Feeder, Townlink and Intratown Routes

Feeder, Townlink and Intratown routes are public bus services that ply between bus interchanges and various parts of housing estates. Such routes cater to the design of most residential towns in Singapore, where town centers with many facilities (such as shopping malls, town council offices, public libraries, hawker centers, MRT stations, etc) are usually accompanied with bus interchanges. These routes operate in a loop fashion between the bus interchange and various housing estates.

Feeder routes are an important part of Singapore’s hub-and-spoke transport system, which relies on the rail network as the main backbone and residential routes which connect MRT stations with various parts of a housing estate. Passengers can also transfer between feeder routes at the bus interchange to get to different parts of the estate. (Interchange ↺ Estate)

Townlink and Intratown routes are a combination of feeder routes that serve multiple parts of a housing estates. They operate similar to two feeder services, and return to the interchange before continuing on their second loop. (Interchange ↺ Estate A ↺ Estate B). The term “Townlink” is used by SBS Transit and “Intratown” is used by SMRT. An advantage of Townlink and Intratown services is that they allow for travel between Estate A and B without the need for transferring buses at the interchange. A disadvantage would be that delays usually cascade down the timetable and hence much more prone to bunching up compared to feeder routes. When drivers need to take a break after completing their second loop, it is necessary to indicate to passengers that the bus will not continue its trip after reaching the interchange.

Prior to the standardisation of Terminating Trips in August 2018, SBS Transit places a red “T” sign at the front of the bus, while SMRT adds the letter “E” to the end of the service number as displayed on the front EDS.

Go-Ahead Singapore also adopted the “Townlink” term by SBS Transit when they took over the Pasir Ris Townlink Services 358 & 359 back in September 2016. In 2017, Go-Ahead Singapore formatted their Electronic Destination Signage to reflect the “T” on the signs, instead of having to manually display the “T” plate. The T suffix concept was later applied to all relevant bus services in August 2018.

In March 2018, as part of the Seletar Bus Package handover, SBS Transit renamed Bus Service 811 & 812 from its SMRT Buses “Intratown” naming to “Townlink”.

All Townlink and Intratown Bus Services were standardised to Feeder Bus Services from 12 August 2018.

Estates:

Series Interchange Services (Including Short Trip Service & Terminating Trips)
22x Bedok 222 /
222A
/
222B
225G /
225W
228 229
23x Toa Payoh 231 232 235 238
24x Boon Lay 240 /
240A /
240M
241 /
241A
242 243G /
243W
26x
Ang Mo Kio 261 262 269 /
269A
Ang Mo Kio Depot 265 268 /
268A /
268B /
268C
27x Bukit Merah 272 273
28x Clementi 282 284 285
29x Tampines 291 /
291T
292 293 /
293T
Tampines Concourse 298
30x Choa Chu Kang 300 301 302 /
302A
307 /
307A
/
307T
308
31x Serangoon 315 317
32x Hougang Central 324 325 329
33x Jurong East 333 334 335
35x Pasir Ris 354 358 /
358T
359 /
359T
37x Sengkang 371 372
Compassvale 374
38x Punggol 381 382G /
382W
386
41x Bishan 410G /
410W
80x Yishun 800 803 804 805 806 807 /
807A
81x 811 /
811A
/
811T
812 /
812T
90x Woodlands Regional 900 /
900A
901 902 903 /
903M
904
91x 911 /
911T
912 /
912A
/
912B
/
912M
913 /
913T
92x Bukit Panjang 920 922
94x Bukit Batok 941 944 945 947

 

Although most major bus estates are served by feeder and townlink/intratown routes, the number of routes is not a solid indication of the demographics of that particular estate. For example, Hougang previously has only one feeder service (325) despite its large size before the Bus Service Enhancement Programme kicked in, as residential trunk routes like 112, 113 and other trunk routes help cover the remaining areas. Other estates have light rail transit (LRT) networks in addition to feeder services, reducing the need for duplicated feeder services.

Fares:

Fares for feeder and townlink/intratown services follow the current distance-based fare scheme (DBF) but are capped at 3.2km.

Operating Hours:

Feeder and townlink/intratown services operate daily from early morning (around 5am) to after midnight, usually tied to the last train timing at connecting MRT stations. Frequencies are usually stable due to the short nature and predictable demand of such routes.

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  • 4 July 2017 at 6:54 PM
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    Ever sicnce Go Ahead Singapore took over the Townlink Services in Pasir Ris(3 January 2017), they put a T beside their service number, just like SMRT. “358T” For terminating.

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