SMRT Bus Service 979

Bus Service 979M from Bukit Panjang and looping at Choa Chu Kang North 5 will be launched on 24 April 2016. View the 979M article at our new site, Land Transport Guru, here.

View the updated Bus Service 979 article at our new site here.


SMRT Bus Service 979 is a trunk service plying between Bukit Panjang and looping at Choa Chu Kang Crescent at Yew Tee, via Woodlands Road, KJE, Choa Chu Kang Street 52 and Yew Tee MRT. It is the fifty-third (53rd) bus service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Service 979 commenced operations on 27 Dec 2015, as part of the DTL2 Bukit Panjang Bus Service Enhancements.

^ SMRT MAN NL323F A22 (SG1700U) – Service 979

Route Information
Route Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park ↺ Choa Chu Kang Crescent (Loop)
Passes Through Bukit Panjang Rd, Woodlands Rd, KJE, Choa Chu Kang St 52, Yew Tee MRT
Route Length 13.8km
Traveling Time 60mins
Operator Information
Route Package
Current Operator SMRT Buses
Current Depot Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)
Current Fleet 12-metre Single Deck Bus:
12-metre Double Deck Bus
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
Departure Times from Bt Panjang
0545 – 2345 (Daily)
Frequency Loop Service
0630-0830: 08 – 09 mins
0831-1659: 08 – 12 mins
1700-1930: 08 – 10 mins
After 1930: 10 – 12 mins


Service 979 is a residential trunk route serving within the housing estates of Yew Tee, connecting housing blocks along Choa Chu Kang Street 52 and Choa Chu Kang Crescent with connections to key transport nodes at Yew Tee MRT, as well as Bukit Panjang MRT / LRT. The route serves schools such as De La Salle School, and community amenities such as Bukit Panjang Plaza, Junction 10, Yew Tee Point, Limbang Shopping Centre and Yew Tee Community Building. It duplicates SMRT Feeder Service 302 between Choa Chu Kang Street 52 and its looping point.

This new service is the fifty-third (53rd) bus service to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) and is launched as part of the DTL2 Bukit Panjang Bus Service Enhancements in tandem with the opening of Downtown Line Stage 2. Additionally, this provides a vital link for Yew Tee residents to Bukit Panjang, the Downtown Line and thereafter to other towns and the City as previously residents must transit via Choa Chu Kang if they rely solely on Service 302.

No passenger boarding and alighting activities are allowed at Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park. The first stop of the route is Petir Road (Bukit Panjang Station), while the last stop is at Bukit Panjang Road (Block 183).

Future Extension

When widening and modification works at the junction of Woodlands Road with Stagmont Ring is completed, Service 979 is likely to be amended to ply Stagmont Ring instead of KJE, thereby increasing coverage along Choa Chu Kang North 5.

First Day of Operations

Service 979 offered free rides on 27 December 2015. Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, Mr Alex Yam Ziming attended the official launch, riding the service from Yew Tee MRT Station to Bukit Panjang via Choa Chu Kang Crescent. Despite a full fleet of rigid MAN A22 buses, a bendy bus, SMB8032R, was dispatched for one special departure trip from Yew Tee MRT to carry the MP and his party.

Fares: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.

Fleet: See Above. Double-deck buses operate on this service during the peak hours.

Route Information:

No. Road Bus Stop Name
1 Woodlands Road Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk
2 Petir Road Bukit Panjang Station
3 Jelebu Road Opp Bukit Panjang Plaza
4 Woodlands Road Ten Mile Junction Station
5   Aft Heavy Vehicle Park
6 Choa Chu Kang Drive Opp Block 704
7 Choa Chu Kang North 5 Block 532
8 Choa Chu Kang Street 52 Block 551
9   Block 560
10 Choa Chu Kang Drive Yew Tee Station
11 Choa Chu Kang North 7 Block 619
12 Choa Chu Kang Crescent Block 681
13   Opp Block 670
14   Opp Block 666
15   Opp Block 661
16 Choa Chu Kang North 7 Regent Green Condo
17 Choa Chu Kang Drive Opp Yew Tee Station
18 Choa Chu Kang Street 52 Block 563
19   Block 544
20 Choa Chu Kang North 5 Block 540
21 Choa Chu Kang Drive Block 702
22 Woodlands Road Aft Kranji Expressway Slip Road
23   Opp Heavy Vehcle Park
24   Opp Ten Mile Junction Station
25  Upper Bukit Timah Road  After Bukit Panjang Station
26 Bukit Panjang Road Block 183
27 Woodlands Road Bukit Panjang Temp Bus Pk


Operator History:

  • 2015 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd



SMB3150R – Service 979 SMB3566A – Service 979
SMB3151M – Service 979 MP Photoshoot with SMB8032R
SMB8032R – Service 979 TIB1086D- Service 979




  • 2015 (27 Dec): Introduced under the LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), plying between Bukit Panjang and Yew Tee as part of the DTL2 Bukit Panjang Bus Service Enhancements

Past Routings:

  • 2015: Launched with present routing. No significant route changes since 2015.


External Links:

  • TransitLink E-Guide


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15 thoughts on “SMRT Bus Service 979

  1. LTA Bus Planners said the grassroots advisers agreed to this route, how can they forget about residents from St 54, North 6 (Yew Mei Green, Yew Tee Primary), North 5 (Villa Verde, Regent Secondary).?

    • Didn’t you read? They have to fix up Stagmont Road before they could re-route 979 through North 5 and covering the areas that you mentioned.

      • It still misses the Yew Mei Green condo bus stop and block 790 after the roadworks. It doesn’t serve Yew Mei Green, Block 790 residents and Yew Tee Primary School students. Yes they forgot a large amount of residents and students. Who approved this?

      • Ya….but LTA can’t possibly make 979 go to every single spot in Yew Tee… it just doesn’t work. And besides they are within walking distance from Yew Tee Station or the future bus stops of North 5. So I guess that’s why

  2. This is the first time that an SMRT MAN A24 cameoed on non-BSEP bus service 979 which is SMB8032R with the new livery & the newest full red SMRT logo of.

  3. But if bus 979 turns right after stagmont ring, then Choa Chu Kang North 6 will also be covered. It is a matter of how they plan the route of the bus.

  4. I take bus 979 from Ten Mile Junction Stn bus stop every evening but the bus always takes about 15 mins and is always full during peak hours.

  5. I wait for my bus at 7.30am at Regent Grove bus stop and note that often 979 is full and the bus captain gives us a wave. Could the frequency esp during morning peak hours be adjusted. Currently you have it at 8 to 9 mins for peak hours. Can you do better?

  6. 979 did not stop at bus no. 44259 . The bus stop sign show there is 979 .Pls kindly and softly remove it if you are not stopping to pick up customer.1 million thanks

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