SMRT Express Service 850E is an AM/PM-Peak Express service between Yishun Street 41 and Shenton Way, passing through Yishun Avenue 11, SLE/CTE, Dhoby Ghaut and Bras Basah. The route operates City-bound trips in the mornings and Yishun-bound trips in the evenings, and is the sixth bus service introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
Bus Service 850E is wheelchair-accessible from 17 Sep 2017
Route Details (Click to expand)
Towards CBD / Shenton Way
Towards Yishun Ring Rd
||[AM]: Yishun St 41 (Blk 432C) → Shenton Way (opp MAS Building)
[PM]: Anson Road (Hub Synergy Point) → Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 456)
|Passes Through||Yishun Ring Rd, CTE, Orchard, Bras Basah|
|Route Length||25.4km (D1) | 26.0km (D2)|
|Travelling Time||69 – 71 mins (AM Peak) | 69 – 74 mins (PM Peak)|
|BCM Route Package||Seletar Bus Package|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses Ltd
|Current Depot||Woodlands Bus Park (WPDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– MAN A95
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
|Departure Times from Yishun St 41
||0710 – 0745 (Weekdays | 6 trips)|
|Departure Times from Anson Rd
||1815 – 1830 (Weekdays | 2 trips)|
|Frequency||Direction 1||Direction 2|
|AM Peak: 06 – 08 mins||PM Peak: 15 mins|
Express Service 850E provides residents of Yishun with greater connectivity to Dhoby Ghaut and Shenton Way. By running parallel to the existing North-South Line (NSL), the service provides a travel alternative for commuters who relied on the rail network and existing feeder buses to and from work in the Central areas. The route incorporates a long express sector between Yishun Ring Road (near Khatib MRT) and Dhoby Ghaut via Lentor Avenue, Seletar Expressway (SLE) and Central Expressway (CTE), significantly improving journey time for commuters.
This route is the sixth bus service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), which provides more options for commuters using stretches of the existing rail lines that experience persistently high ridership, while ongoing rail enhancement measures are being implemented.
Operating during weekday peak hours only, Service 850E encounters very high demand on a daily basis, with buses often encountering full loading. Morning departures were gradually increased from 2 to 6, while Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-decker buses were introduced in August 2014
Apart from Express 850E, Premium 559 offers more direct service to Shenton Way (without passing through Dhoby Ghaut), but charges higher Premium fares, as compared to distance-based express fares. Alternatively, trunk Service 857 plies from Yishun to Bras Basah via Little India, but the hassle of transferring buses and longer journey time may not appeal to many commuters.
“A new express service – Service 850E – that connects Yishun to the Central Business District (CBD) will begin operations from Monday, 18 February 2013. This is the sixth bus service to be rolled out under the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). The new service will provide greater connectivity for Yishun residents travelling to and from areas in the CBD during weekday morning and evening peak-hours (excluding public holidays).”
2015 Route Amendment
With the launch of City Direct Service 663 on 28 Sep 2015, Service 850E was amended to start from Yishun St 41, plying Yishun Ave 1 and Yishun Ave 11 before continuing on its original route on Yishun Ring Rd to CBD. The skipped bus stops along Yishun Ring Rd, Yishun Ave 6 & Yishun Street 31 were replaced with City Direct 663, which duplicates 850E in the City.
Return trips were also amended to call at the same stops as forward trips along Yishun Street 41, Yishun Ave 1, Yishun Ave 11 and 2 stops along Yishun Ring Rd.
2017 Change in Trip Schedule
From 31 July 2017, morning trip departure timings will be adjusted with all trips brought forward. This may be done to compensate with the additional run time to Shenton Way.
Morning departure timings from Blk 432C, Yishun Street 41 are adjusted to between 0710hrs – 0745hrs, instead of the former 0720hrs – 0750hrs.
The revised scheduled timings for bus stops after Bus Stop 59579 Blk 456 Yishun Ring Rd may not be indicative of the actual arrival time, given SMRT’s scheduling of 1 minute to cover 3 bus stops in a row.
The scheduled full trip run-time for Service 850E for AM Peak will also be decreased from 76 mins to 69 – 71 mins.
During PM Peak hours, the scheduled run-time is also adjusted to 69 – 74 mins as compared to the previous schedule of 68 mins.
- From Blk 432C, Yishun Street 41: 0710hrs, 0718hrs, 0725hrs, 0732hrs, 0738hrs, 0745hrs
- From Hub Synergy Point, Anson Rd: 1815hrs, 1830hrs
MRT Stations Served:
Fleet: See Above
- 2013 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
- 2018 1H: SBS Transit Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2018 under the Seletar Bus Package.
- 2013 (18 Feb): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Yishun to Cecil Street under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:30am and 7:45am, and weekday evenings at 6:15pm and 6:30pm. Charges Express fares under the Distance-Based Fare scheme.
- 2013 (Jun): 3rd AM Peak departure from Yishun
- 2013 (15 Jul): 4th AM Peak departure from Yishun
- 2013 (14 Oct): 5th AM Peak departure from Yishun
- 2014 (17 Mar): 6th AM trip from Yishun introduced
- 2014 (18 Aug): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
- 2015 (25 May): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Yishun St 31
- 2015 (06 Sep): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Yishun Ring Rd
- 2015 (28 Sep): Amended to start from Yishun St 41, plying Yishun Ave 1, 11 & Ring Rd. Deleted sectors replaced by City Direct 663
- 2016 (16 Oct): Serves a new bus stop outside Blk 504C along Yishun Ring Rd
- 2017 (31 July): Operating hours for AM Peak brought forward from 0720hrs – 0750hrs to 0710hrs – 0745hrs
- 2017 (17 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
- Refer to this article
- 2013 – 2015:
(AM) Yishun Ave 11, Ave 6, St 31, Ring Rd, Ave 2, Lentor Ave, SLE, CTE, Buyong Rd, Orchard Rd, Bras Basah Rd, Nicoll Highway, Collyer Quay, Raffles Quay, Shenton Way
(PM) Anson Rd, Robinson Rd, Fullerton Rd, Esplanade Dr, Stamford Rd, Orchard Rd, Penang Rd, Buyong Rd, CTE, SLE, Lentor Ave, Yishun Ave 2, Ring Rd, St 31, Ave 6, Ave 11
- No significant route changes since 2015.
History of AM Departure Timings:
|Date||AM Peak||Departure timings from Yishun Avenue 11|
|18 Feb 2013||2 trips||7:30am and 7:45am|
|Jun 2013||3 trips||7:15am, 7:30am and 7:45am|
|15 Jul 2013||4 trips||7:20am, 7:30am, 7:40am and 7:50am|
|14 Oct 2013||5 trips||7:20am, 7:28am, 7:35am, 7:43am and 7:50am|
|17 Mar 2014||6 trips||7:20am, 7:28am, 7:35am, 7:40am, 7:45am and 7:50am|
|Date||AM Peak||Departure Timings from Yishun Street 41|
|28 Sep 2015||6 trips||7:20am, 7:28am, 7:35am, 7:40am, 7:45am and 7:50am|
|31 Jul 2017||6 trips||7:10am, 7:18am, 7:25am, 7:32am, 7:38am, and 7:45am|
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