SMRT Bus Service 190 operates between Choa Chu Kang and Kampong Bahru Terminal, passing through Teck Whye, Bukit Panjang, Stevens, Orchard Road, Clarke Quay and Chinatown. It utilizes the expressway between Bukit Panjang and Whitley Road, making it a popular route between Choa Chu Kang and the City.
||Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange ↔ Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal|
|Passes Through||Teck Whye Ave, Bukit Panjang, Stevens, Orchard Road, Clarke Quay, Chinatown|
|Route Length||22.9 km (D1) | 22.8 km (D2)|
|Travelling Time||80 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses Ltd|
|Current Depot||Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– Volvo B9TL
– MAN A95
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
|Departure Times from Choa Chu Kang
||0550 – 2330 (Daily)|
|Departure Times from Kampong Bahru
||0555 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0625 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
|Frequency||Direction 1||Direction 2|
|0630-0830: 02 – 05 mins
0831-1659: 04 – 07 mins
1700-1900: 06 – 07 mins
After 1900: 07 – 11 mins
|0630-0830: 08 – 11 mins
0831-1659: 04 – 07 mins
1700-1900: 04 – 06 mins
After 1900: 05 – 08 mins
Service 190 is a major trunk route linking Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panajng with the City areas of Orchard Road, Clarke Quay and Chinatown. The express nature of the route provides a highly convenient connection between housing estates and the City areas, leading to frequent overcrowding along the route.
SMRT Service 190 was among the most patronized bus services in Singapore, experiencing high demand throughout the day, and even more so during the peak hours. This is partially due to the lack of and undercoverage of existing bus routes between CCK / Teck Whye and the City before end-2015. Also, the inconvenience of multiple transfers on the MRT (before the Downtown Line Stage 2 opened) led to more commuters preferring the direct bus route over a train ride. Difficulty boarding Service 190 during weekday and weekend peak hours are commonplace. Commuters may consider alternative bus services to the city, such as 171, 700/A and 972. Bunching of buses is common owing to the short headway between buses. With the opening of the Downtown Line Stage 2 in Dec 2015, demand for this bus service has been reduced.
Formerly a Singapore Bus Service (SBS) route since 1988, the route was transferred to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS) in 1999 and has been operated by SMRT ever since. High capacity articulated / double-deck buses are deployed on a regular basis. SMRT’s Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses appeared on the route since Aug 2014, marking a comeback since SBS transferred Service 190 to TIBS in 1999 (then operating with double-decks).
MRT Stations Served:
- Outram Park
- Choa Chu Kang
- Dhoby Ghaut
- Clarke Quay
- Bras Basah
- Bukit Panjang
LRT Stations Served:
- Bukit Panjang Road (Blk 604) → Kampong Bahru Ter
0545 (Weekdays), 0600 (Sat, Sun) & Weekdays AM Peak
Majority of morning downroutes start here; buses are usually full with passengers from Teck Whye, and downroutes help with the passenger loads at Bukit Panjang
- Bukit Panjang Road (Blk 223) → Choa Chu Kang Int
0600 (Daily) onwards, Weekday afternoons
Morning downroutes from this stop until the first bus arrives from New Bridge Road.
- Orchard Road (YMCA) → Choa Chu Kang Int
Weekdays PM Peak & Weekend nights
Majority of weekday evening peak downroutes are from this stop, notably split-shift buses which perform 190A in the morning. Additional downroutes from this stop also operated during weekend nights.
- Somerset Road (Somerset Stn) → Choa Chu Kang Int
Weekdays PM Peak & Weekend nights. Minority of downroutes.
Due to the exceptionally high demand of Service 190, many downroutes are used to better cater to demand and ensure that passengers throughout the route have a chance of boarding a bus.
- Service 190A: Choa Chu Kang Int → Orchard Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn)
Weekdays, Except Public Holidays: 0555hrs – 0746hrs
04 – 24 mins frequency
Fleet: See table above.
- 1988 – 1999: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
- 1999 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
- 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) will be renewed in 2023 under the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package.
- 1988 (10 Jul): Introduced by Singapore Bus Service (SBS) between Bukit Panjang and New Bridge Road.
- 1990 (16 Dec): Extended to start from Choa Chu Kang
- 1993 (03 Jan): Amended to ply express along PIE to Whitley Rd instead of Jln Anak Bukit/Upp Bukit Timah Rd and Dunearn Rd/Bukit Timah Rd
- 1999 (25 Jul): Handed to Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS), later rebranded as SMRT.
- 1999 (Dec): Amended from Choa Chu Kang Way to Choa Chu Kang Dr and Teck Whye Ave, as part of the BPLRT Rationalisation.
- 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
- 2014 (18 Aug): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
- 2015 (14 Jun): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
- 2018 (10 Mar): Amended to Kampong Bahru Ter
- Refer to this article
- 2018: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2018.
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