SMRT Buses (originally
Trans Island Bus Services
(TIBS) ) is a public bus transport
operator in Singapore.
Interior of a Mercedes-Benz O405G with
Hispano Habit bodywork
Singapore currently hosts a duopoly
transport system in which SMRT's only
competitor is SBS Transit
, which also
operates bus services in Singapore. The company was incorporated as
on 31 May 1982, in a heavily regulated
market, to be a competitor to Singapore Bus Service
. In accordance
with restructuring at parent company SMRT Corporation
, TIBS was renamed "SMRT
Buses" on 10 May 2004.
SMRT Buses will continue to be the only Public Transport Operator
in Singapore to operate an all air-conditioned
fleet until about
In 1982, the company ran with a fleet of 37 buses and two services,
160 and 167. Later, more services were handed over to them by the
government along with the tender to operate services in the
northern region, mainly Yishun
developing Woodlands New
as part of the government's plan to make the local bus system more
competitive, 16 SBS services were handed over to TIBS along with
the tender to operate bus services in the north-east corridor,
mainly the developing towns Sengkang and Punggol as well as
TIBS began operations at the Woodlands
Regional Bus Interchange, Singapore's first underground bus
It was also the first bus interchange designed
to accommodate articulated
bendy, buses. TIBS used articulated buses, some of which were
designed by world-renowned designer Pininfarina
and known as the Habit bendy buses,
on a large scale in its fleet, in contrast to the double-deckers
used by SBS Transit.
Things changed in 1999, when SBS won the tender to operate the
North East Line
north-east corridor. In order to allow better coordination and
synergy between rail and buses, SBS was allowed to take back
control of bus services in the northeast. In return, TIBS and
SMRT agreed to merge, and TIBS was
to operate bus services in the north-west corridor towns of
Kang and Bukit
The handover was done in stages. Eight TIBS services in the
northeastern corridor were handed over to SBS in 1999.In 2004, the
merger was officially complete, and TIBS officially adopted the
name SMRT Buses to reflect their merger with SMRT.
In 2008, SMRT Buses initiated a fleet replacement to replace the
retiring Nissan Diesel buses with 134 wheelchair-accessible
All the OC500LEs are in service and more being bodied up and
readied for revenue service.
In the following year, SMRT Buses bought another 66 facelifted
Citaro rigids. Currently, the demonstrator bus is resting inside
the C&C headquarters.
As of 1 June 2009, 7 bus services are and 3 SMRT bus interchanges
are wheelchair accessible
SMRT Buses operates 6 bus
, 3 depots
and 1 bus terminal
SMRT Buses currently has a fleet of 991 buses plying 98 routes, and
is the second-largest bus transit company in Singapore after
. It is the only bus operator
to have an all air-conditioned
Current bus fleet
||5 buses are deregistered: TIB675K, TIB680U, TIB696A, TIB718X
||3 buses are deregistered: TIB931X, TIB936H and TIB941SUMW
||1 bus is deregistered: TIB1004RUK
||TIB1017D and TIB1018B
||1 bus is deregistered: TIB900KMk 1
||1 bus is deregistered: TIB1110S
|Nissan Diesel U31RCN
||Fuji Heavy Industries
||1 bus is deregistered: TIB643C
|Mercedes-Benz Citaro (O530)
SMRT Buses operates many different types of bus routes and bus
services, taking up the smaller part of the pie of Singapore's
duopoly bus system in almost all areas of Singapore especially the
North and Northwest areas.
- Trunk: Routes that ply between towns. These
are the basic forms of SMRT bus services. Fares are
distance-related and differential up to 8 fare bands.
- Short working Trips (SWT): Routes that operate
short haul trips between origin-destination pairs with high demand,
such as the area near an MRT station. It operated a subset of the
parent route and there can be more than one SWT per trunk
- Feeder: Services that operate within a
neighbourhood, connecting outlying areas to the town centre or bus
interchange. (Loops around from an interchange, around one or more
neighbourhoods or towns and then terminates at the starting
interchange). As a name suggest, it is to feed the commuters to the
trunk services or MRT services at the terminal/interchange. A flat
fare, equivalent to the first fare band is charged per entry.
- Intra-town: Routes that consist of combined
feeder services to provide links and improve connectivity between
neighborhoods within the same town. (Somewhat identical to a feeder
service except that, other than when stopping a 'session', the
service will not terminate at the interchange but will re-run its
route immediately after letting passengers alight, in essence, a
- Express: Routes that stop at several nominated
and sparsely located stops and generally run on expressways for
faster travel between several towns. This is a basic-plus service
charging higher fares.
- Premium: A single trip from the designated
neighborhoods during the morning peak hours on weekdays to the CBD.
Fees are flat rated ($3 to $5 depending on the distance traveled)
and standing is prohibited on Premium Services. The scheduled
arrival time at individual bus stops are provided.
- NightRider: After-hour services on
Friday, Weekends and Eve of Public Holidays.
- SMRT Link: Free shuttle to Dhoby
Ghaut, Chinatown and Little India.