SMRT Bus Service 973 is a trunk service plying between Bukit Panjang and Hume Avenue, passing through Pending Rd, Petir Rd and Hillview Ave, connecting Pending, Petir and Hume residents with the Hillview and Bukit Panjang MRT Stations along the Downtown Line. It was launched on Sunday, 26 February 2017.
||Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange ↺ Hume Avenue (Loop)|
|Passes Through||Bukit Panjang Rd, Petir Rd, Hillview Ave|
|Route Length||10.6 km|
|Traveling Time||~ 60 mins|
|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 Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
|Departure Times from Bukit Panjang
||0530hrs – 0010hrs (Daily)|
|0630-0830: 10 – 13 mins
0831-1659: 12 mins
1700-1900: 10 – 12 mins
After 1900: 10 – 15 mins
Bus Service 973 is a short trunk service from Bukit Panjang to Hume Avenue, mainly serving residents along Hume Avenue and Petir Road with direct links to both Hillview and Bukit Panjang MRT Stations. The route duplicates Bus Service 700 / 700A from Bukit Panjang to Petir Road.
Due to buses having to filter right along Upper Bukit Timah Road near Hillview MRT Station, Bus Service 973 does not call along Upper Bukit Timah Road towards Bukit Panjang (namely 43061 Upp Bt Timah Rd (Hillview Stn)). As such, commuters must alight at new bus stop 42991 Upp Bt Timah Rd (Bef Hillview Stn Exit B) and walk to Hillview MRT Station.
For Hillview MRT Station, commuters boarding Bus Service 973 towards Hume should board at 43069 Upp Bt Timah Rd (Hillview Stn Exit A)
Commuters boarding towards Bukit Panjang should also board at 43891 Dairy Farm Rd (Aft Dairy Farm Cres) or 42991 Upp Bt Timah Rd (Bef Hillview Stn Exit B).
Formerly, when the service was launched in February 2017, there was no direct bus stop connection to Hillview MRT Station. Commuters had to walk from nearby Dairy Farm Rd or Hillview Ave Bus Stops which had no sheltered walkway to the MRT Station. It was only in May 2017 when Service 973 was finally made to call at Hillview Stn Exit A towards Hume.
Bus Service 973 serves the following amenities along its route:
- Zhenghua Primary School
- Trinity Theological College
- Shopping Centres:
- Bukit Panjang Plaza
- The Rail Mall
- Bukit Panjang Park
- Bukit Panjang N2 Park
- Dairy Farm Nature Park
- Senja-Cashew Community Centre
- Bukit Panjang Community Centre
- Hillview Community Centre
- MOE Dairy Farm Adventure Centre
MRT / LRT Stations served:
- Petir Road (Aft Dairy Farm Rd) → Bukit Panjang Int
Daily: 0535hrs, 0546hrs
Short Trip Service
- Service 973A: Bukit Panjang Int → Pending Rd (Bef Pending Stn)
Daily: 0030hrs, 0050hrs & 0110hrs
Service 973A was introduced in tandem with the adjustment of Bukit Panjang LRT Operating Hours to facilitate renewal works from 13 January 2019.
Fare: Charges basic distance fares. See Bus Fares.
Pre Launch Event (Click to expand)
A day before the service launch, on Saturday, 25 February 2017, a promotional pre-launch event was held for the advisers from the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC as well as Grassroot Leaders and residents.