City Direct Services are express bus routes between selected residential estates and the city. They were introduced under the Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP) to benefit commuters travelling to the city with improved connectivity. The concept of point-to-point peak hour bus routes is similar to existing Express or Premium bus routes.
Ten City Direct bus services have since been introduced from the housing estates of Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bukit Batok, Eunos, Hougang, Jurong East, Sembawang, Sengkang and West Coast to the Central Business District (CBD). With limited stops and the use of expressways, commuters using these services would have comparable journey time to taking a connecting bus or LRT service and transferring to the MRT into the city.
The move is in line with the Transport Minister’s announcement at the Committee of Supply 2013 to tap on the resources of private bus operators to run more City Direct bus services to augment the resources of the public transport operators (PTOs). Currently, Express services 513, 850E, 951E and 982E are operated by Public Transport Operators (PTOs) and run parallel to train lines between estates and the cityC
All City Direct services will operate on weekdays, excluding public holidays. They will start with two one-way trips on weekday mornings from the respective housing estates towards the CBD, and similrly, two one-way trips will take commuters back home from the city in the evenings. More trips may be added depending on the demand for the services. Exact details will be released by LTA closer to the service introduction date.
In March 2014, an expansion of the BSEP was announced, increasing the total number of new BSEP routes to 80 services. This includes 20 City Direct services, so more services are expected to come in the following years.
In March 2015, LTA announced 12 new City Direct Services to be progressively introduced from Q2 2015. (an additional of 2 more services) This brings the total of City Direct Services under the BSEP scheme to 22.
List of City Direct Services:
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|City Direct 651||Jurong West|
|City Direct 652||Ang Mo Kio|
|City Direct 653||Hillview|
|City Direct 654||Sengkang|
|City Direct 655||West Coast|
|City Direct 656||Sembawang|
|City Direct 657||Jurong East|
|City Direct 658||Eunos|
|City Direct 659||Bedok|
|City Direct 660||Hougang|
|City Direct 661||Pasir Ris|
|City Direct 662||Yew Tee|
|City Direct 663||Yishun|
|City Direct 664||Tampines East / Simei|
|City Direct 665||Marsiling / Woodlands|
|City Direct 666||Punggol|
|City Direct 667||Clementi / Dover|
|City Direct 668||Yio Chu Kang / Ang Mo Kio|
|City Direct 669||Bedok Reservoir|
|City Direct 670||Yishun West|
21 Nov 2012: LTA calls for tender for private bus operators to run a City Direct service between Jurong West and the CBD
June 2013: The contract to operate the Jurong West City Direct bus service – the first under BSEP – awarded to private bus operator ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd. ComfortDelGro Bus submitted the lowest bid – at about $1,058,560 over a two-year period – that was able to fully meet the tender requirements. The Jurong West City Direct bus service will be introduced in September 2013. Tenders are called for 9 more City Direct services.
02 Sep 2013: City Direct 651 launches under ComfortDelGro Bus
Nov 2013: Contracts for 6 City direct bus routes, to 5 private bus operators. City Direct Ang Mo Kio & Sengkang has been awared to Ren Quan Transport, while Comfort DelGro Bus Pte Ltd will operate the Bukit Batok/Hillview route. Loh Gim Chong will operate the City Direct Sembawang bus service, while Transtar Travel Pte Ltd and Woodlands Transport Service Pte Ltd will run the routes in Jurong East and West Coast respectively.
04 Feb 2014: Contracts for 3 City direct routes, from Hougang, Bukit Batok and Eunos awarded to Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd for $3.4 million.
09 Feb 2015: LTA calls for tender for private bus operators to run City Direct services from Yew Tee, Marsiling/Woodlands, Yishun, Pasir Ris, Tampines East/Simei to and fro the CBD.
11 Mar 2015: LTA announces 12 City Direct Services to be launched from Q2 2015 onwards, an increase of 2 services from the original announcement.
21 Jul 2015: Tenders for City Direct 661 – 665 awarded, City Direct 666 – 670 routing region announced.
05 Aug 2015:Tender for City Direct 666 – 670 open, closes on 31 Aug 2015.
14 Dec 2015: Tenders for City Direct 666 – 670 awarded.
18 Jan 2016: Contracts for City Direct 651 – 657 extended for 1 more year
City Directs 651 – 660 charge flat fares based on the distance-based fare scheme (DBF) for Express routes. The flat fare is calculated by tallying the full length of the route with the corresponding express fare for that distance. Upon boarding, a single card reader deducts the flat fare from the ez-link card used, and passengers can alight at any point of the route while all paying the same fare.
For City Directs 661 onwards, fares are charged based on distance-based fares for express bus services. Entry and exit card readers will ensure the correct fare is charged based on the distance travelled, similar to regular Express bus routes. LTA will progressively convert the fare scheme for City Directs 651 – 660 to Distance Based Fares from Q4 2015, ending in mid-2016.
*PWD (Persons with Disabilities Transport Concession Scheme)
*WTCS (Workfare Transport Concession Scheme)
Boarding & Alighting Locations:
|AM Peak (Alighting Points)||PM Peak (Boarding points)|
|City Direct 651, 653, 655, 657, 661, 662, 664, 665, 666, 667, 668, 669, 670||Anson Road
|City Direct 652, 656, 660, 663||Orchard Road
Bras Basah Road
|City Direct 654, 658, 659||Central Boulevard
City Direct services operate during the morning and evening peak hours in single directions.
City Direct Poster
City Direct route plans
City Direct Poster
Publictransport.sg – BSEP
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