SMRT Express Service 850E is an AM/PM-Peak Express service between Yishun Street 41 and Shenton Way, passing through Yishun Avenue 11, SLE/CTE, Dhoby Ghaut and Bras Basah. The route operates City-bound trips in the mornings and Yishun-bound trips in the evenings, and is the sixth bus service introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
Service 850E was amended to start from Yishun Street 41, serving only Yishun Ave 1 & 11 from 28 September 2015. Skipped Bus Stops will be served by City Direct Service 663.
|Route||[AM]: Yishun St 41 (Blk 432C) → Shenton Way (opp MAS Building)
[PM]: Anson Road (Hub Synergy Point) → Yishun Ring Rd (Blk 456)
|Passes Through||Yishun Ring Rd, CTE, Orchard, Bras Basah|
|Route Length||25.6km (D1) | 26.0km (D2)|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses|
|Current Depot||Woodlands Bus Depot (WLDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
|Departure Times from T1||0720 – 0750 (6 trips | Weekdays)|
|Departure Times from T2||1815 – 1830 (2 trips | Weekdays)|
|Frequency||Direction 1||Direction 2|
|0630-0830: 07 – 08 mins
After 1930: –
1700-1930: 15 mins
After 1930: –
Express Service 850E provides residents of Yishun with greater connectivity to Dhoby Ghaut and Shenton Way. By running parallel to the existing North-South Line (NSL), the service provides a travel alternative for commuters who relied on the rail network and existing feeder buses to and from work in the Central areas. The route incorporates a long express sector between Yishun Ring Road (near Khatib MRT) and Dhoby Ghaut via Lentor Avenue, Seletar Expressway (SLE) and Central Expressway (CTE), significantly improving journey time for commuters.
This route is the sixth bus service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), which provides more options for commuters using stretches of the existing rail lines that experience persistently high ridership, while ongoing rail enhancement measures are being implemented. As such, buses operating on this route are funded under the BSEP.
Operating during weekday peak hours only, Service 850E encounters very high demand on a daily basis, with buses often encountering full loading. Morning departures were gradually increased from 2 to 6, while Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses were introduced in August 2014
Apart from Express 850E, Premium 559 offers more direct service to Shenton Way (without passing through Dhoby Ghaut), but charges higher Premium fares, as compared to distance-based express fares. Alternatively, trunk Service 857 plies from Yishun to Bras Basah via Little India, but the hassle of transferring buses and longer journey time may not appeal to many commuters.
“A new express service – Service 850E – that connects Yishun to the Central Business District (CBD) will begin operations from Monday, 18 February 2013. This is the sixth bus service to be rolled out under the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). The new service will provide greater connectivity for Yishun residents travelling to and from areas in the CBD during weekday morning and evening peak-hours (excluding public holidays).”
2015 Route Amendment
To reduce the duplicated sectors due to the launch of City Direct Service 663, Service 850E was amended to start from Yishun St 41, plying Yishun Ave 1 and Yishun Ave 11 before continuing on its original route on Yishun Ring Rd to CBD. Commuters who used to board Service 850E at Yishun Ave 6, Yishun St 31 and first 3 stops of Yishun Ring Rd should switch to City Direct 663 from the day of the route amendment, which duplicates Service 850E’s CBD Sectors.
Fare: Charges distance-based express fares. See Bus Fares for exact fares.
Fleet: Service 850E′s fleet comprises of Alexander Dennis Enviro500 and MAN NL323F buses under the BSEP scheme.
|Direction 1 (Towards CBD)
||Direction 2 (Towards Yishun)
History of departure amendments:
|Date||AM Peak||Departure timings from Yishun Avenue 11|
|18 Feb 2013||2 trips||7:30am and 7:45am|
|?? Jun 2013||3 trips||7:15am, 7:30am and 7:45am|
|15 Jul 2013||4 trips||7:20am, 7:30am, 7:40am and 7:50am|
|14 Oct 2013||5 trips||7.20am, 7.28am, 7.35am, 7.43am and 7.50am|
|17 Mar 2014||6 trips||7.20am, 7.28am, 7.35am, 7.40am, 7:45am and 7:50am|
- 2013 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.
- 2013 (18 Feb): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Yishun to Cecil Street under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:30am and 7:45am, and weekday evenings at 6:15pm and 6:30pm. Charges Express fares under the Distance-Based Fare scheme.
- 2013 (Jun): 3rd AM Peak departure from Yishun
- 2013 (15 Jul): 4th AM Peak departure from Yishun
- 2013 (14 Oct): 5th AM Peak departure from Yishun
- 2014 (17 Mar): 6th AM trip from Yishun introduced
- 2014 (18 Aug): Alexander Dennis Enviro500 double-deck buses deployed
- 2015 (25 May): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Yishun St 31.
- 2015 (06 Sep): Calls at a new pair of bus stops along Yishun Ring Rd
- 2015 (28 Sep): Amended to start from Yishun St 41, plying Yishun Ave 1, 11 & Ring Rd. Deleted sectors replaced by City Direct 663
- Refer to this article
- 2013 – 2015:
(AM) Yishun Ave 11, Ave 6, St 31, Ring Rd, Ave 2, Lentor Ave, SLE, CTE, Buyong Rd, Orchard Rd, Bras Basah Rd, Nicoll Highway, Collyer Quay, Raffles Quay, Shenton Way
(PM) Anson Rd, Robinson Rd, Fullerton Rd, Esplanade Dr, Stamford Rd, Orchard Rd, Penang Rd, Buyong Rd, CTE, SLE, Lentor Ave, Yishun Ave 2, Ring Rd, St 31, Ave 6, Ave 11
- No significant route changes since 2015.
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