SMRT City Direct Bus Service 653

SMRT City Direct Service 653 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between Hume/Bukit Batok and the CBD, passing through PIE, AYE and Shenton Way. It is the third City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

653
43811
Bef Summerhill
Hume Ave
43821
Opp Symphony Hts
Hume Ave
43279
Aft Hillview Stn
Hillview Rd
43268
Hillington Green Condo
Hillview Ave
43259
Opp Hillbrooks
Hillview Ave
43249
Hillview Apts
Hillview Ave
43239
The Petals Condo
Hillview Ave
43449
Blk 258
Bt Batok East Ave 2
43439
Blk 242
Bt Batok East Ave 2
43429
Blk 240
Bt Batok East Ave 2
43179
Blk 231
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43189
Blk 283
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43619
Blk 289E
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43629
Yusof Ishak Sec Sch
Bt Batok East Ave 3
42319
Burgundy Hill
Bt Batok East Ave 3
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
Marina Blvd
03539
Marina Bay Stn
Central Blvd
03529
Downtown Stn
Central Blvd
03129
UIC Bldg
Shenton Way
03218
Opp MAS Bldg
Shenton Way
42311
Opp Burgundy Hill
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43621
Opp Parkview Apts
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43611
Blk 290H
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43181
Keming Pr Sch
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43171
Blk 229
Bt Batok East Ave 3
43421
Blk 503
Bt Batok East Ave 2
43431
Opp Blk 242
Bt Batok East Ave 2
43441
Opp Blk 258
Bt Batok East Ave 2
43231
Opp The Petals Condo
Hillview Ave
43241
Opp Hillview Apts
Hillview Ave
43251
Hillbrooks
Hillview Ave
43811
Bef Summerhill
Hume Ave
43821
Opp Symphony Hts
Hume Ave
43279
Aft Hillview Stn
Hillview Rd
43268
Hillington Green Condo
Hillview Ave
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
[AM]: Hume Avenue (Bef Summerhill) → Marina Boulevard (Marina Bay Financial Ctr)
[PM]: Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Stn) → Hillview Avenue (Hillington Green Condo)
Passes Through Hillview Ave, Bukit Batok East Ave 2/3, Anson Rd, Shenton Way
Route Length 21.7km (D1) | 21.3km (D2)
Traveling Time 72 – 76 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package City Direct Bus Services
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Park (WPDEP)
Current Fleet Double-Decker Buses
Alexander Dennis Enviro500

MAN A95
Volvo B9TL
Departure Times from Hume Ave
0715 – 0745 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 4 Trips
Departure Times from Central Blvd
1815 – 1830 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 2 Trips
Frequency AM Peak
PM Peak
10 mins 15 mins

City Direct Service 653 provides residents of Hume and Bukit Batok 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 Bukit Batok East Ave 3 and Shenton Way via PIE, Clementi Avenue 6 and AYE.

This is the third 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.

Bus Schedule:

  • AM Peak from Hume Ave: 0715hrs, 0725hrs, 0735hrs, 0745hrs
  • PM Peak from Central Blvd: 1815hrs, 1830hrs

Fares: Charges regular distance-based express fares.


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Operator History:

  • 13 Jan 2014 – 12 Apr 2017: ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd
  • 13 Apr 2017 onward: SMRT Buses Ltd

History:

  • 2014 (13 Jan): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Upper Thomson to the CBD under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:25am and 7:40am, and weekday evenings at 6:10pm and 6:25pm. Charges Distance-based flat fares.
  • 2014 (31 Mar): Third morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:20am, 7:30am and 7:40am.
  • 2014 (06 Apr): Revised fares as part of the Public Transport Fare Adjustment 2014
  • 2014 (04 Aug): Fourth morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:20am, 7:26am, 7:33am and 7:40am.
  • 2015 (16 Mar): Fifth morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:15am, 7:21am, 7:27am, 7:33am and 7:40am.
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Calls at new bus stop 03241 Anson Rd – Mapletree Anson instead of 03222 Anson Rd – Hub Synergy Point
  • 2015 (29 Jun): Third evening trip added, departure times from Central Blvd revised to 6:10pm, 6:20pm and 6:30pm.
  • 2015 (26 Oct): Sixth morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:15am, 7:21am, 7:27am, 7:33am, 7:39am and 7:45am.
  • 2016 (18 Jan): City Direct 653 operating contract for ComfortDelgro Bus Pte Ltd extended by 1 year
  • 2017 (13 Apr): Transferred to SMRT Buses Ltd. Trip details revised. Double-Decker Buses deployed.

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References:

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22 thoughts on “SMRT City Direct Bus Service 653

  • 2 April 2017 at 1:38 PM
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    Hi. SMRT Buses will take over CDS 653 wef 13 April 2017. Using Double deckers. So is SMRT buses deploying PA/PC-plate buses, SMB-plate or SG -plate buses ? PC-plate buses need COEs. No COE is required for SMB- and SG-plate buses. The posters show SMRT DD buses. Can tender meh ?

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    • 4 April 2017 at 12:55 PM
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      Hi Michael,

      SMRT will be deploying SMB or SG plated buses (Alexander Dennis Enviro500 / Volvo B9TL Wright) for 653. This arrangement for Public Transport Operators taking over City Directs is by LTA.

      Regards,
      Land Transport Guru Admin Team

      Reply
  • 22 March 2017 at 4:46 PM
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    Hi, is City Direct 653 cease operation on 14th April 2017? If yes, any new premium bus service from Hume Ave to CBD? Thanks!

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    • 23 March 2017 at 8:03 AM
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      Hi Elaine,

      Look out for a new operator for City Direct 653 coming soon!

      Regards,
      Land Transport Guru Admin Team

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      • 2 April 2017 at 1:53 PM
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        Well, this is the first time a public bus operator operates the City Direct services. That’s nice

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  • 17 March 2017 at 8:09 AM
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    Hi
    In the morning, how Long does the bus take to reach the burgundy hill stop? Thanks
    Shirley

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  • 3 March 2017 at 7:34 AM
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    Hi, is City Direct 653 operating contract for ComfortDelgro Bus Pte Ltd not extending? When is the current contract ending??

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  • 14 February 2017 at 8:24 AM
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    To check for the morning direction from Hume ave (first stop) to stop 12 Blk 283 for the first bus what time estimated will it reach Blk 283

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    • 14 February 2017 at 10:47 PM
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      Hi Derek,

      The bus takes an estimated duration of 15 mins (subject to traffic conditions) from the first stop to Blk 283.

      Regards,
      Land Transport Guru Admin Team

      Reply

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