Temporary Shuttle Services

With the progressive opening of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system from 7 November 1987, seven temporary shuttle bus services were introduced by Singapore Bus Service (SBS) and Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS) between 1987 and 1990 to serve as interim connections between areas with opened MRT stations and areas with MRT stations still under construction and development. These interim bus services allowed the smooth construction of MRT stations along the North South Line (NSL) and East West Line (EWL) to proceed while neighbourhood connections to then-available MRT stations were provided. The shuttle bus services would be withdrawn when the developing MRT stations eventually opened for service. The first temporary shuttle bus service commenced operations on 13 December 1987, while the last temporary shuttle bus service was discontinued on 10 March 1996. All temporary shuttle bus services were numbered with a SS prefix from 1 to 7.

The route changes of the temporary shuttle bus services over the years until their eventual withdrawals are indicated in the individual tables below:

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Bus Service SS1 (1987 – 1988):

  • 13 December 1987: Introduced between Yio Chu Kang Ter and Yishun Ring Rd (Loop).
  • 20 December 1988: Withdrawn with the opening of Yishun and Khatib MRT stations.
Year Direction 1 Direction 2
1987 Yio Chu Kang Ter, Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Lentor Ave, Yishun Ave 2, Yishun Central, Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ring Rd, Yishun Ave 3, Yishun Ave 2, Lentor Ave, Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 and Yio Chu Kang Ter.
1988 Withdrawn with the opening of Yishun and Khatib MRT stations.

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Bus Service SS2 (1988):

  • 13 March 1988: Introduced between Clementi Int and Jurong East St 32 (Loop).
  • 6 November 1988: Withdrawn with the opening of Jurong East MRT station.
Year Direction 1 Direction 2
1988 Clementi Int, Jurong East Central, Jurong East Ave 1, Jurong East St 32, Jurong East Ave 1, Jurong East Central and Clementi Int.
Withdrawn with the opening of Jurong East MRT station.

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Bus Service SS3 (1988 – 1990):

  • 13 March 1988: Introduced between Clementi Int and Bt Batok West Ave 7 (Loop).
  • 6 November 1988: Shortened to Jurong East Int with the opening of Jurong East MRT station.
  • 10 March 1990: Withdrawn with the opening of Bukit Batok and Bukit Gombak MRT stations.
Year Direction 1 Direction 2
1988 Jurong East Int, Bt Batok Ave 1, Bt Batok Central, Bt Batok East Ave 2, Bt Batok East Ave 5, Bt Batok West Ave 5, Bt Batok West Ave 7, Bt Batok West Ave 4, Bt Batok West Ave 2, Bt Batok West Ave 5, Bt Batok East Ave 5, Bt Batok East Ave 2, Bt Batok Central, Bt Batok Ave 1 and Jurong East Int.
1990 Withdrawn with the opening of Bukit Batok and Bukit Gombak MRT stations.

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Bus Service SS4 (1989):

  • 5 November 1989: Introduced between Tampines Int and New Upp Changi Rd (Loop).
  • 16 December 1989: Withdrawn with the opening of Tampines MRT station.
Year Direction 1 Direction 2
1989 Tampines Int, Tampines Ave 7, Tampines Ave 9, Tampines Ave 2, New Upp Changi Rd, Tampines Ave 2, Tampines Ave 9, Tampines Ave 7 and Tampines Int.
Withdrawn with the opening of Tampines MRT station.

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Bus Service SS5 (1989):

  • 5 November 1989: Introduced between Tampines Int and New Upp Changi Rd (Loop).
  • 16 December 1989: Withdrawn with the opening of Tampines MRT station.
Year Direction 1 Direction 2
1989 Tampines Int, Tampines Ave 5, Tampines St 83, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines Ave 4, Tampines Ave 1, New Upp Changi Rd, Tampines Ave 4, Tampines Ave 3, Tampines St 84, Tampines Ave 8, Tampines Ave 5 and Tampines Int.
Withdrawn with the opening of Tampines MRT station.

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Bus Service SS6 (1989):

  • 5 November 1989: Introduced between Simei Rd and New Upp Changi Rd (Loop).
  • 16 December 1989: Withdrawn with the opening of Simei MRT station.
Year Direction 1 Direction 2
1989 Simei Rd, Simei St 1, Simei St 3, Simei St 4, Simei Rd, New Upp Changi Rd, Simei Rd, Simei St 1, Simei St 3 and Simei St 4.
Withdrawn with the opening of Simei MRT station.

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Bus Service SS7 (1990 – 1996):

  • 11 March 1990: Introduced between Woodlands Int and Choa Chu Kang Ave 4.
  • 8 April 1990: Amended to Choa Chu Kang Int.
  • 4 February 1996: Amended to Woodlands Reg Int.
  • 10 March 1996: Withdrawn under Woodlands MRT Rationalization.
Year Direction 1 Direction 2
1990 Woodlands Int, Woodlands Centre Rd, Bt Panjang Rd, Choa Chu Kang Rd, Teck Whye Ave, Choa Chu Kang Dr and Choa Chu Kang Int. Choa Chu Kang Int, Choa Chu Kang Dr, Teck Whye Ave, Choa Chu Kang Rd, Bt Panjang Rd, Woodlands Centre Rd and Woodlands Int.
1996 Woodlands Reg Int, Woodlands Ave 3, Bt Panjang Rd, Choa Chu Kang Rd, Teck Whye Ave, Choa Chu Kang Dr and Choa Chu Kang Int. Choa Chu Kang Int, Choa Chu Kang Dr, Teck Whye Ave, Choa Chu Kang Rd, Bt Panjang Rd, Woodlands Ave 3 and Woodlands Reg Int.
Withdrawn under Woodlands MRT Rationalization.

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External Links & References:

  • SGWiki
  • SBS Bus Guide 1989-90
  • TransitLink Guides 1992-1994

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