Shuttle 3: Tuas Link—Boon Lay Shuttle Bus Service

Refer to Page 1 of this article for the November 2018 version of Shuttle 3.
This page refers to the March 2018 version of Shuttle 3.

The Tuas Link—Joo Koon Shuttle Bus Service (Shuttle 3) is a Rail Replacement Service plying between Tuas Link and Joo Koon, serving en-route East West Line (EWL) stations.

The route will be activated to operate on 12 March, 14 March, as well as Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in March & April 2018, when shortened operating hours are implemented on the East West Line to facilitate more time for track maintenance and renewal work.


The Shuttle Bus Service serves the following MRT Stations:

Route:

Shuttle 3: Tuas Link—Joo Koon Shuttle Bus Service
Towards Joo Koon
Towards Tuas Link
  • Tuas West Dr
    — Opp Tuas Lk Stn EW33
  • Pioneer Rd
    — Tuas West Rd Stn Exit B EW32

    — Tuas Cres Stn Exit B EW31
  • Tuas Rd
    — Gul Circle Stn Exit B EW30
  • Joo Koon Circle
    — Joo Koon Stn Exit B EW29
  • Joo Koon Circle
    — Joo Koon Stn Exit B EW29
  • Tuas Rd
    — Gul Circle Stn Exit A EW30
  • Pioneer Rd
    — Tuas Cres Stn Exit A EW31
    — Tuas West Rd Stn Exit A EW32
  • Tuas West Dr
    — Tuas Lk Stn EW33
Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Tuas West Dr (Tuas Link MRT) ↔ Joo Koon Circle (Joo Koon MRT)
Passes Through Tuas West Road, Tuas Crescent, Gul Circle MRT Stations
Route Length 7.7 km (Actual Distance) / 6.8 km (Fare Payable Distance)
Travelling Time 27 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Not Applicable
Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Current Fleet Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Departure Times from Tuas Link
10.35pm – 11.20pm (Early Closure on Affected Fridays & Saturdays)
5.19am – 8.02am (Late Opening on Affected Saturdays)
5.49am – 8.02am (Late Opening on Affected Sundays)
10.05pm – 11.20pm (Extended Early Closure on 12 & 14 March)
Departure Times from Joo Koon
10.47pm – 2.07am (Early Closure on Affected Fridays & Saturdays)
5.27am – 8.18am (Late Opening on Affected Saturdays)
5.57am – 8.17am (Late Opening on Affected Sundays)
11.17pm – 2.05am (Extended Early Closure on 12 & 14 March)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
4 – 15 mins 4 – 15 mins

The Shuttle Bus Service will only operate on affected days in March & April.

These Days are as follows:

  • 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 & 31 March
  • 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 April

 

  • On days of Extended Early Closure (12 & 14 March),
    buses will operate from the start time of the extended early closure till the stipulated last bus timings below.
  • On days of Early Closure (2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & 31 March, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 April)
    buses will operate from the start time of the early closure till the stipulated last bus timings below.
  • On days of Late Opening (3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31 March, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 April),
    buses will operate from the stipulated first bus timings below till the start time of normal train operations.

This Bus Service is reflected as Bus Service 485 on the Bus Ticketing System.

Shuttle 3 (Tuas Link – Joo Koon) Departure Timings from Stations

Shuttle Bus Transfer at Joo Koon


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.

Other Rail Replacement Services

The route is one of ten Shuttle Bus Services operating during periods of planned closure in March & April 2018, the other routes being:

Private Bus Operators (March 2018)

For the first time, Private Bus Operators (PBOs) were roped in to assist with the Shuttle Bus Services. For Shuttle 3, starting from 2 March 2018, Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd contributed 50 bus drivers as part of Task Force 50 (or TF50), which were roped in to assist with shuttle bus operations. Training and familiarization were carried out by SMRT, and the drivers were assigned to SMRT’s Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses for shuttle operations. These bus drivers were deployed on Shuttle 3.

Page 1: Shuttle 3 (Nov 2018) Route Information
Page 2: More Photos
Page 4: Shuttle 3 (Dec 2017) Route Information

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