SMRT Express Bus Service 971E

SMRT Express Service 971E is a Peak hour Express service between Bukit Panjang and Shenton Way, passing through PIE, Orchard and Bras Basah.

971E
48009 Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk Woodlands Rd
44641 Blk 602 BP13 Bt Panjang Ring Rd
44651 Blk 617 Bt Panjang Ring Rd
44661 Blk 532 Jelapang Rd
44611 Blk 516 Jelapang Rd
44701 Blk 548B Segar Rd
44691 BLK 485 Segar Rd
44771 Fajar Stn BP10 Fajar Rd
44349 Bet Blks 443A/443B Fajar Rd
44339 Blk 442D Fajar Rd
44329 Bangkit Stn BP9 Bt Panjang Ring Rd
40239 Aft Tanglin CC Whitley Rd
09219 Far East Plaza Scotts Rd
09047 Orchard Stn/Tang Plaza NS22 Orchard Rd
09037 Opp Mandarin Orchard NS22 Orchard Rd
08138 Concorde Hotel S'pore Orchard Rd
08057 Dhoby Ghaut Stn NS24NE6CC1 Orchard Rd
02119 Opp War Memorial Pk CC3 Nicoll Highway
03019 OUE Bayfront EW14NS26 Collyer Quay
03059 One Raffles Quay Raffles Quay
03129 UIC Bldg Shenton Way
03217 Opp AXA Twr EW15 Shenton Way
03223 Tanjong Pagar Stn Exit C EW15 Anson Rd
03151 Opp GB Bldg Cecil St
03021 Prudential Twr Cecil St
03223 Tanjong Pagar Stn Exit C EW15 Anson Rd
03151 Opp GB Bldg Cecil St
03021 Prudential Twr Cecil St
03011 Fullerton Sq EW14NS26 Fullerton Rd
02111 Esplanade Bridge Esplanade Dr
04111 Capitol Bldg EW13NS25 Stamford Rd
04121 SMU CC2 Stamford Rd
08041 YMCA Orchard Rd
08031 Dhoby Ghaut Stn Exit B NS24NE6CC1 Penang Rd
08111 Winsland Hse Penang Rd
08121 Somerset Stn NS23 Somerset Rd
09059 Natl Youth Council Grange Rd
09213 Thong Teck Bldg Scotts Rd
40231 Raffles Town Club Whitley Rd
44321 Opp Bangkit Stn BP9 Bt Panjang Ring Rd
44331 Blk 239 Fajar Rd
44341 Blk 401A CP Fajar Rd
44779 Opp Fajar Stn BP10 Fajar Rd
44699 BLK 457 Segar Rd
44709 Blk 547C Segar Rd
44619 Blk 506 Jelapang Rd
44669 Opp Blk 532 Jelapang Rd
44659 Blk 537A CP Bt Panjang Ring Rd
44649 Blk 541A CP BP13 Bt Panjang Ring Rd
48009 Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk Woodlands Rd

Note:

  • No boarding and alighting at Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk.
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
[AM]: Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park → Cecil Street (Prudential Tower)
[PM]: Anson Road (Tanjong Pagar Stn Exit C) → Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park
Passes Through Jelapang Rd, Fajar Rd, Segar Rd, Scotts Rd, Orchard Rd, Shenton Way
Route Length 24.1 km (D1) | 21.4 km (D2)
Travelling Time 80 mins (AM Peak) | 81 mins (PM Peak)
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
MAN A95
Volvo B9TL
12-metre Single Deck Bus:

MAN A22
Departure Times from Bt Panjang Temp Bus Pk
0705hrs – 0745hrs (Weekdays, except Public Holidays)
Departure Times from Anson Rd
1805hrs – 1830hrs (Weekdays, except Public Holidays)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
06 – 07 mins 10 – 15 mins

Introduced on 14th March 2011, Service 971E provides passengers in Bukit Panjang with alternative means of transport to the Orchard Road and Shenton Way. The limited rail connectivity in Bukit Panjang creates a lucrative opportunity for direct bus services to the city, and this service has received many additional buses since its inauguration, from just 2 morning departures to 7 morning and 3 evening departures in April 2013.

This service has two major competitors in Bukit Panjang, Premium 555 and Premium 722. Both offer direct services to Shenton Way but charge higher fares (given their Premium designation). Alternatively, Service 700 plies from Bukit Panjang to Shenton Way via Orchard, but the hassle of transferring buses may not appeal to many commuters.

The introduction of Service 972 under the BSEP scheme has taken much loading off this route by running parallel to it between Bukit Panjang and Dhoby Ghaut.

Despite the slightly higher express fares, many commuters prefer the direct express route to Shenton Way without the hassle of transferring buses. The route still enjoys high demand daily from passengers heading to Shenton Way.

As part of the opening of Bukit Panjang ITH, Bus Service 971E starts revenue service from Blk 602, Bt Panjang Ring Rd during morning peak and end its service at Blk 541A CP, Bt Panjang Ring Rd during the evening peak, skipping Jelebu Rd on both directions.

Departure Times
  • From Bt Panjang Ring Rd (Blk 602): 0710, 0717, 0724, 0731, 0738, 0744, 0750
  • From Anson Road (Tanjong Pagar Stn Exit C): 1805, 1815, 1830
MRT / LRT Stations Served

Fare: Charges distance-based express fares. See Bus Fares.

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