The people at LTA should give themselves a pat on the back because there is now a smoother ride on CTE as motorists avoid higher ERP charges. The increment has caused motorists to think twice before heading for that gantry-laden expressway.

However, my personal opinion is that the motorists will just jam up other smaller roads, which may result in a review of road conditions at that road. Whether such review will spark off a decision to build an ERP gantry is something that I am not sure of.

Speaking of which, since they have already built an ERP along Dunearn Road towards the city just before the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (SCGS), will they be building one along Adam Road just before Farrer Road? It’s quite jam there in the morning, especially when everyone rushes towards Buona Vista; or perhaps along Upper Bukit Timah Road oops! they already have one there.

Seriously, I don’t really think the ERP will help much because if you need to drive to a particular place via the expressway and that’s the most direct, then why bother taking other roads that’ll either jam or, that’ll create a huge detour for you? Or do you really have to wake up very early (like 5am)?

Are they encouraging more people to use public transport? However, the public transport system is in dismay – the peak hour trains are always jammed, the buses take 45 mins to come, and the taxies are usually nowhere in sight. By the way, I think someone mentioned that taxies are not supposed to be considered as public transport – is anyone able to verify this (statement)?

I was talking to a friend of mine once – if they seriously want to decrease jams, then they should really consider increasing the cost of *buying* a vehicle/car, not wait for people to buy cars and then start profitting from it. If the aim is to profit, then it is no longer about solving jams, it’s about economics. Of course, we have to, ahem, look at the bigger picture because it is not so simple. *

One last thing – the statement about traffic taking a few days to stabilize, in my personal opinion, usually means the people will forget about the $5 and start jamming up the expressways again.

TRAFFIC flow on the southbound Central Expressway (CTE) showed some signs of improvement on Monday, possibly because motorists tried to avoid paying the record $5 to use certain slip roads.

Motorists heading down the CTE from the Pan-Island Expressway in the morning paid a record $5 for using that route.

The increased charges at several Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantries kicked in on Monday as part of the third wide-scale ERP increase this year.

In particular, the gantry located at the PIE slip road to the CTE went up from $4.50 to $5 between 8.30am and 9am.

The Land Transport Authority said that traffic speeds on the CTE (southbound) showed some improvement on Monday and was ‘smooth flowing’ during the ERP charging hours.

It added that traffic flow along alternative routes of Lornie Road, Thomson Road and Bendemeer Road also ‘remained satisfactory’.

ERP charges at Bendemeer Road and Thomson Road gantries also went up from $1.50 and $2 respectively from 8.30am to 9am.

On the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE), the LTA said that a traffic incident affected traffic flow along a stretch where a new ERP gantry was in operation.

Traffic usually takes a few days to stabilie after a revision of ERP rates and commencement of new gantries, said LTA.

Article obtained from on 6th November 2007.

* words in italics quoted from a very wise man

Reader's Comments

  1. xinyun | November 6th, 2007 at 11:32 am

    I was on a cab, going through CTE at 11+, still packed / jammed.

  2. xinyun | November 6th, 2007 at 11:33 am

    *11pm last night.

  3. Simply Jean | November 6th, 2007 at 11:56 am

    @xinyun: Ah… that’s because the evening ERP isn’t until 12 midnight 😉

  4. spyer | November 6th, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    I was thinking about this whole thing about ERP. Yes, the usual reasons were used, like congestion, jams, speed limit, traffic flows, cars here and cars there.

    Traffic congestion will be there as long as there are cars, it happens to anywhere in the world that has large population of cars.

    And our government’s solution is: staggered jams.

    Yes, they do not know how to solve the jams properly. So, we have this ERP system to regulate the timings of the jams. Yes, not to stop the jams, TO REGULATE THE BLOODY JAMS. And at the same time, earn a lot of cash on the side.

    Yes, it is NEVER simple, when OUR money is involved.

  5. zeezzen | November 6th, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    increase the price of cars? Do you know that the car prices in Singapore is already very expensive as compared to many other countries out there? Probably you should research on it especially China. In China, you can buy a luxurious car say an Audi for just SGD60,000. In Singapore, you never dream of getting an Audi at this price. If everything increase, then what’s the use of staying in Singapore? People might as well migrate to other places where financial burden is not so high. Even public transports are increasing their fares. Seriously, I really hope Singapore government can do something about it and not INCREASE non stop for everything, thinking that it will solve the problem.

  6. Simply Jean | November 6th, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    @spyer: hmm… actually the jams are staggered… until 11pm to 12 midnight

    @zeezzen: haha.. of course I know how expensive cars are. I tried getting one just a few months ago.. then worked out that it’s not really worth it. however, the pattern here is to increase the price of everything =)

  7. James Chia | November 7th, 2007 at 9:52 am

    I heard from radio last night that there’s night ERP at CTE from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Scary. I think very soon we’ll have a full day ERP islandwide when population hits 6.5m.

  8. Simply Jean | November 7th, 2007 at 11:12 am

    @James Chia: oh?! you are not kidding, are you? to think that I just wrote about extending the erp hours yesterday but through the use of a different formula.. oh man…

  9. spyer | November 7th, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Hey, no kidding…

    See this news release:

    Extract from the news release:

    a. The extension of ERP hours along south-bound CTE and a new gantry along north-bound CTE

    · The ERP gantry along south bound CTE between Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 and Braddell Road will be extended to operate from 7am to 11am on weekdays.

    · A new gantry will be erected along the north-bound CTE just before the PIE exit and the operation hours will be from 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm on weekdays.

  10. N0.10 | November 7th, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Due to a limited amount of land space, we have only so much transport resources. If the roads are too congested, they can control traffic flow by taxes (ERP) or they can control vehicle growth by increasing COE, road tax etcetc. Which evil do you prefer?

  11. Simply Jean | November 7th, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    @No. 10: I’d prefer the second evil – increase COE / cost of owning a car; in this way, people will not be blinded into buying *ahem* “cheap” cars when the COE falls, only to realise that there are 101 things that they have to pay for, including ERP (have you calculated how much you’d spend if you travel from Woodlands to Shenton Way @ 8am and the other way @ 6pm? Works out to be just shy of $10. Per day.

    @spyer: here’s the reason why I didn’t reply your comments first: *fainted*

  12. Jusz | November 7th, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Actually increase the cost of car does help. Remember the time ( maybe around 5 years back ) where a 1.6 L car ( say honda) is around 100K ? ( as compared to now, which is only 65K for a 1.6 L ) or something? Car now is very much cheaper as compared to 5 years ago . And i can still remember 5 years ago traffic wasnt as bad as current situation. Now, the govt has changed their pitch . They know alot of singaporean dream of having a car. Hence, being the ” nicest” people around, they let us fulfill our dream of having a car. But owning a car will be expensive. Ie, u can buy a cheap car , place at home, polish everyday , wash everyday ..but the moment u drive out , u start paying ERP. And before u know, in the next 5-10years, the moment u start your engine, maybe u will start to pay ..something like our bills..the more u use, the more u pay . At the end of the month, they will calculate the km u have travelled and bill u accordingly . !!

    Anyway i feel that the jams are also partly due to their screwed up road design, and also drivers.

  13. sohcool | November 8th, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Another alternative is to encourage companies to locate to other parts of Singapore like in the heartlands. Then, we don’t have to jam CTE. And people can cycle or walk to work.

  14. Regina | March 6th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    The colors of your blog really go well with each other, did you design it Yourself?

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