For the night owls amongst us who’re too broke to afford taxi rides home, here’s some bad news.
Recently, SMRT announced that it will be ending its Night Rider services from 30 June 2022 onwards, meaning that those of us who’re staying out late (again) might need to save up for cab fares from now on.
Night Rider Services
As the name suggests, SMRT’s Night Rider services are one-way bus services that travel from the city areas to neighbourhoods all around Singapore at late hours on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays.
The bus services, which were first introduced in 2000, currently operate from 11.30pm to 2am, much later than other forms of public transport.
In the past, the last bus timings used to go all the way until 4am, but low ridership prompted SMRT to shorten the operating hours of these services.
After a series of changes over the years, there are currently there are six Night Rider bus services (NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5, NR6 and NR8).
Prior to SMRT’s announcement, the Night Rider bus services were suspended from 8 April to 1 June 2020 during the Circuit Breaker period.
After the Circuit Breaker, it was announced that the Night Rider services would continue to be suspended until further notice.
And for those who have never gotten the chance to take a Night Rider bus before, here’s all you need to know about where they start and end:
NR1 travels from Resorts World Sentosa to Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio and Yishun.
NR2 travels from Marina Center Terminal to Woodlands and Sembawang.
NR3 travels from Boat Quay to Choa Chu Kang Interchange.
NR5 travels from Marina Center Terminal to Jurong East and Jurong West.
NR6 travels from Resorts World Sentosa to Serangoon, Hougang and Sengkang.
Last but not least, NR8 travels from Marina Center Terminal to Bukit Batok and Bukit Gombak.
Other SMRT Bus Services to be Discontinued
Apart from the Night Rider services, SMRT also announced the discontinuation of two other bus services: 188R and 926.
For commuters travelling between Choa Chu Kang or Bukit Batok and Resorts World Sentosa via Service 188R, they can opt to take the MRT or take Service 188 to HarbourFront MRT before switching to the Sentosa Express Monorail or RWS8 shuttle service.
Alternatively, commuters can also alight at Tiong Bahru MRT Station before taking Service 123.
As for commuters who travel via Service 926, you can choose to take Service 138 from Ang Mo Kio and Springleaf MRT Stations, Service 927 from Choa Chu Kang MRT Station or the Mandai Khatib Shuttle from Khatib MRT Station to Singapore Zoo.
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