It's been more than two years since a global pandemic put a halt to our normal routines. After two long years, Singapore and Malaysia are resuming their cross-border bus and taxi services. The Land Transport Authority of Singapore announced recently that Singapore will resume cross-border travel services from May 1, 2022.
Here is the list of bus services that commuters can take from Singapore to Malaysia:
• SMRT Buses will restart its 950 cross-border services.
• Transtar Travel will start the operation of its TS1, TS3, TS6, and TS8 services.
• SBS Transit will kick start its 160, 170, and 170Xbus services.
Operating hours of the bus services:
• Bus services - 160, 170, 170X, and 950 will run between 5.20 am and 12.30 am.
• Services 160, 170, and 950 will be operating at intervals of up to 20 minutes during peak hours and intervals of up to 25 minutes during off-peak hours.
• Service 170X will operate at intervals of up to nine minutes during peak hours and up to 17 minutes during off-peak hours.
Travellers can check LTA’s MyTransport.SG app or operators’ websites for bus operating hours and arrival timings.
On the other hand, Malaysian bus operator Causeway Link said it will also resume its CW1, CW2, CW5, and CW7 bus services from May 1, 2022.
Meanwhile, the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project is progressing well and on track to commence commercial operations in January 2027. The RTS link will provide an easy and efficient border crossing between Malaysia and Singapore.
RTS Operations Pte Ltd (RTSO), a Joint Venture (JV) Company between SMRT Corporation Ltd and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, was formed to design, build, and finance the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link operating assets, trains, tracks, systems, and more.
Commenting on the same, Neo Kian Hong, SMRT CEO, said: “Keeping Singapore moving is more than just providing safe and reliable trains and buses. It is about developing an ecosystem of connected services from home to destination.” Neo Kian Hong further added: “We delivered safe and reliable public transport services, promoted a sense of community by bringing important services to the stations, invested in our workforce to ensure they remain employable and adopted environmental, social, and governance principles across our businesses to generate long term value for our stakeholders.”
While Seah Moon Ming, SMRT Chairman, said: “We are pleased that the RTS Link project has achieved a significant milestone. When completed, the RTS Link will provide better and faster connectivity for communities living and working on both sides of the Causeway. With an estimated hourly capacity of up to 10,000 passengers per direction, closer people-to-people ties will be fostered, and economic and social benefits will be generated by the project when completed.”
As the public bus and taxi services resume from Singapore to Malaysia, commuters will be able to travel easily as they used to in pre-Covid times. However, travellers need to comply with the travel requirements of Singapore and Malaysia to ensure smooth immigration clearance.
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