SMRT Bus Service 969

SMRT Bus Service 969 is a trunk route between Woodlands Temporary Interchange and Tampines Interchange, passing through Admiralty, Gambas Avenue, Yishun, Khatib, SLE, TPE and Tampines Concourse.

Bus Service 969 was amended to ply Tampines Concourse from 18 December 2016.


Route:

Route Details (Click to expand)
Bus Service 969: Woodlands ↔ Tampines
Direction 1
Towards Tampines
Direction 2
Towards Woodlands
  • Woodlands Sq
    – Woodlands Temp Int  NS9 
  • Woodlands Ave 7
    – Blk 825
    – Blk 853
    – Blk 706
    – Opp Admiralty Stn  NS10 
    – Blk 793
    – Woodsvale Condo
  • Gambas Ave
    – 3M Bldg
  • Sembawang Rd
    – Blk 114
    – Blk 101
  • Yishun Ave 5
    – Opp Blk 70A
    – Blk 145
  • Yishun Ave 2
    – Aft Northpoint Shop Ctr    NS13 
    – Opp Blk 757
    – Blk 608
    – Opp Khatib Stn  NS14 
    – Yishun Sports Hall
  • Lentor Ave
    – Aft Yishun Ave 1
    – Aft Sg Seletar Bridge
    – LP 94
  • SLE (Express)
  • TPE
    Aft Punggol Rd
  • Tampines Ave 12 (Express)
  • Tampines Ave 9
    – Citylife@Tampines
  • Tampines Concourse
    – The Tampines Trilliant
    – Opp Blk 519A
  • Tampines Ctrl 1
    – Tampines Int
  • Tampines Ctrl 1
    – Tampines Int  EW2  DT32 
  • Tampines Concourse
    – Blk 519A
    – Bet Blks 524B/523D
  • Tampines Ave 9
    – Opp Citylife@Tampines
  • Tampines Ave 12 (Express)
  • TPE
    Bef Punggol Rd
  • SLE (Express)
  • Lentor Ave
    – Aft SLE
    – Bef Sg Seletar Bridge
    – Bef Yishun Ave 1
  • Yishun Ave 2
    – Opp Yishun Sports Hall
    – Bef Khatib Stn  NS14 
    – Blk 790
    – Blk 763
    – Yishun Stn  NS13 
  • Yishun Ave 5
    – Blk 741
    – Blk 701
  • Sembawang Rd
    – Opp Blk 101
    – Opp Blk 115B
  • Gambas Ave
    – Opp 3M Bldg
  • Woodlands Ave 7
    – Opp Woodsvale Condo
    – Opp Blk 793
    – Admiralty Stn  NS10 
    – Blk 666
    – Aft 888 Plaza
    – Blk 891C CP
  • Woodlands Sq
    – Woodlands Temp Int  NS9 
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange ↔ Tampines Central Bus Interchange
Passes Through Admiralty, Gambas Ave, Yishun, Khatib, SLE, TPE, Tampines Ave 12, Tampines Concourse
Route Length 27.6 km (D1) | 27.2 km (D2)
Travelling Time 70 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Loyang Bus Depot (LYDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
MAN A95
18-metre Articulated Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz O405G

MAN A24
12-metre Single Deck Bus:

– 
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from Woodlands 0530 – 2345 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0545 – 2345 (Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from Tampines
0530 – 2345 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0545 – 2345 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 04 – 09 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 12 mins
1700-1900: 06 – 08 mins
After 1900: 10 – 14 mins
0630-0830: 06 – 09 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 12 mins
1700-1900: 06 – 07 mins
After 1900: 08 – 13 mins

Route History

Service 969 is an inter-town route serving between the housing estates around Woodlands, Yishun and Tampines. The route is frequented as a fast connection between Yishun and Tampines due to its express sector along the Seletar Expressway (SLE) and Tampines Expressway (TPE).

From Tampines Interchange, Service 39 also plies between Tampines and Yishun, but takes a much longer journey by serving Pasir Ris. Service 168 also covers the Tampines to Woodlands sector with a faster journey time than 969 by skipping Yishun town.

As the fastest public transport link between Tampines and Yishun, this service experiences good demand all day round with significantly higher demand during peak hours. Many buses are added during peak periods to cope with the demand increase, and high capacity Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses were deployed from August 2014 to cope with peak hour loads. The journey between Yishun and Tampines takes around 40 minutes during off-peak periods.

At Tampines Interchange, passengers who wish to get a seat for the long express journey usually queue up at the boarding berth. Passengers can board the bus without joining the queue, usually only after all seats have been occupied.

Extension to Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange

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Route Amendment Poster for Service 969

As part of the Bus Service Enhancements with the opening of Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange, Bus Service 969 was amended to ply Tampines Concourse from 18 December 2016.

As a result, Bus Service 969 calls at 3 pair of new bus stops (2 pairs along Tampines Concourse and 1 pair along Tampines Ave 9).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MRT Stations Served:

Special Departures:

  • Yishun Ave 2 (Yishun Stn) Woodlands Temp Int
    Weekdays mornings
  • Sembawang Road (Blk 114)  Tampines Int
    Weekdays AM Peak hours
  • Yishun Ave 2 (Aft NorthPoint Shop Ctr)  Tampines Int
    Weekdays AM/PM Peak hours
SMRT MAN A22 (SMB1369R) - Service 969A
SMRT MAN A22 (SMB1369R) – Service 969A

Shortworking Trips:

  • 969A: Tampines Interchange → Yishun Avenue 2 (Yishun Stn)
    Weekdays AM, PM Peak hours

Service 969A was introduced in 2013 to cope with high demand between Tampines and Yishun, where most of the demand of Service 969 is encountered.

 

 

 

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.

Fleet: See Above

 


Map:

 

Gallery:

Video

This video features the Service 969 route prior to the route amendment to Tampines Concourse.

 


Operator History:

  • 2001 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2020 under the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package.

History:

  • 2001 (15 Apr): Introduced between Woodlands Regional Int and Tampines Int.
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2013 (07 Jul): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2014 (18 Aug): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
  • 2014 (05 Oct): Calls at Tampines Expressway (Punggol Road) Bus Interchange
  • 2016 (12 Mar): Amended to Woodlands Temp Int
  • 2016 (18 Dec): Amended to ply Tampines Concourse instead of Tampines Ave 7

Past Routings:

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2 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 969

  • 3 September 2016 at 12:35 AM
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    But why SMRT bus service 969 are getting full single deck Citaro & OC500LE Bus Fleet since it was selected under LYDEP? Only can see 1 or 2 double deck buses on Sv 969! Sv 969 should get at least 8 – 10 double deck buses like SMRT does when it was under WPDEP.

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  • 23 June 2016 at 9:05 PM
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    I hope this service will be majority Amdep/Lybp when SMRT park at Loyang and deploy more A95

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