100 three-door double-deck buses will join the public fleet in batches following today’s launch.
Double-decker buses with three doors instead of the usual two will be deployed over the course of the year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday (Jan 11).
Costing $64 million, these buses are supplied by two companies complied with the latest Euro 6 emission standard for diesel vehicles.
They will have two staircases leading to the upper deck, instead of the usual one, to improve commuter flow.
Commuters boarding the bus should continue to use the first door, but the additional exit door will allow those at the back of the bus to alight without having to make their way to the middle, LTA said.
This should reduce time buses spend at bus stops while passengers board and alight.
The buses have a seating capacity of 17 on the lower deck and 50 on the upper deck, as well as standing capacity of 56. The changes in configuration mean a 10 per cent reduction in passenger capacity from the usual capacity of a two-door, double-decker bus.
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