Woohoo! Seems like we have an early Christmas present this year. The government is adding more gantries to the expressways. Midway through counting the number of new gantries, I suddenly lost count and thus assume that there will be between 5 to 9 more new gantries. Of which, I predicted the new ones after Dairy Farm and CTE-before-PIE-exit correctly! Whoopie! If only I am that good with 4D or Toto. : ( Thank goodness there isn’t any at TPE or SLE.

They are also extending the hours of the CTE ERP from 7:30-9:30 to 7:00-11:00. So, if you are heading to CBD, you only have between 11:00-12:00 to beat the CTE ERP as well as the CBD ERP. I bet all cars will wait till 11:00 and start clogging the CTE to avoid paying the CBD ERP – a good reason to extend the 7:00-11:00 ERP timing to 7:00-12:00! Haha… am I smart or what?

In fact, if I am the government, I will just make the ERP whole day… then everyone will start clogging the expressway regardless of time. Then I will increasing the ERP cost such that there is now “higher fees” and “lower fees” instead of the current “fees” or “no fees”. Hence, I will start to have a base fixed income.

In fact, I think I will just add ERP gantries at the entrance of every carpark such that the moment you leave the carpark, you will be charged a premium. To make things easier, I will make it mandatory for every car to have a GPS – just like the IU reader now. Then for every 175m that the car travels, 10c will be deducted from their cashcard.

When the cashcard runs out of cash, the engine will be turned off and the car will stall. To activate the Expressway tow-truck, a premium will be charged. Since there will now be a jam, I will up the ERP rates again, citing traffic jam! Heh heh… What a wonderful revenue traffic control model.

This is uniquely Singapore. đŸ™‚

IN A bid to reduce traffic congestion along expressways and roads and encourage commuters to use alternative routes, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is setting up nine more Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry points, including in the HDB heatrtlands, and extending the operational hours of current points.
Each new gantry will cost between $1mil and $1.5mil to build.

From Nov 1, the morning Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) hours will be extended from 7am to 11am during weekdays on the south-bound Central Expressway (CTE) for motorists entering CTE from the slip road between Ang Mo Kio 1 and Braddell Road.

Currently, the ERP hours are from 7.30am to 9.30am.

Motorists will also be charged 50 cents for entering the CTE between 7am and 7.30am as well as between 9.30am to 11am.

There will be no changes to ERP charges at the other three gantries on the south-bound CTE.

On the north-bound CTE, a new gantry – before the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) exit – will be operational between 5.30pm and 10.30pm.

On the east-bound East Coast Parkway, two new gantries have been installed – one before the Rochor Road exit and the other on the Ophir Road slip road.

They will be operational between 6pm and 8pm on weekdays.

On the south-bound Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE), a new gantry has also been built after the Dairy Farm exit, before the BKE joins the PIE. It will be operational from 7.30am to 9am.

Five more new gantries are planned. They will be built at Toa Payoh Lorong 6, Upper Boon Keng Road, Kallang Bahru Road, Geylang Bahru Road and after Hume Avenue.

The LTA says it will monitor the traffic conditions along those roads. If they do not meet the optimum speeds of above 45kph on expressways and 20kph on other roads, LTA will activate the gantry points.

LTA made these announcements on Thursday following Transport Minister Raymond Lim’s visit to the completed first phase of the upcoming Kallang Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE).

straitstimes.com, Aug 23, 2007 – Latest news section

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