Rationalisation of bus services are carried out by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to optimize service levels offered by Singapore’s public transport network. These efforts include the reduction of operating frequency or operating hours of certain bus services, or the merger and withdrawal of certain bus services that suffer from low demand.
Under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM), the LTA assumes the role of a central planning agency, and decides on bus services to be provided, and the service standards which operators have to meet. As part of this responsibility, public transport connections that are duplicitous or underutilized are rationalised to optimise the usage of resources and cut down on financially unsustainable services.
Historically, large-scale rationalisation of bus services were conducted following the opening of new rail lines to avoid duplication. In modern times, rationalisation of bus services are more restrained and targeted at the most underutilized bus routes.
This article summarises these changes to bus services since the start of 2019, and will be updated with instances of upcoming announced bus service rationalisations where implemented.
Withdrawal of selected Supplementary Bus Services (Dec 2022)
Withdrawal of Suspended Bus Services (Jun 2022)
Remaining bus services that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020 and has yet to resume as of end-June 2022 were formally withdrawn on 30 June 2022.
- Chinatown Direct: CT8, CT18
- NightRider services: NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5, NR6, NR8
- Nite Owl services: 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N
- Resorts World Sentosa services: 188R, 963R
- Weekend: Bus Service 926
Changes to Express Bus Services (Jan 2022)
In January 2022, changes to several express bus services were made.
Service Withdrawals – Express 74e & 151e
Reinstatement of Express 12e & 43e
However, the service timetable was adjusted for lesser trips on Express 12e with up to 1 hour frequency during selected hours. Operating hours for Express 43e were reduced with the last two morning peak & first two evening peak trips cut.
Change in Timetable – Express 851e & 960e
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- Downtown Line 3 Bus Service Rationalisations
- Reduction in Trips for Express Bus Services – Express 12e, 851e & 960e
- Express 167e
- Downtown Line 2 Bus Service Rationalisations
- Bus Service 128
- Short Trip Service 117B
- Rationalisation of Full-Day Express services
- Service BPS1
- Post On-Demand Public Bus Trial Rationalisation
- Service 163M
- City Direct Services