Seletar Bus Package

Seletar Bus Depot: View from Lentor Avenue
Seletar Bus Depot: View from Lentor Avenue

Bus Contracting Model (BCM) Route Package #3:
“Seletar Bus Package” (27 bus routes)

First announced on 06 June 2016, the Seletar Bus Package is the third set of public bus services to be put up for tender under the Bus Contracting Model, following the Bulim Bus Package and Loyang Bus Package.

This package comprises 24 existing bus services originating from Yishun Bus Interchange, Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange, and Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange, with 2 new bus services to be introduced later, as at package announcement (The 2 new services are 71 & 807). It 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).

In addition, new bus service 851e was introduced in May 2018, bringing the total number of bus services to 27.

As announced in April 2017, SBS Transit Ltd is the successful tenderer of the Seletar Bus Package, who will receive an estimated total fee of $480.3 million over five years. The 25 bus routes will be based out of the newly-built Seletar Bus Depot, located off Yio Chu Kang Road, which is scheduled to be completed in Q3 2017 and able to accommodate 525 buses.

The package will consist of 390 buses when implemented in the first half of 2018, and will grow to about 500 buses in 2023 in tandem with new developments and projected growth in ridership.

Seletar Bus Package Routes
Bus Interchange Bus Routes Operator Prior to Tendered Contract
Ang Mo Kio 24130133135138261262265*, 268*, 269 SBS Transit
Yio Chu Kang 70/70M, 71, 76, 162/162M SBS Transit
Yishun 800803804805806, 807811812850E*, 851852860 SMRT Buses
851e New Bus Service

* = Bus routes that do not originate from the Bus Interchange

Contract Details:

Name PT202: Bus Contracting – Seletar Bus Package
Awarded SBS Transit Ltd
Duration Five years, with two-year extension granted based on good performance
Key Dates
Published – 06 Jun 2016
Closed – 27 Oct 2016
Awarded – 19 April 2017
Commenced Operations 11 Mar 2018 (Tranche 1) – 14 bus routes
18 Mar 2018 (Tranche 2) – 6 bus routes
25 Mar 2018 (Tranche 3) – 6 bus routes
27 May 2018 – Service 851e
Services 24, 70/M, 71, 76, 130, 133, 135, 138, 162/M, 261, 262, 265, 268, 269, 800, 803, 804, 805, 806, 807, 811, 812, 850E, 851, 851e, 852 & 860
Bus Depot Seletar Bus Depot
Bus Interchanges Yio Chu Kang, Ang Mo Kio

Bidding Procedure

As of the tender closing time, 9 bids were submitted from hopeful operators. All operators were shortlisted on 02 Mar 2017.

S/No Country Tenderer Price for 5 Years
Amount (S$)
1. Australia Busways Group Pty Ltd 581,832,861.00
2. China / Local Jiaoyun Group / Travel GSH Pte Ltd Consortium 547,589,363.52
3. United Kingdom National Express Group Plc 536,828,068.00
4. Local SBS Transit Ltd 480,332,472.00
5. Local SMRT Buses Ltd 514,522,355.00
6. Local The Go-Ahead Group Plc 576,341,755.00
7. Local / South Korea Tian San Shipping (Private) Limited / Kumho Buslines Co., Ltd Consortium 538,837,888.23
8. Local Tower Transit Singapore Pte. Ltd. 575,797,622.00
571,139,871.00 (Alternative)
9. Local Woodlands Transport Holdings Pte. Ltd 583,442,331.19

Contract Awarded:

On Wednesday, 19 April 2017, LTA announced SBS Transit Ltd as the winner of the Seletar Bus Package. Evaluation was conducted through a two-envelope process which included quality and price factors, with greater weightage given to the quality proposals submitted by tenderers. The LTA press release sums it well:

SBS Transit (SBST) was awarded the contract as it had the highest combined total score for both quality and price evaluation. In its tender submission, SBST demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of ground conditions and strong competence in bus service scheduling to enable the optimal deployment of buses and resources to meet travel demand. Furthermore, SBST has emphasised in its proposal a stringent maintenance regime for bus assets and infrastructure and committed to a significant number of experienced technicians to ensure high maintenance and reliability standards. In terms of manpower development, SBST has presented a robust career development program to up-skill its staff, and a comprehensive transition plan to minimise impact to commuters and affected bus workers.

To ensure a smooth transition with minimal inconvenience to commuters, the implementation of the remaining 13 bus services currently not operated by SBS Transit will be carried out upon implementation in the first quarter of 2018.  These services will be supported by the new Seletar Bus Depot located off Lentor Ave / Yio Chu Kang Rd, which will be officially handed over to SBS Transit in August 2017 to allow them sufficient time to recruit and train bus captains and technicians. SBS Transit has been performing overnight parking of buses at Sungei Seletar Bus Depot‘s Bus Park since December 2016.

Additional Initiatives:

SBS Transit introduced a telematics system, known as SAGE, on all 730 buses under the Seletar and Bukit Merah Bus Packages to monitor the smoothness and comfort of bus rides provided by Bus Captains (BCs). The system records and monitors the BC’s driving behaviour such as speeding and harsh acceleration with feedback given in real-time through audio and visual alerts. This system is aimed at improving the safety of buses. Besides SAGE, these buses are also equipped with the Mobileye collision alert system.

Bus Services:

Seletar Bus Package consists of 26 existing bus services, with 1 new bus service added during the contract period.

Service Route Type
Ang Mo KioChangi Airport PTB2 Trunk
Yio Chu Kang Shenton Way Trunk
71 Yio Chu Kang ↺ Bishan Street 11 Trunk
76 Yio Chu Kang Eunos Trunk
130 Ang Mo Kio Shenton Way Trunk
133 Ang Mo Kio Shenton Way Trunk
135 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Siglap Road Trunk
138 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Mandai Lake Road Trunk
162 Yio Chu Kang Shenton Way Trunk
261 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 Feeder
262 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Ang Mo Kio Avenue 2 Feeder
265 Ang Mo Kio Depot ↺ Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 Feeder
268 Ang Mo Kio Depot ↺ Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 Feeder
269 Ang Mo Kio ↺ Ang Mo Kio Street 61 Feeder
800 Yishun ↺ Sembawang Road Feeder
803 Yishun ↺ Yishun Avenue 6 Feeder
804 Yishun ↺ Yishun Avenue 11 Feeder
805 Yishun ↺ Yishun Avenue 1 Feeder
806 Yishun ↺ Yishun Avenue 6 Feeder
807 Yishun ↺ Yishun Street 71 Feeder
811 Yishun ↺ Yishun Avenue 5 & Yishun Avenue 1 Feeder
812 Yishun ↺ Yishun Avenue 4 & Yishun Avenue 3 Feeder
850E Yishun Street 41 → Shenton Way
Anson Road → Yishun Ring Road
851 Yishun Bukit Merah Trunk
851e Yishun New Bridge Road / Eu Tong Sen Street Express
852 Yishun Bukit Batok Trunk
860 YishunYio Chu Kang Trunk
Short Trip & Supplementary Bus Services

These services do not add to the overall service count.

Service Route Type
70A Yio Chu Kang → Temasek Avenue (Opp The Ritz-Carlton) Short Trip
70B Yio Chu Kang Road (Opp Serenity Pk) → Serangoon Central (S’goon Stn Exit C/Blk 201) Short Trip
70M Yio Chu Kang ↺ Temasek Avenue Supplementary
130A Ang Mo Kio → Sin Ming Road (Blk 25) Short Trip
135A Ang Mo Kio → Marine Parade Road (Victoria Sch) Short Trip
138A Ang Mo Kio → Mandai Lake Road (S’pore Zoo) Short Trip
138B Ang Mo Kio → Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 (Opp Blk 604) Short Trip
162M Yio Chu Kang ↺ Temasek Avenue Supplementary
268A Ang Mo Kio Depot → Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 (Techplace 2) Short Trip
268B Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 (Opp AMK Police Div HQ) → Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 (Aft Ang Mo Kio Stn Exit A) Short Trip
268C Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 (Opp Ang Mo Kio Stn) → Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 (AMK Police Div HQ) Short Trip
269A Ang Mo Kio → Ang Mo Kio Street 61 (Opp Yio Chu Kang CC) Short Trip
807A Yishun → Yishun Ring Road (Khatib Stn Exit D) Short Trip
811A Yishun → Yishun Avenue 5 (Opp Yishun Stn Exit B) Short Trip
811T Yishun → Yishun Central (Opp Blk 201) /
Yishun Central (Opp Blk 201) → Yishun Int
Terminating Trip
812T Yishun → Yishun Central (Opp Blk 201) /
Yishun Central (Opp Blk 201) → Yishun Int
Terminating Trip

Bus Models:

Under the Seletar Bus Package, SBS Transit operates the following bus models:

Transition Dates:

To ensure a smooth transition with minimal inconvenience to commuters, the Seletar package under the Bus Contracting model was implemented in three tranches in March 2018. Spaced a week apart for Tranche 2 and 3, the two tranches would hand SBS Transit progressive control over the Yishun Bus Services which are part of the Seletar Bus Package.

The implementation dates of the combined three tranches are as follows:

Tranche Implementation Date Bus Services No of Routes
1 11 March 2018 24, 70/M, 71, 76, 130, 133, 135, 138, 162/M, 261, 262, 265, 268 & 269 14
2 18 March 2018 800, 804, 805, 807, 811 & 860 6
3 25 March 2018 803, 806, 812, 850E, 851 & 852 6
27 May 2018 851e 1
Total: 27


Main Article: Transitioning to Seletar Bus Package

Scope of Tender:

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

  1. Operate the twenty-seven (27) bus services in the Yishun, Yio Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio 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 Yio Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchanges, and the new Seletar 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 27 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:

Tender Deadline Extension

On 26 September 2016, with less than 2 weeks to the tender closing date, the Land Transport Authority announced that the tender submission deadline was extended by 3 weeks to 27 Oct 2016. This is likely due to the recent events that happened to the awardee of the Loyang Bus Package, Go-Ahead Singapore.

In September 2016 alone, less than a month after taking over bus routes from SBS Transit under the Loyang Bus Package, the operator has borrowed Bus Captains from SBS Transit & SMRT as well as subcontracting their Employee Bus Routes out to Tower Transit as a result of a spade of Go-Ahead Bus Captains resigning due to Go-Ahead’s cost-saving extensive interlining model. The extended deadline is expected to give more time to bidders to tweak their proposals on bus interlining.

In a statement to ChannelNewsAsia on 27 October 2016, the Land Transport Authority clarified that the extension of tender submission deadline was due to a change in tender specifications, where the winning tenderer of the Seletar Bus Packages will take over the 26 Bus Routes in five (5) tranches, instead of the earlier specified two tranches. While this was not mentioned in any print and online media on ChannelNewsAsia, the statement was mentioned on ChannelNewsAsia’s Singapore Tonight on 27 October 2016, at about 5:00min. (Link to video on

Route Package Timeline:

  • 2016 (06 Jun): Seletar Route Package announced & opens. Tender closes on 06 Oct 2016, 1200hrs
  • 2016 (26 Sep): Tender deadline extended to 27 Oct 2016, 1200hrs.
  • 2016 (27 Oct): Tender closed with 9 bids received
  • 2017 (02 Mar): All 9 bids shortlisted
  • 2017 (19 Apr): SBS Transit Ltd announced as winning tenderer
  • 2018 (11 Mar): First tranche of operations rollout
  • 2018 (18 Mar): Second tranche of operations rollout
  • 2018 (25 Mar): Third tranche of operations rollout
  • 2018 (27 May): Launch of New Bus Service 851e
  • 2020 (08 Apr): Bus Services 850E & 851e temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.
  • 2020 (02 Jun): Resumption of Bus Services 850E & 851e.

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