Tower Transit awarded Bulim and Sembawang-Yishun Bus Packages

Tower Transit Singapore has been awarded the Bulim and Sembawang-Yishun Bus Packages, as announced by the Land Transport Authority on 30th September 2020.

With this award, Tower Transit will succeed SMRT Buses as the operator of 27 bus services in the Sembawang and Yishun areas, operating from the new Mandai Bus Depot. In addition, Tower Transit secures a further five-year extension of its 29 existing bus routes in the Jurong East, Clementi and Bukit Batok areas. The twoΒ contracts will commence progressively from 2Q 2021.

#PSA πŸ“’ We’ve just awarded the contracts for the Bulim and Sembawang-Yishun bus packages 🚌 to Tower Transit Singapore Pte…

Posted by Land Transport Authority – We Keep Your World Moving on Wednesday, 30 September 2020


Under the Bus Contracting Model, bus routes are bundled into bus packages, consisting of a single bus depot, several bus interchanges/terminals, the bus routes and the buses themselves. With all bus infrastructure belonging to the Government, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) would contract out the bus package, select a bus operator (through a competitive tendering process), and lease these assets to the new operator.

The Bulim Bus Package was first awarded to Tower Transit in May 2015, while the Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package had been operated by SMRT Buses under a negotiated contract since September 2016. Combined under Contract PT217, the packages combine 56 bus routes with the maintenance and operation of two depots, five interchanges, one terminal, and over 700 buses.

Tower Transit’s bid won out over other participating tenderers such as SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, Go-Ahead, and Guangzhou Public Transportation Group No.3 Bus Co., Ltd. A list of services is enclosed below.

Bus Depots:
Bus Interchanges & Terminals:
Bus Services:
  • Bulim Bus Package: Commencing from 30 May 2021
    41, 49, 66, 77, 78, 79, 96, 97, 97e, 98/98M, 106, 143/143M, 173, 177, 183, 189, 282, 284, 285, 333, 334, 335, 653, 657, 941, 944, 945, 947 & 990
  • Sembawang-Yishun Bus Package: Commencing from 5 September 2021
    167, 167e, 169, 171, 656, 663, 825, 853/853M, 854, 854e, 855, 856, 857, 858, 859/859A/859B, 882, 883/883M, 963, 963e, 963R, 965, 966, 969, 980, 981, N1 & N2

Remarks: Bus Services highlighted in red are to be transferred from SMRT Buses to Tower Transit. Bus Services N1 & N2 are upcoming bus services to be announced by LTA.

The contract commencement dates were announced in a press release by SeaLink Travel Group Limited, which wholly owns Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd. Bus Services operated by SMRT Buses will progressively be transferred to Tower Transit in tranches from the commencement date.

Bid Prices:
No. Company Bulim only:
Bid Price (5 years)
Sembawang-Yishun only:
Bid Price (5 years)
Bulim + Sembawang-Yishun:
Bid Price (5 years)
1 SBS Transit Ltd (Alt)* $443,133,709 $567,294,369 $1,003,089,771
2 SBS Transit Ltd (Base) $446,227,073 $569,935,356 $1,008,839,217
3 Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd $482,432,845 $582,062,354 $1,025,102,939
4 The Go-Ahead Group Plc $477,534,701 $591,490,758 $1,057,664,162
5 SMRT Buses Ltd $540,964,300 $695,945,217 $1,189,635,606


  • The price for five years comprises one-off pre-operation costs, as well as the total service fee and lease charges for assets provided by LTA (excluding any adjustment for inflation, change in wage levels and fuel costs, service variation or incentive payment during the contract period).
  • *SBS Transit’s alternative proposal differs from the base proposal by having fewer bus captains and lower non-revenue mileage, to be achieved by launching buses from other bus depots under its negotiated contracts. This is similar to SBS Transit’s existing arrangements at Ulu Pandan Bus Depot.
  • Guangzhou Public Transportation Group No.3 Bus Co., Ltd was not shortlisted for the tender award. It did not meet the quality pre-qualification requirements as part of Singapore’s bus contracting model (#BCM) two-envelope process.

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45 thoughts on “Tower Transit awarded Bulim and Sembawang-Yishun Bus Packages

  • 4 October 2020 at 3:59 PM

    2021:Bulim & Sembawang-Yishun>Tower Transit Singapore.
    2021:Sengkang-Hougang>Go-Ahead Singapore.
    2023:Seletar,Bedok & Bukit Merah>SBS Transit.
    2023:Loyang & Woodlands>SMRT Buses.
    2023:Choa Chu Kang-Bukit Panjang>Go-Ahead Singapore.
    2024:Tampines>SBS Transit.
    2024:Jurong West>SMRT Buses.
    2025:Clementi & Serangoon-Eunos>SBS Transit.
    2026:Bishan-Toa Payoh>SBS Transit.
    All operators get the chance to have bendy buses fleet too.
    SMRT for Woodlands most probably 12 units
    SBST for Seletar with 10 units
    TTS for Sembawang-Yishun probably 8 units
    GAS for Choa Chu Kang-Bukit Panjang with 10 units

  • 4 October 2020 at 12:46 PM

    Be more positive and professional.When SBST first start at Yishun,Many negative thoughts and bitching but again they improved it.LTA is the one approved and manage what fleet to be in the service,operators jusy propose and LTA will have the final say.

  • 3 October 2020 at 7:45 PM

    What is wrong with lta making all wrong moves this days. For god sake Tower Transit cant make it. Very poor bad service.

  • 3 October 2020 at 6:19 PM

    Having work for all 4 operators i dare say TTS is the one that listen most to its staff..Free fruits weekly,Free stuffs monthly and they’re the first SG operator that raise BC pay.Why so bitchy?LTA is the one who approved runtime and fleet management.SBST win Seletar ppl don’t KPKB so much.Be professional for God sake!You think SMRT serve the North very well?One fine example is that they lose all the Yishun feeders as well as 851,852 & 860.Their bidding is too high also so just swallow and hope for the better.So if next year GAS bag the SKG package you all commit suicide?

    • 5 October 2020 at 12:20 PM

      GA should bag Hougang along with Loyang. 136 can be run from HGDEP to save fuel. Also SBST had bad publicity from wage theft lawsuit. Glad TT won Bulim and Sembawang.

  • 3 October 2020 at 6:03 PM

    Welp. 854 will be under TT now and no bus services will be run under smart and Bedok. Which is unique because Bedok has all 4 operators operating. There goes to good 858 days. Gg to 856 overcrowding too lah.. with bendys gone too. TTS will fuck up everything. Fuck TTS.

    • 4 October 2020 at 12:48 PM

      Well,Tampines do have all 4 operators in future.
      GAS>3 & 68.
      SBST>Rest if the service.

    • 4 October 2020 at 3:27 PM

      856 alr stop operating bendy since 8 September 2019 since amended to Yishun ITH. Most of bendies at Yishun ITH only done by SBST Feeders.


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