SMRT Buses Ltd took over operations of City Direct Service 656 on 17 Apr 2017 with changes in trip timings.
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City Direct Service 656 is an AM/PM Peak City Direct service between Sembawang and the CBD, passing through Sembawang Drive, Bras Basah and Shenton Way. It is the sixth City Direct route introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).
Loh Gim Chong Transport – Isuzu LT134P (PC2138T) – City Direct 656
|Route||[AM]: Canberra Road (Blk 424A CP) → Shenton Way (Opp MAS Bldg)
[PM]: Anson Road (Mapletree Anson) → Canberra Road (Blk 508)
|Passes Through||Sembawabg Dr, Bras Basah, Shenton Way|
|Route Length||29.4km (D1) | 29.6km (D2)|
|Current Operator||Loh Gim Chong Transport|
|Current Fleet||Private buses|
|Departure Times from T1||Weekdays:
0720 – 0740 (4 trips)
|Departure Times from T2||Weekdays:
1810 – 1825 (2 trips)
|Frequency||Direction 1||Direction 2|
|0630 – 0830: 06 – 08 mins||1700 – 1930: 15 mins|
- 2014 (17 Feb): Introduced as a bidirectional AM/PM-Peak hour service from Sembawang 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 (10 Mar): Third morning trip added, departure times from Sembawang revised to 7:20am, 7:30am and 7:40am.
- 2014 (06 Apr): Revised fares as part of the Public Transport Fare Adjustment 2014
- 2014 (14 Jul): Fourth morning trip added, departure times from Sembawang revised to 7:20am, 7:26am, 7:34am and 7:40am.
- 2015 (23 Mar): Calls at new bus stop 03241 Anson Rd – Mapletree Anson instead of 03222 Anson Rd – Hub Synergy Point
- 2016 (18 Jan): Operating contract for City Direct 656 by Loh Gim Chong Transport extended by one more year.
City Direct service 656 provides residents of Sembawang with greater connectivity to the CBD. 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 Sembawang Avenue and Dhoby Ghaut via SLE and CTE.
This is the sixth City Direct service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), and one of ten 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.
From 10 March 2014, less than a month after introduction, an additional morning trip was added. Existing departure timings were revised. Yet another additional morning trip was added from 14 July 2014, bringing the total number of morning trips to the CBD to four.
Fares: Charges Flat fares based on the distance fare scheme for express services.
|Card Fares per trip:||$2.45*||Free||$0.90||$1.35|
|Cash Fares per trip:||$2.90||$2.90||$2.90||$2.90|
*PWD (Persons with Disabilities Transport Concession Scheme) – $1.35
*WTCS (Workfare Transport Concession Scheme) – $2.07
Fleet: Service 656’s fleet comprises of private buses. Common models sighted include Isuzu LT134Ps.
|Direction 1 (AM Peak)||Direction 2 (PM Peak)|
External Links & References:
- City Direct Services 655 to 657 – LTA
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