The Tuas Link—Joo Koon Shuttle Bus Service (Shuttle 3) is a Rail Replacement Service plying between Tuas Link and Joo Koon, serving en-route East West Line (EWL) stations.
The route will be activated to operate on 12 March, 14 March, as well as Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in March & April 2018, when shortened operating hours are implemented on the East West Line to facilitate more time for track maintenance and renewal work.
The Shuttle Bus Service serves the following MRT Stations:
|Shuttle 3: Tuas Link—Joo Koon Shuttle Bus Service|
|Towards Joo Koon
||Towards Tuas Link
||Tuas West Dr (Tuas Link MRT) ↔ Joo Koon Circle (Joo Koon MRT)
|Passes Through||Tuas West Road, Tuas Crescent, Gul Circle MRT Stations|
|Route Length||7.7 km (Actual Distance) / 6.8 km (Fare Payable Distance)|
|Travelling Time||27 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Not Applicable|
|Operator||SMRT Buses Ltd|
|Current Fleet||Mercedes-Benz Citaro|
|Departure Times from Tuas Link
||10.35pm – 11.20pm (Early Closure on Affected Fridays & Saturdays)
5.19am – 8.02am (Late Opening on Affected Saturdays)
5.49am – 8.02am (Late Opening on Affected Sundays)
10.05pm – 11.20pm (Extended Early Closure on 12 & 14 March)
|Departure Times from Joo Koon
||10.47pm – 2.07am (Early Closure on Affected Fridays & Saturdays)
5.27am – 8.18am (Late Opening on Affected Saturdays)
5.57am – 8.17am (Late Opening on Affected Sundays)
11.17pm – 2.05am (Extended Early Closure on 12 & 14 March)
|Frequency||Direction 1||Direction 2|
|4 – 15 mins||4 – 15 mins|
The Shuttle Bus Service will only operate on affected days in March & April.
These Days are as follows:
- 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 & 31 March
- 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 April
- On days of Extended Early Closure (12 & 14 March),
buses will operate from the start time of the extended early closure till the stipulated last bus timings below.
- On days of Early Closure (2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & 31 March, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 April)
buses will operate from the start time of the early closure till the stipulated last bus timings below.
- On days of Late Opening (3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31 March, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 April),
buses will operate from the stipulated first bus timings below till the start time of normal train operations.
This Bus Service is reflected as Bus Service 485 on the Bus Ticketing System.
Shuttle Bus Departure Timings from Stations
Shuttle Bus Transfer at Joo Koon
- Shuttle 2: Joo Koon – Buona Vista
Bus Stop 23491: Joo Koon Stn Exit B, Joo Koon Circle
History of Activation
November 2017:November 2017: (Click to expand)
In the wake of a collision between two MRT trains at Joo Koon station, the EWL was suspended entirely from 16 Nov 2017 to 19 Nov 2017 for engineers to carry out detailed assurance checks on the new signalling system. The Joo Koon—Tuas Link shuttle was hence activated on all affected days. This was scaled back to serve only Joo Koon—Gul Circle till Mid 2018.
December 2017:December 2017: (Click to expand)
To speed up implementation of the new CBTC signalling system, shortened operating hours were implemented across sections of the NSL and EWL between Tuas Link—Outram Park (EWL), and Jurong East—Choa Chu Kang (NSL), across various Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on December 2017.
A total of 19 NSL and EWL stations were affected by the delayed train service start times. Northbound services from Choa Chu Kang and Eastbound services from Outram Park were not affected. Circle Line services from Buona Vista were also not affected.
The route is one of five Rail Replacement Services during the period of closure, the other routes being Jurong East—Choa Chu Kang, Jurong East—Joo Koon, Joo Koon—Tuas Link and Boon Lay—Outram Park Express. Bus stops served are identical to those served by the regular EWL Bridging Bus.
March & April 2018:
To speed up implementation of the new CBTC signalling system, shortened operating hours were implemented on the East West Line between Pasir Ris—Tuas Link, and Tanah Merah—Changi Airport, across various Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on March & April 2018, and additionally, Extended Early Closures on 12 & 14 March.
A total of 35 East West Line stations were affected by the early train service end times and delayed train service start times. Other train lines such as the North South Line are not affected.
The route is one of ten Rail Replacement Services during the period of closure. Bus stops served are similar to those served by the regular EWL Bridging Bus, with some changes.
Charges regular distance fare based on the distance between MRT Stations by rail. Train, bus and hybrid concession passes are accepted, and distance fare rules apply.
|Category||Card Fares||Cash Fares|
|Adult / Workfare Transport Concession Card holders||Follows MRT Fare structure||$1.00|
|Senior Citizen / Persons with Disabilities Card holders||$0.50|
|Student Concession Card holders||$0.50|
Other Rail Replacement Services
The route is one of ten Shuttle Bus Services operating during periods of planned closure in March & April 2018, the other routes being:
- Shuttle 1: Buona Vista—Raffles Place
- Shuttle 2: Joo Koon—Buona Vista
- Express 5: Boon Lay—Outram Park (via Jurong East & Buona Vista only)
- Shuttle 6: Raffles Place—Paya Lebar
- Shuttle 7: Paya Lebar—Pasir Ris
- Shuttle 8: Tanah Merah—Changi Airport
- Express 12: Changi Airport—Bugis
- Express 13: Bedok—Bedok North
- Express 15: Clementi—Beauty World
Private Bus Operators (March 2018)
For the first time, Private Bus Operators (PBOs) were roped in to assist with the Shuttle Bus Services. For Shuttle 3, starting from 2 March 2018, Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd contributed 50 bus drivers as part of Task Force 50 (or TF50), which were roped in to assist with shuttle bus operations. Training and familiarization were carried out by SMRT, and the drivers were assigned to SMRT’s Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses for shuttle operations. These bus drivers were deployed on Shuttle 3.
- 2017 (07 Dec): Operating hours revised
- 2017 (08 Dec): Launched as a Shuttle Bus Service between Tuas Link and Joo Koon, operating during periods of MRT closure
- 2018 (02 Mar): Start of operations for March 2018 MRT Early Closure, Late Opening with revised operating details
- 2018 (08 Mar): Operating hours revised
- 2018 (22 Mar): Extended operating days to Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in April 2018. Frequency reduced to 4 – 15 mins from 3 – 15 mins
Page 2: More Photos
Page 3: Shuttle 3 (Dec 2017) Route Information