In different countries across the world, bus transport companies are constantly engaged and have become a preferred mode of transport for many people. Buses can reach areas where the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and subway systems are unable to. Buses travel into the hearts of countries where people reside and can also reach specific addresses unlike the general areas covered by the MRT or subway systems.
In Singapore, bus transport companies are divided into public and private sectors which are used extensively for various purposes and occasions. The responsibility of the public bus transport industry rests on the shoulders of Singapore Bus Services (SBS) and the SMRT Corporation. Whereas, there are many privatized bus transport companies that operate with the purpose of private hire or transport catering services addressing different audiences.
Public buses have become a frequent mode of transport for many commuters daily. Almost every person in Singapore has taken or been on a public bus. This is important as the bus network, cost and areas reached does affect the majority of the population in Singapore. Bus transportation is necessary for people traveling to various locations such as places of leisure, work, and home. Besides the general use of public buses by anyone, there are feeder bus services that can be categorized as both public and privatized. Feeder bus services are usually provided by shopping malls or corporate offices to transport people to and fro from offices to common areas of convenience such as MRT stations. Although they tend to come in the form of minivans and buses, they can also just be your regular sized buses as well.
Privatized bus companies are usually engaged for private hire due to various but specific reasons. These include company events or feeder services, custom planned school transportation, religious or funeral services, field trips and cross border transportation from Singapore to Malaysia and vice visa. The main purpose of private hire is to transport people to and fro from specific places to their destinations. This is necessary due to space and vehicle constraints. When there is a large group of people, a bigger space is needed to transport them. A privatized bus service can cater to these needs as most companies have the appropriate size and vehicle capacity needed to transport people. There are vehicle constrains such as limited parking and the lack of vehicle sizeto fit everyone inside.
Therefore, both public and private bus services are in demand for people to perform their daily activities like jobs, hobbies and chores. Bus companies have a wide variety of services that can cater to your every need and will customize plans according to various factors such as the number of people being transported, 24 hours timing and a selection of vehicles for different events or purposes.