SMRT Bus Service 979

SMRT Bus Service 979 is a trunk service plying from Bukit Panjang and looping at Choa Chu Kang Crescent within the Yew Tee estate. It passes through Woodlands Road, Stagmont Ring, Choa Chu Kang Street 52 and Yew Tee MRT.

Launched on 27 December 2015 in tandem with the opening of Downtown Line Stage 2 (Bukit Panjang – Rochor), it is the fifty-third (53rd) bus service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

979
Bt Panjang Int
↺ Choa Chu Kang Cres (Loop)
45009 Bt Panjang Int B3 DT1-BP6 Petir Rd
44259 Blk 183 Bt Panjang Rd
44041 Junction 10 Woodlands Rd
44051 Opp Blk 632 CP Woodlands Rd
43991 Opp Blk 635A Woodlands Rd
44061 Bef Yew Tee Flyover Woodlands Rd
45011 Aft Yew Tee Flyover Woodlands Rd
45021 Heavy Veh Pk Woodlands Rd
45491 Bef Choa Chu Kang Nth 5 Stagmont Ring
45361 Opp Blk 765 Choa Chu Kang Nth 5
45301 Blk 708 Choa Chu Kang Nth 5
45469 Blk 537 Choa Chu Kang Nth 5
45261 Blk 551 Choa Chu Kang St 52
45271 Blk 560 Choa Chu Kang St 52
45321 Yew Tee Stn NS5 Choa Chu Kang Dr
45389 Blk 619 Choa Chu Kang Nth 7
45401 Blk 681 Choa Chu Kang Cres
45411 Opp Blk 670 Choa Chu Kang Cres
45421 Opp Blk 666 Choa Chu Kang Cres
45439 Opp Blk 661 Choa Chu Kang Cres
45399 Regent Gr Condo Choa Chu Kang Nth 7
45329 Opp Yew Tee Stn NS5 Choa Chu Kang Dr
45279 Blk 563 Choa Chu Kang St 52
45269 Blk 544 Choa Chu Kang St 52
45461 Blk 540 Choa Chu Kang Nth 5
45309 Blk 754 Choa Chu Kang Nth 5
45369 Blk 765 Choa Chu Kang Nth 5
45489 Bef Choa Chu Kang Lk Choa Chu Kang Nth 5
45029 Opp Heavy Veh Pk Woodlands Rd
44999 Bef Yew Tee Flyover Woodlands Rd
45019 Aft Yew Tee Flyover Woodlands Rd
44069 Aft KJE Slip Rd Woodlands Rd
44059 Blk 632 CP Woodlands Rd
44049 Opp Junction 10 Woodlands Rd
44031 Aft Bt Panjang Stn DT1-BP6 Upp Bt Timah Rd
45009 Bt Panjang Int DT1-BP6 Petir Rd
Route Overview
Route WAB_logo_20px Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange ↺ Choa Chu Kang Crescent (Loop)
Passes Through Woodlands Rd, Choa Chu Kang Nth 5, Choa Chu Kang St 52
Route Length 11.8 km
Travelling 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: Woodlands Bus Park
Current Fleet Double Deck Bus
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– MAN A95
– Volvo B9TL
Operating Hours
Departure Times from Bukit Panjang
Weekdays Saturdays & Sundays / Public Holidays
05:45 – 00:00 05:45 – 23:45
Operating Frequency
Loop Service 6:30am–8.30am 8.31am–4.59pm 5.00pm–7.00pm After 7.00pm
4 – 6 mins 6 – 11 mins 5 – 7 mins 6 – 13 mins
Fare Information
Fare Charges regular distance fares

 

Service 979 is a residential trunk route serving within the housing estates of Yew Tee, connecting housing blocks along Choa Chu Kang Street 52 and Choa Chu Kang Crescent with connections to key transport nodes at Yew Tee MRT, as well as Bukit Panjang MRT / LRT. The route serves schools such as De La Salle School, and community amenities such as Bukit Panjang Plaza, Junction 10, Yew Tee Point, Limbang Shopping Centre and Yew Tee Community Building. It duplicates Service 302 between Choa Chu Kang Street 52 and its looping point.

This service is the fifty-third (53rd) bus service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) and is launched as part of the DTL2 Bukit Panjang Bus Service Enhancements in tandem with the opening of Downtown Line Stage 2. Additionally, this provides a vital link for Yew Tee residents to Bukit Panjang, the Downtown Line and thereafter to other towns and the City. Previously residents had to pass through Yew Tee or Choa Chu Kang if they relied solely on Service 302.

July 2018 Amendment / Service 979M Withdrawal

Service 979 was amended to ply Stagmont Ring, Choa Chu Kang Link & Choa Chu Kang North 5 instead of KJE from 22 July 2018, after road widening and modification works at the junction of Woodlands Road and Stagmont Ring was completed on 1 July 2018. This increased coverage along Choa Chu Kang North 5.

As a result, temporary Bus Service 979M was withdrawn on the same day of the amendment. The amended route covers part of Service 979M’s lost sector along Choa Chu Kang North 5.

Bus Service 979M was launched on 24 April 2016 to serve Choa Chu Kang North 5 residents with a direct link to Bukit Panjang MRT Station while modification works at the junction of Stagmont Ring & Woodlands Road were ongoing. Its last day of service was on 21 July 2018.

First Day of Operations

Service 979 offered free rides on 27 December 2015. Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, Mr Alex Yam Ziming attended the official launch, riding the service from Yew Tee MRT Station to Bukit Panjang via Choa Chu Kang Crescent. Despite a full fleet of rigid MAN NL323F buses, a bendy bus, SMB8032R, was dispatched for one special trip from Yew Tee MRT to carry the MP and his party.

MRT / LRT Stations Served:
Special Departures:
  • Choa Chu Kang Dr (Yew Tee Stn) → Bt Panjang Int
    Weekdays: 05:40, 05:49 & 05:58
    Saturdays: 05:30, 05:40, 05:49 & 05:58

Gallery (Buses):
Poster Gallery:

 


Operator History:
  • 2015 – 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.

History:
  • 2015 (27 Dec): Introduced between Bt Panjang Temp Bus Park and Choa Chu Kang Cres (Loop) under the LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). Wheelchair-accessible at launch
  • 2017 (04 Sep): Amended to Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub
  • 2018 (22 Jul): Integrated with Service 979M and amended to ply Woodlands Rd, Stagmont Ring and Choa Chu Kang North 5
  • 2020 (13 Apr): Last bus timing from Bukit Panjang Int extended from 2345hrs to 000hrs on weekdays, except public holidays.

Past Routings

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8 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 979

  • 19 February 2022 at 5:18 PM
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    Just released B5LHs today or yesterday
    Can’t remember

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  • 14 December 2018 at 7:18 PM
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    Should the return journey of 979 go back via Choa Chu Kang North 6 road instead of current route. This will save some time for the passengers and is also help the residents of those who stay in this area who now nothing after 979M was taken out of service.

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    • 15 October 2020 at 7:04 PM
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      979M was never intend to stop at Choa Chu Kang North 6, only stops along Choa Chu Kang North 5.

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  • 19 October 2018 at 6:05 AM
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    Why bus 979 move so deliberately slow.

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  • 11 June 2016 at 11:33 AM
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    Sooner or later LTA will funded more double decker buses for this service

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    • 15 October 2020 at 7:02 PM
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      Now 979 is full DD

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  • 18 May 2016 at 7:38 PM
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    Hmm hi.. This service why do not putting more double deck buses ?
    I know that u guys have two or one double deck for only peak hrs..
    But sometime there is also quite many of the passenger boarding this bus during non peak.. Why cant it replace some of ur single deck to double deck ?

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    • 15 October 2020 at 7:03 PM
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      As of 2020, now 979 already have Full fleet of DD. There are no chances SD are operating nowadays.

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