Employee Bus Services

Employee Bus Services are scheduled bus services run by Public Transport Operators as a means of transporting employees.

In the case of Public Transport Operators, Employee Bus Services primarily serve Bus Captains and operate during the early morning hours (12 am to 5 am). They are a means of getting to and from work when public transport ceases operating for the day.

Some Employee Bus Services run during the daytime as Ferry Services, connecting otherwise-inaccessible bus depots to various transport nodes.

Route Information
Route Plies between bus depots and housing estates/dormitories/bus interchanges
Passes Through Calls at selected en-route stops
Operator Information
Operator All Public Transport Operators
Depot All depots
Fleet Any available bus, usually single-deck buses

All Public Transport Operators operate Employee Bus Services. SBS Transit ones are numbered with the prefix “EB”, followed by a number. The exact number of EB services is unknown, but the lowest and highest numbers spotted so far are EB1 and EB55. Some EB routes have letter suffixes to them.

SMRT Buses refers to these services as Worker’s Transport and are numbered with the prefix “WT”, followed by a number, starting from 1 and ascending in numerical order. The exact number of WT services are unknown, but service numbers as high as WT26 have been spotted.

Similarly, Tower Transit Singapore and Go-Ahead Singapore use the prefix ‘TT‘ or ‘GA‘ followed by a number. Some GA routes have letter suffixes to them.

Between September and October 2016, Go-Ahead Singapore outsourced its eight Employee Bus Routes to Tower Transit for a month to tide over a period of manpower shortage. Go-Ahead has also subcontracted its employee bus routes to Private Bus Operators.

Ferry Services

Some Bus Depots have been observed to operate Ferry Services for the benefit of employees, such as:

Routing

Employee Bus Services are part of a Bus Operator’s internal arrangements, and as such, detailed information (routing and departure times) are unavailable to the public. Deployments and routings are largely based on observations. As a company shuttle bus, travel is free but only available to employees of the Bus Operator. Some Employee Bus Services have multiple Pick-up & drop-off points at Bus Depots, Bus Parks and Bus Interchanges.

Most Employee Bus Services connect to housing estates, but some are also operated to worker’s dormitories. For Malaysian drivers, factory buses (Bas Pekerja) are typically chartered across the Causeway and connect to Employee Bus Services at the old Woodlands Town Centre (near Woodlands Checkpoint). Multiple trips are usually operated in a night, catering to PM shift drivers heading home, and AM shift drivers heading to work.

It is worth a mention that Singapore Bus Service (SBS) did publish a full list of their EB services in a 1984 issue of their Busway magazine, from EB1 through EB51. The routes details are now obsolete and route details pertaining to EB services are not typically made available to the public.

Deployment

Single-deck buses belonging to a Public Transport Operators’ own fleet are usually deployed on Employee Bus Services. To allow for social distancing, some employee bus routes were served by double-deck buses during the COVID-19 period.

In addition, some operators have also subcontracted out their Employee Bus Routes, with Tower Transit and Go-Ahead having done so. The daytime ferry services to and from Bulim Depot are operated by minibuses, and Go-Ahead partially subcontracts its early morning routes, but it is not known how long these arrangements have lasted.

Ad-hoc Services

During the Movement Control Order period implemented by the Malaysian Government in March/April 2020 in the midst of the global COVID-19 virus outbreak, hotel accommodation was secured for all Malaysian Bus Captains who continued to work in Singapore. All public transport operators arranged for shuttle buses to these hotels around Singapore.

In August 2020, SMRT Buses operated several buses to ferry staff to Gali Batu Bus Terminal, where a COVID-19 swabbing station was set up.


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  • 14 June 2020 at 5:28 PM
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    Ferry Service is mostly for depot with long walks from bus stops..Examples like Bulim,Ang Mo Kio(2),Kranji.

    EB fleets mostly are Citaro,K230UB & A22E6 and E5 for Sedep.

    WT fleets majority are A22E5/E6 & sometimes OC500LE.

    GA fleets mostly Citaro and at times A22E6.

    TT fleets are A22 and in some emergency cases Citaro.

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