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
00481
BT PANJANG TEMP BUS PK
Woodlands Rd
44641
Blk 602
Bt Panjang Ring Rd
44651
Blk 617
Bt Panjang Ring Rd
44661
Blk 532
Jelapang Rd
44611
Blk 516
Jelapang Rd
44701
Blk 548B
Bt Panjang Ring Rd
44691
BLK 485
Segar Rd
44771
Fajar Stn
Fajar Rd
44349
Bet Blks 443A/443B
Fajar Rd
44339
Blk 442D
Fajar Rd
44329
Bangkit Stn
Bt Panjang Ring Rd
40239
Aft Tanglin CC
Whitley Rd
09219
Far East Plaza
Scotts Rd
09047
Orchard Stn/Tang Plaza
Orchard Rd
09037
Opp Mandarin Orchard
Orchard Rd
08138
Concorde Hotel S'pore
Orchard Rd
08057
Dhoby Ghaut Stn
Orchard Rd
02119
Opp War Memorial Pk
Nicoll Highway
03019
OUE Bayfront
Collyer Quay
03059
One Raffles Quay
Raffles Quay
03129
UIC Bldg
Shenton Way
03217
Opp AXA Twr
Shenton Way
03223
Tanjong Pagar Stn Exit C
Anson Rd
03151
Opp GB Bldg
Cecil St
03021
Prudential Twr
Cecil St
03223
Tanjong Pagar Stn Exit C
Anson Rd
03151
Opp GB Bldg
Cecil St
03021
Prudential Twr
Cecil St
03011
Fullerton Sq
Fullerton Rd
02111
Esplanade Bridge
Esplanade Dr
04111
Capitol Bldg
Stamford Rd
04121
SMU
Stamford Rd
08041
YMCA
Orchard Rd
08031
Dhoby Ghaut Stn
Penang Rd
08111
Winsland Hse
Penang Rd
08121
Somerset Stn
Somerset Rd
09059
Natl Youth Council
Grange Rd
09213
Thong Teck Bldg
Scotts Rd
40231
Raffles Town Club
Whitley Rd
44321
Opp Bangkit Stn
Bt Panjang Ring Rd
44331
Blk 239
Fajar Rd
44341
Blk 401A CP
Fajar Rd
44779
Opp Fajar Stn
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
Bt Panjang Ring Rd
00481
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 24.2 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 Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP)
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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