The road ahead for Singapore's public transport sector looks promising, with several key milestones this year.

To raise service standards in the public bus sector, the Government announced in May that it will restructure the industry by moving it to a contracting model, where operators bid for routes through competitive tenders.The first package of 26 bus services was put up for tender in October, and is expected to be implemented in 2016.

Meanwhile, the billion-dollar Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), which started in 2012 and will add 1,000 government-funded buses to the roads, has reached its halfway mark.With the BSEP, commuters' waiting time has been reduced by three to seven minutes on the more popular services. The number of bus services that were persistently crowded during peak hours has also been reduced by 60 per cent, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew.
In the rail sector, a new 43km Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) was announced, a joint line between the previously planned Thomson Line and Eastern Region Line. The 13km eastern segment of the TEL will connect commuters who are currently not served by any MRT line, in areas such as Siglap, Marine Parade, Upper East Coast and Bedok South.To be opened in stages from 2019, the TEL will be fully operational in 2024.

Source: The Straits Times