Chinatown Direct CT28

Chinatown Direct CT28 is a Chinatown Direct service operated by SBS Transit, running from New Bridge Road Terminal and looping at Clementi Avenue 4 via Chinatown. It is one of three Chinatown Direct services in operation, and only operates during the Chinese New Year period.

CT28 will operate from 16 Jan 2016 – 7 Feb 2016

^ SBST Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS6669H) – Chinatown Direct CT28, operating in 2016

Route Information
Route New Bridge Road Bus Terminal ↺ Clementi Avenue 4
Passes Through Clementi Avenue 2, AYE, CTE, Chinatown
Route Length* 28.0km
Travelling Time 70mins
Operator Information
Current Operator SBS Transit
Current Depot Bukit Batok Bus Depot (BBDEP)
Current Fleet Any 3 BBDEP/ARBP buses
Departure Times from T1 Operates during Chinese New Year Period Only. See below for timings.
Departure Times from looping point Operates during Chinese New Year Period Only. See below for timings.
Frequency Direction 1
0630-0830: –
0831-1659: 30mins
1700-1930: –
After 1930: –


2016 Operating Hours

Chinatown Direct CT28 Weekdays Saturdays Sundays Lunar New Year Eve Chinese New Year Public Holidays
18 – 22 Jan,
25 – 29 Jan,
1 – 5 Feb
16, 23, 30 Jan,
6 Feb
17, 24, 31 Jan 7 Feb 8, 9 Feb
From Clementi Avenue 4
First Bus 1000hrs 1000hrs 1000hrs 1000hrs Not In Service
Last Bus 1630hrs 2100hrs 2000hrs 2300hrs
From New Bridge Rd Terminal
First Bus 1100hrs 1100hrs 1100hrs 1100am Not In Service
Last Bus 1700hrs 0030hrs 2200hrs 0155hrs


SBST Release poster

SBST Release poster


  • 2005 (21 Jan): Introduced between Clementi Avenue 4 and New Bridge Road Ter. Charges flat fares.
  • 2008 (21 Jul): Downgraded from daily service to pre-Chinese New Year period service only. Converted to loop at Clementi Avenue 4 (previously bi-directional)

Chinatown Direct CT28 was introduced in Jan 2005 along with CT8 and CT18, connecting residential estates in Clementi with the City areas of Chinatown and Outram Park. Incorporating an express sector along the AYE and CTE, the route offers fast and direct connection for commuters who would otherwise have to rely on feeder buses and transfers between MRT lines to reach Chinatown.

Originally using the red-background destination signs for easy distinction, they have been phased out on newer buses with electronic route displays. Due to severely insufficient demand, CT28 was converted to operate only during the pre-CNY period from July 2008, but still experiences low demand during its operational days.

Special Departures:

  • Clementi Avenue 4 (Bet Blks 315/318)  New Bridge Road Terminal
    Operating Days Only: 1000hrs, 1030hrs, 1100hrs

Operational Days:

  • 2009: 16 Jan to 25 Jan
  • 2010: 05 Feb to 13 Feb
  • 2011: 24 Jan to 02 Feb
  • 2012: 01 Jan to 22 Jan
  • 2013: 19 Jan to 09 Feb
  • 2014: 11 Jan to 30 Jan
  • 2015: 31 Jan to 18 Feb
  • 2016: 16 Jan to 07 Feb
Card / Cash fares for Chinatown Direct services
Child (card) Free
Student &
Senior Citizen
Adult, PWD*, WTCS** $2.00
*PWD = Persons with Disabilities
** WTCS = WorkFare Transport Concession Scheme cardholders

Fleet: CT28′s fleet comprises of random single-deck buses from BBDEP or ARBP, usually Volvo B10M MkIVs or Scania K230UBs.

Route Information:

Loop Service (via Clementi Ave 4)
  • New Bridge Road Ter
  • Eu Tong Sen St
  • Merchant Rd
  • Central Expressway (CTE)
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE)
  • Clementi Rd
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Clementi Ave 2
  • Clementi Ave 5
  • Clementi Ave 4
  • Clementi Ave 5
  • Clementi Ave 2
  • Commonwealth Ave West
  • Clementi Rd
  • Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE)
  • Central Expressway (CTE)
  • Merchant Rd
  • New Bridge Rd
  • New Bridge Road Ter
Chinatown Direct CT28 at a glance

Chinatown Direct CT28 at a glance

* – Route length is calculated starting from New Bridge Road Ter.



SBS Transit Volvo B10M MkIV DM3500 () - Chinatown Direct CT28

SBS Transit Volvo B10M MkIV DM3500 (SBS2828S)

SBS Transit Volvo B10M MkIII () - Chinatown Direct CT28

SBS Transit Volvo B10M MkIII (SBS675D) – Chinatown Direct CT28


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4 thoughts on “Chinatown Direct CT28

  1. CT28 should operate daily while CT38 should be introduced between Sengkang and New Bridge Road while SMRT should get its own CT48 between Choa Chu Kang and HarbourFront

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