Changes to Peak Period Short Services (PPSS)

Originally published on 24 Aug 2016, updated on 20 Dec 2016.

As part of the transition to the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), Peak Period Short Services (PPSS) will be absorbed into their parent services when the 2 year contracts with the Private Bus Operators end. Additional shortworking trips will be operated to cover the withdrawn PPSS routes with no change in routing.

These changes applied to the following Peak Period Short Services from 1 September 2016, as their operations have passed the two year mark:

PPSS Route Operator Launch Date New Route Number New Operator
222P Bedok MRT ↺ Chai Chee Drive ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd 29 Apr 2014 222B SBS Transit Ltd
240P Lakeside MRT ↺ Boon Lay MRT Tong Tar Transport Service 22 Apr 2014 240M SBS Transit Ltd
268P Ang Mo Kio MRT ⇄ Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 Commute Solutions LLP &
BT & Tan Transport
06 May 2014 268B / 268C SBS Transit Ltd
291P Tampines Int ↺ Tampines Street 32 / 33 Travel GSH Pte Ltd 24 Jun 2014 291 SBS Transit Ltd
293P Tampines Int ↺ Tampines Street 45 Travel GSH Pte Ltd 24 Jun 2014 293 SBS Transit Ltd
307P Choa Chu Kang MRT ↺ Choa Chu Kang St 62 Travel GSH Pte Ltd 30 Jun 2014 307A SMRT Buses Ltd
912P Woodlands Int ↺ Woodlands Street 41 Commute Solutions LLP &
BT & Tan Transport
14 Apr 2014 912M SMRT Buses Ltd

In addition to the announced routes, Peak Period Short Services 358P & 359P was withdrawn from 19 September 2016 as Go-Ahead Singapore would be running additional trips under their parent bus services 358 & 359 respectively.

PPSS Route Operator Launch Date New Route Number New Operator
358P Pasir Ris Bus Interchange ↺ Pasir Ris Drive 4 Travel GSH Pte Ltd 10 Jun 2014 358 Go-Ahead Singapore
359P Pasir Ris Bus Interchange ↺ Pasir Ris Street 11 Loh Gim Chong Transport 10 Jun 2014 359 Go-Ahead Singapore

The remaining Peak Period Short Services as of mid December 2016 will be withdrawn in Late December 2016 and early January 2017.

PPSS Route Operator Launch Date New Route Number New Operator
285P Clemeni Bus Interchange ↺ West Coast Road Bus-Plus Services Pte Ltd 30 Dec 2014 285 Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
265P Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange ↺ Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 Bus-Plus Services Pte Ltd 06 Jan 2015 265A SBS Transit Ltd
903P Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange ↺ Marsiling Lane (Loop) Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd 13 Jan 2015 903M SMRT Buses Ltd
811P Yishun Central (Opp Blk 201) → Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange via Yishun Avenue 1 Bus-Plus Services Pte Ltd 20 Jan 2015 811 SMRT Buses Ltd
812P Yishun Central (Opp Blk 201) → Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange via Yishun Avenue 3 Bus-Plus Services Pte Ltd 20 Jan 2015 812 SMRT Buses Ltd

Tower Transit will operate additional trips on Bus Service 285 when Peak Period Short Service 285P is withdrawn.

SMRT Buses will operate additional trips on Bus Services 811 & 812 when Peak Period Short Services 811P & 812P are withdrawn respectively.

Peak Period Short Services 291P, 293P, 358P & 359P

As the Peak Period Short Service route variant covers the East Loops of TownLink 291, TownLink 293, TownLink 358 & TownLink 359 from Tampines and Pasir Ris Bus Interchange, there will not be any new route number assign to the lost route.

Instead, additional shortworking trips will start from the East Loop berths of the above four Townlink services at both Tampines Bus Interchange and Pasir Ris Bus Interchange with the terminating “T” plate displayed on the windscreen throughout the journey. This indicates that the bus service will end back at Tampines / Pasir Ris Bus Interchange and will not continue on to the west loop, similar to 291P, 293P, 358P & 359P’s current operations.


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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