Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package

Service 180 is one of 33 bus services under the Choa Chu Kang–Bukit Panjang Bus Package
Service 180 is one of 34 bus services under the Choa Chu Kang–Bukit Panjang Bus Package

Bus Contracting Model (BCM) Route Package #8:
“Choa Chu Kang–Bukit Panjang Bus Package” (33 bus routes)

First announced on 11 August 2016, the Choa Chu Kang–Bukit Panjang 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, SMRT Buses operates 33 bus services in this package under a Negotiated Contract (NC) model until Year 2023, while Tower Transit operates 1 Bus Service.

This package comprises 33 existing bus services mainly originating from Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange and Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange, with a handful originating at Bt Batok West Ave 5, Choa Chu Kang Ave 5, South Bridge Rd, Bukit Batok and Marina Centre.

All bus operations would be based out of Kranji Bus Depot.

This bus package has been referred to as “Gali Batu Bus Package” by staff from SMRT Buses.

Bus Service 308 was removed from the Choa Chu Kang-Bukit Panjang Bus Package in Q4 2018 following the withdrawal of the bus service.


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
Scope
Services 61, 67, 75, 172, 176, 180, 184, 188, 188e, 188R, 190, 300, 301, 302, 307, 700, 868E, 920, 922, 927, 970, 971E, 972, 973, 974, 975, 979, 982E, 983, 985, BPS1, NR3, NR8
Bus Depot Kranji Bus Depot
Anchor Interchanges / Terminals Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Panjang

Bus Services:

Choa Chu Kang–Bukit Panjang Bus Package contains 33 existing bus services, 32 of which are currently operated by SMRT Buses and 1 by Tower Transit.

Service Destination 1 Destination 2 Type Description
61 Bukit Batok Eunos Trunk
67 Choa Chu Kang Tampines Trunk
75 Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk Marina Centre Trunk
172 Choa Chu Kang Boon Lay Trunk
176 Bt Panjang Bt Merah Trunk
180 Boon Lay ↺ Bt Panjang Trunk
184 Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk ↺ Commonwealth Ave West Trunk
188 Choa Chu Kang HarbourFront Trunk
188e Choa Chu Kang → HarbourFront Express Peak Hour limited-stop route
188R Choa Chu Kang Resorts World Sentosa Express Weekends & PHs
190 Choa Chu Kang Kampong Bahru Trunk
300 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Choa Chu Kang Ave 3 Feeder
301 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Keat Hong Cl Feeder
302 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Choa Chu Kang Cres Feeder
307 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Choa Chu Kang St 62 & Teck Whye Lane Feeder
700 Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk Shenton Way Trunk Staggered operating hours
700A ↺ Temasek Ave Staggered operating hours
868E Bt Batok West Ave 5 Temasek Ave Express Peak Hour express route
920 Bt Panjang ↺ Bangkit Rd Feeder
922 Bt Panjang ↺ Bangkit Rd Feeder
927 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Mandai Lake Rd Trunk
970 Bt Panjang Shenton Way Trunk
971E Bt Panjang Ring Rd Cecil Street / Anson Rd Express Peak Hour express route
972 Bt Panjang ↺ Orchard Rd Trunk
973 Bt Panjang ↺ Hume Ave Trunk
974 Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk Joo Koon Trunk Operated by Tower Transit under Negotiated Contract
975 Bt Panjang ↺ Lim Chu Kang Rd Trunk
979 Bt Panjang ↺ Choa Chu Kang Cres Trunk
982E Choa Chu Kang Ave 5 Marina Blvd / Central Blvd Express Peak Hour express route
983 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Jelebu Road Trunk
985 Choa Chu Kang Lor 1 Geylang Trunk
BPS1 Choa Chu Kang Segar Road Trunk Peak Hour route
NR3 South Bridge Rd → Choa Chu Kang Night Night Service
NR8 Marina Centre → Bukit Batok West Ave 5 Night Night Service

Services 700 and 700A are considered as one service. Temporary Service 979M is not included in the above list. Shortworking trip services are also 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 thirty-three (33) 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 Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang Bus Interchanges, and Gali batu 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 34 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 (GCM) article.


Bus Interchanges & Terminals under the package:

Bus Depot under the package:


Route Package Timeline:

  • 2016 (11 Aug): Choa Chu Kang–Bukit Panjang Bus Package mentioned as one of 11 Negotiated Contract (NC) Packages, and operated by SMRT Buses.
  • 2018 (08 Apr): Bus Service 974 added to the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package, operated by Tower Transit under Negotiated Contract.
  • 2018 (13 Aug): Renumbering of Express Services 188E & 868 to 188e and 868E respectively.
  • 2018 (Q4): Bus Service 308 removed from the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package following the withdrawal of the bus service.

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