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SBS Transit Limited
Type Public company
Traded as SGX: S61
Industry Public Transport
Founded 1973 (as Singapore Bus Services)
2001 (as SBS Transit)
Headquarters Singapore
Key people Lim Jit Poh (Chairman)
Kua Hong Pak (Deputy chairman)
Gan Juay Kiat (CEO)
Products Bus and Rail Services in Singapore
Revenue Increase S$847.3 million SGD (2013)[1]
Operating income Decrease S$15.5 million SGD (2013)[1]
Net income Decrease S$11.1 million SGD (2013)[1]
Employees 8569 (2013)[1]
Parent ComfortDelGro
Website SBS Transit

SBS Transit Limited (simplified Chinese: 新捷运; traditional Chinese: 新捷運; pinyin: Xīnjiéyùn) is a public transport operator in Singapore. Its major competitor in Singapore's duopoly transport system is SMRT Corporation, which also operates bus, rail, taxi and other transport services.

The company (organisation) was formed as a separately listed subsidiary in November 1997 under the name of Singapore Bus Service, although it can trace its history back to the formation of Singapore Bus Service in 1973 with the merger of three bus companies. On 1 November 2001, the company's name was changed to SBS Transit Limited to reflect its status as a bus and rail operator.

Its parent company is ComfortDelGro, which was previously known as DelGro Corporation Limited. The parent company has Singapore Bus Service as its direct predecessor.


Main article: Singapore Bus Service

Singapore Bus Service (SBS) was initially formed in 1973 with the merger of three private bus companies. The government-sanctioned merger was undertaken to improve service standards of the bus transport system.

With the shift towards the creation of multi-modal transport companies, Singapore Bus Service Ltd changed its name to DelGro Corporation Limited in November 1997. Bus operations were hived-off to a fully owned subsidiary called Singapore Bus Services Limited, which was separately listed on the Singapore Exchange.

In November 2001, Singapore Bus Services Limited was renamed as SBS Transit Limited when the company formally became a multi-modal transport operator with the impending opening of the Sengkang LRT Line.

In 2003, SBS Transit started operating the North East Line of the Mass Rapid Transit network in addition to its existing bus operations.

On 29 August 2011, SBS Transit was given the operation license for the Downtown Line, which started on 22 December 2013.[2]


SBS Transit's primary business is providing public transport services in Singapore. Its more notable operations are the following.


SBS Transit operates 75% of the scheduled bus market share in Singapore with more than 300 bus services and a total fleet of more than 3,000 buses.

The latest additions to the bus fleet are the Volvo B9TL (Wright Eclipse Gemini 2) double decker buses and the Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses. Quoted from a press release by SBS Transit on 9 July 2012 stated that, SBS Transit will add 1,000 more buses which consist of 550 Volvo B9TL (Wright Eclipse Gemini 2) double decker buses and 450 Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses by 2015. Registration and deliveries of these buses are ongoing since January 2013.[3] Wheelchair-accessible buses–Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses and Volvo B9TL (Wright Eclipse Gemini 2) double decker buses–have been used for Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) since 17 September 2012.[4]

On 1 July 2014, SBS Transit announced that they have placed orders worth $311 million for 665 Euro V buses, all of which come with wheelchair-friendly features. The newest addition comprises 250 single deck Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses and 415 double deck Volvo B9TL (Wright Eclipse Gemini 2) buses. Of the new buses, 296 will be funded by the Government under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP). All the new buses will be delivered by 2017.[5]

Current bus fleet[edit]

Model Image Bodywork manufacturer Year of manufacture Units introduced Batch (Euro tier(s)) Registration number(s) Notes
Dennis Trident 3 Sgtrident.JPG Duple Metsec DM5000 1999 & 2000 20 N/A (Euro II) SBS9671E — SBS9690A. First fleet of buses to be installed with electronic data systems (EDS) upon entering revenue service.
Higer KLQ6129G "GreenLite" Accessibility-directory.svg HigerFuelCell-YOG2010.JPG Higer Integral Body 2010 1 N/A (Euro V) RD6066L. Hybrid electric bus.
Demonstrator unit.
Used during the Youth Olympic Games.
Mercedes-Benz Citaro Accessibility-directory.svg SBS Transit Citaro Batch 1.jpg EvoBus 2011 & 2012 750 1 (Euro V) SBS6000L — SBS6168L, SBS6170D — SBS6176M, SBS6178H — SBS6235B, SBS6237X — SBS6240K, SBS6242E — SBS6244A, SBS6246U — SBS6249L, SBS6251D — SBS6254X, SBS6256R, SBS6270Z — SBS6272T, SBS6275K — SBS6276H, SBS6280U — SBS6281S & SBS6285G.
BSEP Batch 1 (Euro V) SBS6300X — SBS6341C. SBS6300X — SBS6341C are used for Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) since 17 September 2012.
SBS6379U - Mercedes-Benz Citaro C2 (BSEP).jpg 2012 - 2014 BSEP Batch 2 (Euro V) SBS6342A — SBS6472H. SBS6342A — SBS6472H are used for Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) since 17 September 2012.
Registration and deliveries are ongoing.
SBS6679D on 53 - Mercedes-Benz Citaro C2 (1).jpg 2 (Euro V) SBS6600E — SBS6787A & SBS6789U — SBS6793G. Registration and deliveries are ongoing.
Scania L94UB ScaniaL94UB-SBSTransit.JPG Volgren 1998 1 N/A (Euro II) SBS2888T. Demonstrator unit.
Deployed as training bus from Hougang Bus Depot (HGDEP).
Scania K230UB Accessibility-directory.svg Scania K230UB SBS8033D on Service 66.jpg Gemilang Coachworks 2006 & 2007 1,101 1 (Euro IV) SBS8033D. Demonstrator unit.
ScaniaK230UB-Scania.JPG 2007 1 (Euro IV) SBS8034B — SBS8131D, SBS8138K & SBS8888D.
SBS8425G on 229 - Scania K230UB (Euro 4).jpg 2008 & 2009 2 (Euro IV) SBS8132B — SBS8223Y; SBS8425G — SBS8483M (except "SBS8138K"), SBS8225S — SBS8423L; SBS8485H — SBS8561X. (excluding registration numbers ending with the number four)
SBS8879E on 293 - Scania K230UB (Euro 5).jpg 2009 1 (Euro V) SBS8562T — SBS8873X. (excluding registration numbers ending with the number four), SBS8875R — SBS8913P (excluding SBS8888D), SBS8915J — SBS8923K, SBS8925E — SBS8943C, SBS8945Y — SBS8963U, SBS8965P — SBS8973R, SBS8975K — SBS8999S. SBS8900B was deregistered and scrapped due to an accident at Bedok North Bus Depot.
2010 2 (Euro V) SBS5001R — SBS5252H. (excluding registration numbers containing the number four)
Scania K310UD Accessibility-directory.svg ScaniaK310UD-SBST.JPG 2008 1 N/A (Euro IV) SBS7888K. Demonstrator unit.
Volvo B7RLE Accessibility-directory.svg SBS8030L-174.jpg Soon Chow 2006 1 N/A Euro IV) SBS8030L. Demonstrator unit.
Volvo B9TL Accessibility-directory.svg ComfortDelGro Engineering 2002, 2005 & 2006 1201 N/A (Euro III) SBS7300P — SBS7499A. Singapore's first wheelchair accessible buses.
SBS7440T was destroyed in a fire on 7 March 2010 in Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot and was deregistered.
Gemilang Coachworks 2013 N/A (Euro V) SBS7777Y. Demonstrator unit.
SBS Transit Batch 1 Volvo B9TL Wright Eclipse Gemini.jpg Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 2010 & 2011 1 (Euro V) SBS7500D — SBS7686B. (excluding registration numbers containing the number four)
SBS Transit 77 series B9TL.jpg 2011 2A (Euro V) SBS7700T — SBS7729L.
SBS Transit Wright B9TL at Pasir Ris Interchange.jpg 2011 & 2012 2B (Euro V) SBS3000G — SBS3238M & SBS3269Z.
2012 BSEP Batch 1 (Euro V) SBS3300R — SBS3329J. SBS3300R — SBS3329J are used for Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) since 17 September 2012.
2012, 2013 & 2014 BSEP Batch 2 (Euro V) SBS3330D — SBS3414X. SBS3330D — SBS3414X are used for Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) since 17 September 2012.
Registration and deliveries are ongoing.
SBS Transit Batch 3 B9TL.jpg 3 (Euro V) SBS3240E — SBS3268B, SBS3270T — SBS3299L & SBS3600A — SBS3825T. Registration and deliveries are ongoing.
Volvo B10BLE Volvo B10BLE SBS Transit.jpg Volgren 1996 1 N/A (Euro II) SBS1688K. Demonstrator unit.
B10BLECNG.jpg 2001 & 2002 12 N/A (Euro II) SBS2988M — SBS2999G. CNG-powered.
Volvo B10M Volvo B10M MkIV Duple Metsec at Pasir Ris Interchange.jpg Mark IV Duple Metsec 1994 & 1995 115 N/A (Euro I) SBS882Y — SBS996C. SBS972X was deregistered due to a fire while serving on Service 33.
Some selected buses are given lifespan extension till the end of 19 years lifespan.
SBS Transit Volvo B10M MK IV Strider.jpg Mark IV Walter Alexander Strider 1995 & 1996 200 N/A (Euro I) SBS1896B — SBS1999M, SBS2593T — SBS2688D. SBS1992G was deregistered and re-registered as XD5296A which converted into a NLB Molly bus.
SBS2652G is fitted with solar panels on its roof.
Some selected buses are given lifespan extension till the end of 19 years lifespan.
VolvoB10M-DM3500-SBST.JPG Mark IV Duple Metsec 3500 1996 & 1997 150 N/A (Euro I) SBS2689B — SBS2838M. SBS2696E, SBS2779A and SBS2812L was previously Nokia advertisement-concept buses with special interiors.
SBS2729U once had a Mobilis Media LCD screen installed, replacing its traditional side destination panel. However due to its inability to display the route information of other services other than Express 518, it was then removed.
SBS2744A was deregistered and re-registered as YN4379L which converted into a "MILK (Mainly I Love Kids)" bus.
SBS2754X is the first bus in Singapore to be fitted with outswing plug doors.
SBS2779A was originally fitted with Transit Media EDS and a CCTV camera beside the left front lights.
SBS2822H was previously the F&N advertisement-concept bus with special interior but it was then changed when it became the NTU ad-concept bus together with SBS2818L, SBS2795C and SBS2837R. The interior of SBS2837R was then changed when it became the HP advertisement-concept bus.
Volvo Olympian VO3x.JPG Walter Alexander Royale 1993 & 1994 201 1 (Euro I) SBS9200G — SBS9400X. SBS9245C was deregistered and re-registered as XB9695R and converted into an epBus, F1 Bus, Macau Experience Bus and Sime Darby Mobile Exhibition Bus, and was subsequently deregistered.
Some selected buses are given lifespan extension till the end of 19 years lifespan.
SBST-VO3X-B2.JPG 1996 270 2 (Euro I) SBS9401T — SBS9600K. SBS9424C was deregistered due to an accident in 2008 and was donated to the Police Tactical Training Camp.
Some selected buses are given lifespan extension till the end of 19 years lifespan.
SBST-VO3X-B3.JPG 1998 & 1999 3 (Euro I) SBS9601H — SBS9670H. Installed with LECIP EDS.
All buses, except for SBS9661J, installed with TV Mobile in 2001 and subsequently removed in 2010.
SBS9619H was burnt by the AMDEP fire on 7 March 2010. It then subsequently laid-up and deregistered on 2 November 2010.
Volvo Super Olympian
(Volvo B10TL)
Sgvso.JPG Volgren CR222LD 2001 & 2002 51 N/A (Euro II) SBS9800A — SBS9849K. Installed with LECIP EDS.
SBS9810X was assembled in Australia and was fitted with Transit Media EDS. It then installed with LECIP EDS in 2012.
SBS9814K was driven by Kym Ng's character in Channel U drama serial She Drives Me Crazy (爱上女车长).
VSO-SBS9889U.JPG ComfortDelGro Engineering 2002 SBS9889U. Demonstrator unit.
ComfortDelGro Engineering bodywork demonstrator for the Volvo B9TL buses.

Former and decommissioned buses[edit]

Model Image Bodywork manufacturer Year of manufacture Units introduced Registration number(s) Notes
Dennis Dart DennisDart-SBST-Ext.JPG Duple Metsec 1994 10 SBS8009A — SBS8018Z. Midibus.
9.4 metres long.
They are SBS Transit's shortest buses (the 'title' once belonged to the Mercedes-Benz 811Ds and Nissan Civilians).
Sold to private companies or scrapped by 2011.
Dennis Dominator DDA144 East Lancs 1982 1 SBS7003Y. Demonstrator unit.
Originally registered as ACM 408X in the United Kingdom.
Withdrawn from SBS in 1983 and shipped to Hong Kong in 1984.
Bought by Kowloon Motor Bus as an Advanced Training Vehicle and registered as DL9739 in October 1986, and subsequently retired in 1991.
Leyland Atlantean Walter Alexander R-type 1984 — 1986 200 SBS1637H — SBS1682B, SBS1690C — SBS1695P, SBS4962Z — SBS4999T, SBS5542X — SBS5552S, SBS5587S — SBS5624T, SBS6835U — SBS6906Z. Scrapped by 2001.
Leyland Olympian Walter Alexander R-type 1986 — 1988 20 SBS3550K — SBS3571A, SBS6907X — SBS6999E, SBS7113M — SBS7197X. 2-axle non-air-conditioned bus.
SBS7196Z was converted into "Bobbie the Gymbus" and was re-registered as YL8508R which now resides in Pat's schoolhouse.
SBS6907X was converted into the National Youth Council "NYC Qbuzz" bus.
The remaining buses were either sold to overseas or scrapped by 2003.
Replaced by Volvo Super Olympian (Volvo B10TL) in 2003.
LO3X.JPG 1993 — 1994 200 SBS9000S — SBS9199C. SBS9168S was the last Leyland chassis ever produced in the world which now preserved in the United Kingdom.
SBS9182A had a Volvo B10TL bumper and rear engine cover.
Scrapped by 2013.
Leyland Lynx Walter Alexander PS 1989 1 SBS3572Y. Demonstrator unit.
Used a Scania N113CRB front bumper after an accident in August 2001.
MAN 16.240 HOCL PSV International/Soon Chow 1990 1 SBS81S. Demonstrator unit.
MAN 18.240 HOCL-NL (A69) Accessibility-directory.svg MAN18.240-SBSTransit.JPG Gemilang Coachworks 2008 1 SBS8031J. Demonstrator unit.
Bus is sold to Dnata.
Mercedes-Benz 811D Asia Coach 1993 5 SBS8004M — SBS8008C. Minibuses
7.6 meters long.
Sold to private companies or scrapped.
Mercedes-Benz O305 Walter Alexander R-type 1982 (Demonstrators)
1984 — 1986 (Production batches)
202 SBS2477X, SBS2478T, SBS2481H — SBS2592X, SBS5541Z (Demonstrator), SBS7027D — SBS7112R. Demonstrators scrapped in 1994.
Production batches scrapped between 1997 and 2001.
Willowbrook SBS5500S. Demonstrator unit.
Scrapped in 1994.
Mercedes-Benz O405 MBO405-WA-Ext-SBST.JPG Walter Alexander PS 1990 — 1991 200 SBS82P — SBS281G. SBS210L is the last bus to have the original SBS livery before deregistration in May 2010.
Some were exported and rebodied to serve as urban buses in Bangkok.
MbO405.JPG Duple Metsec OAC 1991 — 1992 500 SBS282D — SBS581R. Scrapped by 3 June 2011.
Some were exported and rebodied to serve as urban buses in Bangkok.
MBO405-CAC-SBST.JPG Duple Metsec CAC 1990 — 1992 SBS3723D — SBS3922X. Scrapped by 1 April 2011.
Some were exported and rebodied to serve as urban buses in Bangkok.
Mercedes-Benz O405G Volgren CR221L 1996 1 SBS999U. Demonstrator unit.
SBS's second articulated bus.
17.5 m long
Sold to Bayes Coachlines of New Zealand in 2006 and registered as DKJ696.
Mercedes-Benz OC500LE Accessibility-directory.svg Gemilang Coachworks 2009 1 N/A Demonstrator unit.
SBS Transit rejected the trial.
This bus is sold to Chitson Transport and registered as PA9588S.
Nissan Civilian Nissan 1990 4 SBS8000Z — SBS8003R. Minibuses
Sold to private companies or scrapped.
Nissan Diesel U21SCN Fuji Heavy Industries 1985 1 SBS2452S. Demonstrator unit.
Nissan Diesel U31SCN Fuji Heavy Industries 1986 20 SBS10Y — SBS29U. Scrapped.
Renault PR100.2 Ansair 1988 1 SBS30P. Demonstrator unit.
Demonstration of the bus was unsuccessful and was returned to the manufacturer.
Scania L113CRL PSV International/Soon Chow 1995 12 SH971E — SH982Z. Originally deployed on Airbus Services.
Painted in SBS Leisure livery.
Upon withdrawal of the services, these buses re-registered as PA840Y — PA842S, PA903A — PA904Y, PA907P — PA908L, PA912Z, PA915R, PA918H — PA919E and all of the buses served as Turf City Shuttle.
When the Ex-Sentosa Island Shuttle Volvo B10M Mark IV (PA-Plated) buses took over the Turf City Shuttle in early 2005, PA908L, PA912Z and PA919E were sold to Westpoint Transit Pte. Ltd. (after which they were scrapped in 2012) while the remaining buses are scrapped.
Scania BR112DH East Lancs 1982 1 SBS7000E. Demonstrator unit.
Scania N113CRB ScaniaN113-SBS2.jpg Walter Alexander PS 1989 — 1990 200 SBS31L — SBS80U; SBS3573U — SBS3722G. Scrapped by May 2009.
A few buses were sold overseas.
Sunlong SLK6121UF14H Hybrid Accessibility-directory.svg SBS8000Z-185-SunlongHybrid.JPG Gemilang Coachworks 2010 2 SBS8000Z and SBS8001X. Demonstrator units.
Hybrid buses.
Awaiting deregistration.
Volvo B10M Mark I Van Hool 1986 1 SBS9C. Demonstrator unit.
Sold to Nimon & Sons of New Zealand in 1999 and registered as ZH6548.
B10M-MK2.JPG Walter Alexander PS 1988 — 1989 200 SBS1696L — SBS1895D. Scrapped by 2008.
SBS1793P was converted into “Magic Bus” and re-registered as YK5257, but subsequently scrapped.
SBS1836A was sold to New Zealand and rebodied by DesignLine and registered as DNP197.
SBS1867K was converted into “Heritage on the Move” bus and converted into a CAC bus, and subsequently scrapped.
Upon retirement, a few buses were sold overseas.
B10M-MK2-DM-CAC.jpg Mark II Duple Metsec
B10M-Mk3.JPG Mark III Duple Metsec 1992 — 1993 300 SBS582M — SBS881A. Euro I
Scrapped as of 7 June 2012.
B10M-Mk4SoonChow.JPG Mark IV Soon Chow 1994 20 SBS8019X — SBS8028U. Euro I
Originally registered as SH957Y — SH970H.
Installed with Mobitec Filp-Dot EDS, these buses operated on Sentosa Island Shuttle and was painted in yellow and green livery.
The EDS removed after it was removed from Sentosa Island Shuttle.
10 of the buses re-registered and painted in SBS Transit livery.
The remaining 10 re-registered as PA4682K — PA4697T and operated on Turf City Shuttle.
All SBS-Plated and 3 PA-Plated (PA4682K, PA4696X and PA4697T) buses were scrapped by 25 May 2011, while 7 PA-Plated (PA4684E, PA4686A, PA4688U — PA4689S, PA4691J, PA4693D and PA4694B) buses were sold to A&S Transport Pte. Ltd (PA4686A, PA4691J and PA4694B had been scrapped while PA4689S and PA4693D had been laid up).
B10m-mkiv-superlong-dm-997a-83.jpg Mark IV Superlong Duple Metsec 1995 1 SBS997A. Euro I
Demonstrator unit.
Scrapped in 2012.
Volvo B10MA Duple Metsec 1996 1 SBS998Y. Demonstrator unit.
SBS's first articulated bus.
Asia's longest bus (19 m long).
Sold to Bayes Coachlines of New Zealand in 2006 and registered as DRF920.
Volvo B10MD East Lancs 1984 1 SBS4961B. Demonstrator unit.
Volvo B55 Ailsa East Lancs 1981 1 SBS4741U. Demonstrator unit.
Volvo Olympian VolvoOlympian2X.JPG Walter Alexander Royale 1993 100 SBS7198T — SBS7297R. Previously SBS Transit's shortest and last non-air-conditioned buses.
SBS7227T was donated to the Temasek Junior College.
SBS7297R was converted into "MILK Bus" and re-registered as YM6115Z, and was subsequently deregistered.
Fleet has retired.
Volvo Super Olympian
(Volvo B10TL)
VSO-SBS9888Y.JPG Volgren CR223LD 1999 1 SBS9888Y. Euro II
Demonstrator unit.
EDS removed in 1 December 2005.
First bus to have TVMobile installed.
SBS9888Y, on Service 25, was destroyed in a fire on 7 March 2010 in Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot.
Note: Includes former Singapore Bus Service (SBS) buses.

Bus routes[edit]

SBS Transit operates many different types of bus routes and bus services, taking up the majority of the pie of Singapore's duopoly bus system in almost all areas of Singapore, with the notable exception of the North and Northwest areas, where bus services are mainly run by its competitor, SMRT Buses.

  • Trunk: Routes that ply between towns.
  • Short Working Trip (SWT): Routes that operate short haul trips of trunk services which cater to high demand sectors of the entire route.
  • Feeder: Services that operate within a neighbourhood.
  • TownLink: Routes that consist of combined feeder services to provide links between neighbourhoods within the same town, and with the bus interchange and MRT stations.
  • Jurong Industrial Service: Routes that service the Jurong and Tuas industrial areas.
  • Express: Routes that stop at several nominated stops and generally run on expressways for faster travel between several towns.
  • Fast Forward: Routes providing faster travel between places where there is a high demand by calling at fewer stops of the main service.
  • Nite Owl: After-hour services on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of Public Holidays.
  • Chinatown Direct: Routes that run from towns to Chinatown via the expressway.
  • Parks: Services that run from major parks to the nearest bus interchange.
  • Premium: Special gazetted services that charge a flat fare. No standing is allowed on such bus services.
  • Cross Border Services: Services that will cross the Causeway into Malaysia.

Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)[edit]

SBS Transit is the operator of the North East Line (NEL) since 2003 and Downtown Line from 22 December 2013.[6]

The North East Line is the third line in Singapore, and also the world's first fully underground and automated rapid transit line. The line is 20 km long with 16 stations. The operating license was given to SBS Transit in order to foster competition with SMRT Trains and to create multi-modal public transport companies, each specialising in their own district. The tender spans from 2003 to 2033.

As the name implies, the North East Line connects central Singapore to the north-eastern part of the island. Transfers to the North South Line are provided at Dhoby Ghaut, East West Line at Outram Park and Circle Line at Serangoon, Dhoby Ghaut and HarbourFront. The rolling stock used are Alstom Metropolis C751A and the future Alstom Metropolis C751C.

The Downtown Line (DTL) is the fifth line in Singapore. With 34 stations, the 42 km-long line will be the world's longest fully underground and automated rapid transit line when completed in 2017.

The Downtown Line will connect residents staying in the north-western and central-eastern to the new downtown. Transfers to this line from the North East Line will be available at Chinatown and Little India, the North South Line at Newton and Bukit Panjang (Bukit Panjang LRT Line), the East West Line at Bugis, Tampines and Expo, the Circle Line at MacPherson, Bayfront, Promenade and Botanic Gardens. The rolling stock used is Bombardier MOVIA C951.

Fleet details[edit]

Class Image Type Maximum Speed (km/h) Trains Cars Line(s) served Built on Debut on
Design Service
C751A Accessibility-directory.svg C751A front.jpg electric multiple unit 100 80 25 150 North East Line 2000 – 2003 20 June 2003
C951 Accessibility-directory.svg electric multiple unit 90 80 88 264 Downtown Line 2012 – 2016 22 December 2013
C751C Accessibility-directory.svg electric multiple unit N/A N/A 18 108 North East Line 2012 – 2015 N/A

2012 train service breakdown[edit]

A major breakdown occurred on 15 March 2012 affected 90,000 commuters due to a power supply problem in the tunnel at Outram Park station.[7] This caused train services to be disrupted, between 6.30am to 4.35pm, on NEL between Harbourfront and Dhoby Ghaut stations. Subsequently, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) intends to impose financial penalties amounting to S$400,000 (approximately US$315,000) on SBS Transit for the disruption.[8]

Light Rail Transit (LRT)[edit]

In addition to the North East Line and Downtown Line, SBS Transit also operates two LRT lines. The Sengkang LRT Line and Punggol LRT Line provides a feeder connection in the estate to the two NEL Stations. Both lines have a total of 29 stations, including Sengkang and Punggol stations.

Key operating statistics (2004 till 2013)[edit]

Monthly ridership for bus and rail[9]

Month 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Bus Rail Bus Rail Bus Rail Bus Rail Bus Rail Bus Rail Bus Rail Bus Rail Bus Rail Bus Rail
January 64,324,473 6,004,948 64,885,728 6,834,446 62,247,969 7,683,908 67,380,546 8,857,847 73,235,547 10,482,340 69,833,080 11,376,659 72,199,589 12,378,114 2,499,764 479,488 2,502,579 513,232 2,709,052 549,444
February 62,548,766 5,295,081 56,837,060 6,057,296 59,854,200 6,822,060 59,429,412 8,255,520 65,270,126 9,638,353 65,783,396 10,073,000 63,068,208 11,265,212 2,407,956 462,422 2,656,166 516,881 2,579,297 544,014
March 66,351,036 5,746,222 64,890,223 6,732,828 65,965,396 7,590,381 68,315,754 9,157,896 69,948,803 10,286,389 69,451,005 11,084,732 72,137,465 12,729,158 2,525,379 473,044 2,599,039 512,857 2,635,404 547,512
April 63,487,500 5,435,070 62,479,980 6,426,390 62,070,030 7,224,930 64,984,800 8,541,180 70,427,160 10,036,560 68,923,860 10,608,300 71,284,980 12,285,630 2,529,607 473,819 2,588,379 507,860 2,734,052 549,639
May 64,064,538 5,826,574 62,302,994 6,740,609 65,193,992 7,645,809 68,075,039 9,165,708 71,036,035 10,496,414 70,184,899 10,986,555 72,763,758 12,731,359 2,488,470 471,687 2,606,904 515,012 2,694,679 547,732
June 58,792,110 5,786,490 59,278,140 6,729,450 60,320,040 7,486,080 63,261,870 9,135,180 66,607,710 10,403,520 64,626,930 11,301,060 67,716,960 12,407,070 2,427,359 482,303 2,505,754 519,545 2,506,333 543,730
July 66,508,609 6,105,977 64,967,196 7,107,649 66,616,613 7,900,846 69,919,973 9,518,922 74,758,329 11,221,008 72,516,285 11,511,819 76,803,244 13,935,151 2,609,269 502,146 2,670,787 531,032 2,795,741 572,146
August 65,082,175 6,010,931 65,473,116 7,075,905 67,592,493 7,991,924 70,018,739 9,570,413 73,311,156 11,135,107 71,006,802 11,615,111 2,407,351 443,125 2,555,034 489,654 2,643,235 527,838 2,739,573 575,359
September 62,920,620 5,908,380 62,254,350 6,956,040 63,886,170 7,847,130 66,016,800 9,226,680 70,400,310 10,886,250 68,542,950 11,364,840 2,425,155 450,687 2,577,544 497,396 2,607,288 530,928 2,693,354 570,903
October 63,445,158 6,039,513 63,613,023 7,232,610 64,805,469 8,775,790 69,212,119 9,854,032 71,997,252 11,430,258 71,927,657 11,936,550 2,435,090 448,431 2,520,090 501,584 2,610,997 532,144 2,725,582 573,595
November 58,936,800 6,008,850 59,570,430 7,016,160 63,188,790 8,779,170 64,996,140 9,630,330 67,726,470 10,830,150 67,368,480 11,356,920 2,355,519 455,099 2,474,271 495,914 2,551,998 534,455 2,660,331 568,782
December 60,215,888 6,575,844 60,499,569 7,653,001 61,434,405 9,420,497 64,456,068 10,454,285 66,448,221 11,614,181 67,325,707 12,384,903 2,305,976 479,318 2,397,624 514,836 2,410,283 538,196 2,522,263 633,175
Year Total 756,677,673 70,743,880 747,051,809 82,562,384 763,175,567 95,168,525 796,067,260 111,367,993 841,167,119 128,486,341 827,967,548 135,600,449 861,345,334 157,000,000 913,200,000 177,800,000 944,000,000 191,500,000 973,500,000 204,800,000


  • Rail ridership includes North East Line (NEL), Sengkang LRT and Punggol LRT rides.
  • The Sengkang LRT and NEL commenced revenue service on 18 January 2003 and 20 June 2003 respectively. The Punggol LRT began service on 29 January 2005.
  • Monthly rail ridership exceeded 10 million for the first time in December 2007.

See also[edit]

  • TVMobile — an outdoor digital television previously installed in SBS Transit buses. (discontinued on 1 January 2010)


  • Ilsa Sharp, (2005), SNP:Editions, The Journey — Singapore's Land Transport Story. ISBN 981-248-101-X

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