SMRT Bus Service 966

SMRT Bus Service 966 is a trunk route from Woodlands Temporary Interchange and looping at Marine Parade, passing through Marsiling, Bukit Panjang, Whitley, Jalan Toa Payoh, Eunos and Still Road. Incorporating long express sectors, the route serves as an important connection between the housing estates of Bukit Panjang, Toa Payoh, Eunos and Marine Parade.

966
W'Lands Temp Int ↺ Marine Parade Rd (Loop)
46009
W'Lands Temp Int
Woodlands Sq
46549
Blk 347
Woodlands Ave 3
46539
Blk 320
Woodlands Ave 3
46529
Opp Marsiling Stn
Woodlands Ave 3
46491
Blk 402
Woodlands Ave 3
44269
Blk 223
Bt Panjang Rd
44229
Bef Pending Stn
Pending Rd
44371
Blk 219
Petir Rd
44381
Blk 202
Petir Rd
44351
Aft Chestnut Ave
Petir Rd
44361
Bef Dairy Farm Rd
Petir Rd
51091
Opp Catholic JC
PIE
51101
Old Police Academy
PIE
52071
Trellis Twrs
Jln Toa Payoh
52081
Aft Blk 195
Jln Toa Payoh
60081
St. Andrew'S Village
Jln Toa Payoh
60071
Kolam Ayer Ind Est
Jln Kolam Ayer
60061
Aft Infineon
Jln Kolam Ayer
83119
Opp Blk 16
Jln Eunos
83109
Opp Eunos Stn
Jln Eunos
83299
Aft Lor G Telok Kurau
Still Rd
83319
Aft Lor J Telok Kurau
Still Rd
83309
Aft Still Lane
Still Rd
92279
D'Ecosia
Still Rd Sth
92059
Bet Blks 72/74
Marine Parade Rd
92049
Parkway Parade
Marine Parade Rd
92041
Opp Parkway Parade
Marine Parade Rd
92051
Opp Blk 72
Marine Parade Rd
92271
Opp D'Ecosia
Still Rd Sth
83301
Aft East Coast Rd
Still Rd
83311
Aft Lor Nangka
Still Rd
83291
Aft Joo Chiat Pl
Still Rd
83101
Eunos Stn
Jln Eunos
83111
Blk 17
Jln Eunos
60069
Kallang Basin Swim Cplx
Jln Kolam Ayer
60079
MOM Svcs Ctr
Jln Kolam Ayer
60089
Opp St. Andrew'S Village
Jln Toa Payoh
52089
Opp Blk 195
Jln Toa Payoh
52079
Opp Trellis Twrs
Jln Toa Payoh
51099
Catholic JC
Whitley Rd
44369
Aft Dairy Farm Rd
Petir Rd
44359
Bef Chestnut Ave
Petir Rd
44389
Opp Blk 201
Petir Rd
44379
Opp Blk 219
Petir Rd
44221
Opp Pending Stn
Pending Rd
44261
Blk 270
Bt Panjang Rd
46499
Opp Blk 402
Woodlands Ave 3
46521
Marsiling Stn
Woodlands Ave 3
46531
Blk 173
Woodlands Ave 3
46541
Opp Blk 347
Woodlands Ave 3
46009
W'Lands Temp Int
Woodlands Sq
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange Marine Parade Road (Loop)
Passes Through Marsiling, Bukit Panjang, Whitley, Jln Toa Payoh, Eunos, Still Rd
Route Length 63.5km
Travelling Time 125 mins (Off-Peak)
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
MAN NL323F
Departure Times from Woodlands
0530 – 2217 (Weekdays | Full Loop)
0545 – 2217 (Sat, Sun/PHs | Full Loop)
2230 – 2330 (Daily | Terminates at Parkway Parade, B02 Marine Parade Rd)
Departure Times from Looping Pt
From Opp Parkway Parade, B01 Marine Parade Rd
0545 – 2330 (Weekdays)
0600 – 2330 (Sat, Sun/PHs)
Frequency Loop Service: Notes
0630-0830: 05 – 07 mins
0831-1659: 05 – 11 mins
1700-1900: 06 – 10 mins
After 1900: 10 – 13 mins
From 2230hrs onwards, buses leaving Woodlands Temp Int will terminate at Marine Parade Road (Parkway Parade).
Route Information

Service 966 is an inter-town route serving between the housing estates around Woodlands, Bukit Panjang, Jalan Toa Payoh, Eunos and Marine Parade. The route is frequented as a fast connection between Woodlands, Bukit Panjang, Toa Payoh and Eunos due to its long express sectors along the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) and Pan-Island Expressway (PIE).

The route shares its Woodlands – Bukit Panjang sector with Services 187 and 963, but is otherwise non-duplicative for most of its route and boasts many unique connections. Despite few duplicating routes, this service experiences moderate to low demand during off-peak hours, but very high demand during peak hours. As such, high capacity Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses were deployed in August 2014 to cope with peak hour loads. As of 2015, the BSEP has added a significant eight buses to improve the route, among the most resources allocated to enhancing an existing bus route under the BSEP.

The route being exceptionally long has a runtime of around 2 hours and 20 minutes, and is prone to bunching up and delays due to expressway jams during the peak hours, causing large fluctuations in bus frequency. From 2230hrs onwards (daily), buses leaving Woodlands Temp Int will terminate at Marine Parade Road (Parkway Parade), but continues to operate as Service 966 (without other indications of its half-trip nature).

MRT/LRT Stations served:
Special Departures:
  • Marine Parade Road (Opp Parkway Parade)  Woodlands Temp Int
    Weekdays: 0545hrs, 0600hrs, 0615hrs, 0630hrs (4 departures)
    Saturdays: 0600hrs, 0615hrs, 0630hrs (3 departures)
    Sat/Sun/PHs: 0600hrs, 0620hrs (2 departures)
  • Bt Panjang Road (Blk 223)  Marine Parade Woodlands Temp Int
    Weekdays AM Peak; Saturdays 0605hrs; Sunday 0600hrs
  • Woodlands Temp Int  Marine Parade (Parkway Parade)
    Daily, 2230hrs – 2330hrs

Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.


Gallery:


Operator History:
  • 2003 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2020 as part of the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package.

History:
  • 2003 (16 Nov): Introduced between Woodlands Regional Int and Marine Parade (Loop).
  • 2007 (07 Jan): Amended to ply Bukit Panjang Rd, Pending Rd, Petir Rd and Dairy Farm Rd in both directions instead of BKE (express)
  • 2011 (04 Sep): Amended to Whampoa East instead of Whampoa North, due to the closure of Whampoa North for the new Woodsville Interchange
  • 2012 (21 Oct): Amended to skip Bendemeer Rd / Serangoon Rd entirely
  • 2012 (15 Nov): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2014 (18 Aug): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
  • 2016 (12 Mar): Amended to Woodlands Temp Int
Past Routings:


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2 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 966

  • 6 June 2018 at 6:34 PM
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    Bus 966 driver
    Taking their time
    1. No passages alighting or boarding bus they can also stop at bus stop for 5mins
    2. Driver as slow as snail
    3. Old people asking them about bus Direction they do not bother to help ans just say no no

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  • 28 May 2016 at 4:28 PM
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    Now got 2 permanent MAN A95 too..Please update.

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