SBS Transit Bus Service 258

SBS Transit Bus Service 258 is a trunk service plying between Joo Koon Bus Interchange and looping at Jurong West Street 64, passing through Jurong West Streets 64, 75, 82, 81, 71, 61, 63 & Jln Ahmad Ibrahim. It duplicates existing sectors of Service 243G/243W, providing connections for residents to Pioneer, Joo Koon and Boon Lay MRT Stations.

Service 258 commenced operations on 21 November 2015, as the forty-ninth (49th) bus service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

From 18 June 2017, Bus Service 258 was amended to loop at Jurong West Street 64 (Opp Blk 662C) instead of Boon Lay Int, as well as ply Pioneer Rd North & Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim instead of Upp Jurong Rd (replacing lost sectors of Service 256).

258
Joo Koon Int ↺ Jurong West St 64 (Loop)
24009 Joo Koon Int EW29 Joo Koon Circle
23519 Opp FairPrice Hub Benoi Rd
23039 Aft Benoi Flyover Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
23029 Stamford Tyre Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
23019 Nippon Paint Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
22161 Aft Lok Yang Way Pioneer Rd Nth
22171 Opp Secura S'pore Pioneer Rd Nth
22181 S'pore Post Pioneer Rd Nth
22461 Opp Blk 653B Pioneer Rd Nth
22529 Pioneer Stn Exit B EW28 Jurong West St 63
22531 Opp Jurong West Pr Sch Jurong West St 61
22231 Blk 639 Jurong West St 61
27421 Blk 701 Jurong West St 71
27411 Blk 844A CP Jurong West St 81
27401 Opp Blk 821 Jurong West St 81
27399 Bet Blks 859/860 Jurong West St 82
27389 Gek Poh Shop Ctr Jurong West St 75
27379 Blk 755 Jurong West St 75
22599 Blk 678D Jurong West St 64
22449 Blk 685B Jurong West St 64
22499 Opp Blk 662C EW27 Jurong West St 64
22441 Blk 669 CP Jurong West St 64
22591 Blk 670A Jurong West St 64
27371 Opp Blk 755 Jurong West St 75
27381 Blk 749 Jurong West St 75
27391 Blk 857 Jurong West St 82
27409 Blk 821 Jurong West St 81
27419 Blk 827 Jurong West St 81
27429 Blk 711 Jurong West St 71
22239 Blk 624 Jurong West St 61
22539 Jurong West Pr Sch Jurong West St 61
22521 Pioneer Stn Exit A EW28 Jurong West St 63
22469 Blk 653B Pioneer Rd Nth
22189 Pioneer Junction Pioneer Rd Nth
22179 Secura S'Pore Pioneer Rd Nth
22169 Aft Intl Rd Pioneer Rd Nth
23011 Carrier Transicold P/L Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
23021 Aft Benoi Sector Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
23031 Bef Benoi Flyover Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
23371 Bef Joo Koon Int EW29 Benoi Rd
24009 Joo Koon Int EW29 Joo Koon Circle
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px Joo Koon Bus Interchange ↺ Jurong West Street 64 (Loop)
Passes Through Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, Pioneer Rd North, Pioneer MRT Station, Jurong West Streets 75 / 82 / 81 / 71 / 61 / 63
Route Length 17.4 km
Travelling Time 62 – 81 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Jurong West Bus Package
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Soon Lee Bus Park (SLBP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Volvo B9TL
Departure Times from Joo Koon
0600 – 2345 (Daily)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 10 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 11 – 14 mins
1700-1900: 11 – 14 mins
After 1900: 11 – 14 mins

Route History

Service 258 serves the residential areas of Jurong West with connections to Boon Lay, Pioneer and Joo Koon MRT Stations, while looping at Jurong West Street 64 and terminating at Joo Koon Bus Interchange. It was launched on 21 November 2015 as a Joo Koon to Boon Lay loop service and the forty-ninth (49th) bus service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

As part of the Joo Koon Bus Interchange opening and accompanying Jurong Industrial Estate route reorganization (Phase 1 implementation), Service 258 was introduced to improve connectivity along Service 243G/243W’s route, connecting residential estates, schools and community amenities with bus connections to Pioneer MRT and Joo Koon MRT/Interchange, in addition to Boon Lay MRT which 243G/243W currently serves.

Together with Service 99, Service 258 was one of the first two services to terminate at the new Joo Koon Bus Interchange.

Tuas Bus Network Route Amendment

In tandem with the opening of the Tuas West Extension on the East-West Line, Bus Service 258 was amended to ply Pioneer Rd North & Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim to replace lost sectors of Bus Service 256 from 18 Jun 2017. Bus Service 256 was withdrawn on 18 Jun 2017 as well.

Also, Bus Service 258 loops around Jurong West Street 63 and no longer calls at Boon Lay Bus Interchange. Affected passengers may board or alight from Bus Service 258 at Bus Stop 22499 Opp Blk 662C, Jurong West Street 64.

MRT Stations:

Special Departures:

  • Jurong West Street 64 (Opp Blk 662C) → Joo Koon Int
    Weekdays: 0530, 0542, 0554, 0606, 0618
    Saturdays: 0530, 0545, 0600, 0615
    Sundays / Public Holidays: 0530, 0544, 0558, 0612

Fare: Charges basic fares. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.


Gallery:


Operator History:
  • 21 Nov 2015 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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

History:
  • 2015 (21 Nov): Introduced as Joo Koon Int – Boon Lay Int (Loop), via Jurong West estate under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). Wheelchair accessible at launch.
  • 2017 (18 Jun): Amended to loop at Jurong West St 64 and ply Pioneer Rd North / Jln Ahmad Ibrahim instead of Upp Jurong Rd to cover lost sectors of Service 256.
Past Routings:
  • Refer to this article
  • 2017: Amended to loop at Jurong West St 64 & ply Pioneer Rd North / Jln Ahmad Ibrahim. No significant route changes since 2017.

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3 thoughts on “SBS Transit Bus Service 258

  • 19 October 2020 at 8:10 PM
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    This bus service has always been the candidate for merging with other bus services, due to its low ridership, especially at the section from Jurong West Street 64 (Boon Lay MRT Station bus stop) to Jurong West Street 82, as well as the section between Joo Koon Bus Interchange and Pioneer MRT Station where usually not many people taking.

    Just now, I was at YouTube where I saw the time lapse video of 240M.

    I was thinking: since 240M also loop around Boon Lay MRT Station, 258 and 240M can merge.

    Then, I am thinking: still can absorb other bus services or not?

    Then, I thought of a very good idea:

    Why not, let 180 absorb 240M and 258 route, to become a bus service that runs between Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange and Joo Koon Bus Interchange?

    If the route is too long, can make 180 become a two-directions bus service with direction 1 (to Bukit Panjang) and direction 2 (to Joo Koon).

    This way, 180 can reduce its duplication with the East West Line between Lakeside Station and Boon Lay Station, while residents living in Pioneer and Boon Lay can enjoy greater intra-town connection and a direct bus connection to Bukit Batok and Bukit Panjang, enhancing the overall transport connectivity in the western part of Singapore.

    The only condition is that Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange must have space for 180 to terminate. Otherwise, 180 after absorbing 240M and 258 may become too long to be a looping service.

    If 180 becomes a service that runs between Joo Koon and Bukit Panjang, this will become the second bus route to run between these two bus interchanges, after 974 which is already running between the two bus interchanges.

    Just a randomly thought about suggestion. From the surface, it looks feasible. But in terms of details, may need to assess the feasibility.

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    • 21 October 2020 at 8:05 PM
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      258 from Joo Koon Bus Interchange to Boon Lay MRT Station (Opp Blk 662C) is 8.5km; 36mins.
      240M from Boon Lay MRT Station (Opp Blk 662C) to Lakeside MRT Station is 3.3km; 17mins.
      180 from Lakeside MRT Station to Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange is 8.1km; 30mins.

      If combine these route segments together, the total length would be 19.9km; 83mins, which would be longer than many two-directional bus services, like 99 (around 17km in one direction), 974 (around 18km in one direction), 172 (around 14km in one direction) and 185 (around 18km in one direction).

      Furthermore, 240M is only a peak hour short service, where it is just a route variant of 240. During regular periods, there is no need for 240M to operate. So providing such capacity during regular hours, by letting a full-day bus service run 240M route, is really excessive.

      Another solution is to only combine 258 and 180.

      258 from Joo Koon Bus Interchange to Boon Lay MRT Station (Opp Blk 662C) is 8.5km; 36mins.
      180 from Boon Lay MRT Station (Opp Blk 662C) to Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange is 10km; 38mins.

      The combined segment would be 18.5km; 74mins from Joo Koon Bus Interchange to Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange, similar to 185 route length and travel duration per direction.

      Combining 258 and 180 would be more practical.

      The only concern is 258 frequency and 180 frequency are different. 258’s ridership does not need 180’s frequency. 258’s frequency may not be enough to meet 180’s ridership. Nonetheless, if 258 ridership and 180 ridership are similar, we can merge the two services together and use 258’s frequency to optimize resources.

      The condition is whether 180 can operate using 258’s frequency. If can, 258 and 180 can merge.

      The benefits would be shorter travel time for 180’s drivers, better intra-town connection between Jurong West (Pioneer) and Jurong West (Lakeside) and better inter-town connection between Jurong West (Pioneer) and Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang.

      Plus, if 180 can operate using 258’s frequency, this would somewhat reduce the capital of operating 180, and improve the use of public resources.

      Therefore, I sincerely recommend combining 258 and 180.

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      • 22 October 2020 at 9:58 AM
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        Pioneer Road North, between Ayer Rajah Expressway and Pioneer MRT Station, always jam during peak hours. For many years already.

        Yet, unlike Jalan Bukit Merah, where both Pioneer Road North and Jalan Bukit Merah are a hybrid of industrial area and residential area, Pioneer Road North don’t have public bus priority lanes.

        Yes, 180 absorbing 258 to run between Joo Koon Bus Interchange is possible (using 180 instead of 258 is because once combined, the combined service would be more of a regular trunk service instead of a Jurong Industrial Service).

        However, if the government forever don’t want to set up public bus priority lanes at Pioneer Road North, unlike a similar area like Jalan Bukit Merah which already has public bus priority lanes, the weekday peak hour jams at Pioneer Road North will affect 180’s operations, and affect existing 180 passengers, as buses will get stucked at Pioneer Road North and affect the deployment at the other segments.

        Therefore, until Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange has space for 180 to terminate, and Pioneer Road North has public bus priority lanes at between Ayer Rajah Expressway and Pioneer MRT Station, 180 and 258 merger is impossible.

        Even though got economic benefit, the absence of public bus priority lanes at Pioneer Road North prevents the merger from happening.

        Until the government wakes up their idea and set up public bus priority lanes at Pioneer Road North, this is just a dream. Probably will never be realised.

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