SINGAPORE: Members of the public can now vote for the colour scheme for public buses here.
They can select between two options – either a bright red or lush green – which were unveiled on Friday (Jan 8) by Senior Minister of State for Transport Ng Chee Meng during a visit to the Joo Koon Integrated Transport Hub.
According to the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the two options were shortlisted because red is Singapore's national colour, while green represents eco-friendliness.
The public can cast their votes online, through SMS, or at selected MRT stations and bus interchanges. Voting ends on Feb 5 and results will be announced in the first quarter of this year.
The chosen colour will be used for all buses under the new government contracting model. The first of these will be operated by UK's Tower Transit, from the second quarter.
“With the transition to the bus contracting model, the Government will gradually own all public buses. A common livery will create a unified and distinctive identity for our Singapore Bus,” said LTA in a statement on Friday.
To help commuters visualise the colour schemes, 10 red and 10 green buses will be deployed at 10 bus routes during the voting period. Apart from the common livery, buses will also feature the words “SG Bus” as well as the slogan "Moving Ahead Together".
Meanwhile, commuters Channel NewsAsia spoke to said they find the colour red much more appealing.
National servicemen Joshua Farrock, 23, said: ”I will go with red because it's like our national colour. So, I think that's quite cool.”
“I will choose red because green is not a bus colour. Red is more appealing to the eye,” said another commuter, who declined to be named.
Separately, Mr Ng, who also toured the Joo Koon Integrated Transport Hub for the first time, said both commuters and staff have given positive feedback about the facility, which was first opened in November last year. It allows commuters to transfer between Joo Koon MRT Station and the bus interchange.
“Also, the bus captains that I've spoken to, they tell me this is a much better experience and their rest is taken care of, the facilities for them to use are also upgraded. They are all very, very happy with this,” he said.