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Interior of a Mercedes-Benz O405G with Hispano Habit bodywork


SMRT Buses (originally Trans Island Bus Services (TIBS) ) is a public bus transport operator in Singaporemarker. Singapore currently hosts a duopoly transport system in which SMRT's only competitor is SBS Transit, which also operates bus services in Singapore. The company was incorporated as TIBS on 31 May 1982, in a heavily regulated market, to be a competitor to Singapore Bus Service. In accordance with restructuring at parent company SMRT Corporation, TIBS was renamed "SMRT Buses" on 10 May 2004.

SMRT Buses will continue to be the only Public Transport Operator in Singapore to operate an all air-conditioned fleet until about 2011.

History

In 1982, the company ran with a fleet of 37 buses and two services, 160 and 167. Later, more services were handed over to them by the government along with the tender to operate services in the northern region, mainly Yishun and the developing Woodlands New Town.

In 1995, as part of the government's plan to make the local bus system more competitive, 16 SBS services were handed over to TIBS along with the tender to operate bus services in the north-east corridor, mainly the developing towns Sengkangmarker and Punggolmarker as well as Bukit Panjangmarker.

In 1996, TIBS began operations at the Woodlands Regional Bus Interchangemarker, Singapore's first underground bus interchange. It was also the first bus interchange designed to accommodate articulated, or bendy, buses. TIBS used articulated buses, some of which were designed by world-renowned designer Pininfarina and known as the Habit bendy buses, on a large scale in its fleet, in contrast to the double-deckers used by SBS Transit.

Things changed in 1999, when SBS won the tender to operate the North East Line in the north-east corridor. In order to allow better coordination and synergy between rail and buses, SBS was allowed to take back control of bus services in the northeast. In return, TIBS and SMRT agreed to merge, and TIBS was to operate bus services in the north-west corridor towns of Choa Chu Kangmarker and Bukit Batok.

The handover was done in stages. Eight TIBS services in the northeastern corridor were handed over to SBS in 1999.In 2004, the merger was officially complete, and TIBS officially adopted the name SMRT Buses to reflect their merger with SMRT.

In 2008, SMRT Buses initiated a fleet replacement to replace the retiring Nissan Diesel buses with 134 wheelchair-accessible Mercedes-Benz OC500LE buses. All the OC500LEs are in service and more being bodied up and readied for revenue service.

In the following year, SMRT Buses bought another 66 facelifted Citaro rigids. Currently, the demonstrator bus is resting inside the C&C headquarters.

As of 1 June 2009, 7 bus services are and 3 SMRT bus interchanges are wheelchair accessible.

Bus stations

SMRT Buses operates 6 bus interchanges, 3 depots and 1 bus terminal.

Bus Interchanges



Bus Terminals



Bus Depots



Bus fleet

SMRT Buses currently has a fleet of 991 buses plying 98 routes, and is the second-largest bus transit company in Singapore after SBS Transit. It is the only bus operator to have an all air-conditioned fleet.

Current bus fleet

Model Image Bodymaker Year Introduced Units Introduced Registered As Notes
DAF SB220 Walter Alexander 1996 45 TIB675K-TIB724C 5 buses are deregistered: TIB675K, TIB680U, TIB696A, TIB718X and TIB724C
Dennis Lance Duple Metsec 1998 68 TIB906U-TIB946DTIB1257C 3 buses are deregistered: TIB931X, TIB936H and TIB941SUMW
2000 TIB1002X-TIB1016G 1 bus is deregistered: TIB1004RUK
Volgren TIB1017D and TIB1018B
Hinomarker HS3KRKK Volgren 1998 12 TIB905Y Demonstrator
1999 TIB947B-TIB957Y
Mercedes-Benz O405 Hispano 1994 308 TIB425R-TIB561ETIB572Z-TIB634DTIB798P-TIB832Z Original Air-Con
TIB725A-TIB797S Converted Air-Con
Volgren 1998 15 TIB958U-TIB972C
Mercedes-Benz O405G Hispano 1996 284 TIB838H DemonstratorMk 1
TIB849B-TIB904A 1 bus is deregistered: TIB900KMk 1
2000 TIB973A-TIB1001Z Mk 2
TIB1019Z-TIB1023KTIB1025E-TIB1177ATIB1198P-TIB1247G 1 bus is deregistered: TIB1110S

Habit
Volgren TIB1024H Demonstrator
TIB1178Y-TIB1197S
Mercedes-Benz OC500LE Gemilang 2008 134 SMB1H Demonstrator
SMB2E-SMB67T Batch 1
2009 SMB68R-SMB134H Batch 2
Nissan Diesel U31RCN Fuji Heavy Industries 1992-1993 30 TIB362M-TIB377XTIB1248D-TIB1256ECSS178K-CSS196HCSS203X-CSS205RCSS198C, CSS200D, CSS207K Deregistering
Scaniamarker L113CRL ELBO 1996 64 TIB833X-TIB848D Deregistering
Walter Alexander 1995 TIB562C-TIB571BTIB635B-TIB674M 1 bus is deregistered: TIB643C
Yutong ZK6126 Yutong 2009 1 SMB135E Demonstrator


Non-commissioned buses

Model Image Bodymaker Year Introduced Units Introduced Notes
Mercedes-Benz Citaro (O530) Mercedes-Benz 2009 66 Euro 5
Deliveries ongoing


Bus routes

SMRT Buses operates many different types of bus routes and bus services, taking up the smaller part of the pie of Singapore's duopoly bus system in almost all areas of Singapore especially the North and Northwest areas.
  • Trunk: Routes that ply between towns. These are the basic forms of SMRT bus services. Fares are distance-related and differential up to 8 fare bands.
  • Short working Trips (SWT): Routes that operate short haul trips between origin-destination pairs with high demand, such as the area near an MRT station. It operated a subset of the parent route and there can be more than one SWT per trunk route.
  • Feeder: Services that operate within a neighbourhood, connecting outlying areas to the town centre or bus interchange. (Loops around from an interchange, around one or more neighbourhoods or towns and then terminates at the starting interchange). As a name suggest, it is to feed the commuters to the trunk services or MRT services at the terminal/interchange. A flat fare, equivalent to the first fare band is charged per entry.
  • Intra-town: Routes that consist of combined feeder services to provide links and improve connectivity between neighborhoods within the same town. (Somewhat identical to a feeder service except that, other than when stopping a 'session', the service will not terminate at the interchange but will re-run its route immediately after letting passengers alight, in essence, a true loop)
  • Express: Routes that stop at several nominated and sparsely located stops and generally run on expressways for faster travel between several towns. This is a basic-plus service charging higher fares.
  • Premium: A single trip from the designated neighborhoods during the morning peak hours on weekdays to the CBD. Fees are flat rated ($3 to $5 depending on the distance traveled) and standing is prohibited on Premium Services. The scheduled arrival time at individual bus stops are provided.
  • NightRider: After-hour services on Friday, Weekends and Eve of Public Holidays.
  • SMRT Link: Free shuttle to Dhoby Ghautmarker, Chinatownmarker and Little Indiamarker.


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