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  • Additional Operation of ‘Chipmunk Buses‘ during Morning Rush Hours

    SMG 2016
  • Additional Operation of ‘Chipmunk Buses‘ during Morning Rush Hours

    ‘Chipmunk Buses’, whose degree of citizen satisfaction have reached 92.1 points, will begin operation in 3 additional routes (Jangan-Dapsimni, Segok-Suseo, and Sillim). Chipmunk Buses operate to lower the congestion of jam-packed buses during commuting hours between sections with large numbers of passengers.

    ○ ‘Chipmunk Buses (commuting buses)’ are called so because they operate in short sections as a chipmunk running in a treadwheel. They are customized buses that operate in sections where normal buses become extremely congested during morning rush hours (7:00 am – 9:00 am).

    ※ Outline of the 3 new routes (Prices are the same as in normal buses)

    Additional Operation of ‘Chipmunk Buses‘ during Morning Rush Hours
    Route Starting and ending points Number of buses Distance Service interval
    (min.)
    Number of runs Operating hours
    8221 Jangan 2-dong Community Service Center-Dapsimni Station 5 11.1 ㎞ 8-13 12 07:00-09:00
    8441 Eungok Village-Suseo Station 4 9.03 ㎞ 10-13 10 07:00-09:00
    8552 Sillim Welfare Center-Sillim Station 4 7.6 ㎞ 9-11 12 07:00-09:00

    Seoul City selected these new routes considering the degree of congestion of normal buses (more than 60 passengers), the length of the congested section (about 10 km roundtrips), and the congestion duration (about 1 hour).

    In addition, since April 16th, Chipmunk Buses will be test-operated in weekday evenings (17:30-19:30) in route No. 8761 (Sinchon Rotary – Korea National Assembly Proceeding Hall), which has the highest degree of congestion during evening rush hours. After monitoring the effect of mitigation on the level of congestion of normal buses, Seoul City will determine whether to expand the operation of Chipmunk Buses to other routes.