City Direct Bus Services 658, 659, 662, 664 will be discontinued from 17 December 2018. The last day of operations for these services will be on 14 December. First introduced in 2013, City Direct Bus services provided direct connections between home and work. 22 of such services currently exist.
The high operating costs of these bus services were thrown in the spotlight in 2017, where 6 City Direct Bus Services were transferred from private to public bus operators, citing high bid prices of private bus operators. Private bus operators incur higher operating costs as compared to public bus operators due to their smaller economics of scale.
These bus services are popular and are usually fully seated, but charge Express fares slightly under $3, which is significantly lesser than that of Premium Bus Services. It is currently unknown why these 4 bus services were discontinued instead of being transferred to public bus operators.
Posters informing commuters of the discontinuation of these services were first found on bus stop poles at affected bus stops on 17 November 2018.