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Three new bus services to link heartlands to CBD

Three new City Direct bus services will begin operations in May and June, linking the heartlands to the Central Business District (CBD).

SINGAPORE: Three new City Direct bus services will begin operations in May and June, linking the heartlands to the Central Business District (CBD).

From May 19, commuters travelling from Eunos to the CBD on weekday mornings will be served by 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.

On June 9, 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 take commuters back to the Bedok housing estates on weekday evenings.

Service 660 from Hougang will begin operation on June 23. 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 period.

On weekday evenings, it will take commuters back to the Hougang neighbourhood.

The three 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, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said.

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, LTA added.

The launch of these services is part of the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) to tap the resources of private bus operators to augment those of the public transport operators. 

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