Chinatown Direct Services are special bus services operated by SBS Transit that connect selected residential estates to and from Chinatown. Introduced on 21 January 2005, Chinatown Direct services are targeted at senior citizens. They ply between suburban residential areas and Chinatown via the expressways, providing direct bus connections to Chinatown without the hassle of transferring between different modes of transport.
Three Chinatown Direct services have been introduced: CT8 from Ang Mo Kio, CT18 from Bedok and CT28 from Clementi. Service numbers all end with the auspicious number 8; destos are color-coded for easy recognition and decorated with Chinatown-themed artworks. Introductory fares started from $1, regardless of mode of payment (card or cash), comparatively cheaper compared thank taking a feeder bus and transferring to the rail network . For a limited time period, yellow bus tickets were issued for easy recognition as opposed to the usual white tickets. Operating hours of the three new services were from 10am to 5pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 10pm on weekends and public holidays.
Due to low demand, CT28 was converted to operate only during the Lunar New Year period from July 2008. With the onset of the electronic display era, plastic destination plates are being phased out, and such colored destination plates are now a rarity. Newer electronic destination signages do not use special formatting for Chinatown Direct services. Fares have also increased since their introduction, however they still retain their flat-fare mode of payment.
CT28 has been withdrawn as part of the transition to the Bus Contracting Model in September 2016.
List of Chinatown Direct routes:
To date, only three Chinatown Direct services have been introduced by SBS Transit. They are:
|Chinatown Direct CT8||Introduced on 21 Jan 2005, between Ang Mo Kio Ave 8 and Chinatown, via Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, 3 and 10. Express sector along the CTE.|
|Chinatown Direct CT18||Introduced on 21 Jan 2005, between Bedok North Ave 3 and Chinatown, via Bedok Reservoir Rd. Express sector along the PIE/CTE.|
|Chinatown Direct CT28||Introduced on 21 Jan 2005, between Clementi Ave 4 and Chinatown, via Clementi Ave 5 and 2. Express sector along the AYE/CTE.
Converted to CNY-period operations w.e.f. July 2008.
Withdrawn on 01 Sep 2016.
Fares for Chinatown Direct services are based on flat-fares, regardless of mode of payment (card or cash). Adult fare is $1.90 while Child / Student / Senior Citizen fares are $1.05. Bus concession passes and distance-based fares are not applicable.
From 03 Aug 2014, Fares will be revised to $2.00 for Adults and $1.10 for Students and Senior Citizens. Children below 7 years travel for free. Persons with Disabilities and WorkFare Transport Concession Scheme cardholders pay Adult fares.
Chinatown Direct services operate from 10am to 5pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 10pm on weekends and public holidays. Closer to the new year period, service hours will be extended.