SMRT Bus Service 178

SMRT Bus Service 178 is a trunk route between Woodlands Temporary Interchange and Boon lay Interchange, passing through Marsiling, Woodlands Centre, Woodlands Road, Upper Bukit Timah, Bukit Batok, Jurong Town Hall, AYE and Corporation Road.

Bus Service 178 will be affected by the Removal and Relocation of Bus Stops along Woodlands Road from 28 May 2017.


Route:

Bus Service 178: Woodlands ↔ Boon Lay
Direction 1
Towards Boon Lay
Direction 2
Towards Woodlands
  • Woodlands Sq
    – Woodlands Temp Int NS9
  • W’lands Ave 5
    – Blk 106
  • Marsiling Rise
    – Blk 120
  • Marsiling Rd
    – Opp Blk 12
  • Marsiling Dr
    – Blk 2
    – Aft Blk 1
  • Admiralty Rd
    – Marsiling CC
  • W’lands Ctr Rd
    – W’lands Town Gdn
  • W’lands Rd
    – GLOBALFOUNDRIES/Aft BKE
    – GLOBALFOUNDRIES
    – Opp Kranji Lodge 1
    – Aft W’lands Ind Pk D St 2
    – Kranji Stn NS7
    – S’pore Turf Club
    – Kranji War Memorial
    – Bef Jln Bumbong
    – Aft Jln Bumbong
    – Aft Mandai Rd
    – Aft Mandai Est
    – Opp Da Di Glass
    – Opp Yew Tee Ind Est Blk 1
    – Opp Yew Tee Ind Est
    – Opp Heavy Veh Pk
    – Aft Yew Tee Flyover
    – Aft KJE Slip Rd
    – Blk 632 CP
    – Opp Ten Mile Junction Stn BP14
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
    – Bt Panjang Stn Exit A/LRT BP6DT1
    – The Linear
    – Bef Hazel Pk Terr
    – Cashew Stn DT2
    – Assumption Pathway Sch
    – Aft Assumption Eng Sch
    – Opp Hillview Stn DT3
    – The Rail Mall
    – Opp Hume Pk Condo
    – Opp The Hillside
  • Old Jurong Rd
    – YWMA Kindergarten
  • Bt Batok East Ave 6
    – Opp Autobacs
    – Blk 288C
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
    – Keming Pr Sch
    – Blk 229
  • Bt Batok Ctrl
    – Blk 628 NS2
  • Bt Batok West Ave 3
    – Bt Batok Polyclinic
    – Blk 140
    – Princess E Pr Sch
  • Bt Batok Rd
    – Bef PIE
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
    – Blk 253
    – Blk 228
    – Blk 114
    – Blk 118
    – Opp S’pore Science Ctr
    – Jurong East Lib
    – Opp Jurong Town Hall
    – Intl Business Pk
  • Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
    – Aft Jurong Town Hall Rd
    – Carrier S’pore
    – Aft Jurong Lake
    – Bef Jurong Port Rd
  • Corporation Rd
    – Opp Corporation Pl
    – Opp Blk 161
    – Jurong Stadium
    – Opp Assyakirin Mque
    – Sime Rengo Packaging Ltd
    – Opp Lakepoint Condo
  • Boon Lay Way
    – Opp Blk 200
    – Opp Jurong Fire Stn
  • Jurong West St 64
    – Blk 662D EW27
  • Jurong West Ctrl 3
    – Boon Lay Int EW27
  • Jurong West Ctrl 3
    – Boon Lay Int EW27
  • Jurong West St 64
    – Opp Blk 662C EW27
  • Boon Lay Way
    – Jurong Fire Stn
    – Blk 200
  • Corporation Rd
    – Opp S’pore A’space Mfg
    – Lakepoint Condo
    – Opp Sime Rengo Packaging Ltd
    – Assyakirin Mque
    – Opp Jurong Stadium
    – Blk 161
    – Corporation Pl
  • Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
    – Aft Corporation Pl
    – Aft Yuan Ching Rd
    – Opp Carrier S’pore
    – Bef Jurong Town Hall Rd
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
    – Opp German Ctr
    – Opp Intl Business Pk
    – Jurong Town Hall
    – Opp Jurong East Lib
    – S’pore Science Ctr
    – Aft S’pore Science Ctr
    – Opp Blk 114
    – Parc Oasis
    – Blk 303
  • Bt Batok Rd
    – Aft PIE
  • Bt Batok West Ave 3
    – Opp Princess E Pr Sch
    – Opp Blk 140
    – Opp Blk 127
  • Bt Batok Ctrl
    – Opp Blk 628 NS2
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
    – Blk 231
    – Blk 283
  • Bt Batok East Ave 6
    – Ch of St. Mary
    – Autobacs
  • Old Jurong Rd
    – Opp YWMA Kindergarten
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
    – Aft Old Jurong Rd
    – Hume Pk Condo
    – Opp The Rail Mall
    – Hillview Stn DT3
    – Opp Dairy Farm Rd
    – Opp Assumption Eng Sch
    – Bef Cashew Stn DT2
    – Min of Defence
    – Opp The Linear
    – Bt Panjang Stn Exit B BP6DT1
  • W’lands Rd
    – Ten Mile Junction Stn BP14
    – Opp Blk 632 CP
    – Opp Blk 635A
    – Bef Yew Tee Flyover
    – Aft Yew Tee Flyover
    – Heavy Veh Pk
    – Yew Tee Ind Est
    – Thong Huat Bros Pte Ltd
    – Da Di Glass
    – Opp Mandai Est
    – Bef Mandai Rd
    – Opp Jln Bumbong
    – Aft LP 234
    – Opp Kranji War Memorial
    – Opp S’pore Turf Club
    – Opp Kranji Stn NS7
    – Bef W’lands Ind Pk D St 2
    – Kranji Lodge 1
    – Opp GLOBALFOUNDRIES
    – Bef BKE
  • W’lands Ctr Rd
    – W’lands Train Checkpt
    – Opp Blk 1A
  • Admiralty Rd
    – Blk 23
  • Marsiling Dr
    – Blk 10
  • Marsiling Rd
    – Blk 12
  • Marsiling Rise
    – Opp Blk 120
  • W’lands Ave 5
    – Opp Blk 106
  • Woodlands Sq
    – Woodlands Temp Int NS9

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange  Boon Lay Bus Interchange  
Passes Through Marsiling, Woodlands Ctr, Woodlands Rd, Upp Bukit Timah, Bukit Batok Ctrl, Jurong Town Hall, AYE, Corporation Rd
Route Length 29.9 km (D1) | 29.9 km (D2)
Travelling Time 90 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Woodlands Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
MAN NL323F
Departure Times from Woodlands
0530 – 2330 (Daily)
Departure Times from Boon Lay
0545 – 2330 (Weekdays & Saturdays)
0600 – 2330 (Sundays / Public Holidays)
Frequency Direction 1
 Direction 2
0630-0830: 07 – 14 mins
0831-1659: 07 – 15 mins
1700-1900: 15 mins
After 1900: 14 – 16 mins
0630-0830: 14 mins
0831-1659: 14 – 15 mins
1700-1900: 13 – 15 mins
After 1900: 13 – 17 mins

Route History

Service 178 is a supplementary inter-town route serving between the housing estates of Woodlands, Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok, Jurong East and Boon Lay. Much of its route plies through industrial areas (such as those around Woodlands Road, Corporation Road and International Business Park), hence demand is strongly skewed towards peak hours. It shares the Woodlands – Boon Lay termini with Service 187, while plying a longer route.

This route experiences very low off-peak demand and operates at borderline QoS standards. Its low frequency is attributed to the presence of multiple duplicating routes and little demand from industrial estate portions. It is believed that this route is highly unprofitable and SMRT’s requests to convert it to a peak-hour route was turned down by the PTC. Despite this, it encounters considerable demand between Woodlands Int and Kranji MRT during weekday morning peak hours due to industries at Marsiling Industrial Estate and Woodlands Road, and shortworking trip 178A was introduced to cope with the additional demand.

During periods of heavy congestion around Woodlands Checkpoint, buses may be diverted to skip parts of Woodlands Road and Woodlands Centre, going via Woodlands Avenue 3 instead.

Formerly a Singapore Bus Service (SBS) route since the 1970s, the route was transferred to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS) in 1983 and has been operated by SMRT ever since. High capacity articulated / double-deck buses are not deployed due to insufficient demand.

MRT / LRT Stations Served:

Special Departures:

  • Woodlands Ctr Rd (Woodlands Train Checkpt) → Woodlands Temp Int
    Sundays & PHs: 5:35am, 5:52am, 6:09am, 6:26am, 6:43am

Shortworking Trips:

  • Service 178A: Woodlands Temp Int → Woodlands Road (Kranji Stn)
    Weekdays AM Peak hours: 0538hrs – 0835hrs | 14 – 42 min frequency

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.

Fleet: Service 178′s fleet comprises MAN NL323F buses. Additional MAN NL323F buses were added under the BSEP scheme.


Gallery:

 


Operator History:

  • 1974 – 1983: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 1983 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Woodlands Bus Package.

History:

  • 1974 (03 Feb): Introduced between Corporation Drive and Upper Bukit Timah Road
  • 1975 (21 Jul): Amended to Boon Lay Gardens
  • 1978 (01 Jun): Extended to Jurong Int
  • 1981 (29 Nov): Extended to Woodlands Int
  • 1983 (10 Jul): Handed to Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS)
  • 1990 (01 Jul): Shortened to Boon Lay Int with closure of Jurong Int, and amended to serve Bukit Batok
  • 1996 (04 Feb): Extended to Woodlands Regional Int, covering parts Feeder service 372 (now service 903).
  • 2006 (19 Jun): Amended to Boon Lay Temp Int
  • 2009 (27 Dec): Amended to Boon Lay Integrated Transport Hub (ITH)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2013 (15 Jul): Shortworking trip 178A introduced
  • 2013 (29 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2016 (12 Mar): Amended to Woodlands Temp Int
  • 2016 (11 Dec): Serves the new Bus Stop 43991 – Opp Blk 635A, Woodlands Road
  • 2017 (23 Apr): Calls at relocated bus stop 43453 Aft PIE along Bukit Batok Rd
  • 2017 (28 May): Calls at relocated bus stop 47071 Bef Mandai Rd and no longer calls at bus stop 45081 Opp Mandai Rd along Woodlands Rd.

Past Routings:

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One thought on “SMRT Bus Service 178

  • 21 June 2016 at 2:49 AM
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    Bus 178 SMRT should have MAN A95 as most people are taking the following bus.

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