SMRT to stop Night Rider bus services starting June 30, 2022 – Mothership.SG

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SMRT will discontinue its Night Rider (NR) services – NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5, NR6 and NR8 – effective June 30, 2022.

Night Rider bus services are night bus routes, which SMRT operates after midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays.

They provide connections between the city and major housing estates during late hours when normal bus services and the MRT do not operate.

The first Night Rider (NR1) service started in March 2000.

It was operated by Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS), SMRT’s predecessor.

At its peak in 2001, there were 22 Night Rider services in operation, although most were retired within a year due to low ridership.

According to the Land Transport Authority (LTA), as reported by Todaythe decision to withdraw bus services comes after “carefully weighing factors such as ridership, the availability of alternatives, financial prudence and the release of limited resources”.

LTA added that before the Covid-19 pandemic, demand for these bus services “was low” and there were alternatives available to commuters.

More information about Night Rider services can be found at Ground Transportation Guru.

Two other bus services will be canceled

In a press release Thursday, June 16, SMRT also announced that two other bus services will be discontinued starting June 30.

The first is the 188R service.

Commuters traveling from Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Batok to Resorts World Sentosa can take the MRT or Service 188 to HarbourFront MRT Station and connect to the Sentosa Express Monorail or RWS8 shuttle service.

Commuters can also take the MRT and connect to the 123 service at MRT Tiong Bahru station.

Screenshot via SMRT.

The other bus service that will be discontinued is the 926 service.

Commuters can take service 138 from MRT Ang Mo Kio and Springleaf stations, service 927 from MRT Choa Chu Kang station or Mandai Khatib shuttle bus from MRT Khatib station to Singapore Zoo.

Screenshot via SMRT.

Best images from The Intelligent Bus Captain/FB.

Earnest L. Veasey