Fast-Forward Services (commonly abbreviated as FFW) are peak-hour limited-stop routes operated by SBS Transit. Although some trunk routes also contain limited-stop sectors (such as 128), Fast-Forward bus services fall under a different classification.
The “Fast-Forward” series of express bus services were introduced and operated solely by SBS Transit. Fast-Forward services reduce travel time by skipping bus stops along selected stretches of their parent route, or plying different stretches of road within their express sector. They charge higher fares due to the decreased catchment area and hence decreased total passenger loading compared to a non-express route. However, many passengers are willing to pay the higher fare for added convenience and reduced travel time.
Fast-Forward routes are designated with the lowercase letter “e” suffix at the back of the parent route number. SBS Transit uses a stylized Fast-Forward label on their destos and front electronic displays.
List of Fast-Forward Services:
|Fast-Forward 10e||Introduced on 19 Sep 2005, between Bedok Road and Shenton Way / Anson Rd. Skips Old Airport Rd and Tanjong Katong Rd in both directions by plying Mountbatten Rd along its express sector.|
|Fast-Forward 14e||Introduced on 12 Dec 2005, between Bedok North Ave 3 and Orchard Rd. Skips Bedok Rd in both directions by plying Bedok Sth Ave 3 along its express sector.|
|Fast-Forward 30e||Introduced on 19 Sep 2005, between Bedok Int and Pasir Panjang Rd (Science Park II), later extended to Heng Mui Keng Terr. Skips part of Keppel Road in both directions by plying Keppel Viaduct.|
|Fast-Forward 74e||Introduced on 18 Dec 2006, between Hougang Ctrl Int and Buona Vista Ter. Skips Bukit Timah Rd in both directions by plying along PIE, and does not ply Dover Road.|
|Fast-Forward 89e||Introduced on 19 Sep 2005, between Hougang Ctrl Int and Changi Airport Cargo Cplx (now Changi Airfreight Ctr). Skips Pasir Ris Dr 1 in both directions by plying a longer section of TPE.|
|Fast-Forward 97e||Introduced on 3 Jan 2005, between Jurong East Int and Marina Ctr, later amended via Bayfront Ave. Plies identical stretches of road as its parent service.|
|Fast-Forward 151e||Introduced on 18 Dec 2006, between Hougang Ctrl Int and Kent Ridge Ter. Skips Bukit Timah Rd in both directions by plying along PIE.|
|Fast-Forward 174e||Introduced on 28 Mar 2005, between Boon Lay Int and North Bridge Rd, later extended to New Bridge Rd Ter in 2006. Skips Bukit Timah Rd in both directions by plying along Holland Rd and Clementi Rd.|
|Fast-Forward 196e||Introduced on 12 Dec 2005, between Marine Parade Rd and Shenton Way / Anson Rd. Plies identical stretches of road as its parent service.|
To date, nine Fast-Forward services exist, and none of them have been withdrawn yet.
Fast-Forward services charge Express fares based on the current distance-based fare scheme (DBF) for Express routes. Effective 6 Apr 2014, card fares are between $1.37 and $2.62 for Adult, between $1.01 and $1.35 for Senior Citizen and between $0.60 and $0.90 for Child/Student. Cash fares are between $2.10 and $2.90 for all fare groups.
All Fast-Forward services operate trips during AM and PM peak on Weekdays, excluding Public Holidays. On special occasions such as Christmas Eve or New Years’ Eve, PM peak trips may be brought forward to run between 1pm and 2pm.