SBS Transit Bus Service 179

SBS Transit Bus Service 179 is a trunk route running from Boon Lay Interchange and looping at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), going via Jurong West Street 63, Pioneer Road North, Lien Ying Chow Drive and Nanyang Drive.


 




Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Boon Lay Bus Interchange ↺ Nanyang Drive (Loop)
Passes Through Jurong West St 63, Pioneer Road Nth, Lien Ying Chow Dr, Nanyang Dr
Route Length 9.8 km
Travelling Time 35 – 48 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Jurong West Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Soon Lee Bus Park (SLBP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Volvo B9TL
Departure Times from Boon Lay
0600 – 0000 (Weekdays & Saturdays)
0600 – 0020 (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 04 – 08 mins
0831-1659: 03 – 06 mins
1700-1900: 04 – 06 mins
After 1900: 05 – 07 mins

Service 179 is one of two SBS Transit routes serving within Nanyang Technological University (NTU), providing bus connections to and from Pioneer MRT and Boon Lay Town Centre. The route also serves residents of Jurong West Street 63 and Pioneer North.

The route experiences exceedingly high demand from students and staff of NTU commuting between Boon Lay/Pioneer MRT stations and the University, and has among the tightest overall frequencies of any bus route in Singapore. The free NTU Campus Rider (currently contracted to Tong Tar Transport Service) also connects between the University and Pioneer MRT, however its limited capacity has little effect of 179’s demand.

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

MRT Stations Served
Special Departures
  • Lien Ying Chow Dr (Blk 1) → Boon Lay Int
    Weekdays (except School Holidays): 2139hrs, 2217hrs
  • Pioneer Rd North (Blk 840)  Boon Lay Int
    Weekdays: 0516hrs, 0526hrs, 0536hrs, 0546hrs, 0556hrs, 0606hrs, 0616hrs
    Weekdays (Sch Holidays): 0515hrs, 0530hrs, 0545hrs, 0555hrs, 0605hrs, 0615hrs
    Saturdays: 0516hrs, 0530hrs, 0545hrs, 0559hrs, 0614hrs
    Sundays & Public Holidays: 0515hrs, 0531hrs, 0547hrs, 0603hrs, 0629hrs, 0642hrs
Short Trip Service
SBS Transit Volvo B9TL Wright (SBS3646T) - Service 179A
SBS Transit Volvo B9TL Wright (SBS3646T) – Service 179A
  • [Morning] Service 179A: Boon Lay Int ↺ Nanyang Drive (NTU)
    Skips Bus Stops along Jurong West St 63 & Pioneer Rd North

    Weekdays (Except Public Holidays & School Holidays): 0730hrs – 0930hrs | 1 – 7 mins frequency
  • [Afternoon] Service 179A: Nanyang Dr (Hall 1) → Boon Lay Int
    Skips Bus Stops along Jurong West St 63 & Pioneer Rd North
    Weekdays (Except Public Holidays & School Holidays): 1500hrs – 2000hrs | 4 – 26 mins frequency | 36 Trips
  • [Afternoon Special Departures] Service 179A: Nanyang Dr (Wee Kim Wee Sch of C&I) → Boon Lay Int
    Skips Bus Stops along Jurong West St 63 & Pioneer Rd North
    Weekdays (Except Public Holidays & School Holidays): 1516hrs – 2008hrs | 5 – 14 mins frequency | 34 Trips

Service 179A helps relieve demand between NTU and Boon Lay and skips bus stops along Jurong West Street 63 and Pioneer Road North in both directions. It was introduced as a faster means of travel for students heading to Boon Lay since many students prefer alighting at Pioneer MRT.

Despite being a Short Trip Service, it operates more like a route variant, because it plies the entire routing of its parent route, and skips several enroute stops of the parent route. It does not operate during NTU vacations.


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Operator History
  • 2001 (Jan – Nov): Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 (Nov) – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2024 under the Jurong West Bus Package.

History
  • 2001 (07 Jan): Introduced by SBS as Boon Lay – NTU (Loop)
  • 2001 (01 Nov): Operated by SBS Transit
  • 2006 (18 Jun): Amended to Boon Lay Temp Int
  • 2010 (08 May): Amended to Boon Lay Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2010 (01 Aug): Amended to loop at Nanyang Ave temporarily with the partial closures of Nanyang Ave and Nanyang Dr to facilitate Youth Olympic Games 2010
  • 2010 (29 Aug): Amended back to loop at Nanyang Dr
  • 2007 (21 Sep): Service 179A was introduced during peak hours
  • 2014 (07 Dec): Calls at a new bus stop opposite Blk 41 along Nanyang Dr
  • 2015 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:

 

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