On-demand buses hit the road from Dec 17

The Straits Times
Christopher Tan | Senior Transport Correspondent
Published on:
Dec 4, 2018
The BusNow mobile app on the driver's tablet and the commuter's smartphone. Image credit: ST photo, Chong Jun Liang

From Dec 17, commuters in Joo Koon and Marina Downtown can hail a public bus the way they hail a private-hire ride. The on-demand public bus service MD-1 will serve commuters in the Marina Downtown area.

As part of a six-month trial by LTA, they will be able to book an SBS Transit service via a phone app, requesting pick-ups and drop-offs at any bus stop within the two areas. The app for the Marina Downtown and CBD-Bedok-Tampines services is BusNow, provided by home-grown SWAT.

SWAT clinched the contract early this year to conduct the six-month trial.