SINGAPORE: Tower Transit's Bulim Bus Depot was officially opened on Sunday (Dec 6) by MP for Hong Kah North Amy Khor, at a carnival held at the depot.
She said it was a "very good initiative" for Tower Transit to introduce themselves to residents in the area and that she was "suitably impressed" with the facilities.
More than 2,000 people attended the event, which saw Tower Transit staff give guided public tours of the depot's facilities.
Members of the public tour Tower Transit Singapore's new HQ. (Photo: Kenneth Lim)
The company also recently announced its salary package and other employee benefits and Dr Khor believes they will have an impact on the standard of bus services here.
"With Tower Transit coming in and offering these various benefits and so on, improving the perception of professionalism of bus captains and so on, that will help improve the industry as a whole," she said. "So of course I look forward to bus captains, as well as people who are employed in this industry, to having better benefits, but it's also about having better benefits and welfare and improvement in productivity, and that will translate into better service standards for our commuters."
Tower Transit also unveiled its official uniforms after an online poll held over the last two months. The winning design, featuring Tower Transit's green and white corporate colours, won over 1,500 of the 3,605 votes.
Tower Transit Singapore bus captain's official uniform. (Photo: Kenneth Lim)
From mid-2016, Tower Transit will run 26 bus services from the depot, serving Bukit Batok, Clementi and Jurong East interchanges.
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, Tower Transit said it will run training programmes at the depot for its bus drivers from now till operations begin.
"We've been here on the ground for just over a year now, and I'll tell you that we've learnt a lot in that year," said Mr Andrew Bujtor, managing director of Tower Transit Singapore. "It's been really positive, all the feedback that we're getting from all of our passengers, and one thing stands out - Singaporeans have very high expectations, and you know it drives us to meet those high expectations and we're hoping to even exceed those high expectations."
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) handed over the depot to Tower Transit in July, after the company won the tender under the new contracting model for bus services.
The company plans to hire more than 700 bus drivers by mid-2016.