|Company||SBS Transit Limited|
|Foundation|| 1973 (as Singapore Bus Services)|
2001 (as SBS Transit)
|Key People|| Lim Jit Poh (Chairman)|
Kua Hong Pak (Deputy Chairman)
Gan Juay Kiat (CEO)
|Products||Bus and Rail Services in Singapore|
|Homepage||SBS Transit Website|
SBS Transit Limited is a public transport operator in Singapore. Its major competitor in Singapore's transport system is SMRT Corporation, which also operates bus, rail, taxi and other transport services.
The company (organisation) was formed as a separately listed subsidiary in November 1997 under the name of Singapore Bus Service, although it can trace its history back to the formation of Singapore Bus Service in 1973 with the merger of three bus companies. On 1 November 2001, the company's name was changed to SBS Transit Limited to reflect its status as a bus and rail operator. It is a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro.
Singapore Bus Service (SBS) was initially formed in 1973 with the merger of three private bus companies. The government-sanctioned merger was undertaken to improve service standards of the bus transport system.
With the shift towards the creation of multi-modal transport companies, Singapore Bus Service changed its name to DelGro Corporation in November 1997. Bus operations were hived-off to a fully owned subsidiary called Singapore Bus Services Limited, which was separately listed on the Singapore Exchange.
In November 2001, Singapore Bus Services Limited was renamed as SBS Transit Limited when the company formally became a multi-modal transport operator with the impending opening of the Sengkang LRT Line.
On 29 March 2003, DelGro Corporation merged with Comfort Group to form ComfortDelGro. SBS Transit remains a subsidiary of the merged company.
In 2003, SBS Transit started operating the North East Line of the Mass Rapid Transit network in addition to its existing bus operations.
On 29 August 2011, SBS Transit was given the operation license for the Downtown Line, which started on 22 December 2013.
SBS Transit operates 75% of the scheduled bus market share in Singapore with more than 300 bus services and a total fleet of more than 3,000 buses. It consists of the largest depots, Ang Mo Kio, Bedok North, Bukit Batok Bus Depot, Hougang, Loyang and Soon Lee. Some of the latest additions were also used for Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) since 17 September 2012.
Active / Partially retired
- Scania K230UB
- Mercedes-Benz Citaro
- Volvo B7RLE
- Volvo B10BLE - Production batch
- Volvo B10M - Mark IV (DM3500)
Excludes buses retired during the SBS era
- Dennis Dart
- MAN 16.240 HOCL
- MAN 18.240 HOCL-NL
- Mercedes-Benz 811D
- Mercedes-Benz O405
- Nissan Diesel U31SCN
- Scania L94UB
- Scania N113CRB
- Sunlong SLK6121UF14H
- Volvo B5RLEH
- Volvo B10BLE - Demonstrator
- Volvo B10M - Mark II - IV (except DM3500), Superlong
SBS Transit operates many different types of bus routes and bus services, taking up the majority of the pie of Singapore's duopoly bus system in almost all areas of Singapore, with the notable exception of the North and Northwest areas, where bus services are mainly run by its competitor, SMRT Buses. However, with the current Bus Contracting Model, selected number of existing services run by SBS Transit will be handed over to the newer operators, namely Tower Transit Singapore and Go-Ahead Singapore. As of 25 January 2016, there are 219 wheelchair-accessible bus services that SBS Transit operates.