SMRT Bus Service 860 is a trunk route from Yishun Interchange and looping at Yishun Avenue 2, passing through Yishun Avenue 9 and Yishun Ring Road. It was the very first service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme, or BSEP.
^ SMRT MAN A22 (SMB3017T) – Service 860
|Route||Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange ↺ Yishun Avenue 2 (Loop)|
|Passes Through||Yishun Avenue 9, Yishun Ring Road|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses|
|Current Depot||Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP)|
|Current Fleet||18-metre Articulated Bus:
– MAN NG363F
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
|Departure Times from T1||0530 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturday)
0545 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
|0630-0830: 09 – 10 mins
0831-1659: 09 – 12 mins
1700-1930: 09 – 12 mins
After 1930: 10 – 15 mins
Service 860 is a residential trunk route serving within the housing estates of Yishun, connecting housing blocks, schools and public amenities along Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ring Road and Yishun Ave 3 with connections to key transport nodes at Khatib MRT, and Yishun Bus Interchange & MRT. The route serves schools such as Yishun Town Secondary, North View Secondary and Naval Base Secondary, and community amenities such as Nee Soon East Community Center and Yishun Swimming Complex
Introduced on 21 Oct 2012, the route is the very first service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme or BSEP. The route compliments Service 804, which frequently occurs overcrowding and does not provide links to Khatib MRT. Service 860 also enhances connectivity for residents of Yishun Ring Road.
The service benefited from a capacity upgrade in late April 2015, when SMRT arranged for a Mercedes-Benz O405G articulated bus to perform several round trips during the Weekday morning peak, going against LTA’s regulations of deploying non-BSEP buses on BSEP bus services. However, Member of Parliament Dr Lee Bee Wah saw this arrangement as a permanent fixture and commended LTA for the “fleet improvement” for Service 860. Since the bus depot handling Service 860 (Ang Mo Kio Depot) could not accommodate double-decker buses, negotiations between LTA and SMRT Buses allowed for a permanent articulated bus crossover from Service 854 during the morning peak hours. This is the first known exception to the BSEP bus deployment regulation set by LTA.
The service got yet another fleet enhancement with a MAN A24 Bendy being deployed on a daily basis on Service 860 from 15 November 2015. Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC Mr Louis Ng joined Minister Ong Ye Kung along with SMRT Staff for “Launch of the bendy bus for Service 860”. However, this is not the debut of regular bendy arrangements (see above) but rather a dedicated bendy for Service 860.
- Service 860A: Yishun Temp Int → Yishun Ring Rd (Opp Blk 798)
Daily, 0600hrs to 0800hrs (needs verification)
Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.
Fleet: See Above
- 2012 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.
- 2012 (21 Oct): introduced from Yishun to Yishun Ring Rd (Loop), via Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ring Rd, Yishun Ave 3, Yishun Ave 2, Yishun Ring Rd, Yishun Ave 9, Yishun Ctrl & Yishun Ave 2. This bus service is under Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
- 2012 (15 Nov): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
- 2015 (14 Mar): Amended to Yishun Temp Int
- 2015 (25 May): Shortworking trip 860A introduced during weekday morning peak hours.
- 2015 (06 Sep): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Yishun Ring Rd
- Refer to this article
- 2012: No significant route changes since 2012.
|MAN A24 on 860|
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