Archive for December, 2009

New Boon Lay bus interchange

December 28, 2009

Singapore’s largest aircon bus interchange costing $24 million began operation on Sunday 27 December 2009. The old Boon Lay bus interchange closed on 17 June 2006. The temporary interchange began operation the next day 18 June.
A normal evening peak hour scene at the temporary interchange:
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Temporary interchange on the morning of 27 December with only 179 and 199 in operation :
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Service 198 Volvo B9TL entering the new interchange at the “end-on” parking bay entrance :
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Other buses entering the other entrance :
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SBS2999G on 243 exiting the new interchange :
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View of the interior:
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Merry Christmas

December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Received this nice greeting card from a friend in UK :

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Picture shows a bus terminal in the town of Gosport, Hampshire.
To be honest, I knew nothing about the five double deckers in the picture, probably AECs.

Natural “air” con bus

December 16, 2009

Saw this bus at the beginning of the week at a bus stop near my workplace with a big gapping hole on the offside third window. A group of construction workers were hanging around the bus. Some roadside debris may have caused the damage. One would expect the bus to be sent for repair but for the past few days, the same bus continue to ferry workers, minus the window :

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Update 28 Dec : The window was finally replaced. The bus was ferrying workers for 12 days minus the window through rain and sun shine. Some fine service the bus operator provide!

Scania

December 10, 2009

New SBS Transit Scania K230UB chassis on tow. Chassis arrived in Singapore and was seen leaving Pasir Panjang wharf :
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No bus service today

December 5, 2009

“Last STC buses tomorrow” – Straits Times head line 4th December 1971.
38 years ago on this day 5th December is the last day of operation of once the biggest and oldest bus company in Singapore. At midnight 5th December 1971, the last bus of Singapore Traction Company (STC) service 143 rolled back into the depot at 1205am.
It was announced earlier that the company will cease operation due to mounting financial losses. The entire fleet of 407 buses and its routes will be distributed to the other three bus companies : Associated Bus Service, Amalgamated Bus Company and United Bus Company.
At 6am next morning, the entire fleet of buses left the depots at MacKenzie Road and Upper Aljunied Road for the last time and assembled at the carparks at National Stadium where the buses will be transferred to the three companies. The carparks were to be used as the temporary depot until the three bus companies can find more depot parking places for their expanded fleet. This was the scene at the National Stadium:

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On the night of 5th December, a large number of STC bus crews did not even to bother to report for work. The STC services were in total chaos, half the number of trips were cancelled.
There were no STC bus services on Sunday 6th December. Commuters will have to make do with the bus services operated by ABS, ABC and UBC.
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