Express 5: Boon Lay—Buona Vista Shuttle Bus Service

Express 5, or the Boon Lay—Buona Vista Express Shuttle Bus Service, is a Rail Replacement Service plying between Boon Lay and Buona Vista, serving major transport nodes along the East West Line (EWL).

The route will be activated to operate during selected Saturdays and Sundays in August & September 2018, when shortened operating hours are implemented on the North South & East West Line to facilitate more time for track maintenance and renewal work. This service does not operate on Friday Nights during MRT Early Closure.


The Shuttle Bus Service serves the following MRT Stations:

Route:

Express Shuttle 5: Boon Lay—Buona Vista Express Bus Service
Towards Buona Vista
Towards Boon Lay
  • Boon Lay Way
    — Boon Lay Stn (Exit B) EW27
  • Venture Avenue
    — Opp Big Box (Jurong East Private Bus Pick Up Point) EW24NS1
  • Nth Buona Vista Rd
    — Buona Vista Stn Exit C  EW21CC22
  • Nth Buona Vista Rd
    Pick Up & Drop Off Point after Buona Vista Stn Exit D  EW21CC22
  • Venture Avenue
    — Opp Big Box (Jurong East Private Bus Pick Up Point) EW24NS1
  • Boon Lay Way
    Opp Boon Lay Stn (Opp Exit B) EW27
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Boon Lay MRT Buona Vista MRT
Passes Through Jurong East MRT Station
Route Length TBC
Travelling Time 35 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Not Applicable
Operator To Be Confirmed
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Decker Buses
Volvo B9TL
Departure Times from Boon Lay
0515hrs, 0530hrs (Affected Saturdays & Sundays)
Departure Times from Buona Vista
0600hrs, 0615hrs (Affected Saturdays & Sundays)
Frequency 15 mins

The Express Shuttle Bus Service will only operate on affected Saturdays and Sundays in August & September 2018, during late opening.

These Days are as follows:

  • 4, 5, 25 & 26 August 2018
  • 1, 2, 8, 9, 22, 23, 29 & 30 September 2018

There will be no early closure or late opening of MRT Stations on the following weekends:
10 – 12 Aug, 17 – 19 Aug & 14 – 16 Sep.

  • On days of Late Opening
    (4, 5, 25 & 26 August, 1, 2, 8, 9, 22, 23, 29 & 30 September 2018),
    buses will operate only at the stipulated first bus timings below.

 

Shuttle Bus Departure Timings from Stations

(Operating Hours Poster to be released)


Shuttle Bus Transfer at Boon Lay
Shuttle Bus Transfer at Jurong East

History of Activation

December 2017:
December 2017: (Click to expand)

To speed up implementation of the new CBTC signalling system, shortened operating hours were implemented across sections of the NSL and EWL between Tuas LinkOutram Park (EWL), and Jurong EastChoa Chu Kang (NSL), across various Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on December 2017.

A total of 19 NSL and EWL stations were affected by the delayed train service start times. Northbound services from Choa Chu Kang and Eastbound services from Outram Park were not affected. Circle Line services from Buona Vista were also not affected.

The route is one of five Rail Replacement Services during the period of closure as well as the only Express shuttle service. The other routes are the Outram Park—Jurong East, Jurong East—Joo Koon, Joo Koon—Tuas Link and Jurong East—Choa Chu Kang routes, which call at all en-route stations. Bus stops served by the Express Shuttle are identical to those served by the regular EWL Bridging Bus.

March & April 2018:
March & April 2018: (Click to expand)

To speed up implementation of the new CBTC signalling system, shortened operating hours were implemented on the East West Line between Pasir RisTuas Link, and Tanah MerahChangi Airport, across various Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on March & April 2018, and additionally, Extended Early Closures on 12 & 14 March.

A total of 35 East West Line stations were affected by the early train service end times and delayed train service start times. Other train lines such as the North South Line are not affected.

The route is one of ten Rail Replacement Services during the period of closure. Bus stops served are similar to those served by the regular EWL Bridging Bus, with some changes. The route only operated 2 trips in each direction in the morning, at 5:15am and 5:30am from Boon Lay, as well as 6:15am and 6:30am from Outram Park.

August & September 2018:

To facilitate additional engineering hours for track maintenance and renewal works, shortened operating hours were implemented on the East West Line & North South Line between DoverPioneer, and Bukit GombakJurong East, across selected Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on August & September 2018.

A total of 10 North South & East West Line stations were affected by the early train service end times and delayed train service start times.

The route is one of three Rail Replacement Services during the period of closure. Bus stops served are similar to those served by the regular bridging bus service, with some changes.

 

Bus Fares:

Charges regular distance fare based on the distance between MRT Stations by rail. Train, bus and hybrid concession passes are accepted, and distance fare rules apply.

Category Card Fares Cash Fares
Adult / Workfare Transport Concession Card holders Follows MRT Fare structure $1.00
Senior Citizen / Persons with Disabilities Card holders $0.50
Student Concession Card holders $0.50
Other Rail Replacement Services

The route is one of three Shuttle Bus Services operating during periods of planned Early Closure & Late Opening in August & September 2018, the other routes being:


History:
  • 2017 (08 Dec): Route announced within handouts issued during the early closure
  • 2017 (09 Dec): Launched as a Shuttle Bus Service between Boon Lay and Outram Park, operating during periods of MRT closure
  • 2018 (01 Mar): Revision of Pick Up Point at Buona Vista Stn Exit D bus stop to Pick Up & Drop Off Point after Buona Vista Stn Exit D
  • 2018 (02 Mar): Start of operations for March 2018 MRT Early Closure, Late Opening with revised operating details
  • 2018 (22 Mar): Extended operating days to Saturdays & Sundays in April 2018
  • 2018 (18 Jul): Route announced (Boon Lay – Buona Vista, via Jurong East) for Early Closure & Late Opening on August & September 2018

Also check out:

Page 2: More Photos & Video
Page 3: Express 5 (Dec 2017) Route Information

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