SMRT Bus Service 700 is a trunk route between Bukit Panjang and Shenton Way Terminal, passing through Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard, Bras Basah and Fullerton. It incorporates an express sector between and Dairy Farm Road and Whitley Road via BKE and PIE. This service operates along with its route variant, Service 700A which loops at Suntec City, while skipping Shenton Way.
|Service||SMRT Service 700||SMRT Service 700A|
|Route||Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park ↔ Shenton Way Bus Terminal||Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park ↺ Temasek Avenue (Loop)|
|Passes Through||Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard, Bras Basah, Fullerton||Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard, Bras Basah, Suntec City|
|Route Length||21.8km (D1) | 21.3km (D2)||39.7km|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses|
|Current Depot||Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)|
|Current Fleet||Mercedes-Benz O405G
|Departure Times from T1||Weekdays: 0555 – 1825
Saturdays: 0555 – 1300
|Weekdays: 1840 – 2245
Saturday: 1315 – 2245
Sunday/PHs: 0555 – 2245
Daily: 2245 – 2330 (Terminates at Temasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr))
|Departure Times from T2||Weekdays: 0630 – 1930
Saturdays: 0630 – 1400
|Frequency||Direction 1||Loop Service|
|0630-0830: 06 – 08 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 15 mins
After 1930: —
|0630-0830: 12 – 15 mins
0831-1659: 12 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 14 – 15 mins
After 1930: 10 – 15 mins
|0630-0830: 16 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 10 mins
After 1930: 10 – 12 mins
Service 700 is an express link between Bukit Panajng and the city areas of Bukit Timah, Orchard Road, Shenton Way (700) and Marina Center (700A), incorporating an express sector between Dairy Farm Road and Whitley Road along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) and Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE). Demand is usually concentrated around peak hours and weekends, when more people will be commuting between the housing estates and City.
This route operates either as Service 700 or 700A depending on times of day. Service 700, which serves the Central Business District around Shenton Way and Fullerton, operates on Weekdays from mornings to evenings, and Saturdays from mornings to mid-day. On Weekday nights, Saturday afternoon & nights, and on Sundays/PHs, Service 700A will operate, looping at Suntec City and serving the Marina Centre area while skipping Fullerton and Shenton Way.
For Service 700A, buses leaving Bukit Panjang after 2245 hours daily will terminate at Temasek Boulevard (Suntec Convention Ctr). No boarding & alighting is allowed at Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park and Shenton Way Terminal.
Originally introduced as Rapidbus 700 in 1998, the pioneering service only calls at a limited number of bus stops along high demand corridors. Buses on the route were fitted with special transponders which retain the green light at selected traffic junctions until the bus has cleared the junction. The transponder trial was later discontinued. Buses also displayed the Rapidbus logo on the Electronic Display Signs. Rapidbus was discontinued in 1999, with 700 being shortened to Bukit Panjang (From Woodlands) and converted to a regular trunk service, and at the same time, the 700A variant was introduced.
Double-deck buses were regularly deployed on Service 700 and 700A since 15 September 2014, but have since been reduced to only occasional appearances after the opening of the Downtown Line 2.
- Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk → Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
Weekdays AM Peak, can be considered as a full trip.
Buses terminating at Shenton Way will display a notice at the front of the bus
- Petir Road (Opp Blk 201) → Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk
0540 – 0700 (Daily), until the first bus arrives from the City
Operates as 700 (Weekdays & Sat), or as 700A (Sundays & PHs)
During AM Peak hours on Weekdays, several Service 700 departures from Bukit Panjang will terminate at Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg), one bus stop before the route’s terminating point at Shenton Way Terminal. This is to facilitate quicker Off Service trips back to Bukit Panjang.
- Service 700A: Bukit Panjang ↺ Temasek Avenue
Selected times of day
Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.
Fleet: See above.
|Direction 1 (to Shenton Way)||Direction 2 (to Bukit Panjang)|
|Service 700A – Loop Service (to Bukit Panjang via Temasek Ave)|
- 1998 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
- 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.
- 1998 (31 Aug): Introduced as Rapidbus 700 between Woodlands and Shenton Way Ter
- 1999 (26 Dec): Shortened to Bukit Panjang Int, reverted to trunk route. 700A introduced to loop at Marina Center during off-peak hours.
- 2006 (18 Jun): Merged with feeder service 921 to ply Petir Road and Dairy Farm Road
- 2012 (01 Jul): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
- 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
- 2014 (15 Sep): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
- Refer to this article
- 2006: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2006.
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