City Direct Services

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SMRT Buses SG5598Y - City Direct Service 653
SBS Transit SBS6217C - City Direct Service 655

Introduction

City Direct Services (CDS) are express bus routes between selected residential estates and the city. They were introduced under the Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP) to benefit commuters travelling to the city with improved connectivity,

Nine new City Direct bus services ply from the housing estates of Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bukit Batok, Eunos, Hougang, Jurong East, Sembawang, Sengkang and West Coast to the Central Business District (CBD). With limited stops and the use of expressways, commuters using these services would have comparable journey time to taking a connecting bus or LRT service and transferring to the MRT into the city.

For a start, all the nine new City Direct services made two one-way trips on weekday mornings from the respective housing estates towards the CBD. Similarly, two one-way trips took commuters back home from the city in the evenings. More trips have since been added to the bus services depending on the demand for the services. The bus services operate on weekday peak periods excluding public holidays.

The move is in line with the Transport Minister’s announcement at the Committee of Supply 2013 to tap on the resources of private bus operators to run more City Direct bus services to augment the resources of the public transport operators (PTOs). Currently, express services 513, 850E, 951E and 982E are operated by PTOs and run parallel to train lines between estates and the city.

Route information

Service Route (AM Peak) Route (PM Peak) Operator Introduction date
651 Jurong West Ave 3 - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Jurong West Ave 3 Rui Feng Chartered 3 September 2013
652 Upp Thomson Rd - Shenton Way Anson Rd - Upp Thomson Rd Ren Quan Transport 6 January 2014
653 Hume Ave - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Hillview Ave SMRT Buses 13 January 2014
654 Anchorvale St - Shenton Way Anson Rd - Anchorvale St BT & Tan Transport 13 January 2014
655 West Coast Rd - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - West Coast Rd SBS Transit 10 February 2014
656 Canberra Rd - Shenton Way Anson Rd - Canberra Rd SMRT Buses 17 February 2014
657 Jurong West Ave 1 - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Jurong West Ave 1 SMRT Buses 24 February 2014
658 Bedok Reservoir Rd - Shenton Way Anson Rd - Jln Damai Aedge 19 May 2014
659 Bedok South Rd - Shenton Way Anson Rd - Bedok South Rd Aedge 9 June 2014
660 Buangkok Green - Shenton Way Anson Rd - Buangkok Green Aedge 23 June 2014
661 Pasir Ris Dr 3 - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Pasir Ris Dr 3 Aedge 22 September 2015
662 Choa Chu Kang Nth 7 - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Choa Chu Kang Nth 7 Aedge 22 September 2015
663 Yishun Ave 6 - Shenton Way Anson Rd - Yishun Ave 6 Tower Transit 28 September 2015
664 Tampines St 41 - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Tampines St 41 Aedge 6 October 2015
665 Marsiling Dr - Shenton Way Anson Rd - Marsiling Dr Tower Transit 12 October 2015
666 Punggol Dr - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Punggol Dr BT & Tan Transport 29 February 2016
667 Clementi Ave 4 - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Clementi Ave 4 Tong Tar Transport Service 8 March 2016
668 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 BT & Tan Transport 15 March 2016
669 Bedok North Rd - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Bedok North Rd Tong Tar Transport Service 22 March 2016
670 Yishun Ave 7 - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Yishun Ave 7 Tong Tar Transport Service 29 March 2016
671 Punggol Rd - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Punggol Rd Rui Feng Chartered 17 October 2016
672 Hougang St 51 - Marina Blvd Central Blvd - Hougang St 51 Rui Feng Chartered 7 November 2016

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