SMRT Bus Service 860 is a trunk route from Yishun Interchange and looping at Yishun Avenue 2, passing through Yishun Avenue 9 and Yishun Ring Road. It was the very first service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme, or BSEP, linking the eastern sections of Yishun Ring Road with Khatib and Yishun MRT stations.
Service 860 will be extended to Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange from Sunday, 15 October 2017, skipping Khatib MRT Station. Short Trip Service 860A will also be withdrawn.
Route (Till 14 Oct 2017):
|Bus Service 860: Yishun ↺ Yishun Ave 2 (Loop)
Route (From 15 Oct 2017):
|Bus Service 860: Yishun ↔ Yio Chu Kang
Towards Yio Chu Kang
||Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange ↺ Yishun Avenue 2 (Loop)|
|Passes Through||Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ring Rd
From 15 Oct 2017:
|Route Length||9.3 km|
|Travelling Time||50 mins
From 15 Oct 2017:
|BCM Route Package||Seletar Bus Package
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses Ltd|
|Current Depot||Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)|
|Current Fleet||18-metre Articulated Bus:
– MAN NG363F
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
– Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
|Departure Times from Yishun
||0530hrs – 2330hrs (Daily)|
|Departure Times from Yio Chu Kang||From 15 Oct 2017:
0530hrs – 2335hrs (Daily)
|0630 – 0830: 02 – 06 mins
0831 – 1659: 02 – 06 mins
1700 – 1900: 04 mins
After 1900: 04 – 08 mins
|From 15 Oct 2017:
0630 – 0830: TBC mins
0831 – 1659: TBC mins
1700 – 1900: TBC mins
After 1900: TBC mins
Service 860 is a residential trunk route serving within the housing estates of Yishun, connecting housing blocks, schools and public amenities along Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ring Road and Yishun Ave 3 with connections to key transport nodes at Khatib MRT, and Yishun Bus Interchange & MRT. The route serves schools such as Yishun Town Secondary, North View Secondary and Naval Base Secondary, and community amenities such as Nee Soon East Community Centre and Yishun Swimming Complex.
From Sunday, 15 October 2017, Service 860 will be extended to Yio Chu Kang via Springleaf and Tagore Industrial Estate, to improve local and inter-town connectivity between Ang Mo Kio and Yishun. The extended Service 860 will operate daily (including public holidays) from 5.30am to 11.30pm from Yishun Bus Interchange, and from 5.30am to 11.35pm from Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange. Short-Trip Bus Service 860A will also be withdrawn. Commuters from Yishun Ave 9 & Yishun Ring Rd heading to and from Khatib MRT Station should take new SMRT Feeder Bus Service 807 instead.
Introduced on 21 Oct 2012, the route is the very first service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme or BSEP. The route compliments Service 804, which frequently occurs overcrowding and does not provide links to Khatib MRT. Service 860 also enhances connectivity for residents of Yishun Ring Road.
The service benefited from a capacity upgrade in late April 2015, when SMRT arranged for a Mercedes-Benz O405G articulated bus to perform several round trips during the Weekday morning peak, going against LTA’s regulations of deploying non-BSEP buses on BSEP bus services. However, Member of Parliament Dr Lee Bee Wah saw this arrangement as a permanent fixture and commended LTA for the “fleet improvement” for Service 860. Since the bus depot handling Service 860 (Ang Mo Kio Depot) could not accommodate double-decker buses back then, negotiations between LTA and SMRT Buses allowed for a permanent articulated bus crossover from Service 854 during the morning peak hours. This is the first known exception to the BSEP bus deployment regulation set by LTA.
The service got yet another fleet enhancement with a MAN A24 articulated bus being deployed on a daily basis on Service 860 from 15 November 2015. Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC Mr Louis Ng joined Minister Ong Ye Kung along with SMRT Staff for “Launch of the bendy bus for Service 860”. However, this was not the debut of regular bendy bus arrangements (see above), but rather, a dedicated high-capacity articulated bus for Service 860.
On 12 January 2017, Double-Decker buses made their debut on Bus Service 860 as well as Shortworking Trip 860A, catering to exceptionally high demand along Yishun Ring Road.
MRT Stations Served:
Short Trip Services:
- Service 860A: Yishun Temp Int → Yishun Ring Rd (Opp Blk 798)
Last Day of Operations: 14 Oct 2017 (Sat)
Mon – Fri: 0600hrs to 0900hrs, 04 – 10 mins frequency
Sat: 0705hrs – 0954hrs
Sun/PH: 0705hrs – 0952hrs
- 2012 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
- 2018 1H onwards: SBS Transit Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2018 under the Seletar Bus Package.
- 2012 (21 Oct): introduced from Yishun to Yishun Ring Rd (Loop), via Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ring Rd, Yishun Ave 3, Yishun Ave 2, Yishun Ring Rd, Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ctrl & Yishun Ave 2. This bus service is under Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
- 2012 (15 Nov): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
- 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int
- 2015 (25 May): Shortworking trip 860A introduced during weekday morning peak hours.
- 2015 (06 Sep): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Yishun Ring Rd
- 2016 (16 Oct): Serves a new bus stop outside Blk 504C along Yishun Ring Rd
- 2017 (12 Jan): Start of double-decker bus deployments
- 2017 (27 Aug): First bus on Sundays & Public Holidays brought forward from 0545hrs to 0530hrs
- 2017 (15 Oct): Extended to Yio Chu Kang Int. Skips Khatib MRT Station. Short Trip Service 860A withdrawn.
- Refer to this article
- 2017: Extended to Yio Chu Kang Int.
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