Today in Transportation History – 2002: A New Bus Terminal Opens in Singapore

A new and trend-setting type of terminal for bus passengers was formally opened in Toa Payoh, a longtime planned community in Singapore’s central region. Toa Payoh Bus Interchange became the permanent replacement for another facility for bus passengers that had been opened in the vicinity in 1983 and demolished in 1999.

The terminal accommodates a large number of bus passengers on a daily basis. It also provides a direct connection to the Toa Payoh Mass Rapid Transit Station, which is located on the railway system’s North South Line and has served as a key link between the central region of Singapore and its northern and southern areas.

The current terminal has the distinction of being the first air-conditioned bus interchange in all of Singapore. Yeo Cheow Tong, who was Singapore’s minister of transport from 2001 to 2006, highlighted that state-of-the-art amenity – and plans to include it in similar facilities throughout the country–during his remarks at the dedication ceremony for Toa Payoh Bus Interchange. “Air-conditioned bus interchanges will add to the comfort factor for commuters,” he said. “The option of an air-conditioned interchange came about from the need to redevelop bus interchange sites as part of a larger integrated development.”

Yeo also took time on what he called a “bustling Sunday morning” to emphasize why that particular section of Singapore was selected as the location for a new and improved bus interchange. “Toa Payoh was the first housing estate to sprout in Singapore in the late 1960s,” he explained. “It is therefore befitting of its pioneer status that it now has the honor of being the first to house this new generation of bus interchanges”

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