SBS Transit Bus Service 170A

SBS Transit Bus Service 170A is a Short Trip Service variant of Bus Service 170.

The route operates from Queen Street Terminal to Woodlands Train Checkpoint at Woodlands Centre Road, duplicating the local sectors of Bus Service 170 without crossing the border. Previously an ad-hoc service, it was formally introduced on Sunday, 27 December 2015, and operated daily.

Service 170A ceased operations on 19 May 2021, with the last day of service on 18 May 2021. The service was removed from the Land Transport Authority’s databases in end-May 2021, initially confirming its withdrawal. However, Service 170A was later re-added back to LTA’s databases on 19 June 2021, which indicates that this service may return after its period of indefinite suspension amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

170A
Queen St Ter
→ W'Lands Train Checkpt
01109 Queen St Ter Queen St
07551 Fu Lu Shou Cplx Rochor Rd
07531 Rochor Stn DT13 Rochor Canal Rd
40011 Little India Stn Exit A NE7DT12 Bt Timah Rd
40271 Opp KK Women & Child Hosp Bt Timah Rd
40021 Bef Winstedt Rd Bt Timah Rd
40031 Newton FC Bt Timah Rd
40041 Newton Stn Exit C NS21-DT11 Bt Timah Rd
40051 Balmoral Plaza Bt Timah Rd
40111 Ferrell Residences Bt Timah Rd
40071 Leng Kwang Baptist Ch Bt Timah Rd
40081 Stevens Stn DT10 Bt Timah Rd
40091 Bef Lewis Rd Bt Timah Rd
41011 NUS Bt Timah Campus Bt Timah Rd
41021 Botanic Gdns Stn CC19DT9 Bt Timah Rd
41031 Bef Crown Ctr Bt Timah Rd
41041 Coronation Plaza Bt Timah Rd
41051 Tan Kah Kee Stn DT8 Bt Timah Rd
41061 Chinese High Sch Bt Timah Rd
41071 Opp Natl JC Bt Timah Rd
41081 Sixth Ave Stn DT7 Bt Timah Rd
42011 Sixth Ave Ctr Bt Timah Rd
42021 Aft Maple Ave Bt Timah Rd
42031 The Tessarina Bt Timah Rd
42041 The Nexus Bt Timah Rd
42051 King Albert Pk Stn DT6 Bt Timah Rd
42061 King Albert Pk Bt Timah Rd
42071 Pei Hwa Presby Pr Sch Upp Bt Timah Rd
42091 Beauty World Stn Exit B DT5 Upp Bt Timah Rd
42111 Woh Hup Bldg Upp Bt Timah Rd
43011 Bt Regency Upp Bt Timah Rd
43021 Aft Old Jurong Rd Upp Bt Timah Rd
43041 Hume Pk Condo Upp Bt Timah Rd
43051 Opp The Rail Mall Upp Bt Timah Rd
43061 Hillview Stn DT3 Upp Bt Timah Rd
43071 Opp Dairy Farm Rd Upp Bt Timah Rd
43081 Opp Assumption Eng Sch Upp Bt Timah Rd
43091 Bef Cashew Stn DT2 Upp Bt Timah Rd
43111 Min Of Defence Upp Bt Timah Rd
44011 Opp The Linear Upp Bt Timah Rd
44021 Bt Panjang Stn Exit B DT1-BP6 Upp Bt Timah Rd
44041 Junction 10 Woodlands Rd
44051 Opp Blk 632 CP Woodlands Rd
43991 Opp Blk 635A Woodlands Rd
44061 Bef Yew Tee Flyover Woodlands Rd
45011 Aft Yew Tee Flyover Woodlands Rd
45021 Heavy Veh Pk Woodlands Rd
45031 Yew Tee Ind Est Woodlands Rd
45041 Thong Huat Bros Pte Ltd Woodlands Rd
45051 Da Di Glass Woodlands Rd
45061 Opp Mandai Est Woodlands Rd
45071 Bef Mandai Rd Woodlands Rd
45091 Opp Jln Bumbong Woodlands Rd
45101 Aft LP 234 Woodlands Rd
45111 Opp Kranji War Memorial Woodlands Rd
45121 Opp S'pore Turf Club Woodlands Rd
45131 Opp Kranji Stn NS7 Woodlands Rd
46021 Bef W'Lands Ind Pk D St 2 Woodlands Rd
46031 Kranji Lodge 1 Woodlands Rd
46041 Opp Globalfoundries Woodlands Rd
46051 Bef BKE Woodlands Rd
46069 W'Lands Train Checkpt Woodlands Ctr Rd
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Queen Street Bus Terminal Woodlands Centre Road (Woodlands Train Checkpt)
Passes Through Bt Timah Rd, Upp Bt Timah Rd, Woodlands Rd
Route Length 23.5 km
Travelling Time 60 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Bukit Merah Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus
Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Queen Street
Daily
06:00 – 00:00
Operating Frequency
From Queen Street
6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Mondays Thursdays 19 21 mins 16 29 mins 21 mins 14 21 mins
Fridays 19 21 mins 19 30 mins 27 30 mins 14 28 mins
Saturdays 20 mins 18 29 mins 30 mins 13 30 mins
Sundays / Public Holidays 17 20 mins 16 29 mins 31 mins 15 31 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares

Service 170A was a Short Trip Service variant of Bus Service 170, operating supplementary trips from Queen Street Bus Terminal to Woodlands Train Checkpoint without crossing the border into Johor Bahru. The route poster describes it as “to serve commuters’ travel needs better” — likely by improving headways and maintaining the reliability of Service 170’s local sectors without being affected by cross-border traffic conditions.

Despite the Downtown Line and the presence of duplicating bus routes along the Bukit Timah Road and Upper Bukit Timah Road corridors, the Land Transport Authority continued to keep Bus 170 reliable for commuters who need it. Formerly operating at irregular frequencies owing to congestion across the Causeway, dedicated buses on Service 170A would reliably ply the local sectors of Service 170 in both directions. Service 170A would terminate at Woodlands Centre Road (Woodlands Train Checkpoint) and then perform Service 170 back towards Queen Street Terminal.

‘Withdrawn’ in the early 2000s, there was no mention of Service 170A until its reappearance in 2014 as an ad-hoc service. Details were not published by SBS Transit although they operated on weekend evenings to ease the high demand between Little India and workers’ dormitories along Woodlands Road, using cross-border buses drawn from Service 170’s fleet.

The formal introduction of Service 170A was Sunday, 27 December 2015, when it was introduced as a full-day service, operating daily and alternating with Service 170 departures. The launch coincided with the opening of the Downtown Line (Stage 2) between Bukit Panjang and Bugis. Following the introduction of Service 170A, departures of Service 170 were reduced.

Bus Services 170, 170A & 170X towards Larkin, Woodlands Train Checkpoint & JB Sentral respectively regularly experiences a temporary route diversion along Woodlands Road, skipping Bus Stops 46021 – Bef W’Lands Ind Pk D St 2, 46031 – Kranji Lodge 1, 46041 – Opp Globalfoundries, and 46051 – Bef BKE due to traffic congestion. Refer to SBS Transit’s Twitter account for updates.

Mode of Operation

A full trip of Service 170A from Queen Street Terminal to Woodlands Centre Road (Woodlands Train Checkpoint) takes about one hour, and all passengers must alight at the terminating stop. The bus will then proceed to the next stop, Woodlands Centre Road (Blk 25), and begin its return journey towards Queen Street Terminal, operating as Service 170. For Bus Captains, 170A would be more of a loop service with little time to rest at the looping point.

Service 170A buses and their drivers operate independently of Service 170 despite the many similarities. Their buses do not cross the border, and as such, are able to use non-cross-border buses such as Mercedes-Benz Citaros. As such, local bus drivers can be deployed to Service 170A (SBS Transit is known to roster Malaysian drivers on cross-border services). Departures from Queen Street Terminal are staggered with its parent Service 170 to space buses apart.

2021 withdrawal / suspension amid COVID-19 pandemic

On 19 May 2021, Bus Service 170A abruptly ceased to operate, with no official notice issued by operator SBS Transit. The route suspension was initially believed to be temporary, due to Singapore’s transition to stricter safe distancing measures as part of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) (16 May to 13 June 2021). However, all route information pertaining to Service 170A was removed from the SBS Transit website, Land Transport Authority website & the Land Transport Authority MyTransport.sg app on 30 May 2021. This confirmed the withdrawal of the service.

At the time, due to the Malaysia Movement Control Order, Service 170 had been plying the same route as Service 170A since 18 March 2020, looping at Woodlands Centre Road.

The last day of operation for Service 170A was 18 May 2021.

On 19 June 2021, Service 170A route information was restored on the SBS Transit website, Land Transport Authority website & the Land Transport Authority MyTransport.sg app. As such, Service 170A continues to be suspended until further notice.

MRT/LRT Stations Served:
Parent Service
  • Service 170: Queen Street Terminal ↔ Larkin Bus Terminal
    Daily, cross border service
Route Variant
  • Service 170X: Kranji MRT ↺ JB Sentral Ter (Loop)
    Daily, cross border service

Gallery:
Poster Gallery:

Operator History:
  • 27 Dec 2015 – 18 May 2021: SBS Transit Ltd
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One thought on “SBS Transit Bus Service 170A

  • 15 November 2019 at 2:57 AM
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    Regarding SBS 170A, What time is the last bus from Woodlands Train check-point to Queenstreet?

    Thanks.

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