Transfer of Operators for City Direct services

Operations of City Direct Bus Service 660661 will be transferred to Public Transport Operators SBS Transit and Go-Ahead Singapore respectively from 2 January 2019.

City Direct Bus Services are part of the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) introduced in 2014 and were solely operated by Private Bus Operators up to 2017, when operations of several City Direct Bus Services were transferred to Public Transport Operators SBS Transit & SMRT Buses in April 2017 and Tower Transit in September 2017.

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 will be transferring to SBS Transit and Go-Ahead Singapore respectively from 2 January 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City Direct Services 658, 659, 662 & 664 were withdrawn in December 2018.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 Existing From 13 April 2017
Operator ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd SMRT Buses Ltd
AM Trip Timings 0715hrs, 0721hrs, 0727hrs, 0733hrs, 0739hrs, 0745hrs 0715hrs, 0725hrs, 0735hrs, 0745hrs
PM Trip Timings 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 655
City Direct 655 Existing From 17 April 2017
Operator Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd SBS Transit Ltd
AM Trip Timings 0730hrs, 0745hrs No Change
PM Trip Timings 1815hrs, 1830hrs No Change
City Direct 656
City Direct 656 Existing From 17 April 2017
Operator Loh Gim Chong Transport SMRT Buses Ltd
AM Trip Timings 0720hrs, 0726hrs, 0734hrs, 0740hrs 0720hrs, 0730hrs, 0740hrs
PM Trip Timings 1810hrs, 1825hrs No Change

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

City Direct 657
City Direct 657 Existing From 24 April 2017
Operator Transtar Travel Pte Ltd SMRT Buses Ltd
AM Trip Timings 0730hrs, 0745hrs No Change
PM Trip Timings 1815hrs, 1830hrs No Change
City Direct 660
City Direct 660 Existing From 2 January 2019
Operator Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd SBS Transit Ltd
AM Trip Timings 0730hrs, 0735hrs, 0740hrs, 0745hrs, 0750hrs 0730hrs, 0736hrs, 0743hrs, 0750hrs
PM Trip Timings 1820hrs, 1835hrs No Change

SBS Transit will be deploying 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 Existing From 2 January 2019
Operator Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd Go Ahead Loyang Pte Ltd
AM Trip Timings 0730hrs, 0740hrs, 0750hrs 0730hrs, 0750hrs
PM Trip Timings 1810hrs, 1825hrs No Change

Go-Ahead Singapore will be deploying 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 Existing From 28 September 2017
Operator Bus Hub Service Pte Ltd Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
AM Trip Timings 0720hrs, 0730hrs, 0740hrs, 0750hrs 0720hrs, 0735hrs, 0750hrs
PM Trip Timings 1815hrs, 1830hrs No Change
City Direct 665
City Direct 665 Existing From 12 October 2017
Operator Bus Hub Service Pte Ltd Tower Transit Singapore Pte Ltd
AM Trip Timings 0710hrs, 0716hrs, 0721hrs, 0727hrs, 0734hrs, 0740hrs No Change
PM Trip Timings 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 “Transfer of Operators for City Direct services

  • 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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