1. Three new City Direct bus services will begin operations in May and June 2014, linking the heartlands to the Central Business District (CBD). They are:
a. Eunos City Direct Service (CDS) 658 to be launched on 19 May 2014;
b. Bedok CDS 659 to be launched on 9 June 2014; and
c. Hougang CDS 660 to be launched on 23 June 2014
2. All three bus services will start operations with two one-way trips to the CBD on weekday mornings and two one-way return trips in the evenings, excluding public holidays. More trips may be added depending on the demand for these services. With fewer stops and the use of expressways, journey times will be comparable to that of taking a bus and transferring to the MRT into the city.
3. These three CDS will be operated by Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd as part of the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) to tap on the resources of private bus operators (PBOs) to augment those of the public transport operators (PTOs).
4. From 19 May, commuters travelling from Eunos to the CBD on weekday mornings will be served by City Direct Service 658. This bus service will ply Bedok Reservoir Road, Kaki Bukit Avenue 1, Jalan Damai, and Jalan Eunos before taking the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) and the East Coast Parkway (ECP) to get to the CBD. On weekday evenings, the service will connect commuters from Anson Road, Robinson Road and Marina Boulevard back to Eunos.
5. On 9 June, City Direct Service 659 will ply from Bedok South Road, Bedok South Avenue 3, New Upper Changi Road, Bedok North Road, Bedok North Avenue 2 and Bedok North Street 3 before heading towards Central Boulevard and Shenton Way via the PIE and the ECP. Similarly, it will bring commuters back to the Bedok housing estates on weekday evenings.
6. City Direct Service 660 from Hougang will begin operation on 23 June 2014. On weekday mornings, it will ply Buangkok Green, Hougang Street 91, Hougang Avenue 4 and Avenue 8 towards Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 before heading to the CBD via the Central Expressway (CTE) during the morning peak. On weekday evenings, it will bring commuters back to the Hougang neighbourhood.
* Of the 14 parallel bus services introduced under BSEP, 4 are operated by the PTOs1 and 10 are operated by the PBOs2 as City Direct services through competitive tenders. The tendering process allows the most cost-efficient operators to win the rights to operate the services. Successful operators will have to apply for bus service licences from the Public Transport Council (PTC), which regulates bus services.
Annex: Posters of City Direct Bus Services 658, 659 and 660
1 The four parallel bus services operated by public transport operators are:
- SBST 513 implemented on 17 December 2012 between Tampines West and the CBD
- SMRT 850E implemented on 18 February 2013 between Yishun and the CBD
- SMRT 982E implemented on 18 March 2013 between Choa Chu Kang and the CBD
- SMRT 951E, implemented on 17 June 2013 between Woodlands and the CBD
2 The first seven City Direct Bus Services operated by private bus operators are:
- City Direct (Jurong West) Service 651 implemented on 2 September 2013
- City Direct (Ang Mo Kio) Service 652 implemented on 6 January 2014
- City Direct (Bukit Batok/Hillview) Service 653 implemented on 13 January 2014
- City Direct (Sengkang) Service 654 implemented on 20 January 2014
- City Direct (West Coast) Service 655 implemented on 10 February 2014
- City Direct (Sembawang) Service 656 implemented on 17 February 2014
- City Direct (Jurong East) Service 657 implemented on 24 February 2014