SMRT Bus Service 969

SMRT Bus Service 969 is a trunk route between Woodlands Temporary Interchange and Tampines Interchange, passing through Admiralty, Gambas Avenue, Yishun, Khatib and Tampines Concourse. The popular route plies a long express sector along the SLE and TPE, offering the fastest bus connection between Tampines and Khatib/Yishun.

Service 969 calls at a new pair of bus stops along Gambas Ave from 22 March 2020.

969
46009
Woodlands Temp Int NS9TE2
Woodlands Square
46281
Blk 825
Woodlands Avenue 7
46391
Blk 853
Woodlands Avenue 7
46761
Blk 706
Woodlands Avenue 7
46771
Opp Admiralty Stn NS10
Woodlands Avenue 7
47601
Blk 793
Woodlands Avenue 7
47611
Woodsvale Condo
Woodlands Avenue 7
58301
3M Bldg
Gambas Avenue
58571
Bef Sembawang Ave
Gambas Avenue
57129
Blk 114
Sembawang Road
57119
Blk 101
Sembawang Road
59119
Opp Blk 701A
Yishun Avenue 5
59149
Blk 145
Yishun Avenue 5
59073
Opp Yishun Stn NS13
Yishun Avenue 2
59069
Opp Blk 757
Yishun Avenue 2
59059
Blk 608
Yishun Avenue 2
59049
Opp Khatib Stn NS14
Yishun Avenue 2
59039
Yishun Sports Hall
Yishun Avenue 2
59029
Aft Yishun Ave 1
Lentor Avenue
59019
Aft Sg Seletar Bridge
Lentor Avenue
55289
LP 94
Lentor Avenue
65199
Aft Punggol Rd
Tampines Expressway
76541
Citylife@ Tampines
Tampines Avenue 9
76511
The Tampines Trilliant
Tampines Concourse
76521
Opp Blk 519A
Tampines Concourse
75009
Tampines Int EW2DT32
Tampines Central 1
75009
Tampines Int EW2DT32
Tampines Central 1
76529
Blk 519A
Tampines Concourse
76519
Bet Blks 524B/523D
Tampines Concourse
76549
Opp Citylife@ Tampines
Tampines Avenue 9
65191
Bef Punggol Rd
Tampines Expressway
55281
Aft SLE
Lentor Avenue
59011
Bef Sg Seletar Bridge
Lentor Avenue
59021
Bef Yishun Ave 1
Lentor Avenue
59031
Opp Yishun Sports Hall
Yishun Avenue 2
59041
Bef Khatib Stn NS14
Yishun Avenue 2
59051
Blk 790
Yishun Avenue 2
59061
Blk 763
Yishun Avenue 2
59079
Yishun Stn NS13
Yishun Avenue 2
59141
Blk 741
Yishun Avenue 5
59111
Blk 701
Yishun Avenue 5
57111
Opp Blk 101
Sembawang Road
57121
Opp Blk 115B
Sembawang Road
58579
Aft Sembawang Ave
Gambas Avenue
58309
Opp 3M Bldg
Gambas Avenue
47619
Opp Woodsvale Condo
Woodlands Avenue 7
47609
Opp Blk 793
Woodlands Avenue 7
46779
Admiralty Stn NS10
Woodlands Avenue 7
46769
Blk 666
Woodlands Avenue 7
46399
Aft 888 Plaza
Woodlands Avenue 7
46289
Blk 891C CP
Woodlands Avenue 7
46009
Woodlands Temp Int NS9TE2
Woodlands Square

Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange ↔ Tampines Bus Interchange
Passes Through Admiralty, Gambas Ave, Yishun Ave 2, SLE, TPE, Tampines Concourse
Route Length Towards Tampines: 27.6 km Towards Woodlands: 27.2 km
Traveling Time 70 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Sembawang–Yishun Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Buses park at: Woodlands Bus Park (WLBP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
MAN A22
– Mercedes-Benz Citaro
12-metre Double Deck bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
MAN A95
18-metre Articulated Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz O405G
MAN A24
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Woodlands
Weekdays & Saturdays Sundays / Public Holidays
05:30 – 23:45 05:45 – 23:45
Departure Times from Tampines
Weekdays & Saturdays Sundays / Public Holidays
05:30 – 23:45 05:45 – 23:45
Operating Frequency
6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
From Woodlands 4 – 8 mins 5 – 10 mins 5 – 9 mins 9 – 12 mins
From Tampines 3 – 7 mins 5 – 10 mins 5 – 7 mins 3 – 10 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares

 

Service 969 is an inter-town route serving between the housing estates around Woodlands, Yishun and Tampines. The route is frequented as a fast connection between Yishun and Tampines owing to its express sector along the Seletar Expressway (SLE) and Tampines Expressway (TPE). The route also calls at Tampines Expressway (Punggol Road) Bus Interchange for convenient transfers to and from other TPE Corridor bus services.

From Tampines Interchange, Service 39 also plies between Tampines and Yishun, but takes a much longer journey by serving Pasir Ris. Service 168 also covers the Tampines to Woodlands sector with a faster journey time than 969 by skipping Yishun town.

As the fastest public transport link between Tampines and Yishun, this service experiences good demand all day round with significantly higher demand during peak hours. Many buses are added during peak periods to cope with the demand increase, and high capacity Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses were deployed from August 2014 to cope with peak hour loads. The journey between Yishun and Tampines takes around 40 minutes during off-peak periods.

At Tampines Interchange, passengers who wish to get a seat for the long express journey usually queue up at the boarding berth. Passengers can board the bus without joining the queue, usually only after all seats have been occupied.

Extension via Tampines Concourse

As part of the Bus Service Enhancements with the opening of Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange, Bus Service 969 was amended to ply Tampines Concourse from 18 December 2016. As a result, Bus Service 969 calls at 3 pair of new bus stops (2 pairs along Tampines Concourse and 1 pair along Tampines Ave 9).

MRT Stations Served:
Special Departures:
  • Yishun Ave 2 (Yishun Stn) Woodlands Temp Int
    Weekdays Mornings
  • Sembawang Road (Blk 114)  Tampines Int
    Weekdays AM Peak hours
  • Yishun Ave 2 (Opp Yishun Stn)  Tampines Int
    Weekdays AM/PM Peak hours
Short Trip Service
  • Service 969A: Tampines Int → Yishun Ave 2 (Yishun Stn)
    Weekdays, except Public Holidays: 08:25, 19:11, 19:32 & 19:39

Service 969A was introduced in 2013 to cope with high demand between Tampines and Yishun, where most of the demand of Service 969 is encountered.


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Operator History
  • 2001 – 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 under the Sembawang – Yishun Bus Package.

History
  • 2001 (15 Apr): Introduced between Woodlands Regional Int and Tampines Int.
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2013 (07 Jul): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2014 (18 Aug): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
  • 2014 (05 Oct): Calls at Tampines Expressway (Punggol Road) Bus Interchange
  • 2016 (12 Mar): Amended to Woodlands Temp Int
  • 2016 (18 Dec): Amended to ply Tampines Concourse instead of Tampines Ave 7
  • 2020 (22 Mar): Calls at a pair of new bus stops along Gambas Ave

 

Past Routing

8 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 969

  • 9 November 2019 at 2:40 PM
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    2 pairs of new bus stops along Gambas Avenue for SMRT Bus Services 965 & 969.

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    • 5 August 2020 at 10:45 AM
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      Kindly consider service 969 to divert left after Yishun sports hall into Yishun Ave 1 to better serve commuter going to jalan kayu, punggol instead of plying a non productive route along lentor Ave., SLE, punggol where service 39, 85, 858 are duplicating.

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  • 1 November 2018 at 9:05 AM
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    bus 969 – SG5504T -date 01NOV18
    I board this train 0840 from yishun ..after 20min the bus just reach LENTOR bustop B12
    I wonder why this bus was so slow in his speed .while he drove on the bus lane ..no traffic jam in front yet he still taking his own sweet time. Please aware that we are takking on way to work . I don mean he should speed but i guess the speed is soooo slow until i can see all the vehical passing us until disappear in my view spot …you can imagine on the high way and no traffic jam …what is the reason the bus driving super slow speed . I guess i will be super late today .

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    • 22 March 2019 at 6:09 AM
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      22 March 2019 at 6:03 AM Bus Stop 59119
      Why the driver didn’t open the door? I was in a hurry to catch this trio. The bus still at the bus stop when I reached. I was waving at the driver but never bothered to open the door. Could you please ask your driver to check the passengers at the bus stop before leaving?

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      • 22 October 2019 at 10:44 PM
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        Knock the door 3 times the driver will look

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  • 12 July 2018 at 6:26 PM
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    I must compliment on this bus svc 969 12 July 6.25pm, SG5821C! I rarely come across bus which is so quiet and running smoothly along TPE! Maybe this bus is really well maintained and driven by a good driver!

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  • 3 September 2016 at 12:35 AM
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    But why SMRT bus service 969 are getting full single deck Citaro & OC500LE Bus Fleet since it was selected under LYDEP? Only can see 1 or 2 double deck buses on Sv 969! Sv 969 should get at least 8 – 10 double deck buses like SMRT does when it was under WPDEP.

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  • 23 June 2016 at 9:05 PM
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    I hope this service will be majority Amdep/Lybp when SMRT park at Loyang and deploy more A95

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