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 Route Type
61 Bukit Batok Eunos Trunk
67 Choa Chu Kang Tampines Trunk
75 Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park Marina Centre Trunk
172 Choa Chu Kang Boon Lay Trunk
176 Bukit Panjang Bukit Merah Trunk
180 Boon Lay ↺ Bukit Panjang Road Trunk
184 Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park ↺ Commonwealth Avenue West Trunk
188 Choa Chu Kang HarbourFront Trunk
188e Choa Chu Kang → HarbourFront Express
188R Choa Chu Kang Resorts World Sentosa Express
190 Choa Chu Kang Kampong Bahru Trunk
300 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 Feeder
301 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Keat Hong Close Feeder
302 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Choa Chu Kang Crescent Feeder
307 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Choa Chu Kang Street 62 / Teck Whye Lane Feeder
700 Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park Shenton Way Trunk
868E Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 → Temasek Avenue Express
920 Bukit Panjang ↺ Bangkit Road Feeder
922 Bukit Panjang ↺ Bangkit Road Feeder
927 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Mandai Lake Road Trunk
970 Bukit Panjang Shenton Way Trunk
971E Bukit Panjang Ring Road Cecil Street / Anson Road Express
972 Bukit Panjang ↺ Orchard Road Trunk
973 Bukit Panjang ↺ Hume Avenue Trunk
974 Upper Bukit Timah Road Joo Koon Trunk
975 Bukit Panjang ↺ Lim Chu Kang Road Trunk
979 Bukit Panjang ↺ Choa Chu Kang Crescent Trunk
982E Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5 Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard Express
983 Choa Chu Kang ↺ Jelebu Road Trunk
985 Choa Chu Kang Lorong 1 Geylang Trunk
BPS1 Segar Road Choa Chu Kang / Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 Trunk
NR3 South Bridge Road → Choa Chu Kang Night
NR8 Marina Centre → Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 Night

Note:
Bus Service 974 is operated by Tower Transit under a Negotiated Contract until the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package contract renewal.

Short Trip & Supplementary Bus Services

These services do not add to the overall service count.

Service Route Type
67W Tampines → Bukit Timah Road (Little India Stn Exit A) Short Trip
75A Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park → Clementi Road (Opp SIM HQ) Short Trip
180A Boon Lay → Bukit Panjang Road (Blk 183) Short Trip
190A Choa Chu Kang → Orchard Road (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) Short Trip
302A Choa Chu Kang Drive (Yew Tee Stn) → Choa Chu Kang Drive (Opp Yew Tee Stn) Short Trip
307A Choa Chu Kang → Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Opp Choa Chu Kang Stn) Short Trip
307T Choa Chu Kang ↺ Choa Chu Kang Street 62 / Teck Whye Lane Terminating Trip
700A Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park ↺ Temasek Avenue Supplementary
972A Bukit Panjang → Orchard Road (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) Short Trip
973A Bukit Panjang → Pending Road (Bef Pending Stn) Short Trip
974A Upper Bukit Timah Road → Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 (Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall) Short Trip
975B Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 (Opp Choa Chu Kang Stn) → Lim Chu Kang Road (Opp Lim Chu Kang Lane 3) Short Trip
983A Choa Chu Kang → Choa Chu Kang Road (Blk 26) Short Trip

Note:
Bus Service 974A is operated by Tower Transit under a Negotiated Contract until the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package contract renewal.


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 (30 Sep): Bus Service 308 removed from the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package following the withdrawal of the bus service.

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