City Direct Services

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SMRT Buses SG5598Y - City Direct Service 653
SBS Transit SBS6217D - 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,

9 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 usage 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 introduced under the BSEP, naming 513, 850E, 951E and 982E are operated by PTOs and run parallel to train lines between estates and the city.

Route information

Service Route Operator Introduction date Withdrawal date
AM Peak PM Peak
651 Jurong West Avenue 3 → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Jurong West Avenue 3 Rui Feng Chartered 2 Sep 2013 N/A
652 Upper Thomson Road → Shenton Way Anson Road → Upper Thomson Road Ren Quan Transport 6 Jan 2014
653 Hume Avenue → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Hillview Avenue SMRT Buses 13 Jan 2014
654 Anchorvale Street → Shenton Way Anson Road → Anchorvale Street BT & Tan Transport 20 Jan 2014
655 West Coast Road → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → West Coast Road SBS Transit 17 Feb 2014
656 Canberra Road → Shenton Way Anson Road → Canberra Road SMRT Buses
657 Jurong West Avenue 1 → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Jurong West Avenue 1 24 Feb 2014
658 Bedok Reservoir Road → Shenton Way Anson Road → Kaki Bukit Avenue 1 Aedge 19 May 2014 17 Dec 2018
659 Bedok South Road → Shenton Way Anson Road → Bedok South Road 9 Jun 2014
660 Buangkok Green → Shenton Way Anson Road → Buangkok Green 23 Jun 2014 N/A
661 Pasir Ris Drive 3 → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Pasir Ris Drive 3 22 Sep 2015
662 Choa Chu Kang North 7 → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Choa Chu Kang North 7 17 Dec 2018
663 Yishun Avenue 6 → Shenton Way Anson Road → Yishun Avenue 6 Tower Transit 28 Sep 2015 N/A
664 Tampines Street 41 → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Tampines Street 41 Aedge 6 Oct 2015 17 Dec 2018
665 Marsiling Drive → Shenton Way Anson Road → Marsiling Drive Tower Transit 12 Oct 2015 N/A
666 Punggol Drive → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Punggol Drive BT & Tan Transport 29 Feb 2016
667 Clementi Avenue 4 → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Clementi Avenue 4 Tong Tar Transport Service 8 Mar 2016
668 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 BT & Tan Transport 15 Mar 2016
669 Bedok North Road → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Bedok North Road Tong Tar Transport Service 22 Mar 2016
670 Yishun Avenue 7 → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Yishun Avenue 7 29 Mar 2016
671 Punggol Road → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Punggol Road Rui Feng Chartered 17 Oct 2016
672 Hougang Street 51 → Marina Boulevard Central Boulevard → Hougang Street 51 7 Nov 2016

Bus Deployments