Tower Transit Bus Service 189 is a trunk route running from Bukit Batok Bus Interchange and looping at Clementi Avenue 1, passing through Bukit Batok Avenue 1, Street 23, AYE, Clementi Avenue 6 and Clementi MRT.
|Route||Bukit Batok Bus Interchange ↺ Clementi Avenue 1 (Loop)|
|Passes Through||Bukit Batok Ave 1, Bukit Batok St 23, AYE, Clementi Ave 6, Clementi MRT|
|Route Length||16.4 km|
|Travelling Time||51 – 81 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Bulim Bus Package|
|Current Operator||Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
(Tower Transit Singapore)
|Current Depot||Bulim Bus Depot|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Double Deck Buses:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck Buses:
– Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
– MAN NL323F
|Departure Times from Bukit Batok||0545hrs – 2315hrs (Daily, Full loop)
2330hrs – 0100hrs (Service 189A | Terminates at Bukit Batok St 23 (Opp Midview Bldg))
|0630-0830: 05 – 08 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 11 mins
1700-1900: 06 – 12 mins
After 1900: 10 – 12 mins
|Notes||Service 189A operates from Bukit Batok Interchange to Bukit Batok Street 23 (Opp Midview Bldg).
Buses leaving Bukit Batok Interchange after 2315 hours will operate as 189A.
Service 189 is a inter-town route serving between Bukit Batok and looping at Clementi Ave 1, via Bukit Batok Neighbourhood 2, Bukit Batok Street 23, Clementi Avenue 6, Clementi MRT and Clementi Road.
The route is well patronized between the industrial areas around Bukit Batok Street 23 and Bukit Batok MRT, with Short Trip Service 189A performing supplementary trips during Weekdays AM Peak, and scheduled mid-route departures (“downroutes”) in the reverse direction during Weekdays PM Peak. The sector between Clementi MRT and Clementi Ave 1 receives moderate demand due to the area’s presently limited residential developments, but encounters high demand from students heading to the educational institutions along Clementi Avenue 1.
Formerly a Singapore Bus Service (SBS) route since the 1970s, the route was transferred to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS) in 2000 and has been operated by SMRT until its it was re-allocated to the Bus Contracting Model (Bulim Bus Package) in May 2016. High capacity articulated buses are deployed during weekday peak hours back then, and double-deck buses were deployed since 26 October 2015.
In 2014, SMRT Service 189 was involved in a small scale bus loading trial where buses were equipped with electronic displays beside the front door, which indicates when the next bus will arrive and the passenger loading onboard that bus. The trial was never expanded, and LTA subsequently released bus loading information for mobile apps in addition to expected time of arrival.
Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.
MRT Stations Served
- C’Wealth Ave West (Clementi Stn) → Bukit Batok Int via Clementi Ave 1
- Bukit Batok St 23 (Midview Bldg) → Bukit Batok Int
Weekdays PM Peak
Short Trip Service
- Service 189A: Bukit Batok Int → Bukit Batok St 23 (Opp Midview Bldg)
Weekdays: 0708hrs – 0858hrs | 3 – 8 mins frequency
Daily: 2330hrs – 0100hrs | 15 – 20 mins frequency
From 2330 daily, buses will be renumbered as 189A and terminate at Bukit Batok Street 23, Opp Midview Building. During Eves of Public Holidays, last bus timings of Service 189 (operating as Service 189A) will be extended to complement the extension of train operating hours.