SMRT Bus Service 178

SMRT Bus Service 178 is a trunk route between Woodlands Regional Interchange and Boon lay Interchange, passing through Marsiling, Woodlands Centre, Woodlands Road, Upper Bukit Timah, Bukit Batok, Jurong Town Hall, AYE and Corporation Road.


^ SMRT MAN NL323F (SMB1382B) – Service 178

Route Information
Route Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange  Boon Lay Bus Interchange  WAB_logo_20px
Passes Through Marsiling, Woodlands Ctr, Woodlands Rd, Upp Bukit Timah, Bukit Batok Ctrl, Jurong Town Hall, AYE, Corporation Rd
Route Length 29.6km (D1) | 29.8km (D2)
Travelling Time 85 – 90 mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
MAN NL323F
Departure Times from T1 0530 – 2330 (Daily)
Departure Times from T2 0545 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0600 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 15 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 13 – 18 mins
1700-1930: 18 – 19 mins
After 1930: 17 – 19 mins
0630-0830: 14 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 14 – 17 mins
1700-1930: 15 – 18 mins
After 1930: 16 – 19 mins

Route History

Service 178 is a supplementary inter-town route serving between the housing estates of Woodlands, Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok, Jurong East and Boon Lay. Much of its route plies through industrial areas (such as those around Woodlands Road, Corporation Road and International Business Park), hence demand is strongly skewed towards peak hours. It shares the Woodlands – Boon Lay termini with Service 187, while plying a longer route.

This route experiences very low off-peak demand and operates at borderline QoS standards. Its low frequency is attributed to the presence of multiple duplicating routes and little demand from industrial estate portions. It is believed that this route is highly unprofitable and SMRT’s requests to convert it to a peak-hour route was turned down by the PTC. Despite this, it encounters considerable demand between Woodlands Int and Kranji MRT during weekday morning peak hours due to industries at Marsiling Industrial Estate and Woodlands Road, and shortworking trip 178A was introduced to cope with the additional demand.

During periods of heavy congestion around Woodlands Checkpoint, buses may be diverted to skip parts of Woodlands Road and Woodlands Centre, going via Woodlands Avenue 3 instead.

Formerly a Singapore Bus Service (SBS) route since the 1970s, the route was transferred to Trans-Island Bus Service (TIBS) in 1983 and has been operated by SMRT ever since. High capacity articulated / double-deck buses are not deployed due to insufficient demand.

Special Departures:

  • Woodlands Ctr Rd (Woodlands Train Checkpt) → Woodlands Int
    Sundays & PHs: 5:35am, 5:52am, 6:09am, 6:26am, 6:43am

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405 (TIB494R) – Service 178A

Shortworking Trips:

  • Service 178AWoodlands Int → Woodlands Road (Kranji Stn)
    Weekdays AM Peak hours: 5:36am, 5:50am, 6:14am, 6:28am, 6:53am, 7:06am, 7:54am, 8:37am

 

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

Fleet: Service 178′s fleet comprises MAN NL323F buses. Additional MAN NL323F buses were added under the BSEP scheme.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Woodlands Reg Int
  • Woodlands Ave 5
  • Marsiling Rise
  • Marsiling Rd
  • Marsiling Dr
  • Admiralty Rd
  • Woodlands Centre Rd
  • Woodlands Rd
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
  • Old Jurong Rd
  • Bt Batok East Ave 6
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
  • Bt Batok Central
  • Bt Batok West Ave 3
  • Bt Batok Rd
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
  • Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
  • Corporation Rd
  • Boon Lay Way
  • Jurong West St 64
  • Boon Lay Int
  • Boon Lay Int
  • Jurong West St 64
  • Boon Lay Way
  • Corporation Rd
  • Jln Ahmad Ibrahim
  • Jurong Town Hall Rd
  • Bt Batok Rd
  • Bt Batok West Ave 3
  • Bt Batok Central
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
  • Bt Batok East Ave 6
  • Old Jurong Rd
  • Upp Bt Timah Rd
  • Woodlands Rd
  • Woodlands Centre Rd
  • Admiralty Rd
  • Marsiling Dr
  • Marsiling Rd
  • Marsiling Rise
  • Woodlands Ave 5
  • Woodlands Reg Int
Service 178 at a glance

Service 178 at a glance

Operator History:

  • 1974 – 1983: Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 1983 – 2004: Trans-Island Bus Services Ltd
  • 2004 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd

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

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SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405 (TIB438D) – Service 178

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History:

  • 1974 (03 Feb): Introduced between Corporation Drive and Upper Bukit Timah Road
  • 1975 (21 Jul): Amended to Boon Lay Gardens
  • 1978 (01 Jun): Extended to Jurong Int
  • 1981 (29 Nov): Extended to Woodlands Int
  • 1983 (10 Jul): Handed to Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS)
  • 1990 (01 Jul): Shortened to Boon Lay Int with closure of Jurong Int, and amended to serve Bukit Batok
  • 1996 (04 Feb): Extended to Woodlands Regional Int, covering parts Feeder service 372 (now service 903).
  • 2006 (19 Jun): Amended to Boon Lay Temp Int
  • 2009 (27 Dec): Amended to Boon Lay Integrated Transport Hub (ITH)
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2013 (15 Jul): Shortworking trip 178A introduced
  • 2013 (29 Sep): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:

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External Links & References:

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