SMRT Bus Service 960



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SMRT Bus Service 960 is a trunk route linking Woodlands Interchange and Marina Centre Terminal, passing through Woodlands Road, Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah, Rochor Canal, Victoria Street and Bras Basah.

Service 960 will be Wheelchair Accessible from 20 March 2016.
^ SMRT Dennis Enviro500 (SMB3554J) – Route 960

Route Information
Route Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange  Marina Centre Bus Terminal
Passes Through Woodlands Rd, Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah, Rochor Canal, Victoria St, Bras Basah
Route Length 27.5km (D1) | 27.4km (D2)
Travelling Time 80mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500

18-metre Articulated Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz O405G

12-metre Single Deck Bus:

Departure Times from T1 0530 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0545 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
Departure Times from T2 0630 – 2330 (Weekdays, Saturdays)
0645 – 2330 (Sundays/PHs)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
0630-0830: 05 – 12 mins
0831-1659: 07 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 07 – 14 mins
After 1930: 11 – 15 mins
0630-0830: 10 – 13 mins
0831-1659: 06 – 13 mins
1700-1930: 07 – 11 mins
After 1930: 07 – 13 mins

Route History

Service 960 is a inter-town route, serving between the housing estates of Woodlands and Bukit Panjang, and providing connections to the City areas of Newton, Rochor Canal, Bras Basah and Marina Centre. The route is frequented as a popular connection between Bukit Panjang and the City, and as such, it benefits from moderate to high demand throughout the day, with high capacity articulated buses deployed on a daily basis. During weekends, large numbers of foreign workers rely on the route between dormitories along Woodlands Road and Little India.

The route incorporates an express sector between Bukit Panjang and Whitley Road along the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) and Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), sharing the popular connection with full-day Services 190, 700/A and 972, but is otherwise non-duplicative from Newton to Marina Centre. It also shares long duplicating sectors with Service 961/# between Woodlands Int and Bukit Panjang, connecting the many industries located along Woodlands Road to Kranji MRT, Marsling MRT and Woodlands MRT/Int.

No boarding and alighting is allowed at Marina Centre Ter. The last stop for Marina Centre-bound trips is 02089 Raffles Boulevard (Pan Pacific Hotel), while the first stop for Woodlands-bound trips is 02101 Raffles Avenue (Bef Temasek Ave).

Introduced in 1996 by Trans-Island, the route has not undergone any amendments since.

With low branches along Bt Timah Rd pruned by NEA in January 2015, the single-deck fleet restriction was removed hence allowing double-deck buses to be deployed. High capacity Double deck buses were deployed since Feb 2015.

Special Departures:

  • Bukit Panjang Rd (Blk 604)  Marina Centre Ter
    Weekdays & Sat: 0535hrs

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

Fleet: Service 960′s fleet comprises Alexander Dennis Enviro500, Mercedes-Benz O405G and MAN A22 buses. Double decker buses were deployed after low lying trees along Bukit Timah Rd were pruned in Jan 2015.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Woodlands Reg Int
  • Woodlands Ave 3
  • Woodlands Rd
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Jelebu Rd
  • Petir Rd
  • Pending Rd
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Whitley Rd
  • Dunearn Rd
  • Bt Timah Rd
  • Sungei Rd
  • Ophir Rd
  • Victoria St
  • Bras Basah Rd
  • Raffles Blvd
  • Marina Centre Ter
  • Marina Centre Ter
  • Raffles Ave
  • Victoria St
  • Rochor Rd
  • Rochor Canal Rd
  • Bt Timah Rd
  • Whitley Rd
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Pending Rd
  • Petir Rd
  • Jelebu Rd
  • Bt Panjang Rd
  • Woodlands Rd
  • Woodlands Ave 3
  • Woodlands Reg Int

Operator History:

  • 1996 – 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.



  • 1996 (12 Jul): Introduced between Woodlands Regional Int and Marina Centre Ter.
  • 1999 (26 Dec): Amended to Jelebu Rd, Petir Rd and Pending Rd, skipping part of Bt Panjang Rd
  • 2013: Service improvement under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP)
  • 2015 (16 Feb): Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 double-decker buses deployed.
  • 2016 (20 Mar): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)

Past Routings:

  • Refer to this article
  • 1999: No significant route changes since 1999.




External Links & References:

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Back to Bus Articles


3 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 960

  1. Replacing the Mercendes Benz O405G Bendy of service 960 with new bendy MAN NG363F may be better as MAN NG363F has more space for boarding.

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