Boon Lay Bus Interchange

Boon Lay Bus Interchange is an Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) located at Jurong West Central, serving residential areas around Jurong West and industrial area around Pioneer.

The interchange is the fourth air-conditioned bus interchange in Singapore, integrated within Jurong Point shopping mall and The Centris condominium, and located a short distance away from Boon Lay MRT Station. Nearby public amenities include the Juong West Community Building and Jurong Central Park.

Currently, SBS Transit is the anchor operator of Boon Lay Bus Interchange. With the rollout of the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), the future operator of the Jurong West Bus Package will take over as anchor operator of this interchange.

Details
Name Boon Lay Bus Interchange |  文礼巴士转换站
Address 87 Jurong West Central 3, Singapore 648343
BCM Route Package Jurong West Bus Package (Anchor Operator)
Other Packages: Bulim, Bukit Merah, Bedok, Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang, Woodlands, Serangoon – Eunos, Clementi, Bishan – Toa Payoh
Anchor Operator SBS Transit
Bus Routes 24 (SBS Transit), 4 (SMRT), 1 (Tower Transit)
Berths 11 end-on, 6 sawtooth, 5 alighting
Rail Connection  EW27   Boon Lay

The Interchange:

Boon Lay Bus Interchange is a bus station located in the residential town of Jurong West. Connecting with Boon Lay MRT Station along the East-West MRT Line, the interchange is a transport node for commuters heading in and out of town, allowing for convenient transfers between the rail network and the many bus services at the interchange.

Boon Lay Bus Interchange - Concourse near Berth B1 and Jurong West St 64 Exit
Boon Lay Bus Interchange – Concourse near Berth B1 and Jurong West St 64 Exit

Opened in June 2006, Boon Lay Bus Interchange was the fourth Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) to be opened in Singapore, after Toa Payoh in May 2002, Sengkang in January 2003 and Ang Mo Kio in April 2007. The interchange is integrated within the retail portion of Jurong Point shopping mall, and at the same time, occupying the ground floor of The Centris condominium, hence combining retail, residential and transportation facilities under one roof.

The interchange has two vehicular concourse areas, West and East. The main West concourse is fully enclosed within the building, with six sawtooth boarding berths and five linear alighting berths combined with a large bus park. The smaller East concourse is open-air with 11 end-on berths for combined boarding, alighting and parking of buses. The East and West vehicular concourse areas each have a combined vehicular entrance/exit leading to Jurong West Central 3.

The interchange concourse has pedestrian entrance/exits located along Jurong West Central 3 and Jurong West Street 64. Three more entrance/exits located within the interchange link to the Jurong Point shopping mall and Boon Lay MRT station.

Historical Background

  • 1975: Boon Lay Gardens Bus Terminal begins operations
  • 1978: Jurong Bus Interchange opens, some services were rerouted from Boon Lay Gardens
  • 1990: Boon Lay Bus Interchange opens, taking over Jurong Interchange
  • 2006: Boon Lay Temporary Interchange takes over operations
  • 2009: New Boon Lay Bus Interchange opens
  • 2010: All bus services transferred to the new interchange
  • 2015: New Joo Koon Bus Interchanges opens, Services 182, 182M, 254, 255, 257 transferred, Services 194, 251 amended, new services 256 & 258 to ply from Joo Koon to Boon Lay

Bus transport in Boon Lay began with scattered roadside terminals across Jurong. An early attempt at route centralization was the Boon Lay Gardens Bus Terminal located at the junction of Boon Lay Place and Boon Lay Drive, which commenced operations in 1975. The terminal ceased operations in the 1980s and is presently a heavy vehicle carpark.

On 1 June 1978, the Jurong Bus Interchange commenced operations. Located at the junction of Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim and Jurong Port Road, it catered to the residents of Jurong via a network of feeder routes. Services 10, 30, 98, 154, 157, 165, 178, 184, 187, 188, 196, 197, 198, 199, 206, 240, 241, 242, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 257, 450, 852 & 951 used to serve the interchange. When it ceased operations on 1st July 1990, most of the bus services were either relocated to the new Boon Lay Bus Interchange or rerouted to other bus interchanges. The remaining services were withdrawn.

Boon Lay Bus Interchange was built at Jurong West Central to support the development of new residential estates in Jurong East. Commencing operations on 1 July 1990, it absorbed bus services from Jurong Bus Interchange which closed down, and some bus services from Jurong East Bus Interchange were extended to the new interchange. The adjacent Boon Lay MRT station would open six days later, on 7 July 1990, offering connections to the rail network. More services were progressively introduced with the development of the industrial areas in Pioneer and Tuas.

Interchange operations were shifted over to Boon Lay Temporary Bus Interchange on 18 Jun 2006, located at the junction of Jurong West Street 64 and Boon Lay Way. Meanwhile, the existing site was demolished to make way for a new bus interchange, fully integrated with an extension of Jurong Point (called JP2) and a residential (condominium) development on top, known as The Centris.

On 27 December 2009, the new bus interchange, also known as the Boon Lay Integrated Transport Hub, commenced operations. It was fully air-conditioned and was the fourth Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) to be opened in Singapore, after Toa Payoh in May 2002, Sengkang in January 2003 and Ang Mo Kio in April 2007. All bus services were relocated there with the exception of Services 179, 179A and 199 which served the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).  Finally, on 8 May 2010, the three services were moved back to the new interchange in line with the NTU vacation period.

The temporary interchange would serve as a bus park for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) buses in 2010 where many athletes were housed within NTU. It was finally demolished in 2011.

Finally, in tandem with the opening of Joo Koon Bus Interchange, several bus services plying the Pioneer and Tuas industrial estates were amended out of Boon Lay Interchange in stages between November and December 2015. Details about the bus reorganization can be found here.

Boon Lay Bus Interchange - Passenger Service Office
Boon Lay Bus Interchange – Passenger Service Office
Interchange facilities:
  • Passenger Service Offices (SBST + SMRT)
  • TransitLink Ticket Office and Add Value Machine (AVM+)
  • Drivers lounge
  • NTWU Canteen
  • Boarding and alighting berths
  • Information boards & Bus departure timings screen
  • Service guide rack
  • Toilets (Paid)

SBS Transit and SMRT have Passenger Service Offices which are open throughout the day and handle commuter inquiries. The TransitLink Ticket Office, which handles contactless card transactions, is open from 0800hrs – 2100hrs daily.

Toilets in Boon Lay Interchange charge a fee for non-staff of public transport operators; the nearest public toilet is a short walk away within Jurong Point Shopping Centre.

Bus services:

Service Berth Destination Notes
30 B13 Bedok
79 B14 Jurong East
154 B11 Eunos
157 B7 Toa Payoh
172 B6 Choa Chu Kang
174 B16 New Bridge Road
174e B17 → New Bridge Road Weekdays AM/PM Peak
178 B5 Woodlands
179 B3 ↺ Nanyang Drive
179A B1
180/A B6 ↺ Bukit Panjang
181 B1 ↺ Jurong West Avenue 3 Will not operate when Service 181M is in operations
181M B1 ↺ Jurong West Street 23 AM Peak during school term only
187 B5 Woodlands
192 B2 Tuas
193 B1 Tuas
194 B8 ↺ Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim
198 B9 Bukit Merah
199 B4 ↺ Nanyang Crescent
240 B6 ↺ Corporation Road
241 B2 ↺ Jurong West Street 91
242 B2 ↺ Jurong West Avenue 5
243G B3 ↺ Pioneer Road North Counterclockwise loop
243W B4 Clockwise loop
246 B15 ↺ Boon Lay Drive Jurong Industrial Service
249 B12 ↺ Jalan Samulun Jurong Industrial Service
251 B5 ↺ Shipyard Road Jurong Industrial Service
252 B10 ↺ Joo Koon Road Jurong Industrial Service
256 B3 ↺ Joo Koon Jurong Industrial Service
258 B4 Joo Koon Looping Point
405 B5 ↺ Old Choa Chu Kang Road Only operates on selected days
Berth allocation:

Berths B1 to B6 are sawtooth berths. Berths B7 to B17 are end-on berths.

Berth Type Services
A1 – A5 Linear For alighting only
B1 Sawtooth 179A, 181/181M, 193
B2 Sawtooth 192, 241, 242
B3 Sawtooth 179, 243G, 256
B4 Sawtooth 199, 243W, 258
B5 Sawtooth 178, 187, 251, 405
B6 Sawtooth 172, 180/180A, 240
B7 End-on 157
B8 End-on 194
B9 End-on 198
B10 End-on 252
B11 End-on 154
B12 End-on 249
B13 End-on 30
B14 End-on 79
B15 End-on 246
B16 End-on 174
B17 End-on 174e

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