(Defunct) SBS Transit Chinatown Direct Bus CT28

Chinatown Direct CT28 was a Chinatown Direct service operated by SBS Transit, running from New Bridge Road Terminal and looping at Clementi Avenue 4 via Chinatown. It was one of three Chinatown Direct services in operation, and only operates during the Chinese New Year period.

CT28 has been withdrawn as part of the Land Transport Authority’s transition to the Bus Contracting Model in September 2016.

Route Information
Route New Bridge Road Bus Terminal ↺ Clementi Avenue 4 WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Clementi Avenue 2, AYE, CTE, Chinatown
Route Length* 28.0km
Travelling Time 70mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)
Current Fleet Any 3 BBDEP/ARBP buses
Departure Times from T1 Operates during Chinese New Year Period Only. See below for timings.
Departure Times from looping point Operates during Chinese New Year Period Only. See below for timings.
Frequency Direction 1
0630-0830: –
0831-1659: 30mins
1700-1930: –
After 1930: –


  • 2005 (21 Jan): Introduced between Clementi Avenue 4 and New Bridge Road Ter. Charges flat fares.
  • 2008 (21 Jul): Downgraded from daily service to pre-Chinese New Year period service only. Converted to loop at Clementi Avenue 4 (previously bi-directional)
  • 2016 (28 Mar): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
  • 2016 (01 Sep): Bus Service Operating License terminated from 01 Sep 2016. Route withdrawn.

Chinatown Direct CT28 was introduced in Jan 2005 along with CT8 and CT18, connecting residential estates in Clementi with the City areas of Chinatown and Outram Park. Incorporating an express sector along the AYE and CTE, the route offers fast and direct connection for commuters who would otherwise have to rely on feeder buses and transfers between MRT lines to reach Chinatown.

Originally using the red-background destination signs for easy distinction, they have been phased out on newer buses with electronic route displays. Due to severely insufficient demand, CT28 was converted to operate only during the pre-CNY period from July 2008, but still experiences low demand during its operational days.

As part of the full transitioning to the Bus Contracting Model in September 2016, the Bus Service Operating License for CT28 was not renewed and not allocated in any of the Negotiated-Contract (NC) Bus Packages. This indicated that CT28 could be withdrawn. In Jan 2017, before the Chinese New Year 2017 period, SBS Transit released an official press release stating that CT28 has ceased operations (since 8 Feb 2016).

Special Departures:

  • Clementi Avenue 4 (Bet Blks 315/318) → New Bridge Road Terminal
    Operating Days Only: 1000hrs, 1030hrs, 1100hrs

Operational Days:

  • 2009: 16 Jan to 25 Jan
  • 2010: 05 Feb to 13 Feb
  • 2011: 24 Jan to 02 Feb
  • 2012: 01 Jan to 22 Jan
  • 2013: 19 Jan to 09 Feb
  • 2014: 11 Jan to 30 Jan
  • 2015: 31 Jan to 18 Feb
  • 2016: 16 Jan to 07 Feb
Card / Cash fares for Chinatown Direct services
Child (card) Free
Student &
Senior Citizen
Adult, PWD*, WTCS** $2.00
*PWD = Persons with Disabilities
** WTCS = WorkFare Transport Concession Scheme cardholders

Route Information:

Loop Service (via Clementi Ave 4)
  • New Bridge Road Ter
  • Eu Tong Sen St
  • Merchant Rd
  • Central Expressway (CTE)
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE)
  • Clementi Rd
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Clementi Ave 2
  • Clementi Ave 5
  • Clementi Ave 4
  • Clementi Ave 5
  • Clementi Ave 2
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Clementi Rd
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE)
  • Central Expressway (CTE)
  • Merchant Rd
  • New Bridge Rd
  • New Bridge Road Ter

* – Route length is calculated starting from New Bridge Road Ter.


External Links & References:

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2 thoughts on “(Defunct) SBS Transit Chinatown Direct Bus CT28

  • 26 July 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Who tell LTA to withdraw bus CT28?!


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