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||Jurong East Bus Interchange ↺ Jurong Town Hall Road|
|Passes Through||Jurong Town Hall Rd, Teban Gardens|
|Travelling Time||30 – 36 mins|
|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
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It is worth noting that 143M’s catchment is similar to the old Feeder 331 which looped at Teban Gardens and was withdrawn due to duplication with Services 51, 79 and 143.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.
- Service 143: Toa Payoh Bus Interchange ↔ Jurong East Bus Interchange
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Refer to this article
- 2005: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2005.
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