City Direct Bus Service 654

City Direct Service 654 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between Sengkang and the CBD, passing through KPE and Shenton Way. It is the fourth City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

SBS Transit will operate City Direct Bus Service 654 from 22 July 2019. Check out Transfer of Operators for City Direct services for more information.

Blk 336B
Anchorvale St
Cheng Lim Stn Exit A
Anchorvale St
Blk 291A
Compassvale St
Compassvale Stn Exit B
Compassvale St
Rivervale Pr Sch
Rivervale Dr
Rumbia Stn Exit B/Blk 153
Rivervale Dr
Bakau Stn/Blk 122F
Rivervale Dr
Blk 119D
Rivervale Dr
Kangkar Stn Exit B
Rivervale Dr
Marina Bay Stn
Central Blvd
Downtown Stn
Central Blvd
UIC Bldg
Shenton Way
Opp MAS Bldg
Shenton Way
Mapletree Anson
Anson Rd
Aft Capital Twr
Robinson Rd
Opp SO Sofitel S’pore
Robinson Rd
The Sail
Marina Blvd
Marina Bay Financial Ctr
Marina Blvd
Kangkar Stn Exit A
Rivervale Dr
Nth Spring Pr Sch
Rivervale Dr
Rumbia Stn Exit A
Rivervale Dr
Opp Rivervale Pr Sch
Rivervale Dr
Compassvale Stn Exit A
Compassvale St
Opp Blk 291A
Compassvale St
Cheng Lim Stn Exit B
Anchorvale St
Blk 330
Anchorvale St

Technical Information
[AM]: Anchorvale Street (Blk 336B) → Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
[PM]: Anson Road (Mapletree Anson) → Anchorvale Street (Blk 330)
Passes Through Compassvale St, Rivervale Dr
Route Length 21.2km (D1) | 20.6km (D2)
Traveling Time 57 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package City Direct Bus Services
Current Operator BT&Tan Transport
From 22 Jul 2019:
SBS Transit Ltd
Current Fleet Private Buses
Departure Times from Anchorvale St
0730hrs – 0755hrs (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 6 Trips
Departure Times from Anson Rd
1820hrs – 1835hrs (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 3 Trips
Frequency AM Peak
PM Peak
5 mins 7 – 8 mins

City Direct service 654 provides residents of Sengkang 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 Rivervale Drive and Marina Bay via KPE, ECP and Sheares Avenue.

This is the fourth 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.

Departure Timings:

  • AM Peak from Anchorvale Street (Blk 336B): 0730hrs, 0735hrs, 0740hrs, 0745hrs, 0750hrs, 0755hrs
  • PM Peak from Anson Road (Mapletree Anson): 1820hrs, 1827hrs, 1835hrs

Fares: Charges regular distance-based express fares.


Operator History:

  • 20 Jan 2014 – 19 Jan 2017: Ren Quan Transport Pte Ltd
  • 20 Jan 2017 – 19 Jul 2019: BT&Tan Transport Service
  • 22 Jul 2019 onwards: SBS Transit Ltd


  • 2014 (20 Jan): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Sengkang to the CBD under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:35am and 7:50am, and weekday evenings at 6:20pm and 6:35pm. Charges Distance-based flat fares.
  • 2014 (06 Apr): Revised fares as part of the Public Transport Fare Adjustment 2014
  • 2014 (14 Jul): Third morning trip added, departure times from Anchorvale revised to 7:35am, 7:45am and 7:55am.
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Calls at new bus stop 03241 Anson Rd – Mapletree Anson instead of 03222 Anson Rd – Hub Synergy Point
  • 2015 (02 Nov): Fourth morning trip added, departure times from Anchorvale revised to 7:30am, 7:38am, 7:47am and 7:55am
  • 2016 (18 Jan): Operating contract for City Direct 654 by Ren Quan Transport Pte Ltd extended by one more year.
  • 2016 (13 Jun): Fifth morning trip added, departure times from Anchorvale revised to 7:30am, 7:36am, 7:42am, 7:49am & 7:55am.
  • 2017 (20 Jan): Transfer of operations to BT&Tan Transport Service.
  • 2018 (12 Jun): Sixth morning trip added, departure times from Anchorvale revised to 7:30am, 7:35am, 7:40am, 7:45am, 7:50am & 7:55am.
    Third evening trip added, departure times from Anson Road revised to 6:20pm, 6:27pm & 6:35pm
  • 2019 (22 Jul): Transferred operations to SBS Transit.


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27 thoughts on “City Direct Bus Service 654

  • 20 June 2019 at 6:52 PM

    This is to complain about the 2nd to the last bus driver (morning) dated 20/06/2019 as he did not stop at block 119D. I did not see anyone standing when he passed by and he is waving that there is another bus, i was standing there alone. Luckily, the last bus that came is trying to squeeze everyone inside(appreciated the last driver).

    Bottomline, my time was wasted by the 2nd to the last driver as I came to the bus stop early at 7:59am, he passed by at 8:04am, the last bus came at 8:10am.
    2nd point, all those who are standing suffered the crowded last bus because of the 2nd to the last driver behaviour.

    Worst case scenario if the last bus driver left me because he could not load anymore.

    I am complaining to avoid this thing to happen again as the last bus is always over crowded.

    Looking forward for improvement.

    • 21 June 2019 at 4:39 PM

      today 21/06/2019(am), the last bus skipped us because it is over loaded. I hope this concern will reach the 2nd to the last bus driver to be considerate! The last passengers are suffering over the crowded bus and other passengers cannot be accommodated!

      I would suggest to add one more bus after 8:10am.

  • 11 March 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Dear Sir/Madam

    May I know what time will be the last bus from SengKang Rumbia Station, Block 153 to go down to town. Thank you

  • 5 March 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Can we have one more bus at a later timing. 8:15 for the ones who start work at 9.30 am

  • 26 February 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Can please plan for early bus tat we started work 0830hrs

  • 18 December 2018 at 8:13 AM

    Can we have one more bus at a later timing. 8:15 for the ones who start work at 9.30 am

    • 13 July 2019 at 7:06 PM

      Noted that SBS Transit will operate City Direct Bus Service 654 from 22 July 2019, please let me know whether (a) it will be a single or double deck bus and (b) there will be an increase in the number of seats as compared to the previous operator.


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