Tower Transit Bus Service 143M

Tower Transit Bus Service 143M is a trunk service plying between Jurong East Interchange and Pandan Gardens, passing through Jurong Town Hall Road and Teban Gardens. It is a route variant of Service 143, introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd has taken over operations of this bus service from SBS Transit since 12 June 2016 under the Bulim Bus Package.

Route Information
Route Jurong East Bus Interchange ↺ Jurong Town Hall Road  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Jurong Town Hall Rd, Teban Gardens
Route Length 9.9km
Travelling Time 30 – 36 mins
Operator Information
Current Operator Tower Transit
Current Depot Bulim Bus Depot
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Buses:
Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck Buses:

Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from T1 Weekdays & Sat: 0530hrs – 0050hrs
Sundays/PHs: 0550hrs – 0050hrs
Frequency (TBC) Loop Service
0630-0830: 08 – 28 mins
0831-1659: 07 – 30 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 22 mins
After 1930: 10 – 26 mins

Route History

Service 143M provides residents of Teban Gardens and Pandan Gardens with greater connectivity to Jurong East MRT and Interchange, along with other amenities in the neighborhood. The route serves Teban Gardens Market and Food Centre, Commonwealth Secondary School and Jurong Regional Library, along with JCube, Jem and Westgate malls near Jurong East Interchange. This bus service is introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), as well as the first M-suffixed service under the BSEP.

The service duplicates Service 143, relieving demand and improving reliability of bus services for commuters. By looping at Pandan Gardens, it strengthens bus connections there in addition to existing Services 51 and 143. With Service 143 being frequently affected by inconsistent arrivals, 143M would be a welcomed relief for regular commuters between Pandan Gardens and Jurong East.

It is worth noting that 143M’s catchment is similar to the old Feeder 331 which looped at Teban Gardens and was withdrawn due to duplication with Services 51, 79 and 143. The late operating hours of this service will result in withdrawal of Shortworking Trip 143A.

This service is wheelchair-accessible as of introduction.

Route variants:

  • Service 143: Toa Payoh Bus Interchange  Jurong East Bus Interchange

Special Departures:

  • Jurong Town Hall Road (C’wealth Sec Sch)  Jurong East Bus Interchange
    Weekdays & Saturdays: 0530hrs, 0540hrs
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 0530hrs, 0543hrs, 0556hrs

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Route Information:

Loop Service
  • Jurong East Temp Int
  • Jurong Gateway Rd
  • Jurong East Ctrl
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
  • Teban Gdns Rd
  • West Coast Rd
  • Pandan Gdns
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
  • West Coast Rd
  • Teban Gdns Rd
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
  • Jurong East Ctrl
  • Jurong East Temp Int



Service 143M at a glance


Gallery:


History:

  • 2014 (18 May): Introduced between Jurong East Int and Pandan Gardens under the BSEP.
  • 2014 (24 Aug): Calls at Blk 411, West Coast Road
  • 2016 (12 Jun): Operations transferred to Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd from SBS Transit Ltd

Operator History:

  • 18 May 2014 – 11 Jun 2016: SBS Transit Ltd
  • 12 Jun 2016 onwards: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2021.

Past Routings:


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3 thoughts on “Tower Transit Bus Service 143M

  • 24 May 2017 at 11:10 AM
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    It is so misleading to number it 143M when the bus only loop at Pandan and doesn’t even goes to Toa Payoh interchange and covers only 10% of bus 143 route. It makes more sense to change the bus number to avoid any confusion to commuters.

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  • 12 July 2016 at 10:12 PM
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    Should actually merge this into 990. Such that Bukit Batok commuters could go to Ayer Rajah.

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    • 20 January 2017 at 6:28 PM
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      Bad idea actually , both bus 990 and 143M operate at a relativity low frequency and both service receive low to moderate demand . There is no point combining both services together . Plus longer the route , the less reliable the services . If want to travel from Bukit Batok to Ayer Rajah you can take 176 at the bus stop outside Bukit Batok Bus Interchange . Thanks

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