The first “Our Bus Journey” Bus Carnival, organised by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), was held at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza on 11 to 13 March 2016 (Friday – Sunday). This is the first bus carnival organised by the transport regulator, which seeks to promote the history of Singapore’s Bus Industry.
Interactive exhibits, based on the theme “Past, Present and Future”, will be available for public viewing without admission fees. Exhibits include a full-sized mock-up bus simulator, static bus displays and game booths.
The winning colour for LTA’s “Colour Your Buses” campaign, Lush Green, was also revealed at 1 pm on the first day of the exhibition. As LTA takes over the bus network under the Bus Contracting Model, the public voting campaign chose Lush Green over Bright Red as the colour of choice for the common livery, which creates a unified and distinctive identity for the Singapore Bus.
In addition, a group of passionate bus enthusiasts from Singapore Bus Spotters Association (SBSA) displayed some exclusive bus collectables at a booth. They were featured in The Straits Times in February 2016.
- Past Zone
- Vintage Bus Display
- Bus Simulator
- KNACKSTOP Pop-Up Store
- Concept Bus B – MAN Lion’s City Double-Decker Concept Bus
- Future Zone
- Partner Booths
- Concept Bus A – Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Double-Decker Concept Bus
- Present Zone
- Activity Area
- SBS Transit Bus Display
- Inflatable Castle
- Thematic Rest Area
Buses on Display
As of 8 March, the following four buses were sighted in the tentage of Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
- STC 609 – Singapore Traction Company (Restored) 1960s Nissan Diesel, formerly registered SBS6076T
- MAN Lion’s City Double-Decker Facelift bodywork Concept Bus
- Alexander Dennis Limited Enviro500 MMC Facelift
- SG1098A – SBS Transit Mercedes-Benz Citaro
The two double-deckers were initially covered in dark cloth, to hide them from public view until the grand announcement of the “Colour Your Buses” winning colour at 1pm on 11 March 2016, which was revealed to be Lush Green.
Road Traffic Act Exemption
In relation to the carnival, a special exemption order under the Road Traffic Act was passed on 5 Mar 2016 for the Bus Carnival. The exemption order allows the movement of vehicles pertaining to the carnival, such as static display buses and logistics trucks, on the sidewalk of Orchard Rd from Orchard Link to Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza on both 7 March 2016 and 15 March 2016.
The exemption also allows the Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro display bus, bearing registration plate SG1098A, to be parked at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza for the entire duration of the carnival as well as the set-up and dismantling period.
The exact exemption act can be viewed here.
11 March – Celebrity appearance & emcee by Irene Ang, CEO and Founder of FLY Entertainment (12pm to 3pm)
12 March – Celebrity appearance by Pornsak (5pm to 6pm), Mediacorp Artiste and; Class 95 DJs Yasmine Cheng and Tim Oh (2pm to 4pm)
13 March – Celebrity appearance by Ya Hui 雅慧 (2pm to 3pm)
Former radio DJ Ivy Tan 陈艾薇 was the emcee for the event (11-13 March).
A. Past Zone
Displayed as a memory lane, the Past Zone features bus seats modelled after buses of the past, short write-ups of public transport in that era, accompanied by memorabilia on display.
B: Vintage Bus Display
A unique mock-up bus made its first appearance at LTA’s Our Bus Journey Carnival at Ngee Ann City. A Singapore Traction Company bus, STC 609, a 1967 Nissan RX102K3, was salvaged from a scrapyard and restored to its former glory, and showcased to the public for the first time.
More information and pictures at the dedicated article: Singapore Traction Company Mock-up Bus
The stage hosts performances, lucky draws and other casual events throughout the carnival.
D: Bus Simulator
SMRT set up a bus simulator to showcase its bus driver training programme. This computer system builds drivers’ confidence before taking to the roads.
E: Knackstop Pop-Up Store
LTA’s very own one-stop shop sells public transport-inspired merchandise. Net sales proceeds will go towards the LTA Cares Fund, which makes commuting possible for working adults and students with physical disabilities who come from low-income groups
F: Concept Bus B – MAN Lion’s City Double-Decker Concept Bus
A MAN Lion’s City DD L Mock-up Bus, decorated in Lush Green, made its debut appearance at LTA’s Our Bus Journey Carnival at Ngee Ann City. The bus is one of two concept buses commissioned by LTA to provide the public with a glimpse of how buses would look like in the future, the other being a Alexander Dennis Enviro500 MMC (2015 Facelift).
More information and pictures at the dedicated article: MAN Lion’s City DD L Mock-up Bus
G: Future Zone
Features exhibits on the future of the bus industry.
H: Partner Booths
Features manned booths by event partners.
I: Concept Bus A – Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Double-Decker Concept Bus
An Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Mock-up Bus, decorated in Lush Green, made its debut appearance at LTA’s Our Bus Journey Carnival at Ngee Ann City. The bus is one of two concept buses commissioned by LTA to provide the public with a glimpse of how buses would look like in the future, the other being a MAN Lion’s City DD L.
More information and pictures at the dedicated article: Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Mock-up Bus
J: Present Zone
Casual exhibits detailing with everyday issues in the bus industry.
K: Activity Area
L: SBS Transit Bus Display
A single SBS Transit Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro (SG1098A) was on static display at the event.
- LTA: Colour Your Buses
- Bus Contracting Model (BCM)
- Our Bus Journey @ VivoCity
- Our Bus Journey @ Toa Payoh
- LTA Our Bus Journey Carnival
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