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.
|Route||Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange ↔ Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange|
|Passes Through||Choa Chu Kang Way, Senja Rd, Bt Panjang Ring Rd, Petir Rd|
|Route Length||Towards Bukit Panjang: 8.4 km||Towards Choa Chu Kang: 9.0 km|
|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 (KJDEP)|
|Current Fleet||Single Deck Bus
– Linkker LM312
– MAN A22
|Departure Times from Choa Chu Kang||Daily|
|05:30 – 00:30|
|Departure Times from Bukit Panjang||Daily|
|05:50 – 00:50|
|From Choa Chu Kang
||15 mins||15 mins||15 mins||15 mins|
|From Bukit Panjang||15 mins||15 mins||15 mins||15 mins|
|Fare||Charges regular distance fares
Bus Service 976 was introduced as a full-day service to complement the Bukit Panjang LRT network. As part of the Bukit Panjang LRT Overhaul, 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According to the Land Transport Authority, full-day Bus Service 976 is upgraded from the withdrawn peak-hour Bus Parallel Service BPS1, which was introduced in 2011 as a measure to reduce peak hour crowding on the Bukit Panjang LRT network by providing an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 With the introduction of Bus Service 976, Service BPS1 was withdrawn on the same day.
MRT / LRT Stations Served
- BP6–DT1 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
- 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): Introduced between Choa Chu Kang Int and Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub, replacing Service BPS1
- 2020 (01 Jan): Service Enhancement to operate at 15 minutes frequency daily throughout the day.
- 2022 (03 Apr): Amended to skip Senja Link towards Bukit Panjang due to the conversion of part of Senja Road and Senja Link to one-way traffic
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27 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 976”
976 is rather disappointing, considering that CCK and BPJ feeders are very well managed (and don’t get me started on how 190 is practically a BRT service at this point minus special stations, buses, and dedicated lanes and all that), with 15 minute headways throughout. Just to prop up the ailing BPLRT…
The point is BPLRT Service A is NOT in operation except Weekday Peak Hours. Otherwise, take a look at Segar & Senja Road residents, the LRT Stations are too far to go. Considering this, 976 is taking as an alternative of LRT.
Speaking about 190, 190 where got go along LRT Line one? 190 only at most serve NS4/BP1 Choa Chu Kang and BP5 Phoenix only.
Starts from Gali Batu Terminal in future
If start at Gali Batu? Later the route will be even way weirder.
From 1st January 2020,LTA will add one more AM/PM bus and a improve the frequency from 30 to 15 minutes
Why lta doesn’t want to amend this bus service to loop at Bt Panjang Int on 1 Jan 2020 together with reducing to 15 mins of waiting time?
They said if demand is more higher than they increase the frequency of the bus timing.
Hopefully LTA improve 976’s frequency & fleet capacity, because of the number of complaints received about this service.