SBS Transit Bus Service 170A

SBS Transit Bus Service 170A is a parallel bus service operating alongside its parent cross-border Service 170 (Red Plate). Plying unidirectionally from Queen Street Terminal to Woodlands Train Checkpoint at Woodlands Centre Road via Rochor, Bukit Timah, Upper Bukit Timah and Woodlands Road, the route duplicates the local sectors of Service 170 without crossing the border.

Previously an ad-hoc service, it was formally introduced from Sunday, 27 December 2015 to operate daily.

Route:

170A
Queen St Ter → W'Lands Train Checkpt
01109
Queen St Ter
Queen St
07551
Fu Lu Shou Cplx
Rochor Rd
07531
Rochor Stn
Rochor Canal Rd
40011
LITTLE INDIA STN EXIT A
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
Bt Timah Rd
40051
Balmoral Plaza
Bt Timah Rd
40111
City Twrs
Bt Timah Rd
40071
Leng Kwang Baptist Ch
Bt Timah Rd
40081
Stevens Stn
Bt Timah Rd
40091
Bef Lewis Rd
Bt Timah Rd
41011
NUS Bt Timah Campus
Bt Timah Rd
41021
Botanic Gdns Stn
Bt Timah Rd
41031
Bef Crown Ctr
Bt Timah Rd
41041
Coronation Plaza
Bt Timah Rd
41051
Tan Kah Kee Stn
Bt Timah Rd
41061
Chinese High Sch
Bt Timah Rd
41071
Opp Natl JC
Bt Timah Rd
41081
Sixth Ave Stn
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
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
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
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
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
Upp Bt Timah Rd
44041
Ten Mile Junction Stn
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
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

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Queen Street Bus Terminal Woodlands Centre Road (Woodlands Train Checkpt)
Passes Through Rochor, Bukit Timah, Upp Bukit Timah, Woodlands Rd
Route Length 23.8 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 O530 Citaro
Scania K230UB
Departure Times from Queen Street
0600hrs – 0000hrs (Daily)
Frequency Unidirectional Service
0630 – 0830: 19 – 20 mins
0831 – 1659: 16 – 26 mins
1700 – 1900: 21 – 26 mins
After 1900: 15 – 21 mins

Route History

Service 170A is parallel bus service supplementing trips of its parent cross-border Service 170 (Red Plate). Plying unidirectionally from Queen Street Bus Terminal to Woodlands Train Checkpoint, the route duplicates the local sectors of Service 170 without crossing the border. Calling it a shortworking trip would be a misnomer – its route is far from short, standing at 23.8km long.

The route is designed to improve the reliability of its parent service 170 without sacrificing existing scheduled trips. Despite the Downtown Line and the other bus routes it duplicates along the Bukit Timah and Upper Bukit Timah corridor, SBS Transit has strived to continue keeping Bus 170 reliable for commuters who need it. Formerly operating at dismal frequencies owing to congestion across the Causeway and dodgy timekeeping, dedicated buses now reliably ply the local sectors of Service 170 in both directions. Hence was the need for Service 170A, differentiating the local buses from the cross-border buses by terminating at Woodlands Centre Road (Woodlands Train Checkpoint) before returning to 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. Only on Sunday, 27 December 2015 was Service 170A formally introduced as a full-day service, operating daily.

Following the introduction of Service 170A, departures of Service 170 (Red Plate) were reduced.

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 (Opp Blk 1A), and begin its return journey towards Queen Street Terminal, operating as Service 170. For drivers, 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 O530 Citaros. As such, local bus drivers can be deployed to Service 170A (Currently, SBS Transit rosters only Malaysian drivers to cross-border services). Departures from Queen Street Terminal are staggered with its parent Service 170 (Red Plate) to space buses apart.

MRT/LRT Stations served:


Route Variants

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Fleet: Mercedes-Benz Citaro and Scania K230UB buses are commonly deployed on Service 170A and subsequently perform special departures back down to Queen Street Ter from Woodlands Centre Rd. These buses do not need to be JB-registered as they do not cross the border into Malaysia.


Gallery:


Operator History:

  • 2015 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2018 under the Bukit Merah Bus Package.

History:

  • 2015 (27 Dec): Official introduction of Shortworking Trip 170A with enhanced operating hours and terminating at Woodlands Train Checkpoint
  • 2016 (11 Dec): Serves new Bus Stop 43991, Opp Blk 635A, along Woodlands Road
  • 2017 (28 May): Calls at relocated bus stop 47071 Bef Mandai Rd and no longer calls at bus stop 45081 Opp Mandai Rd along Woodlands Rd.
  • 2017 (21 Aug): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:


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