Transfer of City Directs 666, 667 & 670 to Public Transport Operators

In March 2020, the following City Direct bus services operated by Private Bus Operators will be transferred to Public Transport Operators.

  • City Direct Bus Service 666
    Operated by Go-Ahead Singapore from Monday, 2 March 2020. Formerly operated by BT & Tan Transport, it is the 14th City Direct service to be transferred from private to public bus operators.
  • City Direct Bus Service 667
    Operated by SBS Transit from Monday, 9 March 2020. Formerly operated by Tong Tar Transport Service, it is the 15th City Direct service to be transferred from private to public bus operators.
  • City Direct Bus Service 670
    From Monday, 30 March 2020, City Direct Bus Service 670 will be operated by SMRT Buses. Formerly operated by Tong Tar Transport Service, it is the 16th City Direct 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 Since then, City Direct Bus Services have been gradually withdrawn or transferred to Public Transport Operators.

To date, only City Direct Bus Service 668 remains to be operated by Private Bus Operator BT & Tan Transport. It will be evenutally transferred to be operated by a Public Bus Operator.


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 (PTOs) (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.

Since then, City Direct bus services were progressively transferred to PTOs. However, City Direct Services 658, 659, 662 & 664 were withdrawn in December 2018.

Summary of City Direct PTO changes (Click to expand)
Summary of City Direct PTO changes
City Direct Last Private Operator Incumbent PTO Takeover Date
651 Rui Feng Chartered Tower Transit 13 Jan 2020
652 Ren Quan Transport SMRT Buses 6 Jan 2020
653 ComfortDelGro Bus SMRT Buses 13 Apr 2017
654 BT&Tan Transport Service SBS Transit 22 Jul 2019
655 Woodlands Transport Service SBS Transit 17 Apr 2017
656 Loh Gim Chong Transport SMRT Buses 17 Apr 2017
657 Transtar Travel SMRT Buses 24 Apr 2017
658 Aedge Holdings (Withdrawn from 17 Dec 2018)
659 Aedge Holdings (Withdrawn from 17 Dec 2018)
660 Aedge Holdings SBS Transit 2 Jan 2019
661 Aedge Holdings Go-Ahead Singapore 2 Jan 2019
662 Aedge Holdings (Withdrawn from 17 Dec 2018)
663 Bus Hub Service Tower Transit 28 Sep 2017
664 Aedge Holdings (Withdrawn from 17 Dec 2018)
665 Bus Hub Service Tower Transit 12 Oct 2017
666 BT & Tan Transport Go-Ahead Singapore 2 Mar 2020
667 Tong Tar Transport Service SBS Transit 9 Mar 2020
668 BT & Tan Transport
669 Tong Tar Transport Service (Withdrawn from 3 Jun 2019)
670 Tong Tar Transport Service SMRT Buses 30 Mar 2020
671 Rui Feng Chartered SBS Transit 13 Jan 2020
672 Rui Feng Chartered SBS Transit 13 Jan 2020

City Direct Services Affected by Operator Change (Mar 2020)

City Direct 666
City Direct 666 Former Details From 2 March 2020
Operator BT & Tan Transport Pte Ltd Go Ahead Loyang Pte Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0725hrs, 0740hrs No Change
Weekday Evening Trips 1810hrs, 1825hrs No Change

 

City Direct 667
City Direct 667 Former Details From 9 March 2020
Operator Tong Tar Transport Service Pte Ltd SBS Transit Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0745hrs, 0800hrs No Change
Weekday Evening Trips 1820hrs, 1835hrs No Change

 

City Direct 670
City Direct 670 Former Details From 30 March 2020
Operator Tong Tar Transport Service Pte Ltd SMRT Buses Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0720hrs, 0730hrs, 0740hrs 0720hrs, 0740hrs
Weekday Evening Trips 1810hrs, 1825hrs No Change

 


City Direct Services Affected by Operator Change Previously

City Direct 651
City Direct 651 Former Details From 13 January 2020
Operator Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0730hrs, 0745hrs No Change
Weekday Evening Trips 1815hrs, 1830hrs No Change
City Direct 652
City Direct 652 Former Details From 6 January 2020
Operator Ren Quan Transport SMRT Buses Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0725hrs, 0730hrs, 0735hrs, 0740hrs, 0745hrs, 0750hrs 0725hrs, 0733hrs, 0741hrs, 0750hrs
Weekday Evening Trips 1810hrs, 1825hrs No Change

SMRT Buses deployed Double-Decker Buses on City Direct 652 from 6 January 2020 to compensate for the reduced number of Morning Trips.

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.

City Direct 671
City Direct 671 Former Details From 13 January 2020
Operator Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd SBS Transit Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0730hrs, 0740hrs, 0750hrs 0730hrs, 0750hrs
Weekday Evening Trips 1820hrs, 1835hrs No Change

SBS Transit deployed Double-Decker Buses on City Direct 671 from 13 January 2020 to compensate for the reduced number of Morning Trips.

City Direct 672
City Direct 672 Former Details From 13 January 2020
Operator Rui Feng Chartered Pte Ltd SBS Transit Ltd
Weekday Morning Trips 0735hrs, 0742hrs, 0750hrs 0735hrs, 0750hrs
Weekday Evening Trips 1820hrs, 1835hrs No Change

SBS Transit deployed Double-Decker Buses on City Direct 672 from 13 January 2020 to compensate for the reduced number of Morning Trips.


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  • 24 February 2020 at 3:29 AM
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