SBS Transit Bus Service 179

SBS Transit Bus Service 179 is a trunk route running from Boon Lay Interchange and looping at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), going via Jurong West Street 63, Pioneer Road North, Lien Ying Chow Drive and Nanyang Drive.

Route Information
Route Boon Lay Bus Interchange ↺ Nanyang Drive (Loop) 
Passes Through Jurong West St 63, Pioneer Road Nth, Lien Ying Chow Dr, Nanyang Dr
Route Length 9.8km
Travelling Time 45 – 50 mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Soon Lee Bus Park (SLBP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Volvo B9TL
Departure Times from T1 0600 – 0000 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0600 – 0020 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 01 – 07 mins
0831-1659: 02 – 09 mins
1700-1930: 03 – 05 mins
After 1930: 04 – 15 mins

Route History

Service 179 is one of two SBS Transit routes serving within Nanyang Technological University (NTU), providing bus connections to and from Pioneer MRT and Boon Lay Town Centre. The route also serves residents of Jurong West Street 63 and Pioneer North.

The route experiences exceedingly high demand from students and staff of NTU commuting between Boon Lay/Pioneer MRT stations and the University, and has among the tightest overall frequencies of any bus route in Singapore. The free NTU Campus Rider (currently contracted to Tong Tar Transport Service) also connects between the University and Pioneer MRT, however its limited capacity has little effect of 179’s demand.

Special Departures:

  • Pioneer Rd North (Blk 840)  Boon Lay
    Daily: 0515hrs onwards

Shortworking Trips:

  • 179A: Boon Lay Int ↺ NTU
    Weekdays (except PHs), 0730 – 0930
  • 179A: Nanyang Dr (Hall 1) → Boon Lay Int
    Weekdays (except PHs), 1600 – 1930

Service 179A helps relieve demand between NTU and Boon Lay and skips bus stops along Jurong West Street 63 and Pioneer Road North in both directions. It was introduced as a faster means of travel for students heading to Boon Lay since many students prefer alighting at Pioneer MRT.

Despite being a Shortworking Trip, it operates more like a route variant, because it plies the entire routing of its parent route, and skips several enroute stops of the parent route. It does not operate during NTU vacations.

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

Fleet: Service 179′s fleet fully comprises Volvo B9TL Wrights.

Route Information:

Loop Service
  • Boon Lay Int
  • Jurong West St 63
  • Pioneer Rd North
  • Lien Ying Chow Dr
  • Nanyang Dr
  • Pioneer Rd North
  • Jurong West St 63
  • Boon Lay Int

Operator History:

  • 2001 (Jan – Nov): Singapore Bus Services Ltd
  • 2001 (Nov) – Present: SBS Transit Ltd

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



  • 2001 (07 Jan): Introduced by SBS as Boon Lay – NTU (Loop).
  • 2007 (21 Sep): Service 179A was introduced during peak hours
  • 2014 (07 Dec): Calls at an additional bus stop outside School of Art, Design and Media along Nanyang Drive
  • 2015 (03 Dec): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 2001: No significant route changes since 2001.


External Links & References:

  • TransitLink E-Guide
  • SGWiki – Buses

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