Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package

Congratulations to Tower Transit Singapore on being awarded the Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package!

Refer to Page 2 for details on the tendered contract for the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package, which was awarded to Tower Transit on 30 September 2020.


The Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package is one of fourteen bus packages under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM).

Incumbent SMRT Buses Ltd
Present Contract Term Negotiated Contract (Contract PT213):
01 Sep 2016 – 04 Sep 2021 (extended by 1 year from 2020)
Current Term Bus Services (PT213) 167, 167e, 169, 171, 656, 825, 853/853M, 854, 854e, 855, 856, 857, 858, 859/859A/859B, 882, 883/883M, 963, 963e, 963R, 965, 966, 969, 980, 981, NR1 & NR2 operated by SMRT Buses; and 663 operated by Tower Transit (26 bus routes)
Note: Express 167e withdrawn in December 2020
Upcoming Operator
Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
(Tower Transit)

Upcoming Contract Term
Tendered Package 1st Term (Contract PT217):
05 Sep 2021 – 2026
Upcoming Term Bus Services (PT217) 167, 167e, 169, 171, 656, 663, 825, 853/853M, 854, 854e, 855, 856, 857, 858, 859/859A/859B, 882, 883/883M, 963, 963e, 963R, 965, 966, 969, 980, 981, N1 & N2 (26 bus routes)
Note: Express 167e withdrawn in December 2020
Bus Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot / Mandai Bus Depot
Bus Interchanges Sembawang Bus InterchangeYishun Bus Interchange, Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal

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.

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

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

With Tower Transit awarded as the operator for the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package for the Tendered Package term, it will take over bus services in the bus package operated by SMRT Buses progressively from 5 September 2021.


PT213 – Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package (Negotiated Contract Term: 2016 to 2021):

As part of the Bus Contracting Model which was fully implemented in September 2016, LTA entered into a Negotiated Contract with SMRT Buses to operate bus services under the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package until the awarded operator for the open tender of the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package takes over operations in September 2021.

When initially announced in 2016, the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package was originally slated to transition into the Tendered Contract in September 2020. However, it is believed that LTA negotiated another year of operations with SMRT Buses till September 2021 until Tower Transit takes over over operations.

With Tower Transit being the awarded operator, all bus services under this bus package will have a change in operator from SMRT Buses to Tower Transit at the end of the Negotiated Contract, except City Direct 663 which is already operated by Tower Transit under a negotiated contract.

Contract PT213: Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package (Negotiated Contract)
Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Duration 01 Sep 2016 – 04 Sep 2021
(extended by 1 year)
Bus Services
167, 169, 171, 656, 825, 853/853M, 854, 854e, 855, 856, 857, 858, 859/859A/859B, 882, 883/883M, 963, 963e, 963R, 965, 966, 969, 980, 981, NR1 & NR2
Operated by Tower Transit under a negotiated contract – 663
(26 bus routes)
Handover Date Transitioned to Tendered Package 1st Term (PT217):
Progressively from 05 Sep 2021
Anchor Bus Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot
Anchor Bus Interchange / Terminal Sembawang Bus InterchangeYishun Bus Interchange, Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange (former), Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal
Bus Services:

All bus services, except City Direct 663, are operated by SMRT Buses under the Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package negotiated contract till 2021:

Service Route Type
167 Sembawang Bukit Merah Trunk
169 Woodlands Ang Mo Kio Trunk
171 Yishun ↺ Upper Bukit Timah Road Trunk
656 Canberra Road ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road City Direct
663 Yishun Avenue 6 ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road City Direct
825 Yio Chu Kang ↺ Lentor Loop Trunk
853 Yishun Lorong 1 Geylang Trunk
854 Yishun Bedok Trunk
854e YishunBedok Express
855 Yishun HarbourFront Trunk
856 Yishun Woodlands Trunk
857 Yishun ↺ Temasek Avenue Trunk
858 Woodlands ↺ Changi Airport Trunk
859 SembawangYishun Trunk
882 Sembawang ↺ Sembawang Road Trunk
883 Sembawang ↺ Yishun Central 2 Trunk
963 Woodlands HarbourFront Trunk
963e Woodlands HarbourFront Express
963R Woodlands Resorts World Sentosa Express
965 WoodlandsSengkang Trunk
966 Woodlands ↺ Marine Parade Road Trunk
969 Woodlands Tampines Trunk
980 Sembawang Lorong 1 Geylang Trunk
981 Sembawang ⇄ Senoko Loop / Senoko Road Trunk
NR1 Resorts World Sentosa → Yishun Ring Road Night
NR2 Marina Centre → Sembawang Drive Night

Note:

  • Bus Service 663 is operated by Tower Transit under Negotiated Contract until its handover to Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package (Tendered Contract), which is expected in September 2021.
Short Trip & Supplementary Bus Services

These services do not add to the overall service count.

Service Route Type
169A Woodlands → Yishun Avenue 2 (Opp Yishun Stn) Short Trip
169B Woodlands → Woodlands Avenue 8 (Bef Admiralty Rd West) Short Trip
853M Yishun Upper East Coast Supplementary
856A Woodlands → Woodlands Centre Road (W’lands Train Checkpt) Short Trip
857A Yishun → Yio Chu Kang Road (Opp Sunrise Gdns) Short Trip
857B Yishun → Temasek Avenue (Promenade Stn) Short Trip
858A Woodlands → Yishun Avenue 2 (Opp Yishun Stn) Short Trip
858B Jalan Kayu (Bef Seletar Camp G) → Jalan Kayu (Aft Seletar Camp G) Short Trip
859A Sembawang ↺ Admiralty Link Short Trip
859B Sembawang ↺ Sembawang Crescent Short Trip
859T Sembawang → Yishun Terminating Trip
882A Sembawang → Montreal Link (Blk 592A) Short Trip
883A Sembawang → Canberra Way (Blk 129A) Short Trip
883B Yishun Avenue 2 (Yishun Stn) → Sembawang Road (Opp Blk 590C) Short Trip
883M Sembawang ↺ Sembawang Road Supplementary
965A Woodlands → Yishun Avenue 2 (Opp Yishun Stn) Short Trip
965T Woodlands → Sengkang Terminating Trip
966A Woodlands Marine Parade Road (Opp Parkway Parade) Short Trip
969A Tampines → Yishun Avenue 2 (Yishun Stn) Short Trip

Transition to Tendered Package Contract

Following the end of the negotiated contract for Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package, Tower Transit will progressively take over bus services from SMRT Buses, except City Direct 663 which is already operated by Tower Transit, in several tranches to be announced by LTA from 5 September 2021.

Tranche Transition Date Bus Services No. of Routes
1 5 September 2021 TBC TBC

 


Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package – Negotiated Contract (PT213) Timeline
  • 2016 (11 Aug): Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package mentioned as one of 11 Negotiated Contract (NC) Packages operated by SMRT Buses.
  • 2017 (17 Apr): City Direct 656 added to the Bus Package.
  • 2017 (28 Sep): City Direct 663 added to the Bus Package, operated by Tower Transit
  • 2018 (13 Aug): Renumbering of Express Services 854E & 963E to 854e and 963e respectively.
  • 2018 (25 Nov): Express Service 167e added to the Bus Package.
  • 2019 (08 Sep): Bus Service 853# renumbered to 853M.
  • 2020 (12 Jan): Supplementary Bus Service 883M added to the bus package.
  • 2020 (08 Apr): Bus Services 167e, 663, NR1 & NR2 temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.
  • 2020 (15 Apr): Bus Services 854e, 963e & 963R temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.
  • 2020 (02 Jun): Resumption of Bus Services 167e, 663, 854e & 963e. Bus Services 963R, NR1 & NR2 remain suspended.
  • 2020 (30 Aug): Bus Service 171 shortened to loop at Upper Bukit Timah Road (Bukit Panjang MRT)
  • 2020 (23 Nov): Bus Service 883B extended to Sembawang Rd (Opp Blk 590C)
  • 2020 (14 Dec): Express 167e removed from the Bus Package following its withdrawal
  • 2021 (11 Apr): Short Trip Service 857B re-numbered from trips of Service 857 that terminate at Temasek Ave (Promenade Stn); Short Trip Service 966A re-numbered from trips of Service 966 that terminate at Marine Parade Rd (Opp Parkway Parade)

External Links & References:

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