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 during MRT Early Closures.
The Shuttle Bus Service serves the following MRT Stations:
|Express Shuttle 5: Boon Lay—Buona Vista Express Bus Service|
|Towards Buona Vista
||Towards Boon Lay
||Boon Lay MRT ↔ Buona Vista MRT
|Passes Through||Jurong East MRT Station|
|Travelling Time||35 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Not Applicable|
|Operator||SBS Transit Ltd|
|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)|
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
Shuttle Bus Transfer at Boon Lay
- Shuttle 2: Towards Joo Koon & Buona Vista
Towards Joo Koon – Bus Stop 22571: Opp Boon Lay Stn, Boon Lay Way
Towards Buona Vista – Bus Stop 22579: Boon Lay Stn, Boon Lay Way
Shuttle Bus Transfer at Jurong East
- Shuttle 2: Towards Joo Koon & Buona Vista
Towards Joo Koon – Pick-Up & Drop-Off Point at Venture Ave (Opp Big Box)
Towards Buona Vista – Jurong East Temp Int
- Shuttle 4: Towards Choa Chu Kang
Bus Stop 28201: Opp The JTC Summit, Jurong Gateway Rd
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 Link—Outram Park (EWL), and Jurong East—Choa 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 Ris—Tuas Link, and Tanah Merah—Changi 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 Dover—Pioneer, and Bukit Gombak—Jurong 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.
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:
- 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
- 2018 (25 Jul): 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
Also check out:
Page 2: More Photos & Video
Page 3: Express 5 (Dec 2017) Route Information