SMRT Bus Service 979 is a trunk service plying from Bukit Panjang and looping at Choa Chu Kang Crescent within the Yew Tee estate. It passes through Woodlands Road, KJE, Choa Chu Kang Street 52 and Yew Tee MRT. Launched on 27 December 2015 in tandem with the opening of Downtown Line Stage 2 (Bukit Panjang – Rochor), it is the fifty-third (53rd) bus service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
A route variant, Bus Service 979M, was launched on 24 April 2016 and loops at Choa Chu Kang North 5.
Bus Service 979 will be amended to serve Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub from 04 September 2017.
||Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange ↺ Choa Chu Kang Crescent (Loop)
|Passes Through||Bukit Panjang Rd, Woodlands Rd, KJE, Choa Chu Kang St 52, Yew Tee MRT, Choa Chu Kang Crescent|
|Route Length||11.6 km|
|Travelling Time||60 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses Ltd|
|Current Depot||Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
|Departure Times from Bt Panjang
||0545hrs – 2345hrs (Daily)|
|0630-0830: 06 – 08 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 09 mins
1700-1900: 07 – 08 mins
After 1900: 07 – 10 mins
Service 979 is a residential trunk route serving within the housing estates of Yew Tee, connecting housing blocks along Choa Chu Kang Street 52 and Choa Chu Kang Crescent with connections to key transport nodes at Yew Tee MRT, as well as Bukit Panjang MRT / LRT. The route serves schools such as De La Salle School, and community amenities such as Bukit Panjang Plaza, Junction 10, Yew Tee Point, Limbang Shopping Centre and Yew Tee Community Building. It duplicates SMRT Feeder Service 302 between Choa Chu Kang Street 52 and its looping point.
This service is the fifty-third (53rd) bus service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) and is launched as part of the DTL2 Bukit Panjang Bus Service Enhancements in tandem with the opening of Downtown Line Stage 2. Additionally, this provides a vital link for Yew Tee residents to Bukit Panjang, the Downtown Line and thereafter to other towns and the City. Previously residents had to pass through Yew Tee or Choa Chu Kang if they rely solely on Service 302.
When widening and modification works at the junction of Woodlands Road and Stagmont Ring is completed in July 2018, Service 979 will be amended to ply Stagmont Ring instead of KJE, thereby increasing coverage along Choa Chu Kang North 5.
First Day of Operations
Service 979 offered free rides on 27 December 2015. Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, Mr Alex Yam Ziming attended the official launch, riding the service from Yew Tee MRT Station to Bukit Panjang via Choa Chu Kang Crescent. Despite a full fleet of rigid MAN NL323F buses, a bendy bus, SMB8032R, was dispatched for one special trip from Yew Tee MRT to carry the MP and his party.
Supplementary Bus Service
Bus Service 979M started from 24 April 2016 to serve Choa Chu Kang North 5 residents with a direct link to Bukit Panjang MRT Station while modification works at the junction of Stagmont Ring & Woodlands Road continues. When completed, Bus Service 979 will be amended via Stagmont Ring and Choa Chu Kang North 5 instead of KJE and the temporary bus service will be withdrawn. More details can be found at the Service 979M article.
MRT / LRT Stations Served:
- SMRT Bus Service 979M: Bukit Panjang Int ↺ Choa Chu Kang North 5
- Choa Chu Kang Dr (Yew Tee Stn) → Bt Panjang Int
Weekdays: 0540hrs onwards
- 2015 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package.
- 2015 (27 Dec): Introduced under the LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), plying between Bukit Panjang and Yew Tee as part of the DTL2 Bukit Panjang Bus Service Enhancements. Wheelchair-accessible at launch.
- 2016 (24 Apr): Temporary Supplementary Bus Service 979M launched, from Bt Panjang Temp Bus Park and looping at Choa Chu Kang North 5. Wheelchair accessible at launch.
- 2017 (04 Sep): Amended to Bukit Panjang ITH.
- 2015: Launched with present routing. No significant route changes since 2015.
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