City Direct Bus Service 653

SMRT City Direct Service 653 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between Hume/Bukit Batok and the CBD, passing through PIE, AYE and Shenton Way. It is the third City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

SMRT Buses Ltd took over operations of City Direct Service 653 from 13 Apr 2017 with changes in trip timings.


 
 




Route:

City Direct 653:
Hume Ave
→ Marina Blvd | Ctrl Blvd → Hillview Ave
AM Peak
Towards CBD
PM Peak
Towards Hillview
  • Hume Ave
    – Bef Sumerhill

    – Opp Symphony Hts
  • Upp Bukit Timah Rd (Express)
  • Hillview Rd
    – Aft Hillview Stn
  • Hillview Ave
    – Hillington Green Condo
    – Opp Hillbrooks
    – Hillview Apts
    – The Petals Condo
  • Bt Batok East Ave 2
    – Blk 258
    – Blk 242
    – Blk 240
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
    – Blk 231
    – Blk 283
    – Blk 289E
    – Yusof Ishak Sec Sch
    – Burgundy Hill
  • PIE (Express)
  • Clementi Ave 6 (Express)
  • AYE (Express)
  • Keppel Rd (Express)
  • Anson Rd
    – Mapletree Anson
  • Robinson Rd
    – Aft Capital Twr
    – Opp The Ogilvy Ctr
  • Marina Blvd
    – The Sail
    – Marina Bay Financial Ctr
  • Central Blvd
    – Marina Bay Stn
    – Downtown Stn
  • Shenton Way
    – UIC Bldg
    – Opp MAS Bdlg
    Keppel Rd (Express)
    AYE (Express)
    Clementi Ave 6 (Express)
    PIE (Express)
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
    – Opp Burgundy Hills
    – Opp Parkview Apts
    – Blk 290H
    – Keming Pri Sch
    – Blk 229
  • Bt Batok East Ave 2
    – Blk 503
    – Opp Blk 242
    – Opp Blk 258
  • Hillview Ave
    – Opp The Petals Condo
    – Opp Hillview Apts
    – Hillbrooks
  • Hume Ave
    – Bef Sumerhill
    – Opp Symphony Hts
    Upp Bukit Timah Rd (Express)
  • Hillview Rd
    – Aft Hillview Stn
  • Hillview Ave
    – Hillington Green Condo

 

Technical Information
Route
[AM]: Hume Avenue (Bef Summerhill) → Marina Boulevard (Marina Bay Financial Ctr)
[PM]: Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Stn) → Hillview Avenue (Hillington Green Condo)
Passes Through Hillview Ave, Bukit Batok East Ave 2/3, Anson Rd, Shenton Way
Route Length 21.7km (D1) | 21.3km (D2)
Traveling Time 72 – 76 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package City Direct Bus Services
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Park (WPDEP)
Current Fleet Double-Decker Buses
Alexander Dennis Enviro500

Volvo B9TL
Departure Times from Hume Ave
0715 – 0745 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 4 Trips
Departure Times from Central Blvd
1815 – 1830 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 2 Trips
Frequency AM Peak
PM Peak
10 mins 15 mins

City Direct Service 653 provides residents of Hume and Bukit Batok with greater connectivity to the CBD. By running parallel to existing rail lines, the service provides a travel alternative for commuters who relied on the rail network and feeder buses to and from work. The route incorporates an express sector between Bukit Batok East Ave 3 and Shenton Way via PIE, Clementi Avenue 6 and AYE.

This is the third City Direct service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), and one of ten proposed City Direct bus routes to be progressively introduced until the 2nd Quarter of 2014. This provides more options for commuters using stretches of the existing rail lines that experience persistently high ridership, while the ongoing rail enhancement measures are being implemented.

Bus Schedule:

  • AM Peak from Hume Ave: 0715hrs, 0725hrs, 0735hrs, 0745hrs
  • PM Peak from Central Blvd: 1815hrs, 1830hrs

Fares: Charges regular distance-based express fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.

Fleet: Service 653′s fleet comprises of Double-Decker Buses from SMRT Buses Ltd.


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Operator History:

  • 13 Jan 2014 – 12 Apr 2017: ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd
  • 13 Apr 2017 onwards: SMRT Buses Ltd

History:

  • 2014 (13 Jan): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Upper Thomson to the CBD under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:25am and 7:40am, and weekday evenings at 6:10pm and 6:25pm. Charges Distance-based flat fares.
  • 2014 (31 Mar): Third morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:20am, 7:30am and 7:40am.
  • 2014 (06 Apr): Revised fares as part of the Public Transport Fare Adjustment 2014
  • 2014 (04 Aug): Fourth morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:20am, 7:26am, 7:33am and 7:40am.
  • 2015 (16 Mar): Fifth morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:15am, 7:21am, 7:27am, 7:33am and 7:40am.
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Calls at new bus stop 03241 Anson Rd – Mapletree Anson instead of 03222 Anson Rd – Hub Synergy Point
  • 2015 (29 Jun): Third evening trip added, departure times from Central Blvd revised to 6:10pm, 6:20pm and 6:30pm.
  • 2015 (26 Oct): Sixth morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:15am, 7:21am, 7:27am, 7:33am, 7:39am and 7:45am.
  • 2016 (18 Jan): City Direct 653 operating contract for ComfortDelgro Bus Pte Ltd extended by 1 year
  • 2017 (13 Apr): Transferred to SMRT Buses Ltd. Trip details revised. Double-Decker Buses deployed.

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22 thoughts on “City Direct Bus Service 653

  • 6 July 2017 at 7:27 AM
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    I dont see the bus which is scheduled at 7:25am…….. is there any changes to the bus timing ??

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  • 19 April 2017 at 7:06 PM
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    On the new bus right now, the driver is driving at 40km/h….this is too much, when will I get home? It’s good that we are guaranteed seats and all but if you are going to be driving this slow, I would rather take than the train, at least I know I can get to work/home quicker.

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    • 25 April 2017 at 8:06 PM
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      I feel exact the same. I don’t take this bus anymore and take the train to work now . I bet many people would do the same as I see a few on the bus.

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    • 28 April 2017 at 7:41 PM
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      Take the train, you mean? And it’s not that many people would do the same. It’s just that they do not want to comment about that.

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      • 29 April 2017 at 11:59 AM
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        And remember, the service charges express fares, which is more expensive, that’s why you saw a few on the bus.

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  • 13 April 2017 at 7:43 AM
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    New 653, so slow. I’m sure I won’t be able to make it to work. I like the previous one much much better. Maybe I should take a train.

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    • 13 April 2017 at 11:42 AM
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      I was 30minutes late this morning. Can’t take it.

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    • 13 April 2017 at 7:18 PM
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      OK, you have double-deckers, and passenger load is up, so the bus driver has to ensure the passengers’ safety not just at the lower deck but also at the upper deck. The driver has to slow down. Furthermore, today’s the first day of operations.

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      • 17 April 2017 at 7:25 AM
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        Yeah, I won’t take this bus as this will take more than 65 minutes. Thank you for your advice. I miss the blue bus.

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        • 17 April 2017 at 9:50 PM
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          Frankly speaking, I miss it, too.

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  • 5 April 2017 at 1:03 AM
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    So new operator is charging the same price for buses with narrower seats without headrest and seat belts?
    Lesser value for money now.

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    • 12 April 2017 at 10:10 PM
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      Come on, this ain’t Premium buses. I took 667 and never used a seat belt.

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    • 13 April 2017 at 11:40 AM
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      Less comfort, more trip time.

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