On 3 April 2020, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on COVID-19 announced an elevated set of safe distancing measures, as a circuit breaker to pre-empt the trend of increasing local transmission of COVID-19. These would take effect for 4 weeks from Tuesday, 7 April 2020 till Monday, 4 May 2020.
On 21 April 2020, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the circuit breaker measures will be extended for 4 weeks till Monday, 1 June 2020.
Some of the measures taken are:
- Closure of most physical workplace premises, except services that are required to remain open to support daily needs
- Full Home-Based Learning for Schools
- Closure of Recreation Venues, Attractions and Places of Worship
These measures would significantly reduce passenger demand for public transport. In view of this, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) would be reducing service levels and suspending selected bus services.
Suspension of Bus Services
Public Bus Services were suspended in 2 tranches, with adjustments made later. The first tranche of suspended bus services took effect from Wednesday, 8 April 2020, while the second tranche of bus service suspensions started from Wednesday, 15 April 2020.
The suspensions would last till Monday, 1 June 2020.
However, Bus Service 128 will be withdrawn on 2 June 2020. In addition, selected bus services would continue to be suspended until further notice beyond 1 June 2020.
|Bus Service||Route||Suspended from||Suspended till|
|Trunk Bus Services / Others|
|128||Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot ⇄ Shenton Way||8 Apr 2020||Withdrawn|
|401||Bedok ↺ Fort Road||25 Apr 2020||Further Notice
|926||Woodlands ↺ Mandai Lake Road||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|City Direct Bus Service|
|651||Jurong West Avenue 3 ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020
|652||Upper Thomson Road ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|653||Hume Avenue / Hillview Avenue ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|654||Anchorvale Street ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|655||West Coast Road ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|656||Canberra Road ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|657||Jurong West Avenue 1 ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|660||Buangkok Green ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|661||Pasir Ris Drive 3 ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|663||Yishun Avenue 6 ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|665||Marsiling Drive ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|666||Punggol Drive ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|667||Clementi Avenue 4 ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|668||Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|670||Yishun Avenue 7 ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|671||Punggol Road ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|672||Hougang Street 51 ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|Express Bus Services|
||Bedok Road ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Rd||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
||Pasir Ris ↔ Kampong Bahru||15 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|14e||Bedok North Avenue 3 ⇄ Orchard Road||15 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|30e||Bedok ⇄ Pasir Panjang Road||15 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
||Punggol ⇄ Marine Parade Road||15 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|74e||Hougang Central ⇄ Buona Vista||15 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|89e||Hougang Central ⇄ Airport Cargo Road / Airline Road||15 Apr 2020||23 Apr 2020|
|97e||Jurong East ⇄ Marina Centre||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|151e||Hougang Central ⇄ Kent Ridge||15 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|167e||Sembawang ↔ Shenton Way / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|174e||Boon Lay ⇄ Kampong Bahru||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|188e||Choa Chu Kang → HarbourFront||15 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
||Choa Chu Kang ↔ Resorts World Sentosa||15 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
||Marine Parade Road ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|502||Soon Lee Depot ↺ Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
||Soon Lee Depot → Central Boulevard (Downtown Stn)||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|506||Jurong East ↔ Upper East Coast||15 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|513||Tampines Avenue 5 ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
||Pasir Ris ↺ Bayfront Avenue||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|518A||Pasir Ris → Bayfront Avenue (Bayfront Stn Exit A)||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
||Yishun Street 41 / Yishun Ring Rd ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|851e||Yishun ⇄ New Bridge Road / Eu Tong Sen Street||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|854e||Yishun → Bedok||15 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|868E||Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 (Blk 347) → Temasek Avenue (Promenade Stn)||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|951E||Woodlands Street 82 ⇄ Shenton Way / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|960e||Woodlands ↔ Marina Centre||15 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|963e||Woodlands ⇄ HarbourFront||15 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|963R||Woodlands ↔ Resorts World Sentosa||15 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|971E||Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park ⇄ Cecil Street / Anson Road||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|982E||Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5 ⇄ Marina Boulevard / Central Boulevard||8 Apr 2020||1 Jun 2020|
|Night Bus Services|
|1N||Marina Centre → Yishun Ring Road (Opp Khatib Stn Exit D)||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|2N||Marina Centre → Tampines Avenue 3 (Blk 888)||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|3N||Marina Centre → Choa Chu Kang North 5 (Blk 708)||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|4N||Marina Centre → Pasir Ris Drive 1 (Blk 210)||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|5N||Marina Centre → Jurong West Street 92 (Blk 924)||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|6N||Marina Centre → Punggol Field (Opp Blk 201A)||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|NR1||Resorts World Sentosa → Yishun Ring Road (Opp Khatib Stn Exit D)||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|NR2||Marina Centre → Sembawang Drive (Blk 317)||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|NR3||South Bridge Road (Boat Quay) → Choa Chu Kang||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|NR5||Marina Centre → Jurong West Street 64 (Blk 685B)||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|NR6||Resorts World Sentosa → Compassvale Drive (Blk 225A)||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|NR8||Marina Centre → Bukit Batok West Ave 5 (Blk 531)||8 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|Chinatown Direct Bus Services|
|CT8||Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 ↔ Kampong Bahru||15 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
|CT18||Bedok North Avenue 3 ↔ Kampong Bahru||15 Apr 2020||Further Notice|
Suspension from 8 April 2020:
Suspension from 15 April 2020:
Adjustments announced on 23 April 2020:
Updated Posters for extended Circuit Breaker period:
From Friday, 17 April 2020, changes to train operating hours and frequency will take effect till the end of the circuit breaker period on Monday, 1 June 2020.
- Reduced train service frequency for MRT & LRT Lines
- MRT & LRT Daily Early Closure
- Thomson-East Coast Line Early Closure & Late Opening
- Cancellation of East West Line Early Closure for Rail Renewal Work
Premium Bus Services
In addition to these public bus services, various Premium Bus Services (PBS) operated by private bus operators such as MyBus.com.sg (Loh Gim Chong Transport) & Commute Solutions will also suspend premium bus services during the circuit breaker period.
Transport in Sentosa
From 7 April 2020 until further notice, the following measures would be in place:
- Reduced operating hours for Sentosa Express: 7am – 7pm daily.
- Suspension of Singapore Cable Car Network (Sentosa & Mt Faber Lines).
- Suspension of Beach Shuttle services.
- Suspension of Sentosa Bus C Service
- Reduced frequency for Sentosa Bus A and B
- Reduced operating hours for RWS8: 6am – 9am & 6pm – 9pm daily
- Taxi / Private Hire drop-off and pick-up point relocated to Beach Station carpark basement level near Lift B from 2 March 2020
Shuttle Bus Services
Shuttle services for various shopping malls and attractions such as the following are also suspended.
Suspended until further notice:
- Parkway Parade Shuttle Services
- Changi Airport – Changi Business Park Shuttle
- Changi Airport – Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal Shuttle
- Great World City Shuttle Bus Services (13 Apr – 4 May)
Public Transport during COVID-19
In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, authorities have urged commuters to avoid non-essential travel to reduce the number of commuters on public transport. Commuters who are feeling unwell should not use public transport. Commuters who are sick and must travel, do so during off-peak periods and wear a mask.
At the same time, Public Transport Operators have stepped up cleaning efforts on buses, trains and at MRT stations and bus interchanges.
Additional Safe Distancing Measures on Public Transport
During the Circuit Breaker period, LTA implemented additional safe distancing measures on public transport across Singapore.
Safe distancing stickers labelled “Please do not sit here” and “Please stand here” would be progressively rolled out on all trains, train stations, buses, bus stops and bus interchanges.
In addition, the number of commuters allowed to enter train stations and board buses will be limited by Transport Ambassadors. They would also ensure commuters onboard buses and trains comply with the safe distancing measures.
Thermal scanners are also deployed at selected MRT stations to screen commuters before they enter the train station. Commuters with fever would be denied entry and advised to seek medical attention at the nearest clinic immediately. These scanners were first deployed at Tiong Bahru and Serangoon MRT Stations and more were progressively added to the network.
Commuters would be required to wear masks on public transport, with Transport Ambassadors reminding commuters to do so.
Pro-Rated Refund of Monthly Concession Pass
TransitLink will automatically refund the pro-rated unused value of the Monthly Concession Passes (MCP) of all concession cardholders that were purchased before 4 April 2020 due to the Government’s announcement of the closure of workplace premises as well as full home-based learning in schools and Institutes of Higher Learning in response to the COVID-19 situation.
The pro-rated refund will be based on the period from 7 April to 4 May for all concession groups, as well as from 8 April to 4 May forstudents shifting to home-based learning, or up to the pass expiry date, whichever is earlier.
The refunds can be made from 5 May 2020 through offsetting the cost of a new concession pass at TransitLink’s Ticket Office or redeemed as a transport e-Voucher can be used to top up their travel cards at any TransitLink’s Add Value Machine (AVM) and TransitLink Kiosk (TL Kiosk)
Suspension of TransitLink’s Ticket Office Operations
TransitLink will suspend the operation of 38 Ticket Offices from 8 April till the end of the circuit breaker period. Commuters are encouraged to use TransitLink’s digital services such as the AVMs, TL Kiosks, e-Services on TransitLink website and TL SimplyGo mobile app.
In light of the added social distancing measures, Commuters who need assistance with concession related matters can still visit the Concession Card Replacement Offices located at Admiralty, Buona Vista, Somerset & Bukit Panjang MRT Stations, as well as at Ang Mo Kio, Hougang, Jurong East, Tampines & Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchanges. These offices will be open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm, except Public Holidays.
No Extension of Bus & Train Operating Hours on Eve of Public Holidays
On the Good Friday Eve, Thursday, 9 April 2020, there would not be any extension of bus & train operating hours due to the Circuit Breaker measures.
A poster by Tower Transit regarding the extension of bus operating hours on Good Friday Eve was published one week before the Circuit Breaker measures were announced. This poster was subsequently removed.
Similarly, no extension of bus & train operating hours would be in place for Labour Day Eve on Thursday, 30 April 2020, Vesak Day Eve on Wednesday, 6 May 2020 and the Hari Raya Puasa public holiday period.
- Circuit Breaker to Minimise Further Spread of Covid-19 – Ministry of Health
- Service Announcement – Temporary Suspension of Bus Services – SMRT Buses
- Tower Transit Facebook Post
- Go-Ahead Singapore Facebook Post
- Selected bus services to be temporarily suspended – SBS Transit
- Public Transport during COVID-19
- Pro-Rated Refund of Monthly Concession Pass – TransitLink
- COVID-19: Additional safe distancing measures implemented on public transport – CNA
- Getting around Sentosa – Sentosa
- Shuttle Services – Changi Airport
- Coronavirus: All commuters have to wear masks on public transport, even after circuit breaker period, says Khaw Boon Wan – The Straits Times