43M – SBS6500K – Bright Red
  • Service 141 – SBS6529D – Bright Red
  • Service 116 – SBS6548Z – Lush Green

SMRT Alexander Dennis Enviro500:

  • Service 188 – SMB3601G – Lush Green
  • Service 966 – SMB3560R – Lush Green
  • Service 966 – SMB3561M – Bright Red
  • Service 972 – SMB3528K – Lush Green
  • Service 972 – SMB3546H – Lush Green
  • Service 972 – SMB3611C – Bright Red


  • Service 858 – SMB3090E – Lush Green
  • Service 858 – SMB3122Y – Bright Red

For an promotional video, LTA decorated SBS6502E and SBS6503C with Lush Green and Bright Red base coats respectively. These buses had their colours removed afterwards, and the 20 colored buses deployed on revenue service bear a modified version of the colour wrap as compared to the one featured on the LTA video.

How to vote

Voting starts on 8 January 2016 and ends on 5 February 2016. The public can cast votes in three easy ways:

SMS voting should apply the following format: LTA <space> Vote Choice <space> NRIC <space> Name. Voting choices are C1 for Bright Red and C2 for Lush Green. For example, LTA C1 S1234567X BenHuang. Standard SMS charges apply.

50 lucky draw winners will be picked to receive $50 worth of shopping vouchers. Voting is open to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents only, with one NRIC is entitled to one vote.


SBS Transit Volvo B9TL:

SBS Transit Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro:

SMRT Alexander Dennis Enviro500:


Official Launch & Close ups

Ng Chee Meng at the launch
Photos from Ng Chee Meng’s FB page


As announced during the Our Bus Journey Carnival held at Ngee Ann City in March 2016, Lush Green emerged as the winner, with only 144 more votes cast for it as compared to Bright Red. There were 57,505 valid votes during the voting period.

Lush Green Buses Photo Gallery

Back to Government Contracting Model

2 thoughts on “LTA: Colour Your Buses

  • 5 November 2023 at 2:17 AM

    Now to think about it, thankfully it is Lush Green and not Bright Red.

    Bright Red tends to emit negative energy.

    Lush Green can adapt well to every surrounding that it is in.

    It is more sustainable to be remain calm.

    It is a good thing that the Singapore public buses are in the Lush Green livery, because it really helps to maintain the low temperature in Singapore.

    Not only temperature. It really helps the society to remain calm and do things properly, which in turns helps to ensure happiness and wellbeing among the people.

  • 10 February 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Lush Green Buses Is Better Than Red Buses.I Wish All SBS Transit And SMRT Have Lush Green Bus


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