SBS Transit Bus Service 194

SBS Transit Bus Service 194 is a trunk route running from Boon Lay Interchange and looping at Pioneer Circus along Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim. Serving the former Jurong Bird Park which closed on 4 Jan 2023, the route skips bus stops along Jalan Boon Lay in both directions.

194
Boon Lay Int
↺ Jln Ahmad Ibrahim (Loop)
22009 Boon Lay Int B8 EW27 Jurong West Ctrl 3
22011 Bef Jurong Hill Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
22021 Givaudan Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
22031 Bef Pioneer Circus Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
22039 Markono Holdings Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
22029 Opp Givaudan Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
22019 Aft Tractor Rd Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
22009 Boon Lay Int EW27 Jurong West Ctrl 3
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Boon Lay Bus Interchange ↺ Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim (Loop)
Passes Through
Route Length 9.0 km
Travelling Time 30 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Jurong West Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Soon Lee Bus Park (SLBP)
Current Fleet Single Deck Bus:
Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Scania K230UB
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Boon Lay
Daily
05:45 – 23:45
Operating Frequency
Loop Service
6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
Weekdays 9 10 mins 9 13 mins 9 16 mins 15 23 mins
Saturdays 11 12 mins 9 12 mins 9 14 mins 12 14 mins
Sundays / Public Holidays 11 12 mins 9 12 mins 9 14 mins 12 24 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares

 

Service 194 primarily serves Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim between Jalan Boon Lay and Pioneer Circus with connections to Boon Lay Town Centre, with an express sector along Jalan Boon Lay. It served the former Jurong Bird Park till its closure on 4 January 2023.

In December 2015, as part of the Phase 3 implementation of the Joo Koon Bus Interchange opening & bus accompanying Jurong Industrial Estate route amendments, Service 194 was extended along Jln Ahmad Ibrahim to loop at Pioneer Circus, skipping a pair of bus stops along Jurong West St 64 and the express sector along Bird Park Dr. It replaces lost sectors of Service 251 along Jln Ahmad Ibrahim (which was shortened to Joo Koon), while retaining its own express sector along Jln Boon Lay. Operating hours were also extended from 0800hrs – 1800hrs to 0545hrs – 2345hrs daily.

Temporary Double Decker Bus Deployments

Double-Decker buses were deployed on Service 194 to cater for increased passenger demand to and from Jurong Bird Park on selected days; either special weekends, or days when special events were held at Jurong Bird Park:

  • September 2019: “Fly Free – Entry on Us”
    11 Sep 2019 – 15 Sep 2019
  • January 2021: “50 Years of Flying High” (Golden Jubilee)
    Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays in Jan 2021
  • April 2021: “50 Years of Flying High” (Golden Jubilee Egg-stravaganza)
    3, 4, 10 & 11 April 2021
  • November 2022 – January 2023: “A Flight to Remember” (Final Flight Special)
    19 Nov 2022 – 3 Jan 2023
MRT Station Served

Gallery

Operator History
  • 1995 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2024 under the Jurong West Bus Package.

SMRT Buses will operate this service as the awarded operator for the Jurong West Bus Package in September 2024.

History
  • 1995 (15 Jan): Introduced between Boon Lay Int and Jln Ahmad Ibrahim (Jurong Bird Park) (Loop)
  • 2006 (18 Jun): Amended to Boon Lay Temp Int
  • 2009 (27 Dec): Amended to Boon Lay Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2010 (03 Jan): Serves the bus stops outside Blk 662D and opposite Blk 662C along Jurong West St 64, skipping the bus stops outside and opposite Boon Lay Stn along Boon Lay Way
  • 2011 (27 Jun): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2015 (12 Dec): Extended along Jln Ahmad Ibrahim to Pioneer Circus to cover lost sectors of Service 251 as part of Joo Koon Bus Interchange Opening Route Amendments. Pair of Bus Stops along Jurong West St 64 skipped.

Past Routings

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10 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 194

  • 11 May 2024 at 1:17 PM
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    Actually, 194’s only section with bus stops (which is Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim), can be taken over by 251. The express segment of 194 can also be taken over by 251.

    This would mean 251 would skip Pioneer Road North and Boon Lay Way. Skipping Boon Lay Way not really have any impact, since right now also nobody take bus to or from that section one.

    Affected 251 passengers at Pioneer Road North can take 258 at Pioneer station.

    If really want to compensate 251’s section at Boon Lay Way, can amend 179 to cover, since 179’s main passengers take bus at Pioneer station, and 179’s section from Pioneer Road North (blk 704) to Boon Lay Int currently duplicate 241.

    With that, this would probably be the solution to remove 194. Just need to amend 251 to take over 194’s section, and then let 258 ownself cover Pioneer Road North section of existing 251, and probably amend 179 to cover existing 251’s section at Boon Lay Way.

    And considering 194 never join 252 and 79 to relocate from the end-on section to the sawtooth section, this is probably what’s going to happen.

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    • 13 May 2024 at 1:28 PM
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      Actually, just to perfect the proposal a little,

      Whereas 251 can take over 194’s section,

      251’s skipped sector, it has to come from Boon Lay Int. Can let 192 take over, from Boon Lay Int to AYE, and then join back 192 current routing via Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim.

      192’s skipped sector, from Boon Lay Int to Joo Koon MRT, can let 258 take over. 258 still can loop around Boon Lay MRT, since statistically speaking, not many people take 192 at Boon Lay Int to go to the industrial area. Especially since they can take the bus at Pioneer station.

      258’s skipped sector, from JW St 64 to Pioneer MRT via JW St 81, can let 185 take over the section from JW St 82 to Pioneer MRT, with a slight retention of 185’s current routing at JW Ave 5 > Pioneer Road North > JW Ave 4 to maintain the connection of existing 185 commuters as much as possible. (JW St 64 to JW St 82 section, can take 243 and transfer to 185, or take 192 at Boon Lay Int.)

      (Affected 258 commuters can take 185 and change bus to 192 at Pioneer station, where the bus stop upgrading is currently ongoing.)

      The above are my final recommendations regarding this matter. It may seem messy, but I’m actually referring to Google Maps while I write this.

      Quite a massive route amendment actually. But it will help to optimise resources, remove 194, and remove the concern of 258 duplicating 243.

      More importantly, it would not touch 179.

      Instead, it is 251, 192, 258 and 185 being affected in this bus route rationalisation.

      With that, I am done.

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  • 8 March 2024 at 7:55 PM
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    this route is quite pointless since Jurong bird park closed and most of 194’s route is express sectors along Jalan Boon Lay, and the lost sectors can be replaced by 172 being extended to Tuas in the future

    172 also could use an extension to tuas since there are a few buses from Boon Lay to CCK
    172 Could also served the workers along Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim to get to their homes in Boon Lay/Choa Chu Kang

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    • 1 April 2024 at 12:17 PM
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      Good idea
      Regardless of whether 172 gets extended (probably not), I wouldn’t be surprised if 194 gets shut

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  • 10 February 2024 at 3:23 PM
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    194 should extend to Jurong East via Jurong Town Hall, Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim(AYE Loop)

    Service 249 to cover lost sectors from Boon Lay

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  • 5 April 2023 at 3:54 PM
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    Low demand is why services like 700 and 506 were withdrawn/shortened respectively. Even if 194 complements 79, just like the 190 and 972/75 & 184 extension (for 75 & 184) cases, it would be technically useless as people will be used to take 79 and walk rather than “get lost” on 194.

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  • 7 December 2022 at 9:31 AM
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    Once Jurong Bird Park ceases operations, Service 194 will be withdrawn.

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    • 3 January 2023 at 8:55 PM
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      Well, 194 can’t be removed without first getting a surrounding bus route to cover its industrial sector along Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim.

      The following are the 2 options that can be considered:

      1) No change to any bus route, 194 call at all bus stops along Jalan Boon Lay, thereby leading to capacity increase along Jalan Boon Lay. (Only financially viable if the demand warrants it.)

      2) Amend 194 to cover the Chin Bee industrial area, to complement 79 in covering the Chin Bee industrial area and enhance the public bus coverage in Chin Bee industrial area (those along International Road, which currently don’t have any bus stop). (This should be coupled together with 194 and 79’s bus berths shifting to become right next to each other, so that the 2 bus routes can effectively complement each other when picking up passengers at the Boon Lay Bus Interchange during the morning peak hours.) While calling at the bus stops along Jalan Boon Lay (so that affected passengers can take 249 along the way while getting to Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, for a potentially faster travel).

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      • 8 June 2023 at 1:29 PM
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        make 194 serve the pair of bus stops it used to serve along Jurong west street 64, then at the looping point extend it to the nearest expressway and ply an express sector to a bus interchange

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        • 12 June 2023 at 9:35 PM
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          also make it serve all bus stops along jln boon lay

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