Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package

Service 854 is one of 23 bus services under the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package
Service 854 is one of 25 bus services under the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package

Bus Contracting Model (BCM) Route Package #5:
“Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package” (25 bus routes)

First announced on 11 August 2016, the Sembawang–Yishun 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 all bus services in this package under a Negotiated Contract (NC) model until Year 2020.

This package comprises 25 existing bus services mainly originating from Sembawang Bus InterchangeYishun Bus Interchange and Woodlands Bus Interchange, with a handful originating at Yio Chu KangResorts World Sentosa and Marina Centre.

All bus operations would be based out of the new Mandai Bus Depot, located off Mandai Road and integrated with Mandai Train Depot.

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

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 167, 167e, 169, 171, 825, 853, 854, 854e, 855, 856, 857, 858, 859, 882, 883, 963, 963e, 963R, 965, 966, 969, 980, 981, NR1, NR2
Bus Depot Mandai Bus Depot
Anchor Interchanges / Terminals SembawangYishunWoodlands

Bus Services:

Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package contains 25 existing bus services, all of which are currently operated by SMRT Buses.

Service Destination 1 Destination 2 Type Description
167 Sembawang Bt Merah Trunk
167e Sembawang Shenton Way / Anson Road Express
169 Woodlands Ang Mo Kio Trunk
171 Yishun Marina Centre Trunk
825 Yio Chu Kang ↺ Lentor Loop Trunk
853/# Yishun Ang Mo Kio Trunk Weekdays & Sat
Upp East Coast Trunk Weekends & PHs
854 Yishun Bedok Trunk
854e Yishun → Bedok Express Weekday AM Peak Hour only
855 Yishun HarbourFront Trunk
856 Yishun Woodlands Trunk
857 Yishun ↺ Temasek Ave Trunk
858 Woodlands ↺ Changi Airport Trunk
859 Sembawang Yishun Trunk
859A Sembawang ↺ Admiralty Link Trunk Supplementary
859B Sembawang ↺ Admiralty Link Trunk Supplementary
882 Sembawang ↺ Sembawang Rd Trunk
883 Sembawang ↺  Yishun Ctrl 2 Trunk
963 Woodlands HarbourFront Trunk
963e Woodlands HarbourFront Express Weekday Peak Hours only
963R Woodlands Resorts World Sentosa Express Weekends & PHs
965 Woodlands ↺ Sengkang Int Trunk
966 Woodlands ↺ Marine Parade Rd Trunk
969 Woodlands Tampines Trunk
980 Sembawang Lorong 1 Geylang Trunk
981 Sembawang Senoko Loop / Senoko Rd Trunk Weekdays & Sat Peak Hours
NR1 Resorts World Sentosa Yishun Ring Road Night Night Service
NR2 Marina Ctr Sembawang Drive Night Night Service

Services 859A and 859B are considered as supplementary services of their parent service and do not add to the overall service count. Shortworking 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-five (25) 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 Sembawang, Yishun and Woodlands Bus Interchanges, and Mandai 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 (GCM) article.

Bus Interchanges & Terminals under the package:

Bus Depot under the package:

Route Package Timeline:

  • 2016 (11 Aug): Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package mentioned as one of 11 Negotiated Contract (NC) Packages operated by SMRT Buses.
  • 2018 (13 Aug): Renumbering of Express Services 854E & 963E to 854e and 963e respectively.
  • 2018 (25 Nov): Express Service 167e added to the Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package.

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