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Toa Payoh Bus Interchange is located in Toa Payoh, Singapore. It is the first air-conditioned bus interchange in the country and the first bus interchange along the North South Line to be air conditioned, which was completed in 2002 and officially opened by the then Minister for Transport, Yeo Cheow Tong, on 19 May 2002. It has a direct connection from the bus interchange to the Toa Payoh MRT Station on the North South Line.

HistoryEdit

Toa Payoh New Town was developed in the mid-1960s, and by the late 1960s, there were still no proper facilities for buses at Toa Payoh. The roadside bus terminal along Lorong 1 Toa Payoh was a constant source of traffic jams, and other roadside terminals along Lorong 6 Toa Payoh and Kim Keat Avenue existed back then. After much public appeal, the Housing and and Development Board (HDB) constructed a new bus terminal the junction of Lorong 2 Toa Payoh and Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. Opened in August 1971, the Toa Payoh Central Bus Terminal, otherwise also known as Toa Payoh Town Centre Bus Terminal, was able to accommodate 130 buses. The terminal would cease operations in the 1980s.

The original interchange was built at the cost of $2.17 million and opened on 26 December 1983. The reorganised Toa Payoh Bus Interchange had added six new feeder bus services.

When the old Toa Payoh Bus Interchange was demolished in 1999 to make way for the building of HDB Hub, the new and current headquarters of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) of Singapore, the interchange operator, SBS Transit, moved its bus operations to a temporary location opposite its original site located at Toa Payoh Town Park, which was upgraded after the temporary interchange was demolished.

SBS Transit ended bus operations to the temporary bus interchange on 19 May 2002 and moved its services back to the bus interchange original site, which has a direct underground connection to Toa Payoh MRT Station. It is notably the first bus interchange in Singapore to be fully air conditioned and it is housed within the building of HDB Hub.

This bus interchange had been affected on 2006 Singapore attacks on 8 January 2006 blowing up a double decker bus.

Similar to other bomb hoaxes at Hougang and Jurong East, 21-year-old Lin Zhenghuang was sentenced to 3 months in jail on 7 February 2007 and fined S$4000 for eight charges under the Computer Misuse Act. The charges were for 'mooching' or illegally tapping into his neighbour's unsecured wireless internet network and posting a bomb hoax on an online forum of popular technology site HardwareZone. Lin previously pleaded guilty to one charge under the Telecommunications Act for transmitting a false message and nine charges under the Computer Misuse Act. The accused posted a message on 22 July 2006, reporting that there had been a bomb attack at Toa Payoh Bus Interchange.

Bus ServicesEdit

Service Destination Notes
8 Tampines
26 Bedok
28 Tampines
31 Tampines
73 Ang Mo Kio
88 Pasir Ris
90 ↺ Airport Road
139 Bukit Merah
139M ↺ Jalan Bahagia
141 Lorong 1 Geylang
142 ↺ Potong Pasir Avenue 2
143 Jurong East
145 Buona Vista
155 Bedok
157 Boon Lay
159 Sengkang
163 Sengkang
231 ↺ Toa Payoh Lorong 5
232 ↺ Toa Payoh East
235 ↺ Toa Payoh Rise
238 ↺ Braddel Road

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