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||Plies between bus depots and housing estates/dormitories/bus interchanges|
|Passes Through||Calls at selected en route stops|
|Operator||All Public Transport Operators|
|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 EB51. 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 WT23 have been spotted.
Similarly, Tower Transit and Go-Ahead Singapore use the prefix ‘TT’ or ‘GA’ followed by a number.
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.
Employee Bus Services are part of a Bus Operator’s internal arrangements, and as such, detailed information is 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 we have yet to find up-to-date publicly released information pertaining to EB services (which is unlikely to be released in the first place).
Some Bus Depots have been observed to operate Ferry Services for the benefit of employees, such as:
- Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (SMRT): Weekday lunchtime shuttle to Yio Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 (near AMK Hub)
- Bulim Bus Depot: Full-day Ferry Services to Bukit Batok Int and Jurong Gateway Rd (next to Jurong East Int)
- Kranji Bus Depot: Full-day Ferry Service to Kranji MRT
- Loyang Bus Depot: Ferry Service to TPE (Punggol Rd) transfer bus stop
- Seletar Bus Depot: Ferry Service to SBS Transit Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot
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