City Direct Service 653

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City Direct Service 653 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between Hume/Bukit Batok and the CBD, passing through PIE, AYE and Shenton Way. It is the third City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Route Information
Route [AM]: Hume Avenue (Bef Summerhill) → Marina Boulevard (Marina Bay Financial Ctr)
[PM]: Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Stn) → Hillview Avenue (Hillington Green Condo)
Passes Through PIE, AYE, Shenton Way
Route Length 21.7km (D1) | 21.3km (D2)
Travelling Time 65mins
Operator Information
Current Operator ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd
Current Fleet Private buses
Departure Times from T1 Weekdays:
0715 – 0745 (6 trips)
Departure Times from T2 Weekdays:
1810 – 1830 (3 trips)
Frequency Direction 1 Direction 2
AM Peak: 06 mins PM Peak: 10 mins

History:

  • 2014 (13 Jan): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Upper Thomson to the CBD under the BSEP. Operates two trips on weekday mornings at 7:25am and 7:40am, and weekday evenings at 6:10pm and 6:25pm. Charges Distance-based flat fares.
  • 2014 (31 Mar): Third morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:20am, 7:30am and 7:40am.
  • 2014 (06 Apr): Revised fares as part of the Public Transport Fare Adjustment 2014
  • 2014 (04 Aug): Fourth morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:20am, 7:26am, 7:33am and 7:40am.
  • 2015 (16 Mar): Fifth morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:15am, 7:21am, 7:27am, 7:33am and 7:40am.
  • 2015 (23 Mar): Calls at new bus stop 03241 Anson Rd – Mapletree Anson instead of 03222 Anson Rd – Hub Synergy Point
  • 2015 (29 Jun): Third evening trip added, departure times from Central Blvd revised to 6:10pm, 6:20pm and 6:30pm.
  • 2015 (26 Oct): Sixth morning trip added, departure times from Hume Ave revised to 7:15am, 7:21am, 7:27am, 7:33am, 7:39am and 7:45am.
  • 2016 (18 Jan): City Direct 653 operating contract for ComfortDelgro Bus Pte Ltd extended by 1 year

City Direct service 653 provides residents of Hume and Bukit Batok with greater connectivity to the CBD. By running parallel to existing rail lines, the service provides a travel alternative for commuters who relied on the rail network and feeder buses to and from work. The route incorporates an express sector between Bukti Batok East Ave 3 and Shenton Way via PIE, Clementi Avenue 6 and AYE.

This is the third City Direct service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), and one of ten proposed City Direct bus routes to be progressively introduced until the 2nd Quarter of 2014. This provides more options for commuters using stretches of the existing rail lines that experience persistently high ridership, while the ongoing rail enhancement measures are being implemented.

Bus Schedule:

AM Peak from Hume Ave: 0715hrs, 0721hrs, 0727hrs, 0733hrs, 0739hrs, 0745hrs
PM Peak from Central Blvd: 1810hrs, 1820hrs, 1830hrs

Fares: Charges Flat fares based on the distance fare scheme for express services.

  Adult Child Student Senior Citizen
Card Fares per trip: $2.25* Free $0.90 $1.35
Cash Fares per trip: $2.55 $2.55 $2.55 $2.55

*PWD (Persons with Disabilities Transport Concession Scheme) – $1.35
*WTCS (Workfare Transport Concession Scheme) – $1.90

Fleet: Service 653′s fleet comprises of private buses from Comfort DelGro Bus.

Route Information:

Direction 1 Direction 2
  • Hume Ave
    – Bef Sumerhill

    – Opp Symphony Hts
    Upp Bukit Timah Rd (Express)
  • Hillview Rd
    – Opp Glendale Pk Condo
  • Hillview Ave
    – Hillington Green Condo
    – Opp Hillbrooks
    – Hillview Apts
    – The Petals Condo
  • Bt Batok East Ave 2
    – Blk 258
    – Blk 242
    – Blk 240
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
    – Blk 231
    – Blk 283
    – Blk 289E
    – Yusof Ishak Sec Sch
    – Burgundy Hill
    PIE (Express)
    Clementi Ave 6 (Express)
    AYE (Express)
    Keppel Rd (Express)
  • Anson Rd
    – Mapletree Anson
  • Robinson Rd
    – Aft Capital Twr
    – Opp The Ogilvy Ctr
  • Marina Blvd
    – The Sail
    – Marina Bay Financial Ctr
  • Central Blvd
    – Marina Bay Stn
    – Downtown Stn
  • Shenton Way
    – UIC Bdlg
    – Opp MAS Bdlg
    Keppel Rd (Express)
    AYE (Express)
    Clementi Ave 6 (Express)
    PIE (Express)
  • Bt Batok East Ave 3
    – Opp Burgundy Hills
    – Opp Parkview Apts
    – Blk 290H
    – Keming Pri Sch
    – Blk 229
  • Bt Batok East Ave 2
    – Blk 503
    – Opp Blk 242
    – Opp Blk 258
  • Hillview Ave
    – Opp The Petals Condo
    – Opp Hillview Apts
    – Hillbrooks
  • Hume Ave
    – Bef Sumerhill
    – Opp Symphony Hts
    Upp Bukit Timah Rd (Express)
  • Hillview Rd
    – Opp Glendale Pk Condo
  • Hillview Ave
    – Hillington Green Condo

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10 thoughts on “City Direct Service 653

  1. Hey Can you please check your 4th aug update? I think you just copy-pasted the old one. I am curious to find what has been updated in this route this month.

  2. Plz, come on RIGHT TIME.
    Everytime, the bus isnt came right time.
    I understand that +,- 3mins, but 3 buses are came same time?!?! Especially, on Monday, it’s really worst! I have to waited for 20 mins!! And 2-3buses r came same time.
    Please, if u use ‘comfort’, BE COMFORT.

  3. Hi, possible to include another evening bus around 6.15pm? The bus was overly packed for 6.10pm and even zoom past us.

  4. 653 bus – can i suggest to post as well the timing of the buses lets say 6 buses in the morning 0715hrs, 0721hrs, 0727hrs, 0733hrs, 0739hrs, 0745hrs even though they are late. So that we know that there are still more buses coming ofcourse if we saw the 0745hrs bus timing that means that would be the last bus. Same thing in the afternoon. 😊Thank you

  5. Why is there no reduction in fare for this service? When fares were increased in 2014, Comfortdelgro jacked up the fare for this route although only SBS transit and SMRT submitted applications to PTC to increase the fare. Now that there has been a reduction in fares for SBS and SMRT trains and buses, why is there no fare reduction for this route?

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