SBS Transit Bus Service 196

SBS Transit Bus Service 196 is a trunk route running between Bedok Int and Clementi Int, passing through Marine Parade/Cres, Mountbatten, Shenton Way, Bukit Merah, Commonwealth, Dover Road and AYE. It shares the Bedok-Clementi route termini with Services 7 and 14.

SBST Volvo B9TL CDGE (SBS7353L) – Service 196, with advert wrap for Kyocera
Route Information
Route Bedok Bus Interchange ↔ Clementi Bus Interchange  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Marine Parade/Cres, Mountbatten, Shenton Way, Bukit Merah, Commonwealth, Dover Road, AYE
Route Length 31.0km (D1) | 31.6km (D2)
Travelling Time 125mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Bedok North Bus Depot (BNDEP)
Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Volvo B9TL

12-metre Single Deck Bus
– 
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
– 
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from T1 0530 – 2315 (Daily)
Departure Times from T2 0545 – 2345 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 05 – 11 mins
0831-1659: 05 – 17 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 11 mins
After 1930: 10 – 15 mins
0630-0830: 10 – 14 mins
0831-1659: 05 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 06 – 14 mins
After 1930: 11 – 14 mins

Route History

Service 196 is a inter-town route connecting residents of Clementi, Dover, Bukit Merah, Mountbatten and Marine Parade to the City areas of Outram Park, Shenton Way and Nicoll Highway. The route experiences high demand throughout the day owing to inter-town connections, and is highest during the peak hours as a heavily-used route between Shenton Way and Marine Parade.

During peak hours, the fast-forward variant 196e operates between Shenton Way and Marine Parade, skipping stops along Mountbatten Road, while running identical to Service 196.

Special Departures:

  • Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)  Clementi Int
    Weekdays (Normal): 0530hrs, 0540hrs, 0550hrs, 0600hrs
    Weekdays (Sch Hols): 0530hrs, 0542hrs, 0554hrs, 0606hrs
    Saturdays: 0530hrs, 0544hrs, 0558hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0540hrs, 0556hrs
  • Anson Road (Hub Synergy Pt)  Bedok Int
    Weekdays evening peak hours
SBST Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6788Y) – Service 196A

Shortworking Trips:

  • Service 196A: Bedok Int → Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
    Weekdays AM Peak only

A majority of SWT 196A trips depart from Marine Parade Rd (Lagoon View). A small minority depart from Bedok Int or Marine Parade Rd (Bet Blks 72/74).

Route Variants:

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

Fleet: Service 196’s fleet comprises a majority of Volvo B9TLs, as well as smaller numbers of Volvo Olympians, Volvo B10M MkIVs and Mercedes-Benz Citaros. Additional Volvo B9TLs were added under the BSEP scheme.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Bedok Int
  • Bedok South Rd
  • Bedok South Ave 1
  • Marine Parade Rd
  • Marine Terrace
  • Marine Cres
  • Marine Parade Rd
  • Amber Rd
  • Mountbatten Rd
  • Nicoll Highway
  • Collyer Quay
  • Raffles Quay
  • Shenton Way
  • Cantonment Link
  • Cantonment Rd
  • Neil Rd
  • Kg Bahru Rd
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Queensway
  • Commonwealth Ave
  • North Buona Vista Rd
  • Dover Rd
  • Clementi Rd
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway
  • Clementi Ave 6
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Clementi Int
  • Clementi Int
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Clementi Ave 6
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway
  • Clementi Rd
  • Dover Rd
  • North Buona Vista Rd
  • Commonwealth Ave
  • Queensway
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Kg Bahru Rd
  • Eu Tong Sen St
  • Cantonment Rd
  • Anson Rd
  • Robinson Rd
  • Fullerton Rd
  • Esplanade Dr
  • Nicoll Highway
  • Mountbatten Rd
  • Amber Rd
  • Marine Parade Rd
  • Marine Cres
  • Marine Parade Rd
  • Bedok South Ave 1
  • Bedok South Rd
  • Bedok Int
Service 196 at a glance
Service 196 at a glance

Operator History:

  • 1970s – 1973: United Bus Company Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.

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History:

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Gagak Selari Barat (now Jln Bukit Merah) and Shipyard Rd, operated by United Bus Company
  • 1974 (03 Feb): Extended to Prince Edward Rd
  • 1978 (01 Jun): Amended from Shipyard Rd to Jurong Int
  • 1984 (16 Sep): Merged with Service 15 and extended to Marine Parade
  • 1990 (01 Jul): Amended to Boon Lay Interchange with the closure of Jurong Interchange.
  • 1992 (28 Jun): Shortened to start from Buona Vista.
  • 1992 (15 Nov): Amended to start from Clementi (via Clementi Ave 6, AYE).
  • 2001 (16 Sep): Extended to Bedok with the closure of Marine Parade Terminal
  • 2006 (29 Oct): Amended to Clementi Temp Int
  • 2011 (26 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2011 (19 Nov): Amended to Bedok Temp Int
  • 2011 (26 Nov): Amended to Clementi air-conditioned Integrated Transport Hub (ITH)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (10 Aug): Calls at new bus stop along Mountbatten Rd (opp Blk 2)
  • 2014 (30 Nov): Amended to Bedok air-conditioned Integrated Transport Hub (ITH)

Past Routings:

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External Links & References:

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