SMRT Bus Service 700 / 700A

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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

Route Information
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
Travelling Time 85mins 135mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)
Current Fleet Mercedes-Benz O405G
MAN NL323F
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
Direction 2  
0630-0830: 16 – 17 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 15 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 10 mins
After 1930: 10 – 12 mins
 

Route History

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.

Special Departures:

  • 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

FareCharges 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.

Route Information:

Service 700
Direction 1 (to Shenton Way) Direction 2 (to Bukit Panjang)
  • Bt Panjang Temp Ter
  • Woodlands Rd
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Pending Rd
  • Petir Rd
  • BKE
  • PIE
  • Whitley Rd
  • Dunearn Rd
  • Scotts Rd
  • Orchard Rd
  • Bras Basah Rd
  • Nicoll Highway
  • Collyer Quay
  • Raffles Quay
  • Shenton Way
  • Palmer Rd
  • Shenton Way Ter
  • Shenton Way Ter
  • Palmer Rd
  • Anson Rd
  • Cecil St
  • Fullerton Rd
  • Esplanade Dr
  • Stamford Rd
  • Orchard Rd
  • Penang Rd
  • Somerset Rd
  • Orchard Turn
  • Scotts Rd
  • Bt Timah Rd
  • Whitley Rd
  • PIE
  • BKE
  • Petir Rd
  • Pending Rd
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Woodlands Rd
  • Bt Panjang Temp Ter
Service 700A – Loop Service (to Bukit Panjang via Temasek Ave)
  • Bt Panjang Temp Ter
  • Woodlands Rd
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Pending Rd
  • Petir Rd
  • BKE
  • PIE
  • Whitley Rd
  • Dunearn Rd
  • Scotts Rd
  • Orchard Rd
  • Bras Basah Rd
  • Temasek Blvd
  • Temasek Ave
  • Temasek Blvd
  • Raffles Ave
  • Raffles Ave
  • Stamford Rd
  • Orchard Rd
  • Penang Rd
  • Somerset Rd
  • Orchard Turn
  • Scotts Rd
  • Bt Timah Rd
  • Whitley Rd
  • PIE
  • BKE
  • Petir Rd
  • Pending Rd
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Woodlands Rd
  • Bt Panjang Temp Ter

Service 700A at a glance————————————————————————————————————————————

Operator History:

  • 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.

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History:

  • 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

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 2006: Amended to present routing. No significant route changes since 2006.

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Gallery:

Rapidbus 700

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G Hispano Habit (TIB1154R) - Service 700

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G Hispano Habit (TIB1154R) – Service 700

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External Links & References:

  • TransitLink E-Guide – 700
  • TransitLink E-Guide – 700A
  • SGWiki – Buses

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