The route commenced operations on Sunday, 27 August 2017. It is the seventy-sixth (76th) service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
||Bukit Batok Bus Interchange ↺ Bukit Batok Road (Loop)|
|Passes Through||Bt Batok West Ave 3, Bt Batok West Ave 6|
|Route Length||4.9 km|
|Travelling Time||20 – 30 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Bulim Bus Package (Negotiated Contract)
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses|
|Current Depot||Bulim Bus Depot|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Single Deck Buses
– Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
|Departure Times from Bukit Batok||0530hrs – 0100hrs (Daily)|
|0630 – 0830: 12 mins
0831 – 1659: 13 – 16 mins
1700 – 1900: 12 mins
After 1900: 15 – 16 mins
Bus Service 944 is a feeder service from Bukit Batok Bus Interchange to Bukit Batok Road, mainly serving new residential estates northwest of Bukit Batok with direct links to NS2 Bukit Batok MRT Station, as well as other amenities along the route. It is the fourth feeder bus service originating from Bukit Batok, alongside Services 941, 945 and 947, and commenced operations on Sunday, 27 August 2017.
In Bukit Batok, Service 944 serves new Build-To-Order (BTO) flat estates such as:
- West Quarry @ Bukit Batok
- West Plains @ Bukit Batok
- West Edge @ Bukit Batok
- West Rock @ Bukit Batok
- West Terra @ Bukit Batok
- West Valley @ Bukit Batok
- West Ridges @ Bukit Batok
Amenities served include:
- Club CSC @ Bukit Batok
- Bukit Batok Polyclinic
While Bukit Batok Bus Interchange is under the tendered Bulim Bus Package contract with Tower Transit being the anchor operator, the decision was made by LTA to award the operation of Service 944 to SMRT Buses instead, under the Negotiated Contract (NC) model. This is likely due to economic reasons, as the per-mileage operating cost for Tower Transit is higher than that of SMRT Buses, calculated based on the winning bid amount for the Bulim Bus Package. The route may be re-tendered in 2021 under the Bulim Bus Package.
The route operates out of end-on berths A15 – A17 at Bukit Batok Bus Interchange. Service 941, which previously occupied these berths, was moved to sawtooth Berth B4.
Free rides were offered on Service 944 for all commuters.
MRT/LRT Stations Served:
- NS2 Bukit Batok
- 2017 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2021 under the Bulim Bus Package.
- 2017 (27 Aug): Launched under the BSEP. Wheelchair accessible at launch.