SBS Transit Bus Service 53

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New Shortworking Trip 53A will be introduced from Pasir Ris Drive 1 to Changi Airport Terminal 2 on weekday mornings from 01 Sep 2016.

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SBS Transit Bus Service 53 is a long trunk route running from Bishan and looping at Changi Airport, travelling via Serangoon, Lorong Ah Soo, KPE/TPE, Pasir Ris, and Tampines Expressway (TPE). It has an express sector between Tampines Road and Pasir Ris Drive 12 (KPE/TPE) and between Loyang Avenue and Airport Boulevard (TPE).

 

 

SBST Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6037G) – Service 53

Route Information
Route Bishan Bus Interchange  Changi Airport PTB2 (Loop) 
Passes Through Serangoon, Lorong Ah Soo, KPE/TPE, Pasir Ris, TPE
Route Length 53.2km
Travelling Time 150mins (Full route)
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)
Current Fleet Scania K230UB
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from T1 0530 – 2315 (Daily)
Departure Times from Airport PTB2 0556 – 0024 (Weekdays)
0620 – 0030 (Saturdays)
0616 – 0024 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 06 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 11 mins
1700-1930: 08 – 12 mins
After 1930: 10 – 12 mins

Service 53 is an inter-town route connecting the residential towns of Bishan, Serangoon Central, Lorong Ah Soo and Pasir Ris with Changi Airport. It also serves the role of connecting Serangoon MRT to outlying housing estates. This service also compliments Service 81 between Pasir Ris and Serangoon Central, travelling via Tampines Expressway (TPE) and Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) in both directions, making it a fast bus connection between these areas.

Between Bishan and Pasir Ris, service 53 plies the shorter route compared to service 58 and 88, via the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE). In Bishan, Services 53 and 58 both start their eastbound trips towards Pasir Ris (and Changi Airport, only for service 53) from Bishan Interchange, while services 58 and 88 call at the bus stops outside the Bishan MRT Station (53231 Bishan Stn & 53239 Opp Bishan Stn). In Pasir Ris, service 53 calls at the bus stops in close proximity to Pasir Ris MRT station along Pasir Ris Drive 1 (77031 Aft Pasir Ris Ctrl & 77039 Bef Pasir Ris Ctrl), while services 58 & 88 terminate at Pasir Ris Interchange.

Changi Airport:

Changi Airport Passenger Terminal Buildings (PTBs) 1, 2 and 3 have their bus stops integrated into their basement levels, which also serves as a cargo loading and unloading bay. Security checks for any unattended or suspicious articles are carried out before a bus enters each Airport PTB. Changi Aiport PTB2 has a small office run by SBST staff, where drivers can take a short toilet break. Because of height restrictions, double-decker buses are unable to enter Changi Airport basement.

Occasionally when Changi Airport basement is closed, buses will be diverted to to T1/T2/T3 Departure Drive where a temporary bus stop will be set up.

Special Departures: (effective Jan 2015)

Serangoon Central (Blk 206)  Bishan via Changi Airport
Weekdays: 0535hrs, 2118hrs

Saturdays: 0535hrs, 0541hrs
Sundays/PHs: 0535hrs, 0553hrs

Tampines Rd (Aft Hougang Ave 3)  Bishan via Changi Airport
Weekdays: 0520hrs, 0530hrs, 0539hrs
Saturdays: 0530hrs, 0540hrs
Sundays/PHs: 0530hrs, 0539hrs

Pasir Ris Dr 12 (Aft TPE)  Bishan via Changi Airport
Weekdays: 0520hrs

Loyang Ave (Blk 149A)  Bishan Int
Weekdays: 0530hrs, 0540hrs, 0550hrs
Saturdays: 0600hrs, 0615hrs
Sundays/PHs: 0600hrs

Tampines Rd (Aft Defu Ave 1)  Bishan Int
Weekdays: 0535hrs, 0544hrs
Saturdays: 0535hrs, 0551hrs, 0607hrs
Sundays/PHs: 0555hrs, 0608hrs, 0635hrs

Many early morning mid-route departures (sometimes called ‘downroutes’) are used for this service to serve residential estates before the first bus can arrive from Bishan Int.

 

 

Route Variants:

Service 53M: Hougang Avenue 1 ↺ Serangoon Central (Loop)

Service 53M caters to high passenger demand between Hougang Avenue 1, Lorong Ah Soo and Serangoon Central/MRT.

Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Fleet: Service 53′s fleet has a mix of Scania K230UB and Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses. Additional Mercedes-Benz Citaros were added under the BSEP scheme.

Route Information:

Loop Service
Bishan Int

Bishan St 13

Bishan St 14

Bishan Rd

Ang Mo Kio Ave 1

Lor Chuan

Boundary Rd

Serangoon Central

Upp Serangoon Rd

Upp Paya Lebar Rd

Lor Ah Soo

Hougang Ave 1

Tampines Rd

KPE (express)

TPE (express)

Pasir Ris Dr 12

Pasir Ris Dr 1

Loyang Ave

TPE (express)

PIE (express)

Airport Blvd

PTB3 Basement

PTB1 Basement

PTB2 Basement

PTB2 Basement

Airport Blvd

PIE (express)

TPE (express)

Loyang Ave

Pasir Ris Dr 1

Pasir Ris Dr 12

TPE (express)

KPE (express)

Tampines Rd

Hougang Ave 1

Lor Ah Soo

Upp Paya Lebar Rd

Upp Serangoon Rd

Serangoon Central

Boundary Rd

Lor Chuan

Ang Mo Kio Ave 1

Bishan Rd

Bishan St 14

Bishan St 13

Bishan Int

 

 

Service 53 at a glance. Click for larger image.

Operator History:

1994 – 2001: Singapore Bus Services Ltd

2001 – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.

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History:

1994: Introduced by SBS from Bishan Int to Hougang St 22 (Loop)

1995: Extended to Changi Airport PTB

1996: Amended to ply Pasir Ris Dr 12

2003 (21 Jun): Amended to ply Serangoon Central and Upp Serangoon Rd, under NEL rationalisation phase 1.

2007 (23 Jun): Amended to ply along KPE between TPE and Tampines Rd (then known as Tampines Service Rd)

2007 (11 Nov): Amended to serve Changi Airport PTB3

2009 (26 Oct): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

2012 (09 Jan): Converted to loop service

2012 (27 Feb): Introduction of shortworking trips 53A and 53B to better cater to AM and PM Peak demand between Serangoon and Lor Ah Soo / Hougang Ave 1.

2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)

Past Routings:

Refer to this article

2007: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2007.

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External Links & References:

TransitLink E-Guide

http://sgwiki.com/wiki/Buses

Back to Bus Services
Back to Bus Articles

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One thought on “SBS Transit Bus Service 53

  1. Hi, here are some edits that I think would be useful in enhancing the utility of the information for bus services 53, 58 & 88 between Bishan and Pasir Ris 🙂

    Between Bishan and Pasir Ris, service 53 plies the shorter route compared to service 58 and 88, via the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE). In Bishan, Services 53 and 58 both start their eastbound trips towards Pasir Ris (and Changi Airport, only for service 53) from Bishan Interchange, while services 58 and 88 call at the bus stops outside the Bishan MRT Station (53231 Bishan Stn & 53239 Opp Bishan Stn). In Pasir Ris, service 53 calls at the bus stops in close proximity to Pasir Ris MRT station along Pasir Ris Drive 1 (77031 Aft Pasir Ris Ctrl & 77039 Bef Pasir Ris Ctrl), while services 58 & 88 terminate at Pasir Ris Interchange.

    Thank you for your attention 🙂

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