Singapore Bus Service
|Public limited company|
|Fate||Renamed as SBS Transit Limited|
|Defunct||1 November 2001|
Singapore Bus Services (SBS) was a public bus operator in Singapore formed in 1973 from the merger of three private bus companies; the Amalgamated Bus Company, Associated Bus Services and United Bus. The government-sanctioned merger was undertaken to improve service standards of the bus transport system, which formed the backbone of public transport then. The fledgling company was listed on the Stock Exchange of Singapore in 1978 under the name of Singapore Bus Service (1978) Limited.
With the impending shakeup in the public transport sector, and the shift towards the creation of multi-modal transport companies, Singapore Bus Services (1978) Limited changed its name to DelGro Corporation (later ComfortDelGro) in November 1997. Bus operations were hived-off to a fully owned subsidiary called Singapore Bus Services, which was separately listed on the Singapore Exchange.
Between 1995 and 2000, a series of route handovers took place between SBS and TIBS. SBS gave up its Bukit Panjang (1995), Choa Chu Kang (1999) and Bukit Batok (2000) routes to TIBS, in exchange for the Sengkang and Punggol (1999) routes from TIBS. This was done as part of SBS's upcoming operation of the North East Line in the north east. The Sengkang and Punggol routes were previously owned by TIBS until they were given up to SBS in 1995.
In November 2001, Singapore Bus Services Limited was renamed as SBS Transit when the company formally became a multi-modal transport operator after winning the contract for the rights to operate the North East Line(NEL).
Prior to the renaming to SBS Transit in November 2001, the bus fleet had operated with Scania N113CRBs, Scania L94UB, Volvo B10BLE, Mercedes-Benz O405s, Volvo B10Ms, Leyland Olympians, Volvo B10TLs and Volvo Olympians. Dennis Tridents(20) are the last to be ordered by Singapore Bus Services.
SBS also operated taxis as SBS Taxi, which had the same livery as SBS buses. SBS Taxi merged with a few other taxi companies in 1995 to form CityCab, which remained part of Delgro Corporation Limited. It is now part of the ComfortDelGro group.
Volvo B10M Mk II (WA), in old Singapore Bus Service livery.
Volvo B10M Mk II (DM) on Service 82 with the old livery.
A Scania N113CRB (WA) on Service 35 with the old livery. The other buses in the background all have been repainted into the new SBS Transit livery.
3 SBS Scania N113CRB (WA) buses. The bus in the middle is in the old livery, while the other 2 beside it have all been repainted into the new SBS Transit livery.
- "Corporate Profile". SBS Transit. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- Taxi! Taxi! The Evolution of Singapore’s Taxi-Cabs, Remember Singapore, Retrieved 3 November 2014
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