Transfer of Operators for City Direct services

Operations of City Direct Bus Services 653, 655, 656 & 657 will be transferred to Public Transport Operators SBS Transit Ltd & SMRT Buses Ltd in April 2017. City Direct Bus Services are part of the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) introduced in 2014 and were solely operated by Private Bus Operators up to this month.

Background

On 13 June 2013, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) called for tender VT387 City Direct Services, which consisted of City Direct routes 652 to 660. 6 of the 9 bus services in the tender were awarded to 5 different Private Bus Operators on 9 November 2013. Each contract for the City Direct route lasts 2 years.

The remaining 3 routes (658, 659 & 660) were not awarded due to unsatisfactory bids. These routes were re-tendered out in later November 2013 as “PT162 City Direct Bus Services” and later awarded to Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd in February 2014.

In January 2015, LTA exercised its option to extend the contract period for City Direct Services 651 – 657 for a duration of one year.

On 1 Aug 2016, LTA called for tender “PT288 City Direct Bus Services“, which consisted of City Direct Services 652 – 657. This contract was awarded to BT&Tan Transport Pte Ltd for SGD $1,226,507.60 on 14 November 2016. BT&Tan subsequently took over City Direct 654 in January 2017. The exact scope of this tender is unknown, and BT&Tan has so only taken over one City Direct route as of April 2017.

City Direct routes contracted from VT387 City Direct Services back in 2013 (Except City Direct 652 & 654) are presumed to have been extended till the takeover by the Public Transport Operators in April 2017.


City Direct Services Affected by Operator Change

City Direct 653
Takeover Date: 13 April 2017
Outgoing Operator:  ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd Incoming Operator: SMRT Buses Ltd
Existing AM Trip Timings: 0715hrs, 0721hrs, 0727hrs, 0733hrs, 0739hrs, 0745hrs New AM Trip Timings: 0715hrs, 0725hrs, 0735hrs, 0745hrs
Existing PM Trip Timings: 1810hrs, 1820hrs, 1830hrs New PM Trip Timings: 1815hrs, 1830hrs

SMRT will deploy Double-Decker Buses on City Direct 653 from 13 April 2017 to compensate for the reduced number of AM & PM Trips.

City Direct 655
Takeover Date: 17 April 2017
Outgoing Operator:  Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd Incoming Operator: SBS Transit Ltd
Existing AM Trip Timings: 0730hrs, 0745hrs New AM Trip Timings: No Change
Existing PM Trip Timings: 1815hrs, 1830hrs New PM Trip Timings: No Change
City Direct 656
Takeover Date: 17 April 2017
Outgoing Operator:  Loh Gim Chong Transport (MyBus) Incoming Operator: SMRT Buses Ltd
Existing AM Trip Timings: 0720hrs, 0726hrs, 0734hrs, 0740hrs New AM Trip Timings: 0720hrs, 0730hrs, 0740hrs
Existing PM Trip Timings: 1810hrs, 1825hrs New PM Trip Timings: No Change

Under SMRT Buses, one morning trip will be cut from City Direct 656.

City Direct 657
Takeover Date: 24 April 2017
Outgoing Operator:  Transtar Travel Pte Ltd Incoming Operator: SMRT Buses Ltd
Existing AM Trip Timings: 0730hrs, 0745hrs New AM Trip Timings: No Change
Existing PM Trip Timings: 1815hrs, 1830hrs New PM Trip Timings: No Change

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One thought on “Transfer of Operators for City Direct services

  • 17 April 2017 at 9:44 PM
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    Just curious. Will LTA make these services wheelchair-accessible? Thanks

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