Agency to offer bus service tender
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ministry of Communications’ Land Transport Department will open the bid on Saturday for those who are interested to become the sultanate’s bus service provider.
According to a statement from the ministry yesterday, interested parties can signify their Expression of Interest (EOI) to become the country’s bus service provider until July 26.
The EOI is open for local companies, cooperatives and international organisations that are equipped with experience in public transport services.
The EOI seeks to find a bus service provider that can provide reliable and efficient transport services for the country.
For those interested, the EOI documents can be obtained from the department’s headquarters in Beribi or can be downloaded from the department’s website at www.jpd.gov.bn or at http://ltd.gov.bn/SitePages/EOIPubBus.aspx.
The ministry has launched initiatives to further improve Brunei’s public transport system, one that is regulated, efficient, reliable, well-connected, people-centric, safe and sustainable.
The department said the project is targeted to be implemented by the third quarter of this year for taxis, while buses are targeted to be implemented by the middle of 2017.
As a step to implement the project, the ministry is reviewing its policies on public transport services in the country, which also hopes to identify weaknesses and make them better.
The ministry is also revamping existing systems and introducing initiatives to improve the situation, based on the overall implementation plan prepared.
Currently, the ministry has revamped the nationwide bus route network, increasing the routes to 42 from 29. The new system comprise 28 main bus routes in Brunei-Muara, five in the Kuala Belait and Seria area, two in Tutong, two in Temburong and five inter-district routes.
The ministry will also introduce 21 feeder bus services for residential areas as a step to further increase connectivity and accessibility.
The statement said that several models have also been reviewed and further analysis is still being carried out to secure the best one that will ensure efficiency and sustainability.
The ministry is also looking to improve the image of Brunei’s public transport with the help of the people.
Last June 20, it launched a voting initiative for members of the public to choose the top 10 colours and designs of public buses.
The voting will be open until July 3.
The Brunei Times