FROM next month, SMRT will roll out more wheelchair-accessible buses for four services: 75, 77, 177 and 700. Each of the buses can accommodate up to two wheelchairs. The buses ply routes in the city area and to several medical institutions. Service 700, for instance, connects passengers to MRT stations such as City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut, and Orchard, among others. The bus services also cover Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital and Medical Centre and Outram Polyclinic.
An SMRT spokesman said that 50 per cent of the buses running the routes will be wheelchairaccessible, and more wheelchairfriendly buses would be added gradually to other services. She also said that the move would bring the total number of SMRT bus services that are wheelchair- accessible to 21.
Currently, 282 buses, or about 26 per cent of the transport operator’s bus fleet, are wheelchairaccessible, including those to be added from July 1.