SMRT Bus Service 983 is a trunk service operating from Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange and looping at Keat Hong Close, passing through Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 and 5.
Service 983 was launched on 25 Apr 2015 along with the introduction of feeder Service 301 and amendment to feeder Service 300, and is the 40th bus service introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). The revised launch date (originally 15 Feb 2015) was in response to feedback by residents of Choa Chu Kang.
From 27 December 2015, as part of the DTL2 Bukit Panjang Service Enhancements, Service 983 was extended to loop at Bukit Panjang.
|Route||Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange ↺ Jelebu Road (Loop)|
|Passes Through||Choa Chu Kang Ave 4, Keat Hong Close|
|Travelling Time||60 mins|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses|
|Current Depot||Bulim Bus Depot (BUDEP)|
|Current Fleet||12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– MAN NL323F
18-metre Articulated Bus
– Mercedes-Benz O405G
|Departure Times from T1||0545 – 2345 (Daily)|
|0630-0830: 06 – 07 min
0831-1659: 06 – 10 min
1700-1930: 07 – 08 min
After 1930: 07 – 12 min
Service 983 provides residents of Choa Chu Kang Neighborhoods 2 and 4 with greater connectivity to transport nodes at Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang, namely the MRT/LRT stations and bus interchanges at both ends. It also serves various schools and other amenities in the neighborhood, such as Lot 1 Shoppers’ Mall, Bethany Methodist Nursing Home, Concord Primary School and Bukit Panjang Govt High School, APSN (Delta Senior Sch) and Bukit Panjang Plaza.
Initially introduced on 25 Apr 2015 as the fortieth (40th) service under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), it was a short trunk service serving Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 and 5 and looping at Keat Hong Close. From 27 Dec 2015, to compliment the opening of the Downtown Line Stage 2, Service 983 was extended to loop at Bukit Panjang, via Choa Chu Kang Ave 6/1/7, CCK Grove, CCK Way, CCK Rd, Upp Bt Timah Rd, Petir Rd and Jelebu Rd.
The current Service 983 benefits residents of newly-built residential developments in the area, namely the HDB Bulit-to-Order (BTO) developments of Sunshine Gardens, Keat Hong Crest, Keat Hong Pride, Keat Hong Axis and Keat Hong Colors.
Route extension to Bukit Panjang
From 27 December 2015, Service 983 was extended to loop at Bukit Panjang, via Choa Chu Kang Ave 6/1/7, CCK Grove, CCK Way, CCK Rd, Upp Bt Timah Rd, Petir Rd and Jelebu Rd.
The route amendment brought improved connectivity to new housing estates at Choa Chu Kang by connecting them to the transport node of Bukit Panjang, with additional bus and rail connections available as part of the DTL2 Bukit Panjang Service Enhancements.
The route extension is the fifty-fourth (54th) route amendment / new route under BSEP.
Route extension poster
Additional Bus Stop opening late
- Choa Chu Kang Ave 5 (Opp Blk 489A) → Choa Chu Kang Int
Weekdays & Sat: 0525hrs until first bus from CCK Int
Fare: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.
|Bus stops in blue are future bus stops for Service 983|
- 2015 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2016.
- 2015 (02 Feb): Annouced as a trunk service from Choa Chu Kang to Keat Hong Close (Loop) under LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), to be launched on 15 Feb 2015.
- 2015 (10 Feb): Launch of this service cancelled and postponed to early April 2015 following feedback from Choa Chu Kang residents.
- 2015 (25 Apr): Service 983 launched as a trunk service from Choa Chu Kang to Keat Hong Close under LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). Alexander Dennis Enviro500 Double-deckers are deployed to this service.
- 2015 (14 Jun): Designated wheelchair-accessible bus route (WAB)
- 2015 (30 Aug): Start of bendy bus deployment on a regular basis
- 2015 (27 Dec): Extended to loop at Bukit Panjang as part of DTL2 Bukit Panjang Service Enhancements
- Refer to this article
- 2015: No significant route changes since 2015.
Postponed service launch and Familiarzation Ride
Originally intended to be launched on 15 Feb 2015 as the thirty-eighth (38th) BSEP-introduced bus service, negative feedback from Choa Chu Kang residents led to the postponing of the launch along with the accompanying Service 301 introduction and Service 300 amendment to 25 Apr 2015. The route was not amended, but a pair of bus stops along Keat Hong Close had been removed as new housing developments in the area are still under construction, and the route will potentially no longer serve Keat Hong Close once the service is extended to Bukit Panjang.
SMRT organized a free familiarization ride for the new Service 983 on Sunday, 19th April 2015, a weekend before the launch date. Three trips were operated, departing Choa Chu Kang Interchange (Berth 5) at 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm. The trip plied the full route of Service 983 without making any enroute stops.
|Timelapse Video of Service 983|
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