City Direct Bus Service 654 to be operated by SBS Transit

City Direct Bus Service 654 will be operated by SBS Transit from 22 July 2019. Formerly operated by BT&Tan, it is the 9th service to be transferred from private to public bus operators.

City Direct Bus Services were introduced in 2014 as part of the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) and were solely operated by Private Bus Operators up to April 2017. Since then, City Direct Bus Services have been gradually withdrawn or transferred to Public Transport Operators.

Background

On 13 June 2013, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) called for tender VT387 City Direct Services, which consisted of City Direct routes 652 to 660. 6 of the 9 bus services in the tender were awarded to 5 different Private Bus Operators on 9 November 2013. Each contract for the City Direct route lasts 2 years.

The remaining 3 routes (658, 659 & 660) were not awarded due to unsatisfactory bids. These routes were re-tendered out in later November 2013 as “PT162 City Direct Bus Services” and later awarded to Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd in February 2014.

In January 2015, LTA exercised its option to extend the contract period for City Direct Services 651 – 657 for a duration of one year.

On 1 Aug 2016, LTA called for tender “PT288 City Direct Bus Services“, which consisted of City Direct Services 652 – 657. The contract for City Direct 654 was awarded to BT&Tan Transport Pte Ltd for SGD $1,226,507.60 on 14 November 2016. BT&Tan subsequently took over City Direct 654 in January 2017.

The remaining routes that were not awarded were subsequently either transferred to Public Transport Operators (653, 655, 656 & 657) or continue to be operated by the existing Private Bus Operator (652).

Subsequent tenders called by LTA for City Direct Services in 2017 (PT309 – City Direct Bus Services for 658 – 660 and PT321 – City Direct Bus Services for 661 – 665) were not awarded to any Private Bus Operators.

City Direct Bus Service 663 & 665 were transferred over to Tower Transit Singapore on 28 September 2017 and 12 October 2017, while City Direct 660 & 661 was transferred to SBS Transit and Go-Ahead Singapore respectively from 2 January 2019. In addition, City Direct 654 was transferred to SBS Transit from 22 July 2019.

City Direct Services 658, 659, 662 & 664 were withdrawn in December 2018. (Main Article: Discontinuation of 4 City Direct Bus Services)


City Direct Services Affected by Operator Change

City Direct 653

 

City Direct 653 Former Details From 13 April 2017
Operator ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd SMRT Buses Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0715hrs, 0721hrs, 0727hrs, 0733hrs, 0739hrs, 0745hrs 0715hrs, 0725hrs, 0735hrs, 0745hrs
Weekday Evening Trips 1810hrs, 1820hrs, 1830hrs 1815hrs, 1830hrs

SMRT Buses deployed Double-Decker Buses on City Direct 653 from 13 April 2017 to compensate for the reduced number of AM & PM Trips.

City Direct 654
City Direct 654 Former Details From 22 July 2019
Operator BT&Tan Transport Service SBS Transit Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0730hrs, 0735hrs, 0740hrs, 0745hrs, 0750hrs, 0755hrs No Change
Weekday Evening Trips 1820hrs, 1827hrs, 1835hrs No Change

 

City Direct 655
City Direct 655 Former Details From 17 April 2017
Operator Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd SBS Transit Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0730hrs, 0745hrs No Change
Weekday Evening Trips 1815hrs, 1830hrs No Change
City Direct 656
City Direct 656 Former Details From 17 April 2017
Operator Loh Gim Chong Transport SMRT Buses Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0720hrs, 0726hrs, 0734hrs, 0740hrs 0720hrs, 0730hrs, 0740hrs
Weekday Evening Trips 1810hrs, 1825hrs No Change

Under SMRT Buses, one morning trip was cut from City Direct 656.

City Direct 657
City Direct 657 Former Details From 24 April 2017
Operator Transtar Travel Pte Ltd SMRT Buses Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0730hrs, 0745hrs No Change
Weekday Evening Trips 1815hrs, 1830hrs No Change
City Direct 660
City Direct 660 Former Details From 2 January 2019
Operator Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd SBS Transit Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0730hrs, 0735hrs, 0740hrs, 0745hrs, 0750hrs 0730hrs, 0736hrs, 0743hrs, 0750hrs
Weekday Evening Trips 1820hrs, 1835hrs No Change

SBS Transit deployed Double-Decker Buses on City Direct 660 from 2 January 2019 to compensate for the reduced number of AM Trips.

City Direct 661
City Direct 661 Former Details From 2 January 2019
Operator Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd Go Ahead Loyang Pte Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0730hrs, 0740hrs, 0750hrs 0730hrs, 0750hrs
Weekday Evening Trips 1810hrs, 1825hrs No Change

Go-Ahead Singapore deployed Double-Decker Buses on City Direct 661 from 2 January 2019 to compensate for the reduced number of AM Trips.

City Direct 663
City Direct 663 Former Details From 28 September 2017
Operator Bus Hub Service Pte Ltd Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0720hrs, 0730hrs, 0740hrs, 0750hrs 0720hrs, 0735hrs, 0750hrs
Weekday Evening Trips 1815hrs, 1830hrs No Change
City Direct 665
City Direct 665 Former Details From 12 October 2017
Operator Bus Hub Service Pte Ltd Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0710hrs, 0716hrs, 0721hrs, 0727hrs, 0734hrs, 0740hrs No Change
Weekday Evening Trips 1815hrs, 1830hrs No Change

Double-decker buses were added to City Direct 665 from 9 April 2018 due to growing demand, with the AM trip departure timings adjusted to 0700, 0708, 0716, 0724, 0732 & 0740.


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2 thoughts on “City Direct Bus Service 654 to be operated by SBS Transit

  • 20 December 2018 at 10:58 PM
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    Strictly speaking, Comfort Delgro isn’t exactly a private operator. It is after all the parent company of SBS Transit. Just like the relationship between SMRT and Bus Plus.

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  • 17 April 2017 at 9:44 PM
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    Just curious. Will LTA make these services wheelchair-accessible? Thanks

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