Boon Lay Bus Interchange

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Boon Lay Bus Interchange
文礼巴士转换站
Pertukaran Bas Boon Lay

The interior of Boon Lay Bus Interchange, showing the end-on berths, boarding berths and the entrance to Jurong Point(top part of the photo)

Commencement date: 27 December 2009
Number of berths:
End-on:
Sawtooth:
17
11
6
Number of services:
SBS Transit:
SMRT Buses:
31
27
4
Operators: SBS Transit
SMRT Buses
MRT station:  EW27  Boon Lay

Boon Lay Bus Interchange is an air-conditioned bus interchange located in Jurong West Central, in the western part of Singapore. It is situated within the Jurong Point Shopping Mall and integrated with the nearby Boon Lay MRT Station. This interchange serves a variety of passengers, including those from Nanyang Technological University, Jurong Industrial Estate and Tuas Industrial Estate. This interchange has 31 bus services and it is the biggest in terms of bus services and the busiest bus interchange in Singapore.[1]

History[edit]

Boon Lay Bus Interchange began operating on 1 July 1990 with services that used to terminate at the former Jurong Bus Interchange at Jurong Port Rd and Jurong East Bus Interchange being re-routed to terminate there. That time, the Jurong West extension and Tuas Industrial area was still largely under development. As both areas are undergoing development, more bus services were introduced and by the early 2000s, there were about 30 bus services terminating at the interchange.

That time, there used to be an empty land beside the former interchange. In 2006, the land where the former interchange sits at and the land beside it was sold together as a 'White site' to Prime Point Development Pte. Ltd. and soon the land where the former interchange sits at was acquired to construct the Jurong Point Extension.

The old bus interchange
The temporary bus interchange which operated from 18 June 2006 to 26 December 2009

From 18 June 2006 to 26 December 2009, the interchange had it operations temporarily next to Boon Lay MRT station, at an empty plot of land surrounded by Boon Lay Way and Jurong West Street 64 while the bus interchange was being rebuilt as part of the Jurong Point extension project and this project consisted of the extension of Jurong Point(JP2),the new Boon Lay Bus Interchange and a 16-storey condominium that is known as 'The Centris'.[2]

On 27 December 2009, the interchange moved back to its original location and all operations (except for bus Service 179, 179A and 199 which continued to operate at the temporary interchange till 7 May 2010[3]) resumed at the re-constructed interchange located along Jurong West Central 3.[4][5][6][7][8] Built over 20,000 square metres, it is Singapore's fourth air conditioned bus interchange and the first along the East West Line. In total, it has 60 bus bays and 31[4][9] boarding/alighting wheelchair accessible[10] berths with 22 of them being end-on and 9 of them being sawtooth (6 for boarding and 3 for alighting). Together with Boon Lay MRT station and Jurong Point, it is part of the Boon Lay Integrated Public Transport Hub.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Press Release of the new Boon Lay Bus Interchange by SBS Transit". Sbstransit.com.sg. 27 December 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Boon Lay Bus Interchange will be relocated on Sunday, 18 June 2006". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Relocating of Services 179, 179A and 199 to the New Boon Lay Interchange" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Integrated public transport hub at Boon Lay to open in December". Channelnewsasia.com. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Relocation of Boon Lay Bus Interchange" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "First and Largest Air-conditioned Bus Interchange to open in the West". Sbstransit.com.sg. 27 December 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "The New Boon Lay Bus Interchange will open on Sunday, 27 December 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Opening of new Boon Lay Interchange on 27 Dec 09 (Sun)". Buses.sgforums.com. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Boon Lay's new bus interchange set to open". Asiaone.com. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Boon for Boon Lay with LTA's New Integrated PT Hub". App.lta.gov.sg. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 

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