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SMRT launches second bus service duplicating MRT line November 5, 2010

Posted by hafizbam in Bus, Premium Bus, SMRT, Something New.
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TIB469P on Express service 868 along Fullerton Road.

TIB469P on SMRT Express service 868 along Fullerton Road. Photo courtesy of Muhd Faizal.

Following SBS Transit’s service 128 (Yio Chu Kang to Shenton Way), SMRT introduced the second MRT-duplicating bus service in the form of Express service 868. Similar to most Premium bus services, Express 868 runs only in a one-directional route from Bukit Gombak to Suntec City on weekday mornings.

There are currently two trips, with buses departing the bus stop outside Blk 347 along Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 at 7:30 and 7:45 AM, bypassing the Bukit Batok Polyclinic and Toh Guan Road enroute before hitting the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) to get to Robinson Road one hour later.

Loads from Bukit Batok during the first month of operation have been light, with majority of the passengers boarding from Toh Guan estate instead. With Express 868, residents of Toh Guan now have two options to get to the CBD, with SBS Transit’s Premium 543 being the other. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them have migrated over from 543 to 868, given that both head to the same destination but with 868 charging a significantly cheaper Express fare!

Buses for Express 868 come under the purview of SMRT’s Kranji Depot.

Introductory poster and press release

Late night shortworking trips November 7, 2007

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Shortworking trips have been around for quite some time with a primary purpose of supplementing parent trunk routes on high demand sectors during peak hours. However, lately SMRT Buses has been introducing short trips which operate during the unlikely hours of around midnight after the last bus for the parent route leaves. The primary (and probably only) purpose for such short trips is to provide a feeder bus link for residents transferring from the last train, more so for areas without dedicated feeder services like Sembawang.

The result of such a move, which should be lauded for increasing convenience for residents, comes in the shape of 173A and 859A serving Bukit Batok and Sembawang towns respectively. TIB1171R on daytime 859 is illustrated above as it is very difficult to stay awake so late, let alone snap a proper night shot of the buses running the short trips.