Archive for March, 2010

Penang Hill

March 29, 2010

Penang Hill’s iconic funicular train made its final run on 21 Feb 2010 after 87 years. Frequent breakdowns made it necessary for the Government to initiate major upgrading works. It will be replaced by a RM63 million system, which is expected to be ready in seven months. The new train system’s commuting time is only between five and 10 minutes, compared to the 30 minutes via the old service.

Penang Hill residents and hotel operators will operate a jeep service up the hill from the Botanical Gardens during the closure. There would be about 20 jeeps on standby from 8.30am to 7pm daily.
Cost for two way trip will be RM70 to RM90 for each jeep.
View at the top of Penang Hill :

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Mercedes Benz Citaro

March 22, 2010

South East Asia’s first full low floor Euro V city bus went on one year trial with SMRT :
Citaro O530 bus features :
– full low floor from front to the back
– low at entrance and exit with kneeling capability
– 6.4 litre engine, 286hp
– one wheel chair slot near the exit
– fold down seat when wheelchair slot is not in use
– BlueTec SCR technology reduces pollutants
– complete integral body built in Germany
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NTU Open House 2010

March 15, 2010

This year’s NTU open house was held on 13 March. Shuttle buses were provided for visitors from Jurong East and Boon Lay MRT stations. The operator is Comfort buses.
At Boon Lay, the old Boon Lay temporary interchange was used :
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Lorry bus

March 8, 2010

Fancy going to work riding on a lorry like these guys :


Lorry bus was introduced in March 1974 as part of the Scheme B supplementary transport plan to augment the public buses during peak hours.
The lorry bus routes were express services. No picking up and dropping off passengers were allowed along the route. Pick up and drop off points were assigned at both ends of the routes, usually located away 20m away from the main bus stops. Lorry bus stop signs were erected at pick up and drop off points:


There were a total of 22 routes. Fare is 10, 20 and 30 cents per trip, much cheaper than the 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 cents, charged by the public buses.
These are the routes :

Route No. Route
1 Old Airport Road – Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim
2 Telok Kurau Road – Benoi Road
3 MacPherson Estate – International Road
4 Outram Road – Benoi Road
5 Toa Payoh – Jurong Shipyard
6 Middle Road – Corporation Drive
7 Keppel Road – Shipyard Road
8 South Canal Road – Jalan Boon Lay
9 Lim Chu Kang – Tanjong Kling
10 Changi Road (opp Singapura Cinema) – Alexandra Road
11 MacPherson Estate – Commonwealth Avenue
12 Upper Serangoon Road 6½ms – Commonwealth Avenue
13 St Michael – Commonwealth Avenue
14 Toa Payoh – Commonwealth Avenue via New Bridge Road
15 MacPherson Estate – Commonwealth Avenue via North Bridge Road
16 MacKenzie Road – Bukit Panjang
17 Toa Payoh – Telok Blangah PSA Gate 9
18 New Bridge Road – Elizabeth Drive
19 MacKenzie Road – Admiralty Road West
20 Changi Road (opp Singapura Cinema) – Tanjong Belayer
21 Toa Payoh – Kampong Chai Chee
22 Woodlands Road (near Customs checkpoint) – Shipyard Road

Operation hours for weekdays are :
6.30 – 9.30am
11.30 – 2.00pm
4.30 – 7.30pm
For Saturdays :
6.30 – 9.30am
11.30 – 2.00pm
No operation on Sundays and public holidays.
Unlike the Scheme B buses, the lorry bus services were unpopular with the public and were withdrawn after a short time.

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Smoking in buses

March 2, 2010

Back in the days before 1974, all the public buses had 1/3 rear end reserved for smokers, non smoking section occupies the remaining 2/3 front of the bus. A red line painted on the side and the roof separates the two section. Although the words “smoking” and “non smoking” were painted on the sides above the windows separating the two sections, rules were not strictly enforced, passengers smoke wherever they sat. Drivers and conductors also smoke while on the job.
Ash trays were mounted on the back of the seats, which usually contains all sorts of rubbish: used tickets, chewing gums, cigarette butts and other unmentionable stuffs :


It is very annoying when someone sat down next to you and start to light up. These smokers are also the ones who litter the buses with their used match sticks, cigarrette butts and wrappers. It was a great relief when smoking in buses was finally banned in Feb 1974. Anyone caught smoking will be fine $500. The ban was extended to private Scheme B buses two months later.

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