MBS to provide new shuttle bus services

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MBS to provide new shuttle bus services

Postby DM101 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:29 am

SINGAPORE : Marina Bay Sands (MBS) said it will be announcing new shuttle service to and from the heartlands and the integrated resort shortly.

Currently, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) provides five free shuttle bus services between the heartlands and the integrated resort.

The RWS buses serve Bishan, Tiong Bahru, Ang Mo Kio, Jurong East and Tampines.

The bus arrives every hour, between 10am and 10pm.

The service will be extended to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Each trip takes about 40 minutes.

But counsellors have expressed concern that easier access to the integrated resort could put more heartlanders at risk of gambling addiction.

They stressed that the choice lies with the individual.

Lee Kim Siang, chairman of Thye Hua Moral Society said: "We are the decision makers for ourselves. Our lives should be controlled by ourselves and not by the casino, by the bus they send to us. They send it with a purpose - yes, to attract us there. But you must make up your mind.

"It's a resort, and not just a casino den... (You can) enjoy without gambling. So why not?" -CNA /ls

Source: Channel NewsAsia
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Re: MBS to provide new shuttle bus services

Postby support » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:22 pm

Haha... knee Jerk reaction from SG Government!

http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/ED ... ttle-buses

SINGAPORE - This weekend will see the last of the popular Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) free shuttle buses plying through the housing estates.

In a statement released late last night, RWS said it was "voluntarily withdrawing its shuttle services in the spirit of collaboration with the Singapore Government".

A total of eight services running through Bukit Merah, Queensway, Bedok, Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang, Tampines, Jurong East, Ang Mo Kio and Bishan, as well as Tiong Bahru will be stopped with effect from 11pm on Sunday, RWS spokesman Robin Goh said.

Mr Goh told MediaCorp that the remaining shuttles running through the Central Business District, Orchard and Marina areas will continue.

The other IR, Marina Bay Sands, also offers shuttle services between the resort and Changi Airport, as well as hotels in the Marina Bay Area.

RWS' announcement yesterday comes one day after the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) announced it was investigating the shuttle services.

MCYS had said that the integrated resorts operators "will not be allowed to target the local market or provide incentives in any form for Singaporeans to patronise the casinos".

Hours before RWS' announcement, MediaCorp visited the pick-up points in Bishan and Bedok and observed that demand for RWS' shuttle services - which had operated as scheduled - remained strong, in spite of the authorities' investigation. Passengers interviewed had hoped the shuttle services would stay.

"It's convenient for people to visit not just the IR but also Sentosa," said Mr Shahary Mohd Yunus, 22.

He was accompanying his girlfriend, who works at an RWS eatery and takes the shuttle daily.

"Without the bus, business there won't be as good," said a 53-year-old who wanted to be known only as Mrs Lee.

Her group of four hopped onto the bus at Bedok at about 10am, went to the beach and had lunch at Underwater World before catching a ride back at about 5pm.

The strong demand for the free shuttles saw passengers at the Bishan pick-up point like development manager Alan Tan, having to wait for the next bus when the 3.10pm bus was full.

"I didn't expect it to be so full at this time," said Mr Tan, who was with his wife and son.

The next bus - 30 minutes later - was also packed, having arrived from the Ang Mo Kio pick-up point. The Tans almost did not make it onto the bus, but the driver found seats for them. About seven people had to wait for the next bus.

Of the 10 people approached by MediaCorp, two were heading to the casino.
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