SMRT City Direct Bus Service 656

SMRT City Direct Service 656 is a Weekday Peak Hour 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).

With the deployment of Double Decker buses from 2 June 2020, Morning Peak timings for City Direct 656 will be adjusted.

656
58121
Blk 424A CP
Canberra Road
58401
Opp Blk 491
Admiralty Link
58411
Blk 404A CP
Admiralty Link
58341
Blk 405
Sembawang Drive
58311
Blk 354 CP
Sembawang Drive
58251
Sun Plaza/Sembawang Stn NS11
Sembawang Drive
58291
Blk 317
Sembawang Drive
58391
Blk 303
Sembawang Avenue
08057
Dhoby Ghaut Stn NS24NE6CC1
Orchard Road
08069
Bencoolen Stn Exit B DT21
Bras Basah Road
04179
Aft Bras Basah Stn Exit A CC2
Bras Basah Road
02049
Raffles Hotel
Bras Basah Road
02119
Opp War Memorial Pk CC3
Nicoll Highway
03019
OUE Bayfront NS26EW14
Collyer Quay
03059
One Raffles Quay
Raffles Quay
03129
UIC Bldg
Shenton Way
03218
Opp MAS Bldg EW15
Shenton Way
03241
Mapletree Anson
Anson Road
03111
Aft Capital Twr
Robinson Road
03071
Opp SO Sofitel S’pore
Robinson Road
03031
Raffles Pl Stn Exit F NS26EW14
Robinson Road
03011
Fullerton Sq NS26EW14
Fullerton Road
02111
Esplanade Bridge
Esplanade Drive
04111
Capitol Bldg NS25EW13
Stamford Road
04121
SMU CC2
Stamford Road
08041
YMCA
Orchard Road
08031
Dhoby Ghaut Stn Exit B NS24NE6CC1
Penang Road
58399
Opp Blk 303
Sembawang Avenue
58299
Blk 328
Sembawang Drive
58259
Opp Sun Plaza
Sembawang Drive
58319
Blk 357C
Sembawang Drive
58349
Blk 478
Sembawang Drive
58419
Blk 482A CP
Admiralty Link
58409
Blk 491
Admiralty Link
58129
Blk 508 CP
Canberra Road


Route Overview
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 Towards Shenton Way: 28.3 km Towards Canberra Rd: 28.6 km
Traveling Time 64 – 79 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package TBC
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Buses
MAN A95
12-metre Single Deck Buses
MAN A22
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Canberra Rd
Weekdays, except Public Holidays
07:20 – 07:40
Departure Times from Anson Rd
Weekdays, except Public Holidays
18:10 – 18:25
Operating Frequency
From Canberra Rd
20 mins
From Anson Rd
15 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges express distance fares

 

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.

MRT Stations Served
Departure Timings

Weekdays (except Public Holidays)

  • Morning Peak from Canberra Road (Blk 424A CP):
    07:20 & 07:40
  • Evening Peak from Anson Road (Mapletree Anson):
    18:10 & 18:25

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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 between Canberra Rd (Blk 424A CP) and Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg) during morning peak hours and between Anson Rd (Hub Synergy Pt) and Canberra Rd (Blk 508 CP) during evening peak hours as a peak hour one-directional service on weekdays under the BSEP.
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Serves new bus stop (03241) instead of (03222) along Anson Rd
  • 2017 (20 Nov): Start of non-regular double-decker bus operations
  • 2020 (08 Apr – 01 Jun): Temporarily suspended due to Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures.
  • 2020 (02 Jun): Start of regular double-decker bus operations for morning peak

Past Routings

Changes in Departure Times:
Effective Date Morning Peak Timings Evening Peak Timings
17 Feb 2014 07:25 & 07:40 18:10 & 18:25
10 Mar 2014 07:20, 07:30 & 07:40 18:10 & 18:25
14 Jul 2014 07:20, 07:26, 07:34 & 07:40 18:10 & 18:25
17 Apr 2017 07:20, 07:30 & 07:40 18:10 & 18:25
02 Jun 2020 07:20 & 07:40 18:10 & 18:25

 


 

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16 thoughts on “SMRT City Direct Bus Service 656

  • 1 February 2019 at 8:23 AM
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    I would love to commute to work on bus 656 but the depature timing doesn’t fit. May I know if there is any intend to increase the number of trips and departure timing to 8am to 8.20am?

    Thank you.

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  • 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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