Tower Transit City Direct Bus Service 651

Tower Transit City Direct Service 651 is a Weekday Peak Hour City Direct service between Jurong West and the CBD, passing through AYE, Shenton Way and Marina Bay. It is the first City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

651
27461 Opp Blk 276B Jurong West Ave 3
27451 Bet Blks 272D/271A Jurong West Ave 3
27441 Bet Blks 757/758 Jurong West Ave 5
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
03241 Mapletree Anson Anson Rd
03111 Aft Capital Twr Robinson Rd
03071 OPP SO SOFITEL S'PORE Robinson Rd
03381 The Sail Marina Blvd
03391 Marina Bay Financial Ctr NS27CE2 Marina Blvd
03539 Marina Bay Stn NS27CE2 Central Blvd
03529 Downtown Stn DT17 Central Blvd
03129 UIC Bldg Shenton Way
03218 Opp MAS Bldg EW15 Shenton Way
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
27449 Aft Westwood Ave Jurong West Ave 5
27459 Blk 273B Jurong West Ave 3
27469 Blk 276B Jurong West Ave 3
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px [AM]: Jurong West Avenue 3 (Opp Blk 276B) → Marina Boulevard (Marina Bay Financial Ctr)
[PM]: Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Stn) → Jurong West Avenue 3 (Blk 276B)
Passes Through Jurong West Ave 5, Jurong West St 81
Route Length Towards Marina Blvd: 25.1 km Towards Jurong West Ave 3: 25.7 km
Traveling Time 62 – 66 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package TBC
Current Operator Tower Transit Singapore
(Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd)
Current Depot Bulim Bus Depot
Current Fleet 12-metre Single-Deck Buses
MAN A22
Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Jurong West Ave 3
Weekdays, except Public Holidays
07:30 – 07:45
Departure Times from Central Blvd
Weekdays, except Public Holidays
18:15 – 18:30
Operating Frequency
From Jurong West Ave 3
15 mins
From Central Blvd
15 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges express distance fares

 

City Direct Service 651 provides residents of Jurong West with greater connectivity to the CBD. By running parallel to existing rail lines, the service provides a travel alternative for commuters who relied on the rail network and feeder buses to and from work. The route incorporates an express sector between Jurong West Street 61 (near Pioneer MRT) and Anson Road/Shenton Way via Pioneer Road North and Ayer Rajah Expressway

This is the first City Direct service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), and one of ten proposed City Direct bus routes to be progressively introduced until the 2nd Quarter of 2014. This provides more options for commuters using stretches of the existing rail lines that experience persistently high ridership, while the ongoing rail enhancement measures are being implemented.

MRT Stations Served
Departure Timings

Weekdays (except Public Holidays)

  • Morning Peak from Jurong West Avenue 3 (Opp Blk 276B):
    07:30 & 07:45
  • Evening Peak from Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Stn):
    18:15 & 18:30

Gallery
Poster Gallery

 


Operator History:
  • 02 Sep 2013 – 30 Sep 2016: ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd
  • 03 Oct 2016 – 10 Jan 2020: Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd
  • 13 Jan 2020 onward: Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
Route History:
  • 2013 (02 Sep): Introduced between Jurong West Ave 3 (Opp Blk 276B) and Marina Blvd (Marina Bay Financial Ctr) during morning peak hours and between Central Blvd (Aft Marina Stn Rd) and Jurong West Ave 3 (Blk 276B) during evening peak hours as a peak hour one-directional service on weekdays under the BSEP.
  • 2013 (01 Dec): Serves new bus stop (03529) along Central Blvd
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Serves new bus stop (03241) instead of (03222) along Anson Rd
  • 2016 (03 Oct): Operations transferred to Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd
  • 2020 (13 Jan): Operations transferred to Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd; Designated wheelchair-accessible bus service (WAB)
  • 2020 (08 Apr – 01 Jun): Temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.

Past Routings


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16 thoughts on “Tower Transit City Direct Bus Service 651

  • 21 January 2020 at 2:37 PM
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    Today I took the City Direct 651 from the first bus stop at 0730hrs. When I arrived at the last bus stop, it was 0840hrs. This is my first time taking since the City Direct 651 was taken over by Tower Transit. I noticed the express sector has been changed. Previously it was via Jalan Boon Lay. Now it is via Pioneer Road North. This is a better route, as it avoids the evening jam at Jalan Boon Lay, which was what haunted City Direct 651. Pioneer Road North is much smoother. I haven’t tried the evening trip yet. Will take it later. But I believe it would be equally smooth, and the trip would also be 1hr 10mins long, same as the morning trip. 😊

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  • 2 January 2020 at 6:06 PM
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    Actually transferring City Direct 651 to Tower Transit is a capacity upgrade for City Direct 651. Currently, City Direct 651 operates using two private buses which has the capacity for around 50 passengers only. The Tower Transit single decker bus can easily accommodate around 70 passengers, which means 20 more passengers can take City Direct 651, per trip, or 40 more passengers can take City Direct 651 in total. So, whereas the transfer of City Direct 651 to Tower Transit is a cost saving measure for the government, it will benefit the commuters as more people can take City Direct 651 after it is transferred to Tower Transit. 😎

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    • 10 January 2020 at 2:29 PM
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      Upgrade? Only the total capacity (inclusive of standing passengers)
      Lesser seats as double-decker buses won’t be deployed for the service
      Expect rides to be slower too as TTS likes to drive their buses at turtle speed

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      • 14 January 2020 at 9:40 AM
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        I took it yesterday and today was a fast and smooth ride took only 40 mins and faster than the previous operator. What rubbish are you saying? Please shut up if you dont know anything

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        • 15 January 2020 at 12:35 PM
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          On the seating capacity, I am currently on a Mercedes-Benz Citaro, which is the bus model that Tower Transit is using on City Direct 651. There are 34 seats on the Mercedes-Benz Citaro. As compared to the private coaches that were previously used on City Direct 651, the private coaches had about 45 to 50 seats. The Mercedes-Benz Citaro clearly has 11-16 seats less than the private coaches. Nonetheless, it’s not that everyone gets a seat on the MRT during peak hours. In fact, majority of the people are standing on the MRT during peak hours. So, the reduction of seating capacity is a minor issue. What matters is the overall capacity, which the Mercedes-Benz Citaro can carry about 20 more passengers than a private coach.

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          • 29 January 2020 at 4:10 PM
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            I would like to praise Tower Transit for hiring such polite and patient drivers who greet their passengers “Good morning”, as they enter.
            The previous drivers were rude, arrogant and impatient. I’m also happy that they re-routed 651 to ply Pioneer Road North due to heavy traffic jam along Jalan Boon Lay!

          • 30 January 2020 at 7:48 AM
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            Hi, please cater a double decker bus for bus 651 as there are not enough seats to sit as compared to previous private bus.

            At blk 821, there are already 6 person standing, and have to stand all the way to town.

    • 10 January 2020 at 6:18 PM
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      Yes. Also, wheelchair-bound passengers may be able to take City Direct 651 in the future as Tower Transit uses wheelchair-accessible buses. We are one step closer to being an inclusive society that leaves nobody behind. 😀

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  • 2 January 2020 at 9:12 AM
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    Will TTS take in additional new MAN buses since it wil be operating 651? Hope they do or else it will put a strain on their fleet for the other trunk routes

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  • 30 December 2019 at 2:41 PM
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    No, this would a terrible idea as Service 651 would be a perfect alternative service to the CBD during MRT Breakdown or Closure.

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