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Toa Payoh Bus Interchange is located at Toa Payoh Central, and serves the town of Toa Payoh and Braddel. It is the first bus interchange in Singapore to be air-conditioned, and connects with Toa Payoh MRT Station and Toa Payoh HDB Hub.
Name: Toa Payoh Bus Interchange | 大巴窑巴士转换站
Service area: Toa Payoh, Braddel, Potong Pasir, Caldecott
Address: 530 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310530
Principal operator: SBS Transit
MRT Station: NS19 Toa Payoh
Berths: 4 sawtooth, 13 end-on, 2-3 alighting
Bus services: 21 (SBST)
- 1971: Toa Payoh Central Bus Terminal begins operations
- 1983: Toa Payoh Bus Interchange is built
- 1999: Interchange demolished, shifted to a temporary site
- 2002: New Toa Payoh Interchange opens.
During the late 1960s, there were no proper facilities for buses at Toa Payoh, and buses would park at the roadside bus terminal along Toa Payoh Lorong 1. Sometimes, as many as 30 buses lined up the road, causing traffic jams. After much public appeal, the Housing and and Development Board (HDB) constructed a new bus terminal the junction of Lorong 2 Toa Payoh and Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. Opened in August 1971, the Toa Payoh Central Bus Terminal, otherwise also known as Toa Payoh Town Centre Bus Terminal, was able to accommodate 130 buses. The terminal would cease operations in the 1980s.
On 26 December 1983, Toa Payoh Bus Interchange was opened. Constructed over the existing site, it contained many new facilities such as coin-changing machines and information counters. That same day, the Toa Payoh Bus Plan was initiated, which reorganized the bus routes within Toa Payoh and with it, the introduction of six new Feeder bus routes. In 1999, the interchange was demolished to make way for the construction of HDB Hub, which would be the new headquarters of HDB. Bus operator SBS moved their bus operations to a temporary facility opposite Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, where Toa Payoh Town Park currently sits now.
On 19 May 2002, the new Toa Payoh Bus Interchange officially opened by then-Minister for Transport, Yeo Cheow Tong, and took over operations from the temporary terminal. Integrated with HDB Hub, the new interchange offers convenient access to Toa Payoh MRT Station and other public amenities at Toa Payoh Central. It is notably the first air-conditioned bus interchange in Singapore.
Feeder bus services:
Toa Payoh Interchange has housed seven feeder services:
- Service 230: Looped at Lorong 8 Toa Payoh. Withdrawn.
- Service 231: Looped at Braddel via Lorong 1, 4 and 6. Green/White plate designations were used for clockwise and anticlockwise loops respectively. Merged into a single Service 231 when it was amended to loop at Toa Payoh Lorong 5 in 2012.
- Service 232: Looped at Lorong 2 Toa Payoh, using Green/White plate. Amended to Lorong 4 and TPY Central in 1993, and merged with 237 to loop at Lorong 7.
- Service 235: Looped at Lorong 3 Toa Payoh. Amended to Toa Payoh East in 2010, and extended to Toa Payoh Rise (Caldecott MRT) in 2012 via Lorong 3, 2 and 1.
- Service 237: Looped at Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, via Lorong 6 and Toa Payoh East. Merged with 232 and withdrawn in 2002.
- Service 238: Looped at Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, no route change.
- Service 239: Looped at Kim Keat Avenue, withdrawn in 1985 after road realignment works to accommodate the slip road to PIE.
Toa Payoh is the first air-conditioned bus interchange in Singapore, and is integrated with Toa Payoh HDB Hub. The facility is built on top of Toa Payoh MRT Station, which adds to the convenience of transferring between bus and train. The interchange design is a unique mix of end-on and sawtooth berths.
- Interchange offices (SBST)
- Transitlink Office
- Drivers lounge
- NTWU Canteen
- Boarding and alighting berths
- Information boards & Bus arrival displays
- Service guide racks
- Retail outlets
Bus Services List:
|73||–||Ang Mo Kio|
|90||–||↺ Airport Road|
|139M||–||↺ Jalan Bahagia|
|141||–||Lorong 1 Geylang|
|142||–||↺ Potong Pasir Avenue 2|
|155||–||↺ Siglap Road|
|231||–||↺ Toa Payoh Lorong 5|
|232||–||↺ Toa Payoh East|
|235||–||↺ Toa Payoh Rise|
|238||–||↺ Braddel Road|
In Toa Payoh Interchange, A-prefixes are used for end-on berths while B-prefixes are used for sawtooth berths. Unused queuing berths are often used as additional parking space for other services.
|A8||Unused / Spare berth|
|A10||Unused / Spare berth|
|A11||Unused / Spare berth|
|Alighting||For alighting only|
|B2||142, 232, 235|
|B3||73, 141, 163|
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