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.

969
46009
W'Lands Temp Int
Woodlands Sq
46281
Blk 825
Woodlands Ave 7
46391
Blk 853
Woodlands Ave 7
46761
Blk 706
Woodlands Ave 7
46771
Opp Admiralty Stn
Woodlands Ave 7
47601
Blk 793
Woodlands Ave 7
47611
Woodsvale Condo
Woodlands Ave 7
58301
3M Bldg
Gambas Ave
57129
Blk 114
Sembawang Rd
57119
Blk 101
Sembawang Rd
59119
Opp Blk 701A
Yishun Ave 5
59149
Blk 145
Yishun Ave 5
59073
Opp Yishun Stn
Yishun Ave 2
59069
Opp Blk 757
Yishun Ave 2
59059
Blk 608
Yishun Ave 2
59049
Opp Khatib Stn
Yishun Ave 2
59039
Yishun Sports Hall
Yishun Ave 2
59029
Aft Yishun Ave 1
Lentor Ave
59019
Aft Sg Seletar Bridge
Lentor Ave
55289
LP 94
Lentor Ave
65199
Aft Punggol Rd
TPE
76541
Citylife@ Tampines
Tampines Ave 9
76511
THE TAMPINES TRILLIANT
Tampines Concourse
76521
OPP BLK 519A
Tampines Concourse
75009
Tampines Int
Tampines Ctrl 1
75009
Tampines Int
Tampines Ctrl 1
76529
BLK 519A
Tampines Concourse
76519
BET BLKS 524B/523D
Tampines Concourse
76549
Opp Citylife@ Tampines
Tampines Ave 9
65191
Bef Punggol Rd
TPE
55281
Aft SLE
Lentor Ave
59011
Bef Sg Seletar Bridge
Lentor Ave
59021
Bef Yishun Ave 1
Lentor Ave
59031
Opp Yishun Sports Hall
Yishun Ave 2
59041
Bef Khatib Stn
Yishun Ave 2
59051
Blk 790
Yishun Ave 2
59061
Blk 763
Yishun Ave 2
59079
Yishun Stn
Yishun Ave 2
59141
Blk 741
Yishun Ave 5
59111
Blk 701
Yishun Ave 5
57111
Opp Blk 101
Sembawang Rd
57121
Opp Blk 115B
Sembawang Rd
58309
Opp 3M Bldg
Gambas Ave
47619
Opp Woodsvale Condo
Woodlands Ave 7
47609
Opp Blk 793
Woodlands Ave 7
46779
Admiralty Stn
Woodlands Ave 7
46769
Blk 666
Woodlands Ave 7
46399
Aft 888 Plaza
Woodlands Ave 7
46289
Blk 891C CP
Woodlands Ave 7
46009
W'Lands Temp Int
Woodlands Sq
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange ↔ Tampines Bus Interchange
Passes Through Admiralty, Gambas Ave, Yishun, Khatib, SLE, TPE, Tampines Ave 12, Tampines Concourse
Route Length 27.6 km (D1) | 27.2 km (D2)
Travelling 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)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
MAN A95
18-metre Articulated Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz O405G

MAN A24
12-metre Single Deck Bus:

– 
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from Woodlands 0530hrs – 2345hrs (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0545hrs – 2345hrs (Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from Tampines
0530hrs – 2345hrs (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0545hrs – 2345hrs (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 04 – 07 mins
0831-1659: 04 – 13 mins
1700-1900: 07 – 11 mins
After 1900: 09 – 12 mins
0630-0830: 03 – 08 mins
0831-1659: 05 – 12 mins
1700-1900: 06 – 07 mins
After 1900: 03 – 10 mins

Route History

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 Interchange → Yishun Avenue 2 (Yishun Stn)
    Weekdays AM/PM Peak hours

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.

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

 


Gallery:


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

Past Routings:


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3 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 969

  • 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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