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). Bus Service 979 was amended to ply Stagmont Ring since 22 July 2018, and Route variant 979M has been withdrawn.

979
BT PANJANG INT ↺ Choa Chu Kang Cres (Loop)
45009
BT PANJANG INT
Petir Rd
44259
Blk 183
Bt Panjang Rd
44041
Ten Mile Junction Stn
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 532
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
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
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 Ten Mile Junction Stn
Woodlands Rd
44031
Aft Bt Panjang Stn
Upp Bt Timah Rd
45009
BT PANJANG INT
Petir Rd
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange ↺ Choa Chu Kang Crescent (Loop)
Passes Through Bukit Panjang Rd, Woodlands Rd, Stagmont Ring, Choa Chu Kang St 52, Yew Tee MRT, Choa Chu Kang Crescent
Route Length 12.1 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)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
MAN A95
Volvo B9TL
Departure Times from Bt Panjang
0545hrs – 2345hrs (Daily)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 04 – 06 mins
0831-1659: 05 – 08 mins
1700-1900: 05 – 06 mins
After 1900: 06 – 09 mins

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 SMRT Feeder 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 rely solely on Service 302.

July 2018 Amendment

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 increases 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.

Supplementary Bus Service (Defunct)

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 on 21 July 2018, where Service 979 was amended to Stagmont Ring.

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: 0540hrs onwards

Fare: Charges basic distance fares for Trunk Services. See Bus Fares. Calculate your bus fare using LTA’s fare calculator on MyTransport.sg here.


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 under the LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), plying between Bukit Panjang and Yew Tee as part of the DTL2 Bukit Panjang Bus Service Enhancements. Wheelchair-accessible at launch.
  • 2016 (24 Apr): Temporary Supplementary Bus Service 979M launched, from Bt Panjang Temp Bus Park and looping at Choa Chu Kang North 5. Wheelchair accessible at launch.
  • 2017 (04 Sep): Amended to Bukit Panjang ITH.
  • 2018 (22 Jul): Amended to ply Stagmont Ring & Choa Chu Kang Link instead of KJE. Route variant 979M withdrawn.

Past Routings:


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2 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 979

  • 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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  • 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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