Awesome! You can now charge your phones with these USB ports on buses

Aug 31, 2016

If you're one of those with fast-draining mobile phone batteries who are always on the look-out for charging points, then this might make your day.

Come September 1 (Thursday), 10 new double-decker buses fitted with USB charging ports will hit the roads.

According to a joint press release by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT, these new buses are the first in Singapore with such a feature.

The buses will be run by SMRT, and will be deployed to five SMRT bus services - Service 61 from Bukit Batok Bus Interchange, Services 67 and 985 from Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange and Services 963 and 969 from Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange.

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LTA will progressively roll out an additional 137 buses with USB charging ports from October 2016 onwards.

Each bus will have 41 USB charging ports which are located near the inner seats. Ports will also be made available at the wheelchair bay on board the wheelchair accessible buses.

According to the statement, the addition of USB charging ports to buses will not affect the overall operations of the buses and commuters will not incur any additional cost for the use of the ports.

The additions come after the public gave feedback during LTA's Bus Carnival earlier this year.

Other notable suggestions from respondents includes passenger information systems and allowing open prams and strollers on buses. LTA will incorporate more features, as chosen by the public, in future buses.