SBS Transit Bus Service 153

 


SBS Transit Bus Service 153 is a trunk service plying between Bukit Merah Int and Hougang Ctrl Int, passing through Upper Serangoon, Toa Payoh, PIE, Bukit Timah, Farrer, Queenstown and Bukit Merah. It shares the Hougang – Bukit Merah start/end points with Service 132.

Route Information
Route Bukit Merah Bus Interchange  Hougang Central Bus Interchange 
Passes Through Queensway, Farrer, Whitley, Toa Payoh Central, Braddel Rd, Upp Serangoon Rd
Route Length 20.0km (D1) | 20.5km (D2)
Travelling Time 75mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP)
Current Fleet Volvo Olympian
Volvo B10M Mark IV
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
Departure Times from T1 0600 – 0000 (Daily)
Departure Times from T2 0530 – 2345 (Daily)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 09 – 14 mins
0831-1659: 11 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 12 mins
After 1930: 12 – 17 mins
0630-0830: 10 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 16 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 19 mins
After 1930: 14 – 19 mins

Route History

Service 153 serves as a inter-town route connecting the residential estates of Bukit Merah, Queenstown, Farrer, Toa Payoh, Serangoon and Hougang, providing a quick route between these estates. Demand is moderate throughout the day owing to inter-town connections, and increased during the peak hours.

Special Departures:

  • Lorong 2 Toa Payoh (Opp Toa Payoh Stn) → Hougang Central Int
    Weekdays: 0545hrs, 0603hrs, 0620hrs
    Saturdays: 0545hrs, 0600hrs, 0615hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0605hrs, 0618hrs
  • Braddell Road (Blk 219) → Bt Merah Int
    Weekdays: 0520hrs, 0532hrs, 0544hrs
    Saturdays: 0520hrs, 0531hrs, 0542hrs
    Sundays/PHs: 0520hrs, 0536hrs

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

Fleet: See above

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Bt Merah Int
  • Bt Merah Central
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Queensway
  • Farrer Rd
  • Dunearn Rd
  • Whitley Rd
  • Pan-Island Expressway
  • Jln Toa Payoh
  • Lor 2 Toa Payoh
  • Toa Payoh Central
  • Lor 4 Toa Payoh
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
  • Braddell Rd
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
  • Hougang Central Int
  • Hougang Central Int
  • Upp Serangoon Rd
  • Braddell Rd
  • Lor 6 Toa Payoh
  • Lor 4 Toa Payoh
  • Toa Payoh Central
  • Lor 2 Toa Payoh
  • Jln Toa Payoh
  • Whitley Rd
  • Bt Timah Rd
  • Farrer Rd
  • Queensway
  • Jln Bt Merah
  • Bt Merah Central
  • Bt Merah Int

Operator History:

  • 1970s – 1973: United Bus Company Pte Ltd
  • 1973 – 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:

  • 1971 (11 Apr): Introduced between Lor 1 Toa Payoh and Jln Bt Merah (near Henderson Rd), operated by United Bus Company. Later amended to Toa Payoh Town Ctr.
  • 1980 (28 Sep): Amended to Bt Merah Int
  • 1983 (26 Dec): Extended to Upp Serangoon Ter, merging with Service 156
  • 1992 (Jun): Amended to ply Bt Merah Central
  • 1994 (17 Dec): Amended to Hougang Central Int
  • 1998 (24 May) to 2001 (19 May): Terminated at Hougang Ctrl Temp Int
  • 2015 (28 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 1994: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 1994.

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External Links:

  • TransitLink E-Guide
  • SGWiki – Buses

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