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SBS Transit to add 665 buses - all wheelchair-friendly

By 2017, nearly the entire fleet of SBS Transit buses will be wheelchair-accessible, the transport operator says.

SINGAPORE: SBS Transit has placed orders worth a total of S$311 million for 665 buses, all of which come with wheelchair-friendly features, the transport operator said on Tuesday (July 1).

The purchase comprises 250 single-deck Mercedes Citaro buses and 415 double-deck Volvo B9TL Wright buses. Of the new buses, 296 will be funded by the Government under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme, SBS Transit said.

Mr Gan Juay Kiat, CEO of SBS Transit, said: “We have committed around S$1.3 billion to purchase more than 3,000 buses since our fleet renewal programme began in 2006. By 2017, we would have replaced almost the entire fleet, and expanded the fleet by more than 36 per cent.”

Delivery of the latest purchase is scheduled to begin in mid-2015. By 2017, when all the new buses have been delivered, more than 90 per cent of its fleet of about 3,800 buses will be Euro IV-compliant and above, and almost the entire fleet will be wheelchair-accessible, SBS Transit said.

Mr Chwee Meng Chong, a wheelchair user who takes services 131 and 141 regularly to go for medical checkups, welcomed the news. “With the delivery of more wheelchair-friendly buses, more services will become wheelchair-accessible. I look forward to taking these new services to go to more places in Singapore,” said the 85-year-old retiree.

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