Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package

The Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package is one of fourteen bus packages under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM).

Under the BCM, bus routes are bundled into bus packages, consisting of a single bus depot, several bus interchanges/terminals, the bus routes and the buses themselves. With all bus infrastructure belonging to the Government, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) would contract out the bus package, select a bus operator (through a competitive tendering process), and lease these assets to the new operator.

The successful tenderer operates these bus routes and collects fares on behalf of LTA, while maintaining the associated bus infrastructure (buses & onboard equipment, depots, interchanges & terminals). In return, the operator is awarded an operating fee from LTA and potential bonuses via an incentive framework.

PT208 – Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package (Negotiated Contract Term: 2016 to 2026):

As part of the Bus Contracting Model which was fully implemented in September 2016, LTA entered into a Negotiated Contract with SBS Transit to operate bus services under the Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package until the awarded operator for the open tender of the Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package takes over operations. This was announced to be in Year 2026 by LTA in 2016.

Contract PT208: Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package (Negotiated Contract)
Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Duration 01 Sep 2016 – 2026 (will be extended; exact duration yet to be announced)
Bus Services
8, 21, 26, 50, 52, 54, 56, 73, 88, 124, 125, 139, 142, 155, 157, 186, 230, 231, 232, 235, 238 & 410G/410W
[22 bus routes]
Handover Date
Anchor Bus Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot
Anchor Bus Interchange / Terminal Bishan Bus InterchangeToa Payoh Bus InterchangeSaint Michael’s Bus Terminal
Contract Extension:

In November 2021, as part of the Transition of Downtown Line to Version 2 of the New Rail Financing Framework from January 2022, SBS Transit has agreed to a revised service fee rate for five of its existing bus contracts, that is lower than the current service fee and is benchmarked against recent bus tenders after a review with LTA. The five contracts will be extended (by an average of three years) at these revised rates. [LTA Press Release]

As published in an article on The Straits Times, Bishan-Toa Payoh Bus Package is one of the bus contracts that would be extended at a revised rate. However, the exact number of years extended for this bus package has not been announced publicly by LTA.

Bus Services:

Bishan – Toa Payoh Bus Package contains 22 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
230 Toa Payoh ↺ Toa Payoh East Feeder
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


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
73T Ang Mo Kio → Toa Payoh Terminating 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
139A Toa Payoh → Jalan Bahagia (Bet Blks 33/34) Short Trip
142A Toa Payoh → Upper Serangoon Rd (Sant Ritz) Short Trip


Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package – Negotiated Contract (PT208) Timeline
  • 2016 (11 Aug): Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package mentioned as one of 11 Negotiated Contract (NC) Packages, and operated by SBS Transit.
  • 2020 (08 Apr): Bus Services 128 & 1N temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.
  • 2020 (15 Apr): Bus Service CT8 temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.
  • 2020 (02 Jun): Removal of Bus Service 128 from the Bishan–Toa Payoh Bus Package. Bus Services CT8 & 1N remain suspended.
  • 2021 (Nov): Announcement of extension of bus contract at a revised rate by SBS Transit / LTA as part of the Transition of Downtown Line to Version 2 of the New Rail Financing Framework from January 2022; exact duration of extension has not been announced publicly by LTA.
  • 2022 (30 Jun): Bus Services CT8 & 1N withdrawn
  • 2022 (11 Dec): Bus Service 139M withdrawn
  • 2022 (12 Dec): New Short Trip Service 139A added
  • 2023 (24 Sep): New Feeder Bus Service 230 added

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