Rationalisation of Bus Service Operations (2019 – 2023)

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.

Reduction in Operating Hours for Express Bus Services (Apr 2023)

Operating hours for Express 12e, 851e & 960e were further reduced in April 2023. This is the 4th instance of trip reduction since their introduction in 2018.

Withdrawal of selected Supplementary Bus Services (Dec 2022)

In December 2022, Bus Services 131M & 139M were withdrawn.

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that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020 and has yet to resume as of end-June 2022 were formally withdrawn on 30 June 2022.

These are:

Changes to Express Bus Services (Jan 2022)

In January 2022, changes to several express bus services were made.

Service Withdrawals – Express 74e & 151e

Express Bus Services 74e & 151e will be withdrawn on 17 January 2022.

Reinstatement of Express 12e & 43e

Previously suspended from 16 September 2021 due to the COVID-19 impact on Manpower, Go-Ahead Express Bus Services 12e & 43e will be reinstated from 16 January & 17 January 2022 respectively.

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

The timetable for Express 851e & 960e will be adjusted for lesser trips with up to 1 hour frequency during selected hours from 16 January 2022.


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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

31 thoughts on “Rationalisation of Bus Service Operations (2019 – 2023)

  • 30 December 2021 at 1:10 AM

    Honestly, if people do not want to use buses, the data will be reflected into LTA and they will find new ways to make it more cost-saving…. So go and convinced more people to take the buses and keep those route alive ….

    • 16 February 2022 at 11:05 PM

      Hence, may end work from home, more funding for public transport operators, free rides for the elderly on public transport, free rides on MRT in the city area.

  • 28 December 2021 at 6:53 PM

    Wah lta is getting worst and worst. This crap has to come to a stop. Why the hell reduse 851e frequncey to 1 hour. 851e has gd loading most of the time. Why why why why. Has the world gone mad and blind.

  • 26 November 2021 at 10:46 PM

    Other than my previous opinion, let’s take a look at the possibility:

    1) Bidadari ITH & Buangkok ITH are under construction. Together with Punggol North ITH is in the pipeline.
    – I would foresee Express 506 is a temporary amendment to Serangoon Interchange. I may foresee this service will either shorten its terminating point or extend its terminating point to either 1 of the ITH.

    2) Service 66 looping at Upper Bukit Timah Road (Bukit Timah Plaza).
    – Since Beauty World ITH is in the pipeline, Service 66 may be amended to terminate at the ITH. However, there is another alternative service from JE (Service 41). Till the ITH is ready for operations, we shall see which bus services would be amended to terminate there.

    3) Service 22 terminating at Eunos.
    – IMO, a wrong move to let it terminate at Eunos as the route from Eunos to Ubi already covered by Service 61/63/63M. Should have allow it to terminate at Bedok Interchange replacing amended Service 66.

    • 3 December 2021 at 11:08 AM

      for 41, we can make it start from Beauty World ITH loop at Jurong Gateway Rd like 79. And for 66, maybe can just extend to Ang Mo Kio

      • 28 December 2021 at 2:59 PM

        Why extend 66 to AMK? From Bukit Timah there’s already 74 and 852 to AMK.

    • 3 December 2021 at 11:43 AM

      Agreeeee, sv 22 should go Bedok instead, they straight away remove 3 service around bedok reservoir area. LTA always like to made people live difficult, and planning always suck.

    • 26 December 2021 at 11:24 AM

      Do not forget 22 now duplicates the following bus services other than 61,63,63M from eunos link to eunos MRT station that are:15,25,51,55,93,94,854.

    • 12 January 2022 at 7:04 PM

      What do you think of 22 covering the lost sectors of 66 from Ubi Avenue 2 to Bedok, & 22M replacing 228? Is it a good idea?

  • 24 November 2021 at 9:43 AM

    If bus 66 is going to be amended, I suggest introducing a new bus service (maybe 44) from Gali Batu Terminal to Bedok Interchange entirely duplicating the lost sector of bus 66

    As for bus 506, Maybe can amend Bus 109 to Upper East Coast Terminal and Bus 29 to cover lost sectors of bus 506 and 109


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