City Direct Services

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City Direct Services are express bus routes which run one-way trips between residential estates and the Central Business District (CBD) during weekday peak hours, except on Public Holidays. These services are operated by private bus operators using coaches, which provide commuters with a direct and comfortable bus ride between home and work. Public Bus Operators also operate City Direct Bus Services since Apr 2017, taking over some services which were previously ran by private bus operators. With limited stops and the use of expressways, commuters using these services would have comparable journey time to taking a feeder bus service or a LRT service to the nearest MRT station and transferring to the rail network towards the city.

Currently, 22 City Direct Bus Services are in operation, serving the following residential estates: Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Buangkok, Clementi, Dover, Eunos, Hillview, Hougang, Jurong East, Jurong West, Marsiling, Pasir Ris, Punggol, Sembawang, Sengkang, Simei, Tampines East, West Coast, Woodlands, Yew Tee, Yishun.

All City Direct will start at least two with one-way trips on weekday mornings from the respective housing estates towards the Central Business District (CBD), and similarly, at least two one-way trips will take commuters back home from the city in the evenings. More trips may be added depending on the demand for the services.

BSEP Expansion:

City Direct Services were introduced under the Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP) to benefit commuters travelling to the city with improved connectivity. The move is in line with the Transport Minister’s announcement at the Committee of Supply 2013 to tap on the resources of private bus operators to run more City Direct bus services to augment the resources of the public transport operators (PTOs). Currently, Express services 513, 850E, 951E and 982E are operated by Public Transport Operators (PTOs) and run parallel to train lines between estates and the city.

In March 2014, an expansion of the BSEP was announced, increasing the total number of new BSEP routes to 80 services, which includes 20 City Direct services.

In March 2015, LTA announced 12 new City Direct Services to be progressively introduced from Q2 2015. (an additional of 2 more services) This brings the total of City Direct Services under the BSEP scheme to 22.

List of City Direct Services:

City Direct No. Area Morning Trips Evening Trips
651 Jurong West 0730hrs, 0745hrs 1815hrs, 1830hrs
652 Ang Mo Kio 0725hrs, 0731hrs, 0737hrs, 0743hrs, 0750hrs 1810hrs, 1825hrs
653 Hillview 0715hrs, 0725hrs, 0735hrs, 0745hrs 1815hrs, 1830hrs
654 Sengkang 0730hrs, 0736hrs, 0742hrs, 0749hrs, 0755hrs 1820hrs, 1835hrs
655 West Coast 0735hrs, 0750hrs 1820hrs, 1835hrs
656 Sembawang 0720hrs, 0730hrs, 0740hrs 1810hrs, 1825hrs
657 Jurong East 0730hrs, 0745hrs 1815hrs, 1830hrs
658 Eunos 0740hrs, 0755hrs 1820hrs, 1835hrs
659 Bedok South 0730hrs, 0740hrs, 0750hrs 1815hrs, 1830hrs
660 Hougang 0730hrs, 0737hrs, 0744hrs, 0750hrs 1820hrs, 1835hrs
661 Pasir Ris 0730hrs, 0740hrs, 0750hrs 1810hrs, 1825hrs
662 Yew Tee 0725hrs, 0740hrs 1810hrs, 1825hrs
663 Yishun East 0720hrs, 0730hrs, 0740hrs, 0750hrs

From 28 Sep 2017:
0720hrs, 0735hrs, 0750hrs

1815hrs, 1830hrs
664 Tampines East / Simei 0730hrs, 0745hrs 1815hrs, 1830hrs
665 Marsiling / Woodlands 0710hrs, 0716hrs, 0721hrs, 0727hrs, 0734hrs, 0740hrs 1815hrs, 1830hrs
666 Punggol 0725hrs, 0740hrs 1810hrs, 1825hrs
667 Clementi / Dover 0745hrs, 0800hrs 1820hrs, 1835hrs
668 Ang Mo Kio / Yio Chu Kang 0730hrs, 0740hrs, 0750hrs 1810hrs, 1825hrs
669 Bedok Reservoir 0740hrs, 0755hrs 1810hrs, 1830hrs
670 Yishun West 0720hrs, 0730hrs, 0740hrs 1810hrs, 1825hrs
671 Sengkang / Buangkok 0735hrs, 0750hrs 1820hrs,
1835hrs
672 Hougang 0735hrs, 0750hrs 1820hrs,
1835hrs

Timeline:

  • 21 Nov 2012: LTA calls for tender for private bus operators to run a City Direct service between Jurong West and the CBD
  • June 2013: The contract to operate the Jurong West City Direct bus service – the first under BSEP – awarded to private bus operator ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd. ComfortDelGro Bus submitted the lowest bid – at about $1,058,560 over a two-year period – that was able to fully meet the tender requirements. The Jurong West City Direct bus service will be introduced in September 2013. Tenders are called for 9 more City Direct services.
  • 02 Sep 2013: City Direct 651 launches under ComfortDelGro Bus
  • Nov 2013: Contracts for 6 City direct bus routes, to 5 private bus operators. City Direct Ang Mo Kio & Sengkang has been awared to Ren Quan Transport, while Comfort DelGro Bus Pte Ltd will operate the Bukit Batok/Hillview route. Loh Gim Chong will operate the City Direct Sembawang bus service, while Transtar Travel Pte Ltd and Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd will run the routes in Jurong East and West Coast respectively.
  • 04 Feb 2014: Contracts for 3 City direct routes, from Hougang, Bukit Batok and Eunos awarded to Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd for $3.4 million.
  • 09 Feb 2015: LTA calls for tender for private bus operators to run City Direct services from Yew Tee, Marsiling/Woodlands, Yishun, Pasir Ris, Tampines East/Simei to and fro the CBD.
  • 11 Mar 2015: LTA announces 12 City Direct Services to be launched from Q2 2015 onwards, an increase of 2 services from the original announcement.
  • 21 Jul 2015: Tenders for City Direct 661 – 665 awarded, City Direct 666 – 670 routing region announced.
  • 05 Aug 2015: Tender for City Direct 666 – 670 open, closes on 31 Aug 2015.
  • 14 Dec 2015: Tenders for City Direct 666 – 670 awarded.
  • 18 Jan 2016: Contracts for City Direct 651 – 657 extended for 1 more year
  • 15 Apr 2016: Tenders for City Direct 651, 671, 672 open, closes on 10 May 2016.
  • 01 Aug 2016: Tenders for City Direct 651, 671 & 672 awarded to Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd.
    Tenders for City Direct 652, 653, 654, 655, 656 & 657 open.
  • 14 Nov 2016: Tender for City Direct 654 awarded to BT&Tan Transport Pte Ltd. Tender for City Direct 653, 655, 656 & 657 not awarded.
  • Apr 2017: Transfer of operations for City Direct 653, 655, 656 & 657 to Public Transport Operators.
  • 12 May 2017: Tenders for City Direct 658, 659 & 660 open.
  • 22 Jun 2017: Tenders for City Direct 661, 662, 663, 664 & 665 open.
  • 10 Jul 2017: Tender for City Direct 658, 659 & 660 not awarded.
  • 30 Aug 2017: Tenders for City Direct 661, 662, 663, 664 & 665 not awarded.
  • Sep 2017: Transfer of operations for City Direct 663 to Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd.

Fares:

Fares are charged based on distance-based fares for express bus services. Entry and exit card readers will ensure the correct fare is charged based on the distance travelled, similar to regular Express bus routes. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s official fare calculator at MyTransport.sg by clicking here.

City Directs 651 – 660 used to charge a flat fare based on the maximum distance-based fare scheme (DBF) for Express routes prior to 2016. LTA has progressively converted the fare scheme to charge distance based fares between Q4 2015 and Mid 2016.

 

Boarding & Alighting Locations:

  AM Peak (Alighting Points) PM Peak (Boarding points)
City Direct 651, 653, 655, 657, 661, 662, 664, 666, 667, 668, 669, 670, 671, 672 Anson Road
Robinson Road
Marina Boulevard
Central Boulevard
Shenton Way
City Direct 652, 656, 660, 663, 665 Orchard Road
Bras Basah Road
Fullerton Road
Raffles Quay
Shenton Way
Anson Road
Robinson Road
Fullerton Road
Stamford Road
Orchard Road
City Direct 654, 658, 659 Central Boulevard
Shenton Way
Anson Road
Robinson Road
Marina Boulevard

Operating Hours:

City Direct services operate during the morning and evening peak hours in single directions.

City Direct Summary Poster
City Direct Summary Poster

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27 thoughts on “City Direct Services

  • 14 September 2017 at 6:32 PM
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    City direct bus 659 – what time will the second bus reach bedok north blk 515?

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  • 12 September 2017 at 5:22 PM
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    Can concession be used for City Direct Services?

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    • 13 September 2017 at 8:56 PM
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      City Directs are Express Services in which commuters are charged express distance fares. A cheaper express distance fare is applicable with a valid School Smartcard / ITE Student
      Concession Card. Other cards such as Adult Monthly Travel Pass will not be accepted and express distance fares will be deducted accordingly.

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  • 11 September 2017 at 7:56 AM
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    The last 663 mng bus missed our stop. The bus wasnt fully packed. We are dependent on the city direct bus because of the inconsistent train service. Now we cant depend on the bus too?

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