SMRT City Direct Bus Service 656

City Direct Service 656 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between Sembawang and the CBD, passing through Sembawang Drive, Bras Basah and Shenton Way. It is the sixth City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

656
58121
Blk 424A CP
Canberra Rd
58401
Opp Blk 491
Admiralty Link
58411
Blk 404A CP
Admiralty Link
58341
Blk 405
Sembawang Dr
58311
Blk 354 CP
Sembawang Dr
58251
Sun Plaza
Sembawang Dr
58291
Blk 317
Sembawang Dr
58391
Blk 303
Sembawang Ave
08057
Dhoby Ghaut Stn
Orchard Rd
08069
BENCOOLEN STN EXIT B
Bras Basah Rd
04179
AFT BRAS BASAH STN EXIT A
Bras Basah Rd
02049
Raffles Hotel
Bras Basah Rd
02119
Opp War Memorial Pk
Nicoll Highway
03019
OUE Bayfront
Collyer Quay
03059
One Raffles Quay
Raffles Quay
03129
UIC Bldg
Shenton Way
03218
Opp MAS Bldg
Shenton Way
03241
Mapletree Anson
Anson Rd
03111
Aft Capital Twr
Robinson Rd
03071
OPP SO SOFITEL S'PORE
Robinson Rd
03031
Raffles Pl Stn Exit F
Robinson Rd
03011
Fullerton Sq
Fullerton Rd
02111
Esplanade Bridge
Esplanade Dr
04111
Capitol Bldg
Stamford Rd
04121
SMU
Stamford Rd
08041
YMCA
Orchard Rd
08031
Dhoby Ghaut Stn
Penang Rd
58399
Opp Blk 303
Sembawang Ave
58299
Blk 328
Sembawang Dr
58259
Opp Sun Plaza
Sembawang Dr
58319
Blk 357C
Sembawang Dr
58349
Blk 478
Sembawang Dr
58419
Blk 482A CP
Admiralty Link
58409
Blk 491
Admiralty Link
58129
Blk 508 CP
Canberra Rd
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
[AM]: Canberra Road (Blk 424A CP) → Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
[PM]: Anson Road (Mapletree Anson) → Canberra Road (Blk 508 CP)
Passes Through Admiralty Link, Sembawang Dr, Dhoby Ghaut
Route Length 28.4km (D1) | 28.6km (D2)
Traveling Time 77 mins (AM) | 81 mins (PM)
Operator Information
BCM Route Package City Direct Bus Services
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus
MAN A22
Departure Times from Canberra Rd
0720 – 0740 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 3 Trips
Departure Times from Anson Rd
1810 – 1825 (Weekdays except Public Holidays), 2 Trips
Frequency AM Peak
PM Peak
10 mins 15 mins

City Direct Service 656 provides residents of Sembawang with greater connectivity to the CBD. 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 Sembawang Avenue and Dhoby Ghaut via SLE and CTE.

This is the sixth 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.

From 10 March 2014, less than a month after introduction, an additional morning trip was added. Existing departure timings were revised. Yet another additional morning trip was added from 14 July 2014, bringing the total number of morning trips to the CBD to four. Following the takeover by SMRT Buses on 17 Apr 2017, morning trips were reduced to three.

Bus Schedule:

  • AM Peak from Canberra Rd: 0720hrs, 0730hrs, 0740hrs
  • PM Peak from Anson Rd: 1810hrs, 1825hrs

Fares: Charges regular distance-based express fares.


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Operator History:

  • 17 Feb 2014 – 14 Apr 2017: Loh Gim Chong Transport
  • 17 Apr 2017 onward: SMRT Buses Ltd

History:

  • 2014 (17 Feb): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Sembawang 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 (10 Mar): Third morning trip added, departure times from Sembawang revised to 7:20am, 7:30am and 7:40am.
  • 2014 (06 Apr): Revised fares as part of the Public Transport Fare Adjustment 2014
  • 2014 (14 Jul): Fourth morning trip added, departure times from Sembawang revised to 7:20am, 7:26am, 7:34am and 7:40am.
  • 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 656 by Loh Gim Chong Transport extended by one more year.
  • 2017 (17 Apr): Operations transferred to SMRT Buses Ltd with changes to AM Peak Trips. Departure times revised to 7:20am, 7:30am and 7:40am.
  • 2017 (20 Nov): Start of non-regular double-decker bus operations

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15 thoughts on “SMRT City Direct Bus Service 656

  • 23 December 2018 at 3:07 PM
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    Seeing all the comments.I felt that Smrt failed to do a good job for everyone.A lot of people take the bus service so is so crowded.Having double deck is good but seriously thou,they have to stop using them so they can use them for the trunk,feeder etc. route and having three route instead of four is due the bus service they operate is a lot ,like SBS.Thou improvements can be made on this service I hope.

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