SMRT Bus Service 976 is a trunk service operating between Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang Interchange, supplementing the Bukit Panjang LRT and was launched on 10 November 2019.
||Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange ↔ Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange|
|Passes Through||Choa Chu Kang Way/Rd, Senja Rd, Segar Rd, Bt Panjang Ring Rd, Petir/Pending Rd|
|Route Length||8.6 km (D1) | 9.0 km (D2)|
|Travelling Time||37 – 50 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses Ltd|
|Current Depot||Kranji Bus Depot|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Single Deck Bus
– MAN A22
|Departure Times from Choa Chu Kang
||0530hrs – 0030hrs (Daily)|
|Departure Times from Bukit Panjang
||0550hrs – 0050hrs (Daily)|
|Frequency||Direction 1||Direction 2|
|0530–0030: 15 mins||0550–0050: 15 mins|
As part of the Bukit Panjang LRT Overhaul, Bus Service 976 would complement the Bukit Panjang LRT network, as LRT train services would only be offered in a counter-clockwise loop (Service B via Petir) during off-peak hours on Weekdays and the entire day during Weekends & Public Holidays starting from 1 December 2019.
According to the Land Transport Authority, full day Bus Service 976 is upgraded from the existing peak-hour Bus Parallel Service BPS1, which was introduced in 2011 as a measure to reduce peak hour crowding on the Bukit Panjang LRT network by providing an alternative travel route for residents at Segar, Jelapang and Senja to Choa Chu Kang. With the introduction of Bus Service 976, Service BPS1 will be withdrawn on the same day.
Rail Stations Served
- BP6DT1 Bukit Panjang
- BP7 Petir
- BP8 Pending
- BP9 Bangkit
- BP12 Jelapang
- BP13 Senja
- BP5 Phoenix
- BP4 Teck Whye
- BP3 Keat Hong
- BP2 South View
- BP1NS4 Choa Chu Kang
Fare: Charges basic distance fares for trunk services. See Bus Fares.
- 2019 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang bus package.
- 2019 (10 Nov): Launched from Choa Chu Kang Int to Bukit Panjang Int. Wheelchair-accessible at launch.
- 2020 (01 Jan): Service Enhancement to operate at 15 minutes frequency daily throughout the day.