SINGAPORE — For more than a decade, he has been a familiar face on bus service 106 — which zips from Bukit Batok to the heart of the Central Business District — so much so that bus driver Vijaya Kumaran, 53, has seen his young passengers become adults.
Once, a commuter boarded his bus near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and asked him: “Uncle, you don’t know me? You drove an SMRT bus (before) … when I was small, and now I’ve grown up.” That started a warm conversation as both tried to catch up on each other’s lives.
This is how the affable Tower Transit bus driver, who sees Bukit Batok as “all my family”, treats his commuters. To them, he is known affectionately as “Kumar”.
Tower Transit runs 26 bus services from the Clementi, Jurong East and Bukit Batok bus interchanges, including service 106, which it took over from SMRT in May …