SMRT Bus Service 983

SMRT Bus Service 983 is a trunk service operating from Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange and looping at Jelebu Rd, passing through Choa Chu Kang Avenues 4, 5, 6, 1 & 7.

Service 983 was launched on 25 April 2015 along with the introduction of feeder Service 301 and amendment to feeder Service 300, and is the 40th bus service introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). The revised launch date (originally 15 Feb 2015) was in response to feedback by residents of Choa Chu Kang.

983
Choa Chu Kang Int ↺ Jelebu Rd (Loop)
44009 Choa Chu Kang Int NS4BP1 Choa Chu Kang Loop
44491 Bet Blks 416/417 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
44501 Blk 426 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
44621 Opp Concord Pr Sch Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
44551 Opp Blk 486 Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
44581 Blk 489A Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
44591 Blk 490B Choa Chu Kang Ave 6
44091 Bef Choa Chu Kang Mkt Choa Chu Kang Ave 1
44879 Opp Blk 810 CP Choa Chu Kang Ave 7
44899 Opp APSN Choa Chu Kang Gr
44131 Blk 26 BP4 Choa Chu Kang Rd
44141 Phoenix Stn BP5 Choa Chu Kang Rd
44031 Aft Bt Panjang Stn DT1-BP6 Upp Bt Timah Rd
44259 Blk 183 Bt Panjang Rd
44149 Opp Phoenix Stn BP5 Choa Chu Kang Rd
44139 Opp Blk 26 BP4 Choa Chu Kang Rd
44891 APSN Choa Chu Kang Gr
44871 Blk 810 CP Choa Chu Kang Ave 7
44099 Opp Choa Chu Kang Mkt Choa Chu Kang Ave 1
44599 Bet Blks 801B/801C Choa Chu Kang Ave 6
44589 Opp Blk 489A Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
44559 Blk 483 Choa Chu Kang Ave 5
44629 Blk 457 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
44509 Blk 442 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
44499 Blk 429A CP Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
44009 Choa Chu Kang Int NS4BP1 Choa Chu Kang Loop
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange ↺ Jelebu Road (Loop)
Passes Through Choa Chu Kang Ave 4/5/6/1/7, Choa Chu Kang Grove, Choa Chu Kang Rd
Route Length 11.7 km
Travelling Time 65 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 Double Deck Bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
MAN A95
Yutong E12DD
12-metre Single Deck Bus:

– 
MAN A22
Departure Times from Choa Chu Kang
0545hrs – 2345hrs (Daily | Looping at Jelebu Road)
0000hrs – 0105hrs (Daily | Service 983A Ends at Blk 26, Choa Chu Kang Road)
Frequency Loop Service
0630 – 0830: 05 – 06 mins
0831 – 1659: 06 – 08 mins
1700 – 1900: 05 – 07 mins
After 1900: 06 – 09 mins

Background

Service 983 provides residents of Choa Chu Kang Neighborhoods 2 and 4 with greater connectivity to transport nodes at Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang, namely the MRT/LRT stations and bus interchanges at both ends. It also serves various schools and other amenities in the neighborhood, such as Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall, Bethany Methodist Nursing Home, Concord Primary School and Bukit Panjang Govt High School, APSN (Delta Senior Sch) and Bukit Panjang Plaza.

Initially introduced on 25 Apr 2015 as the fortieth (40th) service under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), it was a short trunk service serving Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 and 5 and looping at Keat Hong Close. From 27 Dec 2015, to compliment the opening of the Downtown Line Stage 2, Service 983 was extended to loop at Bukit Panjang, via Choa Chu Kang Ave 6/1/7, CCK Grove, CCK Way, CCK Rd, Upp Bt Timah Rd, Petir Rd and Jelebu Rd.

The current Service 983 benefits residents of newly-built residential developments in the area, namely the HDB Bulit-to-Order (BTO) developments of Sunshine Gardens, Keat Hong Crest, Keat Hong Pride, Keat Hong Axis and Keat Hong Colors.

Postponed service launch and Familiarzation Ride
Queue lines for the Route Familarisation for Bus Services 300, 301 & 983 (Apr 2015)
Queue lines for the Route Familarisation for Bus Services 300, 301 & 983 (Apr 2015)

Originally intended to be launched on 15 Feb 2015 as the thirty-eighth (38th) BSEP-introduced bus service, negative feedback from Choa Chu Kang residents led to the postponing of the launch along with the accompanying Service 301 introduction and Service 300 amendment to 25 Apr 2015. The route was not amended, but a pair of bus stops along Keat Hong Close had been removed as new housing developments in the area are still under construction, and the route will potentially no longer serve Keat Hong Close once the service is extended to Bukit Panjang.

SMRT organized a free familiarization ride for the new Service 983 on Sunday, 19th April 2015, a weekend before the launch date. Three trips were operated, departing Choa Chu Kang Interchange (Berth 5) at 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm. The trip plied the full route of Service 983 without making any enroute stops.

Route extension to Bukit Panjang

Originally a loop service from Choa Chu Kang to Keat Hong Close, Service 983 was extended to loop at Bukit Panjang from 27 December 2015, via Choa Chu Kang Ave 6/1/7, CCK Grove, CCK Way, CCK Rd, Upp Bt Timah Rd, Petir Rd and Jelebu Rd.

The route amendment brought improved connectivity to new housing estates at Choa Chu Kang by connecting them to the transport node of Bukit Panjang, with additional bus and rail connections available as part of the DTL2 Bukit Panjang Service Enhancements. The route extension was the fifty-fourth (54th) route amendment / new route under BSEP.

Bukit Panjang ITH Opening Route Amendments

As part of the Bukit Panjang ITH Opening Route Amendments, Service 983 was made to call at Aft Bt Panjang Stn along Upp Bt Timah Rd, while skipping bus stops at Petir Rd (Bt Panjang Stn) as well as Jelebu Rd (Opp Bt Panjang Plaza) from 04 Sep 2017.

MRT / LRT Stations Served:
Special Departures:
  • Choa Chu Kang Ave 5 (Opp Blk 489A)  Choa Chu Kang Int
    Weekdays & Sat: 0525hrs until first bus from CCK Int at 0627hrs.
Short Trip Service:
  • Service 983A: Choa Chu Kang Int  Choa Chu Kang Rd (Blk 26)
    Daily: 0000hrs – 0105hrs

Fare: Charges basic distance fares for trunk services. See Bus Fares.


Gallery:

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Video:


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 (02 Feb): Announced as a trunk service from Choa Chu Kang to Keat Hong Close (Loop) under LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), to be launched on 15 Feb 2015.
  • 2015 (10 Feb): Launch of this service postponed to early April 2015
  • 2015 (25 Apr): Service 983 launched as a trunk service from Choa Chu Kang to Keat Hong Close under LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Double-deckers are deployed to this service.
  • 2015 (14 Jun): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2015 (30 Aug): Start of bendy bus deployment on a regular basis
  • 2015 (27 Dec): Extended to loop at Bukit Panjang as part of DTL2 Bukit Panjang Service Enhancements
  • 2016 (24 Apr): Starts calling at an additional pair of bus stops along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 7.
  • 2017 (04 Sep): Skips bus stops along Petir Road and Jelebu Road while calling at Upp Bt Timah Rd as part of Bt Panjang ITH Opening Bus Service Amendments.
  • 2018 (30 Sep): New Short-Trip Service 983A introduced, to operate daily during the late night period.
  • 2018 (16 Dec): Calls at relocated Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange.

Past Routings:

 

3 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 983

  • 22 October 2020 at 2:02 PM
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    I am a dissatisfied passenger of bus 983. Lately it happen too frequent that we have to wait for more than 20mins just to hop on this bus! This is ridiculous and unreasonable! Sometimes 2 buses of 300 passed and 983 is yet to come! What is going on with the punctuality of this bus route (6-8min)? I hope the authority can look into this matter seriously! It’s really irritating, please arrange more since it’s handicap friendly bus. Be more flexible and considered, thanks.

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  • 11 June 2016 at 11:37 AM
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    One of the cash cow LTA bus service.Peak hours definitely need more DDs

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    • 25 August 2020 at 5:48 PM
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      As of 2020, 983 majority given Double decker buses on Weekdays and almost full double deckers on Weekday off-peak. However, Weekends & PH, majority are Single decker

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