City Direct Bus Service 655

City Direct Service 655 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between West Coast and the CBD, passing through Teban/Pandan Gardens, West Coast and Shenton Way. It is the fifth City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

SBS Transit Ltd has taken over operations of City Direct Service 655 on 17 Apr 2017.


Route:

655
20129
Bet Blks 50/51
West Coast Rd
20239
Aft Hasanah Mque
Teban Gdns Rd
20219
Opp Blk 41
Teban Gdns Rd
20209
Bef Jurong Town Hall Rd
Teban Gdns Rd
20181
Ayer Rajah CC
Pandan Gdns
20191
Blk 407
Pandan Gdns
20149
Blk 408
West Coast Rd
20139
Opp Angliss Bldg
West Coast Rd
20289
The Japanese Sec Sch
West Coast Highway
20299
Opp Tanglin Sec Sch
West Coast Rd
17079
Blk 512
West Coast Rd
17069
Opp Blk 701
West Coast Rd
17049
Blk 601
West Coast Rd
17039
Opp Kent Ridge Sec Sch
West Coast Rd
17389
Opp West Bay Resort Condo
West Coast Rd
17029
Opp Waseda S Snr High Sch
West Coast Rd
17019
Varsity Pk
West Coast Rd
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
17011
Opp Varsity Pk
West Coast Rd
17021
Waseda S Snr High Sch
West Coast Rd
17381
West Bay Resort Condo
West Coast Rd
17031
Kent Ridge Sec Sch
West Coast Rd
17041
Blk 726 Clementi West Mkt
West Coast Rd
17061
Blk 701
West Coast Rd
17071
Blk 513
West Coast Rd
20291
Tanglin Sec Sch
West Coast Rd
20281
Opp The Japanese Sec Sch
West Coast Highway
20131
S'pore Food Industries Bldg
West Coast Rd
20141
Opp Blk 408
West Coast Rd
20199
Blk 410
Pandan Gdns
20189
Opp Ayer Rajah CC
Pandan Gdns
20201
Teban Gdn PO
Teban Gdns Rd
20211
Blk 41
Teban Gdns Rd
20231
Bef Hasanah Mque
Teban Gdns Rd
20121
Opp Blk 51
West Coast Rd
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
[AM]: West Coast Road (Bet Blk 50/51) → Marina Boulevard (Marina Bay Financial Ctr)
[PM]: Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Stn) → West Coast Road (Opp Blk 51)
Passes Through Teban Gardens, Pandan Gardens, Shenton Way
Route Length 17.3 km (D1) | 17.9 km (D2)
Travelling Time 56 mins (AM) | 48 mins (PM)
Operator Information
BCM Route Package City Direct Bus Services
Current Operator SBS Transit Ltd
Current Depot Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Buses
Volvo B9TL

12-metre Single Deck Buses
Mercedes-Benz Citaro

Departure Times from West Coast Rd
0735 – 0750 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 2 Trips
Departure Times from Central Blvd
1820 – 1835 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 2 Trips
Frequency AM Peak
PM Peak
15 mins 15 mins

City Direct Service 655 provides residents of Teban Gardens, Pandan Gardens and West Coast with greater connectivity to the CBD. The service provides a travel alternative for commuters who would otherwise rely on the rail network/feeder buses or alternative trunk services to and from work. The route incorporates an express sector between West Coast Road and Anson Road/Shenton Way via West Coast Highway.

This is the fifth City Direct service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), providing 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.

In addition to City Direct 655, Premium Services 533 and 762 also ply between West Coast and the CBD as of April 2017.

Departure Timings:

  • From Bet Blks 50/51, West Coast Rd: 0735hrs, 0750hrs
  • From Marina Bay Stn, Central Blvd: 1820hrs, 1835hrs

Fares: Charges regular distance-based express fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.

Fleet: Service 655’s fleet comprises Double-Deck buses in the morning and Single-Deck buses in the evening from SBS Transit.


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Operator History:

  • 17 Feb 2014 – 14 Apr 2017: Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd
  • 17 Apr 2017 onwards: SBS Transit Ltd

History:

  • 2014 (17 Feb): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from West Coast 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.
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Calls at new bus stop 03241 Anson Rd – Mapletree Anson instead of 03222 Anson Rd – Hub Synergy Point
  • 2016 (18 Jan): Operating contract for City Direct 655 by Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd extended by one more year.
  • 2017 (17 Apr): Operations transferred to SBS Transit Ltd.
  • 2017 (21 Aug): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB).
  • 2018 (10 Aug): Start of regular double-decker bus deployments.

External Links & References:

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7 thoughts on “City Direct Bus Service 655

  • 18 August 2017 at 4:49 PM
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    Don’t complain, you guys voted for it =).

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  • 14 June 2017 at 6:42 PM
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    The change is bad!!! There are not enough seats now esp for elderly folks and commuters have to stand all the way. They should introduce a double decker service since this route is really popular. Do something about it before it gets too crowded and someone falls!!!

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  • 27 April 2017 at 8:31 AM
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    I always take bus service 655 to my office. Before the change in operator, sometime I can still find a seat and is not so crowded. However after SBS took over the operation, the bus is so crowded and I have to stand all the way to my work place, I really hope the change never takes place. Can SBS provides double decker buses for these services during the morning peak hour? I really hope the private operator will take back this service from SBS so that the rides will not be so crowded and squeezed.??????

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    • 28 April 2017 at 7:49 PM
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      If you wished the change never took place, then LTA wouldn’t have introduced City Direct services. It was a change. ?

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    • 14 June 2017 at 6:47 PM
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      I agree with you. The change is bad.

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  • 18 April 2017 at 12:51 PM
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    Private bus capacity is 45-59, whereas a Single Decker bus capacity is only 35-55.

    What do you expect? ?

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  • 17 April 2017 at 8:26 AM
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    Today is my first onboard 655 with sbs being the new provider. However I am hoping the change never came. Previously I was prepared to pay more as the trip is direct to my office, no more squeezing and seats to rest my leg (plus extended shut eye time). But today I have to bear with the standing throughout, do feel squeezed to some extent. Certainly far from my preferred way to travel at higher cost. Well, its the first day. Probably too early still to comment at this point. Well enough of typing, need to focus on standing proper now as I counted the seconds to my destination.

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