Bishan – Toa Payoh Bus Package

Service 139M is one of 24 bus services under the Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package
Service 139M is one of 24 bus services under the Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package

Bus Contracting Model (BCM) Route Package #14:
“Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package” (23 bus routes)

First announced on 11 August 2016, the Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package is one of fourteen bus packages to be released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) as part of the transition to the Bus Contracting Model (BCM). Currently, SBS Transit operates all bus services in this package under a Negotiated Contract (NC) model until Year 2026.

This package comprises 23 existing bus services mainly originating from Bishan Bus InterchangeToa Payoh Bus Interchange and Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal, with a handful originating at Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 and Marina Centre.

All bus operations would likely be based out of Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot, which is located along Ang Mo Kio Street 63, just north of Yio Chu Kang MRT.

Contract Details:

Name To Be Announced
Awarded To Be Announced
Duration Five years, with two-year extension granted based on good performance
Published To Be Announced
Closing To Be Announced
Services 8, 21, 26, 50, 52, 54, 56, 73, 88, 124, 125, 139/139M, 142, 155, 157, 186, 231, 232, 235, 238, 410G/410W, CT8, 1N
Bus Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot
Anchor Interchanges / Terminals BishanToa PayohSaint Michael’s

Bus Services:

Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package contains 23 existing bus services, all of which are currently operated by SBS Transit.

Service Route Type
8 TampinesToa Payoh Trunk
21 Pasir RisSaint Michael’s Trunk
26 BedokToa Payoh Trunk
50 BishanPunggol Trunk
52 BishanJurong East Trunk
54 BishanKampong Bahru Trunk
56 BishanMarina Centre Trunk
73 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Toa Payoh Trunk
88 Pasir RisToa Payoh Trunk
124 Saint Michael’sHarbourFront Trunk
125 Saint Michael’s ↺ Sims Drive Trunk
139 Toa PayohBukit Merah Trunk
142 Toa Payoh ↺ Potong Pasir Avenue 1 Trunk
155 Toa PayohBedok Trunk
157 Toa PayohBoon Lay Trunk
186 Shenton WaySaint Michael’s Trunk
231 Toa Payoh ↺ Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Feeder
232 Toa Payoh ↺ Toa Payoh East Feeder
235 Toa Payoh ↺ Toa Payoh Link Feeder
238 Toa Payoh ↺ Lorong 8 Toa Payoh Feeder
410G Bishan ↺ Shunfu Road Feeder
410W Bishan ↺ Shunfu Road Feeder
CT8 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 ↔ Kampong Bahru Special
1N Marina Centre → Yishun Ring Road Night


Feeder Services 410G & 410W are counted as one service (410).

Short Trip & Supplementary Bus Services

These services do not add to the overall service count.

Service Route Type
21A Geylang Road (Bef Lor 18 Geylang) → Kitchener Road (Bef Tai Hoe Hotel) Short Trip
73A Ang Mo Kio → Toa Payoh Short Trip
88A Punggol Road (Blk 190C) → Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 (Opp Ang Mo Kio Stn) Short Trip
88B Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 (Aft Ang Mo Kio Stn Exit A) → Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 (Bef Yio Chu Kang Rd) Short Trip
125A Aljunied Road (Opp Aljunied Stn) → MacPherson Road (Bef Siemens Ctr) Short Trip
139M Toa Payoh ↺ Jalan Bahagia Supplementary
142A Toa Payoh → Upper Serangoon Rd (Sant Ritz) Short Trip


Scope of Tender:

As part of the tender, the new Operator will be required to fulfill responsibilities as such:

  1. Operate the twenty-three (23) bus services in the areas in accordance with specified EWT performance standards
  2. Operate and maintain the buses and their onboard equipment provided by LTA
  3. Operate and maintain Bishan and Toa Payoh Bus Interchanges, Saint Michael’s Bus Terminal, and Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot, including all equipment and systems provided therein
  4. Charge and collect the fares approved by the Public Transport Council, on behalf of the Government
  5. Provide bus service information at all bus stops and bus interchanges served by the 24 bus services
  6. Provide customer management services, such as lost and found service, and a hotline for commuter feedback and enquiries.

All bus services will have scheduled headways of no more than 15 minutes for both directions during the morning and evening peak periods, with at least half of them having even shorter scheduled headways of no more than 10 minutes. Of these, the feeder services will run at even shorter intervals of 6-8 minutes. An estimated 45% of bus services will come at shorter intervals during peak periods when compared to the expanded BSEP.

More guidelines can be found in the main Bus Contracting Model (BCM) article.

Bus Interchanges & Terminals under the package:

Bus Depot under the package:

Route Package Timeline:

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