School Finance 712
Bus Service Changes for 2018–19
Four out of five SAS students arrive at school on a school bus. Next year, Yeap Transport will continue to provide our bus services as a strategic partner. A modest fare increase in line with tuition fees and a relocation of the bus office are the only changes of note for 2018–19.
Two decades of positive partnership
Yeap Transport has carried students to and from SAS campuses since the 1990s. The company has weathered significant challenges to Singapore's private bus industry while keeping prices relatively low. With a proven record of comfort, safety, and punctuality, Yeap provides all our daily point-to-point services, as well as our activities buses, excursion transportation, and free shuttle service to Marsiling MRT station. The Yeap fleet includes 135 buses, and company director Adrian Yeap estimates they will make 45,500 separate SAS trips next year.
We regularly evaluate the private bus market, and for over two decades, Yeap Transport has proven itself the best fit for our community's needs. It has excellent reliability, with over ninety-nine percent of this year's morning trips getting students to school on time. It also has a responsible and proactive attitude toward fulfilling our contract conditions, many of which are not included in other international schools' transport arrangements:
- door-to-door service for regular routes
- one rider per seat and seat belts for all riders
- onboard CCTV
- GPS tracking
- frequent interior and mechanical safety checks
- a bus monitor on each vehicle
- a maximum vehicle age of ten years
- stringent bus emissions standards
Fare changes for 2018–19
SAS works with Yeap Transport to maintain a balance of rates and services. We keep an eye on other schools' bus fees and note that private schools such as United World College and Canadian International School have sought contracts with Yeap. This reinforces our belief that the company is among the best serving Singapore's international schools.
As an overall target, Yeap and SAS have agreed to keep annual bus fare increases within the range of school fee increases. Next year, bus fares will be limited to a 3.9 percent increase even as Yeap Transport responds to a number of financial pressures affecting the sector. These include a shrinking labor pool for bus drivers and monitors; diesel fuel costs that have risen by 50 percent in the last year; increased vehicle prices; pollution control costs; and increased bus parking fees. Yeap Transport is committed to cost containment and to offering excellent transportation services that represent good value for SAS families.
Bus fares for SAS students, 2018-19
(SGD, GST included per semester, round trip)
A new location for the bus office
The campus bus office will be relocating to the new SAS service center over the summer. Two Yeap customer relations officers will be on duty daily, with two senior operations managers also available when they are not overseeing bus arrivals and departures. The service center will be created out of the current SASCard office and surrounding space, and will also host a SASCard counter, a uniform sales area, and a student supply store. Parents can walk next door to the print room for passport photos, printing jobs, and copy services; our admissions, alumni, communications, and finance offices will be just down the hall. We are excited to offer families a central and convenient location for completing school-related tasks.
We look forward to continued prompt, safe, and convenient transportation for SAS students through our partnership with Yeap Transport. Comments and questions are always welcome, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.