SMRT Bus Service 979M is a trunk service plying from Bukit Panjang and looping at Choa Chu Kang North 5 within the Yew Tee estate. It passes through Woodlands Road, Choa Chu Kang Drive, and Choa Chu Kang North 6.
Introduced on 24 April 2016 on a temporary basis, the route offered a direct connection between Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang North 5, while road widening works at Stagmont Link are still in progress. When completed, Bus Service 979 will be amended to serve Choa Chu Kang North 5 via Stagmont Link, removing the need for Bus Service 979M.
This is the first temporary route launched under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
Bus Service 979M will be amended to serve Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub from 04 September 2017.
||Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange ↺ Choa Chu Kang North 5 (Loop)
|Passes Through||Bukit Panjang Rd, Choa Chu Kang Dr, Choa Chu Kang North 6|
|Route Length||9.0 km|
|Travelling Time||35 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package (Temporary)|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses Ltd|
|Current Depot||Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
|Departure Times from Bt Panjang
||0600hrs – 2330hrs (Daily)|
|All Day: 30 mins|
Bus Service 979M is a residential trunk route serving within the housing estates at Stagmont, connecting housing blocks along Choa Chu Kang North 5 and 6 with connections to key transport nodes at Bukit Panjang MRT / LRT. It duplicates SMRT Intratown Service 307 along Choa Chu Kang North 5 and 6.
Bus Service 979 was originally planned to serve Choa Chu Kang North 5 before continuing its route to Yew Tee MRT Station from Bukit Panjang. However, due to the restrictions at the junction of Stagmont Ring and Woodlands Rd, Bus Service 979 was launched in tandem with the opening of the Downtown Line Stage 2 on 27 Dec 2015 and plied KJE instead of Stagmont Ring.
Hence, Bus Service 979M, introduced on a temporary basis, serves as an interim direct link for Choa Chu Kang North 5 residents to Bukit Panjang MRT Station, albeit the Downtown Line station already operating for 4 months at launch date. It is the first temporary bus route to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
When the junction works at Stagmont Ring and Woodlands Road are completed, Bus Service 979 will be amended to serve Choa Chu Kang North 5 and Bus Service 979M will be withdrawn.
Bus Service 979M also serves the following amenities along its route, benefiting residents living along Choa Chu Kang North 5 and Villa Verde Estate:
- MRT/LRT Stations:
- Regent Secondary School
- Shopping Centres:
- Bukit Panjang Plaza
- Junction 10
- Choa Chu Kang Stadium
- Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex
- Choa Chu Kang Sports Centre
- SMRT Bus Service 979: Bukit Panjang Int ↺ Choa Chu Kang Cres (Loop)
Fares: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.
- 2016 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
- 2016 (24 Apr): Introduced under the LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) as a temporary service, plying from Bukit Panjang and looping at Choa Chu Kang North 5. Wheelchair accessible at launch.
- 2017 (04 Sep): Amended to Bukit Panjang ITH
- 2016: Launched with present routing. No significant route changes since 2016.
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