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SMRT Bus Service 700 is a trunk route between Bukit Panjang and Shenton Way Terminal, passing through Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard, Bras Basah and Fullerton. It incorporates an express sector between and Dairy Farm Road and Whitley Road via BKE and PIE. This service operates along with its route variant, Service 700A which loops at Suntec City, while skipping Shenton Way.
SMRT Dennis Enviro500 (SMB3508T) – Service 700
^ SMRT MAN NL323F (SMB1418H) – Service 700A
|Service||SMRT Service 700||SMRT Service 700A|
|Route||Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park ↔ Shenton Way Bus Terminal||Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park ↺ Temasek Avenue (Loop)|
|Passes Through||Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard, Bras Basah, Fullerton||Petir, Bukit Timah, Orchard, Bras Basah, Suntec City|
|Route Length||21.8km (D1) | 21.3km (D2)||39.7km|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses|
|Current Depot||Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)|
|Current Fleet||Mercedes-Benz O405G
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
|Departure Times from T1||Weekdays: 0555 – 1825
Saturdays: 0555 – 1300
|Weekdays: 1840 – 2245
Saturday: 1315 – 2245
Sunday/PHs: 0555 – 2245
Daily: 2245 – 2330 (Terminates at Temasek Blvd (Suntec Convention Ctr))
|Departure Times from T2||Weekdays: 0630 – 1930
Saturdays: 0630 – 1400
|Frequency||Direction 1||Loop Service|
|0630-0830: 06 – 08 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 10 – 15 mins
After 1930: —
|0630-0830: 12 – 15 mins
0831-1659: 12 – 14 mins
1700-1930: 14 – 15 mins
After 1930: 10 – 15 mins
|0630-0830: 16 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 10 mins
After 1930: 10 – 12 mins
Service 700 is an express link between Bukit Panajng and the city areas of Bukit Timah, Orchard Road, Shenton Way (700) and Marina Center (700A), incorporating an express sector between Dairy Farm Road and Whitley Road along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) and Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE). Demand is usually concentrated around peak hours and weekends, when more people will be commuting between the housing estates and City.
This route operates either as Service 700 or 700A depending on times of day. Service 700, which serves the Central Business District around Shenton Way and Fullerton, operates on Weekdays from mornings to evenings, and Saturdays from mornings to mid-day. On Weekday nights, Saturday afternoon & nights, and on Sundays/PHs, Service 700A will operate, looping at Suntec City and serving the Marina Centre areas while skipping Fullerton and Shenton Way.
Originally introduced as Rapidbus 700 in 1998, the pioneering service only calls at a limited number of bus stops along high demand corridors. Buses on the route were fitted with special transponders which retain the green light at selected traffic junctions until the bus has cleared the junction. The transponder trial was later discontinued. Buses also displayed the Rapidbus logo on the Electronic Display Signs. Rapidbus was discontinued in 1999, with 700 being shortened to Bukit Panjang (From Woodlands) and converted to a regular trunk service.
For Service 700A, buses leaving Bukit Panjang after 2245 hours will terminate at Temasek Boulevard (Suntec Convention Ctr).
Service 700A will be affected by the Orchard Road Pedestrian Night bus diversions on the first Saturday night of every month from Oct 2014 – Mar 2015.
- Petir Road (Opp Blk 201) → Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk
0540 – 0700 (Daily)
Operates as 700 (Weekdays & Sat), or as 700A (Sundays & PHs)
SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405 (TIB738M) – Service 700ARoute Variants:
- Service 700A: Bukit Panjang ↺ Temasek Avenue
Selected times of day
Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.
Fleet: Service 700 and 700A′s fleet comprises Mercedes-Benz O405G, MAN NL323F and Alexander Dennis Enviro500 buses.
|Direction 1 (to Shenton Way)||Direction 2 (to Bukit Panjang)|
|Service 700A – Loop Service (to Bukit Panjang via Temasek Ave)|
Service 700A at a glance————————————————————————————————————————————
- 1998 – 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.
- 1998 (31 Aug): Introduced as Rapidbus 700 between Woodlands and Shenton Way Ter
- 1999 (26 Dec): Shortened to Bukit Panjang Int, reverted to trunk route. 700A introduced to loop at Marina Center during off-peak hours.
- 2006 (18 Jun): Merged with feeder service 921 to ply Petir Road and Dairy Farm Road
- 2012 (01 Jul): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
- 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
- 2014 (15 Sep): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
- Refer to this article
- 2006: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2006.
External Links & References:
- TransitLink E-Guide – 700
- TransitLink E-Guide – 700A
- SGWiki – Buses
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