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” (24 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 24 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, 128, 139/139M, 142, 155, 157, 186, 231, 232, 235, 238, 410, CT8, 1N
Bus Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot
Anchor Interchanges / Terminals BishanToa PayohSaint Michael’s

Bus Services:

Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package contains 24 existing bus services, all of which are currently operated by SBS Transit.

Service Destination 1 Destination 2 Type Description
8 Toa Payoh Tampines Trunk
21 St. Michael’s Pasir Ris Trunk
26 Toa Payoh Bedok Trunk
50 Bishan Punggol Trunk
52 Bishan Jurong East Trunk
54 Bishan Kampong Bahru Trunk
56 Bishan Marina Ctr Trunk
73 Toa Payoh Ang Mo Kio Trunk
88 Toa Payoh Pasir Ris Trunk
124 St. Michael’s HarbourFront Trunk
125 St. Michael’s ↺ Sims Dr Trunk
128 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 Shenton Way Trunk Peak hour limited-stop
139 Toa Payoh Bt Merah Trunk
139M Toa Payoh ↺ Jln Bahagia Trunk Supplementary route
142 Toa Payoh ↺ Potong Pasir Ave 1 Trunk
155 Toa Payoh Bedok Trunk
157 Toa Payoh Boon Lay Trunk
186 St. Michael’s Shenton Way Trunk
231 Toa Payoh ↺ Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Feeder
232 Toa Payoh ↺ Toa Payoh East Feeder
235 Toa Payoh ↺ Toa Payoh Rise Feeder
238 Toa Payoh ↺ Lorong 8 Toa Payoh Feeder
410G Bishan ↺ Shunfu Rd Feeder
410W Bishan ↺ Shunfu Rd Feeder
CT8 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 Kampong Bahru Special Charges Special fares
1N Marina Centre → Yishun Ring Rd Night Night Service

Service 139M is considered as a supplementary service of its parent service and does not add to the overall service count. Service 410G and 410W are considered as one bidirectional service. Short-Trip services are not included in the above list.

Scope of Tender:

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

  1. Operate the twenty-four (24) 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:

  • 2016 (11 Aug): Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package mentioned as one of 11 Negotiated Contract (NC) Packages, and operated by SBS Transit.

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