With SMRT announcing that it will be discontinuing its Night Rider bus services from 30 June this year, some of us might have turned to SBS for a bit of hope with regards to getting a bus ride home after a late night out.
But it seems like those hopes might be dashed as well, for SBS also announced that it will be discontinuing its Nite Owl bus services from Thursday, 30 June 2022 as well.
Similar to SMRT’s Night Rider bus services, the SBS Nite Owl services comprise six different bus routes that travel from Marina Centre Terminal to various neighbourhoods.
The buses operate from after midnight until 2am on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays, making it perfect for those of us who need an affordable ride back home after a night’s worth of fun.
While the Nite Owl bus services generally operate at a frequency of 40 minutes between each bus, SBS has increased the frequency of bus arrivals during special events in the past such as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
However, the Nite Owl services were suspended until further notice from 8 April 2020 onwards, just like the SMRT Night Rider bus services.
This was due to the month-long Circuit Breaker that Singapore went through in 2020.
After the announcements to discontinue both late-night bus services were made, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) told TODAY that the decision to do so came after much planning.
LTA cited a number of factors that contributed to the decision, including the level of ridership, the presence of other options available for commuters, financial factors and the fact that this decision would help to “free up” the limited resources available.
LTA also explained that these late-night bus services were not in great demand before the COVID-19 pandemic as well.
Apart from that, LTA added that it will continue to observe the situation regarding the other options for late-night services and make changes wherever needed.
Nite Owl Bus Routes
Currently, there are six different one-way Nite Owl services that start at Marina Centre Terminal.
Service 1N travels to Ang Mo Kio and Yishun.
Service 2N travels to Bedok Reservoir and Tampines.
Service 3N travels to Marina Centre Ter travels to Jalan Jurong Kechil, Bukit Batok, Bukit Gombak, Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang and Yew Tee.
Service 4N travels to Marine Parade, Bedok, Simei and Pasir Ris.
Service 5N travels to the Farrer, Holland, Clementi, Jurong East and Jurong West areas.
Last but not least, Service 6N travels to Hougang, Sengkang and Punggol.
Other Bus Services Being Discontinued
Apart from the Nite Owl services, SBS will also be discontinuing Services CT8 and CT18 from 30 June 2022 onwards as well.
Both bus services ferry commuters to the Chinatown area.
For commuters who take CT8, they can either choose to take the MRT or take Bus Services 166, 851 or 851e.
And for those who take CT18, they can choose between the MRT or Bus Service 2 for their journeys.
SMRT also announced that it will be discontinuing Services 188R and 926 as well.
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