Lush Green has edged out Bright Red as the preferred color for the Singapore Bus of the future by a razor-thin margin of 144 votes.
Lush Green symbolizes environmental friendliness and a symbol of growth, vitality, prosperity and progress. The color will be applied as a standard livery to all buses operating under the Government Contracting Model, starting off with Tower Transit when operations commence in the second quarter of 2016.
A total of 57,505 valid votes were cast in the choice between green and red, as part of LTA’s month-long Color Your Buses campaign.
Announcement of Results
The results were announced on Friday (March 11) 1pm, at LTA’s “Our Bus Journey” Carnival held at Ngee Ann City, by Senior Minister of State for Transport Mr Ng Chee Meng.
Following the announcement of the result, two concept buses bearing the lush green livery were unveiled at the carnival. Both the Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (Facelift) and MAN Lion’s City Double Decker (Facelift) were fitted with new features, including 2 staircases, 3 doors, seats with headrests and USB charging ports. The two buses showcased different positioning of the second staircase and third door. Members of the public can provide their feedback regarding the new designs at the tablets located beside the mockup buses.
The public can view mock-ups of the new buses at the “Our Bus Journey” Carnival held at Ngee Ann City this weekend from 11 – 13 March. In addition, two more bus carnivals will take place at Vivocity and Toa Payoh HDB Hub later this month.
Why a common livery?
As part of the Government Contracting Model which marks a new phase in Singapore’s bus industry, the Government will own all operating assets, including the buses, and collect all the revenue from the fares. Operators will be paid to run the bus routes. 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, operated by UK bus operator Tower Transit, which will begin services in the second quarter of 2016. Go-Ahead Group, which is London’s largest bus operator, won the bid to operate the Loyang Bus Package and will be launching similarly colored buses in the third quarter of 2016.
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