Chinatown Direct Bus Services

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.

SBST Release poster
SBST Release poster

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CT28 has been withdrawn as part of the transition to the Bus Contracting Model in September 2016.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:

Bus Service Route via Remarks
Chinatown Direct CT8 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 ↔ Kampong Bahru Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, 3 and 10 & CTE Introduced on 21 Jan 2005.
Amended to Kampong Bahru on 10 Mar 2018
Chinatown Direct CT18 Bedok North Ave 3 ↔ Kampong Bahru Bedok Reservoir Rd & PIE, CTE Introduced on 21 Jan 2005.
Amended to Kampong Bahru on 10 Mar 2018
Chinatown Direct CT28 New Bridge Road ↺ Clementi Avenue 4 AYE, CTE, Clementi Ave 5 & Clementi Ave 2 Introduced on 21 Jan 2005.
Converted to CNY-period operations from July 2008.
Withdrawn on 01 Sep 2016.

Fares:

Chinatown Direct Flat Fares (From 3 Aug 2014)
Type Fare
(Card / Cash)
Children below 7 years old (Child Concession Card) Free
Students / Senior Citizens $1.10
Adults / Persons with Disabilities / WorkFare Transport Concession Scheme $2.00
Bus concession passes and distance-based fares are not applicable.

Fares for Chinatown Direct services are based on flat-fares, regardless of mode of payment (card or cash).

Fares before the Aug 2014 revision were: Adult fare – $1.90, Child / Student / Senior Citizen fares – $1.05.


Operating Hours:

Chinatown Direct services operate from around 10am to 5pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 10pm on weekends and public holidays.

Closer to the Chinese New Year period, service hours will be extended.

Chinatown
Direct
CT8
Departure Times from
Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
1004hrs – 1640hrs (Weekdays)
1003hrs – 2027hrs (Saturdays)
1003hrs – 2018hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Departure Times from
Kampong Bahru
1056hrs – 1656hrs (Weekdays)
1056hrs – 2156hrs (Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays)
Chinatown
Direct
CT18
Departure Times from
Bedok North Ave 3
1005hrs – 1635hrs (Weekdays)
1004hrs – 2005hrs (Saturdays)
1005hrs – 2006hrs (Sundays & Public Holidays)
Departure Times from
Kampong Bahru
1058hrs – 1658hrs (Weekdays)
1100hrs – 2200hrs (Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays)

 


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