Deployment Timeline of High Capacity Buses

Since 1977, high capacity buses have been operated by public bus operators in Singapore to cater to bus services with high passenger demands by providing more capacity with more seats or standing space. The deployment of such buses also helps to optimise limited manpower and fleet operated on heavily utilised bus services.

2 types of high capacity buses are currently operated by public bus operators in Singapore – double-deck buses and articulated buses. SBS Transit, SMRT Buses and Tower Transit Singapore currently operate both double-deck and articulated buses, while Go-Ahead Singapore operate double-deck buses only.


Deployment History for High Capacity Buses (2005 – Present)

The following bullet list reflects the timeline of commencement dates for the deployment of high capacity double-deck/articulated buses on operational bus services that currently operate them on a permanent basis only since 2005.

Other operational bus services which started the operation of high capacity buses between 1977 and 2004 are excluded due to the lack of information on their actual implementation dates. Deployment of high capacity buses on defunct bus services are available in Page 2 of this article.

  • 2023 (27 Nov): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 870
  • 2023 (9 Oct): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 654 (AM peak only)
  • 2023 (25 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 992 (Weekdays & Saturdays only)
  • 2023 (29 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 382G & 386
  • 2022 (23 Jan): Launch of Bus Service 801 with double-deck buses
  • 2021 (5 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 171 & 853/853M
  • 2021 (31 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 97e, 335 & 651
  • 2021 (31 May): Takeover of Bus Service 657 from SMRT Buses with double-deck buses
  • 2021 (30 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 925M
  • 2021 (10 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 882 (AM peak only)
  • 2020 (25 Oct): Launch of Bus Service 114 with double-deck buses
  • 2020 (30 Aug): Launch of Bus Service 972M with double-deck buses
  • 2020 (2 Jun): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 656 (AM peak only)
  • 2020 (11 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 859B (AM peak only)
  • 2020 (30 Mar): Takeover of Bus Service 670 from Tong Tar Transport Service with double-deck buses
  • 2020 (9 Mar): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 16; Launch of Bus Service 16M with double-deck buses
  • 2020 (13 Jan): Takeover of Bus Services 671 & 672 from Rui Feng Chartered with double-deck buses
  • 2020 (12 Jan): Launch of Bus Service 883M with double-deck buses
  • 2020 (6 Jan): Takeover of Bus Service 652 from Ren Quan Transport with double-deck buses
  • 2019 (18 Nov): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 382W (AM peak only)
  • 2019 (1 Jul): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 68
  • 2019 (23 Jun): Launch of Bus Service 901M with double-deck buses
  • 2019 (16 Jun): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 400 (Weekends & PHs only)
  • 2019 (23 Apr): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 912A (Weekdays only)
  • 2019 (25 Feb): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 178 & 324 (Weekdays only)
  • 2019 (24 Feb): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 855 (Sundays & PHs only)
  • 2019 (15 Feb): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 333 (Crossovers from Bus Service 334)
  • 2019 (2 Jan): Takeover of Bus Services 660 & 661 from Aedge Holdings with double-deck buses
  • 2018 (23 Dec): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 859 (Sundays & PHs only, later extended to weekdays)
  • 2018 (17 Dec): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 301 & 911 (Weekdays only)
  • 2018 (16 Dec): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 300, 302, 912B & 913
  • 2018 (18 Nov): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 121
  • 2018 (28 Oct): Launch of Bus Service 960e with double-deck buses
  • 2018 (1 Oct): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 991 (Weekdays only, later extended to weekends & PHs)
  • 2018 (10 Aug): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 655 (AM peak only)
  • 2018 (9 Jul): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 941, 974 & 990 (Weekdays only for Bus Services 941 & 990)
  • 2018 (27 May): Launch of Bus Service 851e with double-deck buses
  • 2018 (23 Apr): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 901, 903 & 922
  • 2018 (22 Apr): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 980 (Sundays & PHs only, later extended to weekdays & Saturdays)
  • 2018 (10 Apr): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 184 & 900 (Weekdays only for Bus Service 184)
  • 2018 (9 Apr): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 665
  • 2018 (25 Feb): Launch of Bus Services 7A & 7B with double-deck buses
  • 2018 (28 Jan): Launch of Bus Services 12e & 147e with double-deck buses
  • 2018 (8 Jan): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 811
  • 2017 (9 Dec): Launch of Bus Service 71 with double-deck buses
  • 2017 (14 Nov): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 883
  • 2017 (21 Oct): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 800, 804 & 812
  • 2017 (15 Oct): Launch of Bus Service 807 with double-deck buses
  • 2017 (28 Sep): Takeover of Bus Service 663 from Bus Hub Service with double-deck buses
  • 2017 (10 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 962
  • 2017 (30 Jul): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 123
  • 2017 (16 Jul): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 806
  • 2017 (18 Jun): Launch of Bus Services 247 & 248 with double-deck buses
  • 2017 (13 Apr): Takeover of Bus Service 653 from ComfortDelGro Bus with double-deck buses
  • 2016 (18 Dec): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 127 & 129
  • 2016 (28 Nov): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 48
  • 2016 (21 Nov): Start of articulated bus deployments on Bus Service 301
  • 2016 (18 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 851
  • 2016 (7 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 982E
  • 2016 (4 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 83
  • 2016 (12 Jun): Launch of Bus Service 46 with double-deck buses
  • 2016 (20 Mar): Launch of Bus Service 134 with double-deck buses
  • 2016 (20 Jan): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 103
  • 2016 (12 Jan): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 180
  • 2015 (28 Dec): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 979
  • 2015 (20 Dec): Launch of Bus Services 47, 117 & 118 with double-deck buses
  • 2015 (12 Dec): Launch of Bus Service 253 with double-deck buses
  • 2015 (29 Nov): Start of articulated bus deployments on Bus Service 858
  • 2015 (21 Nov): Launch of Bus Service 258 with double-deck buses
  • 2015 (26 Oct): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 189
  • 2015 (12 Oct): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 981
  • 2015 (5 Oct): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 975 (Weekdays only, later extended to weekends & PHs)
  • 2015 (20 Sep): Launch of Bus Service 102 with double-deck buses
  • 2015 (7 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 3
  • 2015 (17 Aug): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 4
  • 2015 (16 Aug): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 854
  • 2015 (11 Aug): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 35/35M & 868
  • 2015 (14 Jul): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 172
  • 2015 (13 Jul): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 985
  • 2015 (22 Jun): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 85
  • 2015 (15 Jun): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 961/961#
  • 2015 (2 Jun): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 39
  • 2015 (18 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 856
  • 2015 (1 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 66 (Sundays & PHs only, later extended to weekdays & Saturdays)
  • 2015 (26 Apr): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 857
  • 2015 (25 Apr): Launch of Bus Service 983 with double-deck buses
  • 2015 (6 Apr): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 145
  • 2015 (9 Mar): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 506
  • 2015 (16 Feb): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 960
  • 2015 (15 Feb): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 67
  • 2015 (12 Jan): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 187 & 964
  • 2014 (14 Dec): Launch of Bus Service 41 with double-deck buses
  • 2014 (23 Nov): Launch of Bus Service 201 with double-deck buses
  • 2014 (17 Nov): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 61, 176 & 965
  • 2014 (16 Nov): Launch of Bus Service 43M with double-deck buses
  • 2014 (1 Oct): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 169
  • 2014 (15 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 188, 951E & 963
  • 2014 (25 Aug): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 518
  • 2014 (18 Aug): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 106, 190, 850E, 966 & 969
  • 2014 (13 Jul): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 972
  • 2014 (23 Jun): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 20
  • 2014 (18 May): Launch of Bus Service 143M with double-deck buses
  • 2013 (14 Dec): Launch of Bus Service 49 with double-deck buses
  • 2013 (30 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 130
  • 2013 (9 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 410W
  • 2013 (2 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 101
  • 2013 (26 Aug): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 125
  • 2013 (19 Jun): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 293
  • 2013 (27 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 243G
  • 2012 (17 Dec): Launch of Bus Service 513 with double-deck buses
  • 2012 (16 Dec): Launch of Bus Service 50 with double-deck buses
  • 2012 (22 Nov): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 94
  • 2012 (21 Oct): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 119
  • 2012 (25 Jun): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 90
  • 2012 (28 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 109
  • 2012 (10 Jan): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 96
  • 2012 (7 Jan): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 52 & 334
  • 2012 (3 Jan): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 43
  • 2011 (29 Nov): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 54
  • 2011 (28 Nov): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 45
  • 2011 (17 Oct): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 139
  • 2011 (26 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 183
  • 2011 (14 Jul): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 291
  • 2011 (15 Jun): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 163
  • 2011 (7 Mar): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 181
  • 2011 (28 Feb): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 95
  • 2010 (13 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 240
  • 2009 (26 Oct): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 89e
  • 2009 (10 Aug): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 79
  • 2009 (15 Mar): Launch of Bus Service 241 with double-deck buses
  • 2008 (1 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 58
  • 2008 (11 Aug): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 6
  • 2008 (4 Aug): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 151
  • 2008 (26 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 37
  • 2008 (20 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 78
  • 2008 (24 Mar): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 185
  • 2008 (18 Feb): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 225G & 225W
  • 2008 (30 Jan): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 186
  • 2008 (7 Jan): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 5
  • 2007 (10 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 10e
  • 2007 (3 Sep): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Services 242 & 243W
  • 2007 (13 Jul): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 13
  • 2007 (26 Jun): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 59
  • 2007 (24 May): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 502
  • 2005 (8 Oct): Start of double-deck bus deployments on Bus Service 19

Double-Deck Buses

Double-deck buses were first introduced by the Singapore Bus Service (SBS) in 1977, operating on now defunct Bus Service 86 between Hougang New Town and Shenton Way. Additional capacity is provided through more seating on the upper deck in comparison to single-deck buses. However, standing is not allowed on the upper deck due to safety reasons.

With the introduction of air-conditioned double-deck buses since 1993, the overall capacity for double-deck buses have increased with more seats fitted on their upper decks. Previously, the total capacity on non-air-conditioned double-deck buses are comparable with that of air-conditioned single-deck buses due to the shorter lengths of non-air-conditioned double-deck buses than standard rigid buses.

Double-deck buses used to be operated by SBS (now SBS Transit) only until 2014, when SMRT Buses started its operation of new double-deck buses procured to replace its retiring fleet of articulated buses. Initially, SMRT Buses intended to deploy double-deck buses on heavily utilised trunk and Express services only, as commuters tend to travel longer distances on these services. However, as more double-deck buses were purchased by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in favour of articulated buses, SMRT Buses eventually started deploying double-deck buses on feeder services from 2018.

Tower Transit Singapore and Go-Ahead Singapore started operating double-deck buses when taking over their awarded route packages under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM) in 2016.

Since the 1st quarter of 2021, 100 double-deck buses with an additional exit door have been introduced on bus services across the 4 bus operators.


Existing Deployments of Double-Deck Buses

Only permanent deployments of double-deck buses on operational bus services are listed in the table below:

SBS / SBS Transit (since 1977):
Service Deployment Year/Date Remarks
4 17 Aug 2015
5 7 Jan 2008
5A 14 Aug 2023 (Day 1) Weekdays only
5B
7
7A 25 Feb 2018 (Day 1)
7B
8
9
9A Weekdays only
9B 27 Nov 2023 (Day 1)
10
10e 20 Sep 2007 Weekdays only
13 13 Jul 2007
13A 9 Apr 2012 Weekdays only
14
14A Sundays & PHs only
16 9 Mar 2020 Weekdays only
16M 9 Mar 2020 (Day 1) Weekdays only
19 8 Oct 2005
20 23 Jun 2014 Weekdays only
20A 27 May 2024 (Day 1) Weekdays only
21
21A 25 May 2014 (Day 1) Sundays & PHs only
22 Weekdays only
23
25
28
30
31
31A 10 Jan 2005 (Day 1) Weekdays only (excluding ITE vacation)
35 11 Aug 2015 Weekdays & Saturdays only
35M 11 Aug 2015 Uses buses from Service 35
37 26 May 2008
39 2 Jun 2015 Weekdays & Saturdays only
39A 27 May 2024 (Day 1) Weekdays only
45 28 Nov 2011
45A Weekdays only
46 12 Jun 2016 (Day 1)
47 20 Dec 2015 (Day 1)
48 28 Nov 2016
50 16 Dec 2012 (Day 1)
51
51A 12 May 2002 (Day 1) After last bus of Service 51 from Jurong East daily
52 7 Jan 2012 Weekdays only
54 29 Nov 2011 Weekdays & Saturdays only
55
55B 25 Nov 2013 (Day 1) Weekdays only
56 Weekdays & Saturdays only
58 1 Sep 2008 Weekdays & Saturdays only
58A 10 Apr 2017 (Day 1) Weekdays only
58B
59 26 Jun 2007 Weekdays only
60 2 Sep 2003
60A Weekdays only
64
65
69
70 Weekdays & Saturdays only
70M Uses buses from Service 70
70A After last bus of Service 70M daily
71 9 Dec 2017 (Day 1)
72
72A 30 Jul 2012 (Day 1) Weekdays only
72B 2 Jan 2013 (Day 1) Weekdays only (excluding ITE vacation)
74
76
80
80A Weekdays only
81
86
86A 24 Jun 2024 (Day 1) Weekdays only
86B
87
88
88A 8 Oct 2012 (Day 1) Weekdays only
88B
89
89A 10 Apr 2017 (Day 1) Weekdays only
89e 26 Oct 2009 Weekdays only
90 25 Jun 2012
90A Weekdays only
91 Weekdays only, uses buses from Service 74
94 22 Nov 2012 Weekdays only
95 28 Feb 2011
95B Weekdays only
99
101 2 Sep 2013 Weekdays only
102 20 Sep 2015 (Day 1)
102A 27 Mar 2023 (Day 1) Weekdays only
103 20 Jan 2016 Weekdays & Saturdays only
107 Weekdays & Saturdays only
107M Uses buses from Service 107
109 28 May 2012
109A 26 May 2014 (Day 1) Weekdays only
111
114 25 Oct 2020 (Day 1)
117 20 Dec 2015 (Day 1)
117A 14 Jan 2019 (Day 1) Weekdays only
121 18 Nov 2018
123 30 Jul 2017
125 26 Aug 2013 Weekdays only
127 18 Dec 2016 (Day 1)
129 18 Dec 2016 (Day 1)
130 30 Sep 2013
132
133
134 20 Mar 2016 (Day 1)
139 17 Oct 2011 Weekdays only
145 6 Apr 2015
147
147A Weekdays only
151 4 Aug 2008
153
154 Weekdays only
154A 19 Nov 2012 (Day 1) Weekdays only
154B 6 Jan 2014 (Day 1) Weekdays only
157
161
163 15 Jun 2011
163A 10 Feb 2019 (Day 1) After last bus of Service 163 from Sengkang daily
163B 9 Oct 2023 (Day 1) Weekdays only
165
166
168
174
179
179A 1 Oct 2007 (Day 1) Weekdays only (excluding NTU vacation)
181 7 Mar 2011
181M 21 Mar 2016 (Day 1) Weekdays only, uses buses from Service 181
182/182M
185 24 Mar 2008
186 30 Jan 2008 Weekdays only
192
193
196
196A 17 Oct 2005 (Day 1) Weekdays only
197
198
198A 6 Feb 2012 (Day 1)
199
201 23 Nov 2014 (Day 1)
222
225G 18 Feb 2008 Weekdays only
225W 18 Feb 2008 Weekdays & Saturdays only
240 13 Sep 2010
240A 3 Jan 2012 (Day 1) Weekdays only
241 15 Mar 2009 (Day 1)
241A 28 Jun 2010 (Day 1) Weekdays only
242 3 Sep 2007
243G 27 May 2013
243W 3 Sep 2007
246
247 18 Jun 2017 (Day 1)
248 18 Jun 2017 (Day 1)
249
251
252
253 12 Dec 2015 (Day 1)
254
255
257
258 21 Nov 2015 (Day 1)
291 14 Jul 2011 Weekdays only
293 19 Jun 2013
324 25 Feb 2019 Weekdays only
410W 9 Sep 2013
502 24 May 2007
506 9 Mar 2015 Weekdays only
513 17 Dec 2012 (Day 1) Weekdays only
652 6 Sep 2021 Weekdays only
654 9 Oct 2023 Weekdays only
655 10 Aug 2018 Weekdays only
660 2 Jan 2019 Weekdays only
671 13 Jan 2020 Weekdays only
672 13 Jan 2020 Weekdays only
800 18 Mar 2018
804 18 Mar 2018
806 25 Mar 2018
807 18 Mar 2018
807A
807B 25 Jan 2021 (Day 1) Weekdays only
811 18 Mar 2018
811A 19 Mar 2018 Weekdays only
812 25 Mar 2018
850E 26 Mar 2018 Weekdays only
851 25 Mar 2018
851e 27 May 2018 (Day 1)
974 29 May 2021
974A After last bus of Service 974 daily

SMRT Buses (since 13 Jul 2014):
Service Deployment Year/Date Remarks
61 17 Nov 2014 Weekdays only
67 15 Feb 2015
172 14 Jul 2015
176 17 Nov 2014 Weekdays & Saturdays only
178 25 Feb 2019 Weekdays only
180 12 Jan 2016
180A Peak hours on weekdays and after last bus of Service 180 daily
184 10 Apr 2018 Weekdays only
187 12 Jan 2015
188 15 Sep 2014
190 18 Aug 2014
190A Weekdays only
300 16 Dec 2018 Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays only
301 17 Dec 2018 Weekdays only
302 16 Dec 2018
302A Weekdays only
665 31 May 2021 Weekdays only
868E 11 Aug 2015 Weekdays only
900 10 Apr 2018
901 23 Apr 2018
901M 23 Jun 2019 (Day 1)
903 23 Apr 2018
903M 23 Apr 2018 Weekdays only, uses buses from Service 903
911 17 Dec 2018
912A 23 Apr 2019 Weekdays only
912B 16 Dec 2018
912M 16 Dec 2018 Weekdays only, uses buses from Service 912B
913 16 Dec 2018
922 23 Apr 2018
925M 30 May 2021 Sundays & PHs only
951E 15 Sep 2014 Weekdays only
960 16 Feb 2015
960e 28 Oct 2018 (Day 1)
961 15 Jun 2015 Weekdays & Saturdays only
961M 21 Jun 2015 Sundays & PHs only, uses buses from Service 961
962 10 Sep 2017
964 12 Jan 2015
972 13 Jul 2014
972A After last bus of Service 972 daily
972M 30 Aug 2020 (Day 1) Uses buses from Service 972
975 5 Oct 2015 Uses buses from Service 972 on weekdays; deployed throughout the day on Saturdays, Sundays & PHs
975A 1 Feb 2020 Uses buses from Service 991
975B 10 Mar 2018
975C 11 Apr 2021 (Day 1) After last bus of Service 975 on Saturdays, Sundays & PHs
979 28 Dec 2015
982E 7 Sep 2016 Weekdays only
983 25 Apr 2015 (Day 1)
983A 30 Sep 2018 (Day 1) After last bus of Service 983 daily
985 13 Jul 2015 Weekdays & Saturdays only
991 1 Oct 2018
991A After last bus of Service 991 from Bt Batok daily
991B After last bus of Service 991 from Choa Chu Kang daily
991C 26 Oct 2020 (Day 1) Weekdays only

Tower Transit Singapore (since 29 May 2016):
Service Deployment Year/Date Remarks
41 26 Jun 2016
49 26 Jun 2016
66 12 Jun 2016
78 12 Jun 2016
78A 13 Jun 2016 Weekdays only
79 12 Jun 2016
79A 12 Jun 2016 (Day 1) After last bus of Service 79 daily
96 26 Jun 2016 Weekdays only
96A 27 Jun 2016 Weekdays only (excluding NUS vacation)
96B
97 12 Jun 2016
97e 31 May 2021 Weekdays only
98 26 Jun 2016
98A 27 Jun 2016 Weekdays only
98B
98M 26 Jun 2016 Uses buses from Service 98
106 29 May 2016
106A 30 May 2016 Weekdays only
143 12 Jun 2016
143M 12 Jun 2016
169 19 Sep 2021
169A 20 Sep 2021 Weekdays only
171 5 Sep 2021
183 26 Jun 2016
183B 27 Jun 2016 Weekdays only
189 29 May 2016
189A Peak hours on weekdays and after last bus of Service 189 daily
285 26 Jun 2016
333 15 Feb 2019 Weekdays & Saturdays only
334 26 Jun 2016
335 31 May 2021 Weekdays only
651 31 May 2021 Weekdays only
653 31 May 2021 Weekdays only
656 4 Oct 2021 Weekdays morning peak only
657 31 May 2021 Weekdays only
663 28 Sep 2017 Weekdays only
670 6 Sep 2021 Weekdays only
801 23 Jan 2022 (Day 1)
853 6 Sep 2021 Weekdays & Saturdays only
853M 5 Sep 2021 Sundays & PHs only
854 5 Sep 2021
854e 6 Sep 2021 Weekdays only, uses buses from Service 854
855 5 Sep 2021
856 5 Sep 2021
856A 25 Jan 2023 (Day 1) Weekdays only
856B 25 Jan 2023 (Day 1) Weekdays only
857 5 Sep 2021
857B 5 Sep 2021 Peak hours on weekdays and after last bus of Service 857 daily
859 3 Oct 2021
859A 4 Oct 2021 Weekdays only, uses buses from Service 859
859B 4 Oct 2021 Weekdays only, uses buses from Service 859
870 27 Nov 2023
882 4 Oct 2021 Weekdays only
883 3 Oct 2021
883B 4 Oct 2021 Weekdays only
883M 3 Oct 2021 Sundays & PHs only
941 9 Jul 2018 Weekdays only
963 19 Sep 2021
963e 20 Sep 2021 Weekdays only, uses buses from Service 963
965 19 Sep 2021
965A 20 Sep 2021 Weekdays only
966 19 Sep 2021
966A After last bus of Service 966 daily
969 19 Sep 2021
969A 20 Sep 2021 Weekdays only
980 3 Oct 2021
981 4 Oct 2021 Weekdays & Saturdays only
990 9 Jul 2018 Weekdays & Saturdays only
992 25 Sep 2023 Weekdays & Saturdays only

Go-Ahead Singapore (since 4 Sep 2016):
Service Deployment Year/Date Remarks
2 18 Sep 2016
2B 25 Sep 2023 (Day 1)
3 4 Sep 2016 Weekdays only
3A Peak hours and after last bus of Service 3 from Tampines on weekdays
6 19 Sep 2016 Weekdays & Saturdays only
12 18 Sep 2016
12e 28 Jan 2018 (Day 1)
17 18 Sep 2016
17A
43 4 Sep 2016
43M 4 Sep 2016
62 4 Sep 2016
62A 5 Sep 2016 Weekdays only
68 1 Jul 2019
68A 18 Nov 2019 (Day 1) Weekdays only
68B
83 4 Sep 2016
85 4 Sep 2016
85A 25 Mar 2019 (Day 1) Weekdays only
118 4 Sep 2016
118A 10 Apr 2017 (Day 1) Weekdays only
118B
119 4 Sep 2016
382G 29 May 2023 Weekdays only
382W 18 Nov 2019
386 29 May 2023 Weekdays only
518 18 Sep 2016
518A 19 Sep 2016 Weekdays only
661 2 Jan 2019 Weekdays only

Articulated Buses

Articulated buses were first introduced by the Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS) in 1996 on Bus Service 171. Additional capacity is provided through more seating and standing space in its trailer section. The first generation of Mercedes-Benz O405G buses introduced in 1997 had a higher overall capacity than air-conditioned double-deck buses operating at the time.

In 1998 and 1999 respectively, 2 articulated demonstrator units, registered as SBS998Y and SBS999U were operated by SBS/SBS Transit on Bus Services 18, 195 and 290. Both units were subsequently exported overseas in 2006, as double-deck buses were deemed more suitable for SBS Transit bus services after the trial periods of both articulated buses. However, articulated buses made a recurrence under SBS Transit in 2018, when 10 units of the MAN NG363F articulated buses were transferred to the operator under the Seletar Bus Package. All articulated buses under SBS Transit are restricted to operate on feeder bus services within Yishun only.

Tower Transit Singapore commenced the operation of articulated buses on Bus Service 858 when the operator takes over the bus service in 2021.


Existing Deployments of Articulated Buses

Only permanent deployments of articulated buses on operational bus services are listed in the table below:

TIBS / SMRT Buses (since 1996):
Service Deployment Year/Date Remarks
180 Weekdays only
180A Weekdays only
184 Weekdays only
300 Saturdays, Sundays & PHs only
302
302A 15 Sep 2014 (Day 1) Weekdays only
903 Weekdays only
903M Weekdays only
911 Weekdays only
912
912B 10 Sep 2017 (Day 1) Weekdays only
912M 1 Sep 2016 (Day 1) Weekdays only
913 Weekdays only

SBS Transit (since 18 Mar 2018):
Service Deployment Year/Date Remarks
800 18 Mar 2018 Saturdays, Sundays & PHs only
804 18 Mar 2018
806 25 Mar 2018
807 18 Mar 2018
807A
807B 25 Jan 2021 (Day 1) Weekdays only
811 18 Mar 2018
811A 19 Mar 2018 Weekdays only

Tower Transit Singapore (since 19 Sep 2021):
Service Deployment Year/Date Remarks
858 19 Sep 2021
858A After last bus of Service 858 daily

See Page 2 for public bus services that formerly operated high capacity buses in Singapore

2 thoughts on “Deployment Timeline of High Capacity Buses

  • 27 February 2021 at 12:22 PM
    Permalink

    Can add a column for some of the buses to show if they are full-fleet DD…

    Reply
  • 20 November 2020 at 12:14 AM
    Permalink

    If CCK-BPJ awarded to Go-Ahead,Then all 4 operators operate both Double decker and Articulate buses.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *