Discontinuation of 4 City Direct Bus Services

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.

In 2017, Bus Services 653, 656 and 657 were taken over by SMRT Buses, Bus Service 655 was taken over by SBS Transit, while Bus Services 663 and 665 were taken over by Tower Transit.

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.

Operator Posters


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5 thoughts on “Discontinuation of 4 City Direct Bus Services

  • 19 November 2018 at 12:13 AM

    Its probably also not worth just buying additional buses and resources just to run for a couple of weekday morning trips for CDS. off peak and weekends already got many buses idling inside the depots. Why not just let pte bus operators operate these route themselves, set their own fares and keep the fares themselves?

  • 18 November 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Interestingly enough, they are all run by Aedge.

  • 18 November 2018 at 12:14 AM

    Low ridership. Duh. As in, the demand is not there. And the operators are running at a loss. This is the right move by the government.

    • 18 November 2018 at 10:38 AM

      DTL3 and the amendment of service 979 might have caused the fall in ridership for these 4 CDS.


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