SMRT Bus Service 973

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.

973
Bukit Panjang Int ↺ Hume Ave (Loop)
45009 Bukit Panjang Int DT1-BP6 Petir Rd
44241 Opp Lompang Rd Bt Panjang Rd
44231 Zhenghua Pr Sch Bt Panjang Rd
44229 Bef Pending Stn BP8 Pending Rd
44371 Blk 219 Petir Rd
44381 Blk 202 Petir Rd
44351 Aft Chestnut Ave Petir Rd
44361 Bef Dairy Farm Rd Petir Rd
43969 BEF DAIRY FARM HTS Dairy Farm Rd
43899 BEF DAIRY FARM CRES Dairy Farm Rd
43069 HILLVIEW STN EXIT A DT3 Upp Bt Timah Rd
43279 Aft Hillview Stn DT3 Hillview Rd
43268 Hillington Green Condo Hillview Ave
43811 Bef Summerhill Hume Ave
43821 Opp Symphony Hts Hume Ave
43041 Hume Pk Condo Upp Bt Timah Rd
43051 Opp The Rail Mall Upp Bt Timah Rd
42991 BEF HILLVIEW STN EXIT B DT3 Upp Bt Timah Rd
43891 AFT DAIRY FARM CRES Dairy Farm Rd
43961 AFT DAIRY FARM HTS Dairy Farm Rd
44369 Aft Dairy Farm Rd Petir Rd
44359 Bef Chestnut Ave Petir Rd
44389 Opp Blk 201 Petir Rd
44379 Opp Blk 219 Petir Rd
44221 Opp Pending Stn BP8 Pending Rd
44239 Opp Zhenghua Pr Sch Bt Panjang Rd
44249 Blk 174 Bt Panjang Rd
44639 Bt Panjang Plaza DT1-BP6 Jelebu Rd
45009 Bukit Panjang Int DT1-BP6 Petir Rd

 

Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
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
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Depot Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)
Buses park at: Bulim Bus Depot (BUDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
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MAN NL323F
Departure Times from Bukit Panjang
0530hrs – 0010hrs (Daily)
Frequency Loop Service
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.

Service 973 was amended to Bt Panjang ITH with new calling Bus Stops along Dairy Farm Rd from 04 Sep 2017.

 

Bus Service 973 serves the following amenities along its route:

  • Schools:
    • Zhenghua Primary School
    • Trinity Theological College
  • Shopping Centres:
    • Bukit Panjang Plaza
    • HillV2
    • 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:

Special Departures:
  • 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.

12 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 973

  • 14 February 2017 at 9:40 PM
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    @admin you should include the “filter right” thing to other buses that skip bus stops due to this. e.g. 33, 64, 120, 145 are unable to call at one of the Alexandra Road bus stops as they have to turn right to Redhill MRT.

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  • 12 February 2017 at 11:47 PM
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    Might as well amend 970 to take this route to Hillview and provide residents with more travelling options. Current 970 seem to have very low pickup rate from BP till HV.

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    • 17 February 2017 at 2:26 PM
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      Agree with u. Currently 176, 963 & 970 already shares the same route between Bt Panjang & Hillview.

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  • 12 February 2017 at 7:02 AM
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    The bus service is not under bsep

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  • 10 February 2017 at 8:29 PM
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    I suspect will use 700 fleet if 700 get withdrawn

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  • 10 February 2017 at 7:23 PM
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    Another short distance service under SMRT. Otherwise it is feeder service.

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