SINGAPORE – The five new City Direct buses services operating from five heartland areas will be rolled out starting next Monday (Feb 29), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced in a Facebook post.
The bus services, numbered 666 to 670, will serve Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Clementi/Dover, Punggol and Yishun, providing a direct route to the Central Business District (CBD) for residents. This will benefit executive condo residents such as those from The Terrace EC, Waterwoods EC, Amore EC, Signature at Yishun, The Criterion EC and Visionaire EC .
“These services will be launched from February to March, and will operate on weekday mornings and evening peak periods, excluding public holidays,” LTA said in its post.
This will bring the total number of City Direct bus services to 20.
Bus service 666, which services Punggol, will be the first to launch on Feb 29. It will run two trips towards the CBD in the mornings and two trips back to Punggol in the evenings.
It will be followed by 667 (Clementi/Dover) on March 8, 668 (Ang Mo Kio) on March 15, 669 (Bedok) on March 22 and 670 (Yishun on March 29).
The new bus services were first announced in December last year, when LTA said it had awarded contracts to two private bus operators, Tong Tar Transport Service and BT&TAN Transport, to run them.
Tong Tar Transport Service’s contract to run 667, 669 and 670 is worth about $3.41 million, while BT&TAN Transport will run 666 and 668 for about $2.46 million.
“With fewer stops and the use of expressways, journey time for City Direct Services will be comparable to that of taking a bus or LRT and transferring to the MRT into the city,” the LTA said then.
The City Direct bus programme, which has reportedly found favour with commuters, are operated by private bus firms on two-year government contracts.
Last month, LTA exercised its option to renew the first seven services – launched progressively between September 2013 and February 2014 – by another year.